When Florida State defensive tackle Nile Lawrence-Stample went down in late September with an injury, it was believed his season was done. It turns out his season may not be done just yet.
Following a practice on Tuesday, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher acknowledged the defensive tackle’s return to practice, wearing shoulder pads. Fisher said Lawrence-Stample is doing well and may even have a chance to play for the Seminoles in the Rose Bowl, the semifinal in the College Football Playoff against Oregon.
“Doing really well (in his rehab),” Fisher said, according to a Warchant report. “He’ll have a chance to be in there. There’s a possibility. He should be out here the next couple days in pads.”
Lawrence-Stample tore his pectoral muscle in a September game against Clemson. He finished playing in the Clemson game, an overtime victory to keep the unbeaten streak alive, but was ruled out for the remainder of the 2014 season shortly after.
It is probably unlikely Lawrence-Stample will move right back into a starting position after missing the last 10 games of the year for the Seminoles, but having him available even if just to rotate in and out n the line should help Florida State’s defensive efforts combatting Oregon’s offense.
“It really could [help depth],” Fisher said. “Give you a lot of reps, give you quality, give you size, girth. Nile is a heck of a player, now. He was fixing to have a great year. He has power, speed and all that. He’s in good shape. We just have to get him back to playing football.”
Florida State will face Oregon in the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015.