FSU will be without three defensive starters Saturday.
Credit: Florida State Sports Information
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State put in its final preparation Thursday for its home game against Bethune-Cookman. The Seminoles welcome the Wildcats on Military Appreciation Day.
“Good Thursday,” said Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher. “(I) liked it. We got a lot done, (looked) very sharp I thought. Glad we’re getting our focus, which we always worry about at the end of the week. But, good week of practice, a good hard week. Focus was good, concentration was good and execution was good on both sides of the ball. Got a lot done this week and I’m anxious to play. We have a great opponent. Bethune-Cookman is going to be ready to play. We need to bring our ‘A’ game and be ready to play.”
FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher announced after Thursday’s practice senior linebacker Christian Jones and sophomore defensive lineman Edddie Goldman have been suspended for Saturday’s game due to a violation of team rules. In their place, redshirt sophomore linebacker Terrance Smith is expected to make his first career start while veteran defensive lineman redshirt senior Demonte McAllister will start for the first time this season.
“There are going to be two guys suspended for this game for violation of team rules,” said Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher. “Christian Jones and Eddie Goldman. Those guys will not be playing this week for us. It’s all correctable, it’s all done, but we have to abide by a certain set of guidelines.”
Fisher also announced that defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. will miss Saturday’s game with a hand injury and will be replaced with either freshman DeMarcus Walker or redshirt freshman Chris Casher.
“You’ll see (Ukeme) Eligwe in there and some other guys – DeMarcus (Walker) and (Chris) Casher,” said Fisher. “They’ve all played a lot this year. We’ve got plenty of guys. I have great confidence. They’ve played a lot of ball already. That’s why we keep that rotation.”