Florida State will lose starting safety Nate Andrews for the rest of the season after a diagnosis emerged Tuesday detailing the torn pectoral Andrews suffered on Saturday against Miami.
He will undergo season-ending surgery, per Kevin McGuire of College Football Talk. Jimbo Fisher confirmed the safety’s status after practice Tuesday, one where the Seminoles began to formulate their newly arranged safety contingent. This represents another setback for Florida State’s back line. Derwin James is still recuperating from knee surgery.
This marked the second such injury for Andrews this season, although the senior’s initial malady didn’t prove to be nearly as serious. Andrews didn’t start until Week 3 for Florida State, which was previously without his services for the first two games because of a calf injury.
He finished the season with 18 tackles and an interception. The 6-foot defensive back’s Seminoles career concludes with 171 tackles, two sacks and eight interceptions. Seven of those picks came during his underclassman years in 2013-14. Andrews in 2014 enjoyed his most productive year, leading a College Football Playoff-qualifying team flush with NFL talent — including Jalen Ramsey, Ronald Darby, Mario Edwards Jr., and P.J. Williams — in solo stops with 67.
Andrews also recovered three fumbles and forced five during his career. It’s likely he’ll land on the NFL radar despite the injury. NFL Draft Scout, a CBS Sports-affiliated entity, has Andrews ranked No. 11 among strong safeties, while draft projection site WalterFootball.com tabs him 22nd at the position.
A.J. Westbrook figures to step into the lineup for Andrews for the No. 14 Seminoles (4-2, 1-2 ACC), while Ermon Lane and Carlos Becker will likely see more playing time as a result.