Florida State University safety Derwin James has been ruled out for the Seminoles’ game against the Clemson Tigers on Saturday, according to Bob Ferrante of 247Sports. James underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee in mid-September and has been sidelined ever since.
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher noted that James has been recovering well, but that the team is not rushing him back and is being prudent in determining when the 20-year-old can start practicing again.
James had a spectacular freshman season in 2015, registering 91 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, five pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. His terrific campaign helped him earn All-ACC Third Team honors from the media and an All-America Honorable Mention from CBS Sports.
In addition, he was named as a Freshman All-American by Sporting News, USA Today and Campus Insider.
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about James’ freshman campaign was that he was not even a starter for the first five games. The sophomore was always a highly touted prospect, being ranked the No. 1 safety and No. 5 player overall nationwide before committing to Florida State. This season, James had recorded 11 tackles and one interception before sustaining the knee injury against Charleston Southern University, the Seminoles’ second contest of the year.
Florida State is 5-2 overall and 2-2 in conference play thus far this season. As of right now, the Seminoles have two ranked opponents remaining on their schedule in No. 3 Clemson on Saturday and No. 14 Florida on Nov. 26.
Florida State will battle Clemson at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday.