Injuries have already been a concern for the Florida State Seminoles as they gear up for their road-opener at Louisville on Saturday, but finally some positive news for Jimbo Fisher’s troops: left guard Kareem Are and right guard Wilson Bell have been cleared to play, as well as fullback Freddie Stevenson, according to CollegeFootballTalk.
Are, who’d been dealing with a concussion, missed the first two weeks of the season versus Ole Miss and Charleston Southern; Bell was out last weekend during the Seminoles’ rout with an ankle injury.
Florida State’s running game boasts one of the best playmakers in the entire nation with Dalvin Cook. Stevenson may not garner much attention on the stat sheet, but he’s a pivotal piece to the offensive equation, according to Fisher.
“Freddie does so many things you don’t notice in the boxscore,” the head coach said. “When you don’t have him you there, I hate it.
“He’s like a security blanket.”
The club found out earlier in the week that superstar safety Derwin James — who was primed to take on a much larger role this season — was slated to undergo surgery. His return is listed in the two-to-six-week timeframe.
Florida State gets three offensive players back for its conference opener but the focus here has to be on the defense. The unit’s top priority — and it’s not an easy one — is keeping Cardinals dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jackson in check. The sophomore has helped the Louisville offense drum up 132 points in the first two weeks of the season.