Florida State safety Derwin James is out with torn cartilage in his knee with no timetable to return, according to Rivals.com. The injury took place on a busted coverage in Saturday’s game against Charleston Southern when James had to run down Qua-Vonn Scott.
After knocking him out of bounds, James fell to the turf grabbing his left knee. He walked off the field under his own power before being carted off into the locker room.
In his Monday press conference, Seminoles’ head coach Jimbo Fisher announced that the injury would require surgery to repair some minor cartilage damage in James’ knee. Though there is no timetable for his return, though it does not appear to be season-ending.
The sophomore earned freshman All-American honors in 2015 with 91 tackles. After undergoing minor foot surgery this offseason, he recorded his first career interception in Florida State’s season-opener against Ole Miss.
He was expected to be one of the top defensive players in the country as a sophomore.
The Seminoles will likely miss James’ ability and versatility entering Saturday’s matchup against Louisville and Heisman Trophy candidate Lamar Jackson at quarterback. The sophomore has torched opposing defenses so far this season, accounting for 13 total touchdowns through two games. Florida State will have to try to slow him down without their best and most versatile secondary defender as James has been used as both a safety and edge rusher in Charles Kelly’s defense.
Following wins against Ole Miss and Charleston Southern, Florida State is ranked second in the country in both the Coaches and AP Polls, trailing only Alabama.