Florida State will face the best offense it has seen all season long when the defending BCS national champions return to Pasadena to challenge Pac-12 champion Oregon and Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Marcus Mariota. The Ducks have quite the supporting cast on offense too. Florida State’s shaky defense, at least when compared to the 2013 ‘Noles defense, will need to be on top of its game to advance to the national championship game, and it appears as though the defense will welcome back a pair of significant contributors.
Defensive tackle Eddie Goldman and Nile Lawrence-Stample each are likely to play for Florida State in the Rose Bowl, according to a recent report by Warchant.
Goldman was named to the ACC’s First Team All-ACC Defense this season. He went down with an ankle injury during the ACC Championship Game victory over Georgia Tech and returned to the practice field for the Seminoles last week. Lawrence-Stample’s return was previously reported to be likely, according to head coach Jimbo Fisher, and it appears everything remains on track for that to be a reality. Lawrence-Stample has missed 10 consecutive games due to a torn pectoral muscle.
“Excellent. I feel very comfortable with Nile,” Fisher said in recent days. “Nile’s practicing well. He’s been doing good-on-good for the last three days. He’s really developing his strength. I like his progress.”
Florida State teammates certainly respect the return of these two players as well.
“To be able to have Nile and Eddie back on the D-line would be a tremendous help as a linebacker,” junior linebacker Terrance Smith said last week. “To be able to have two threats up there, plus Mario [Edwards Jr.] and Demarcus [Walker] on the edge, to be able to have people that require double-team blocks and can’t get single-blocked … that’s a big factor.”
We shall see just how big of a factor it really is when Florida State faces Oregon in the Rose Bowl on January 1, the first of the two national semifinal game sin the College Football Playoff.
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.
Florida State managed to sneak by Clemson last week at home without Jameis Winston suiting up (well, he suited up initially but that’s another story). This week the undefeated and top-ranked Seminoles head to Raleigh, North Carolina. If any program should be aware of the dangers of playing on North Carolina State’s campus, it is the Seminoles. The Wolfpack enter this weekend’s game with an unblemished record, but do they have enough in the tank to take down Florida State and write another chapter in the storied history of NC State upsets of Florida State?
Florida State will be without two starting defensive linemen this weekend. Defensive end Mario Edwards is out with a concussion and defensive tackle Nile Lawrence-Stample is out for the remainder of the season due to a torn pectoral muscle. If North Carolina State chooses to attack the defensive line of Florida State, they will do so with the nation’s 25th ranked rushing offense and an offensive line that has allowed just four sacks so far this season. Shadrach Thornton and Matt Dayes have split the running duties for the Wolfpack fairly evenly, and should expect to split the job once again this weekend.
The key for NC State will finding ways to frustrate the typically unflappable Winston, who returns to the field after serving a one-game suspension last week. This is much easier said than done, and one week off does not figure to be enough to slow down Winston. But hey, stranger things have happened in this series before, right?
Florida State lost a key piece to the defensive line on Tuesday. Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher confirmed the los of defensive tackle Nile Lawrence-Stample for the remainder of the 2014 season. Lawrence-Stample was the victim of a torn pectoral muscle in Saturday’s overtime victory a home against Clemson.
The 6′ 1″, 314-pound junior reportedly played through the injury after initially suffering it in the ACC Atlantic Division contest, but the severity of the injury was only just discovered. Through three games, Lawrence-Stample led all Florida State interior defensive linemen with nine tackles.
As noted by Warchant, the Rivals affiliate covering Florida State, Fisher expects to be able to give some playing time to senior Desmond Hollin or freshmen Demarcus Christmas and Derrick Nnadi.
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.