Florida State inside linebacker Jaiden Lars-Woodbey is out for the season with a leg injury, coach Willie Taggart confirmed on Monday.
Lars-Woodbey was injured in the second half of Saturday’s game against Louisville. He had 19 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and .5 sacks in four games.
“Everything happens for a reason,” Lars-Woodbey posted on Twitter on Sunday. “I put my blood, sweat and tears into this man.. just know that when one door closes for me, another one opens as well. I know my teammates are going to hold it down for me for the rest of this year and I can’t wait to be back with them soon!”
Quarterback James Blackman has an MCL sprain and a bone bruise, a source told the Osceola. Taggart stated that Blackman is day-to-day.
Left tackle Jauan Williams (ankle) is also day-to-day, Taggart said. Williams missed games against Virginia and Louisville.
Blackman is 86 of 124 (69.4 percent) for 970 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions in 2019.
If Blackman is not available, the Seminoles will turn to Alex Hornibrook. The Wisconsin graduate transfer completed 15 of 20 passes for 255 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in FSU’s win over Louisville on Saturday.
FSU has lost two players for the season in Lars-Woodbey and defensive end/outside linebacker Joshua Kaindoh.
With Lars-Woodbey sidelined, expect Emmett Rice and Jaleel McRae to see more playing time at inside linebacker along with Dontavious Jackson.
ACC players of the week: Running back Cam Akers and defensive tackle Marvin Wilson were named ACC players of the week after their performances in Florida State’s 35-24 win over Louisville.
Akers won his second Running Back of the Week honor this season after rushing for 112 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. The Clinton, Mississippi, native has three 100-yard rushing games this season, the most in the ACC.
Wilson, from Houston, was named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week with a career-high in tackles (10), tackles for loss (3.5) and sacks (2.0) against the Cardinals. He also recovered a fumble on the final play of the game to secure the victory.
Noteworthy: Hamsah Nasirildeen participated in a limited number of plays in the win over Louisville. Taggart said that the safety is good to go against NC State.
Saturday’s game: FSU will play host to NC State on 7:30 p.m. on the ACC Network.