Injury bug forces changes to Florida State’s starting lineup
The injury bug has hit hard Florida State, and force changes to their starting lineup for Saturday’s games against Duke. Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher announced on Thursday that starting left guard Landon Dickerson is out for the year with a right ankle injury. Also out for this week’s game is offensive lineman Ethan Frith (hand), defensive tackle Darvin Taylor (shoulder), wide receiver Keith Gavin (ankle), along with defensive back Trey Marshall and linebacker Jacob Pugh, both are recovering from concussions.
“Sometimes they come in bunches,” Fisher said to Tallahassee.com writer Wayne E McGahee III, “You don’t ever know when they come. We’ve got plenty of other guys. Had good practices and we knew it and adjusted our gameplans.”
Fisher shuffled his offensive line around by moving starting left tackle Derrick Kelly to guard and inserting redshirt freshman Josh Ball to replace Kelly at the left tackle position. Dickerson is the third offensive lineman (C Baveon Johnson and T Jauan Williams) to be lost for the season with an injury.
The FSU coach did provide some good news on the injury front, as wide receiver Auden Tate has practiced all week and should be available to play against the Blue Devils.
Florida State travels to Duke on October 14, with kickoff scheduled for 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.