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Jimbo Fisher reacts to Citadel cut blocks injuring three defensive linemen

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If Florida State wanted to, then the Seminoles could have put a serous beating on visiting Citadel Saturday evening in Tallahassee. The home opener for the defending national champions saw Jameis Winston complete 22 of 27 pass attempts for 256 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 37-12 victory. As Florida State was on its way to a 2-0 start to the season, Citadel’s play caught the ire of the head coach of the Seminoles, Jimbo Fisher.

“When you play these kind of teams, they’re constantly cutting the knees and ankles,” Fisher said, according to The Post and Courier. Three defensive linemen were injured in the game as a result of questionable blocking tactics. Fisher stopped short of saying Citadel was playing dirty, but his response pretty much shows he was not too supportive of it.

“Those guys that cut and block like this, it’s crazy,” Fisher said. “I’d rather play more conventional teams, just because of the chance of injuries that occurred.”

Two starters on Florida State’s defensive line, Eddie Goldman and Nile Lawrence-Stample, and a backup defensive lineman, Justin Shanks, all left Saturday’s game with leg injuries. Florida State has a week off before playing its next game, a home game against ACC Atlantic Division rival Clemson. The extra time off should be welcomed by Fisher and the Seminoles after a game that may have been more of a physical contest than initially anticipated.

It seems to me there is a rather simple solution to that problem. Don’t schedule “these kind of teams.” That goes for all FBS programs too, not just Florida State.