Offensive lineman Dontae Lucas is no longer with the Florida State football program, a school spokesperson confirmed on Monday afternoon.
The move further thins an offensive line group that is sorely lacking depth. FSU coaches have consistently said they are looking for eight dependable offensive linemen and Lucas was viewed as one of the reserves that could fill in at one of the guard spots.
On Saturday night, Lucas played extensively from the second quarter on after left tackle Robert Scott was lost for the rest of the game due to injury. FSU adjusted its offensive line to (from left) Darius Washington, Dillan Gibbons, Johnson, Lucas and Devontay Love-Taylor.
Lucas played in eight games (starting seven) at left guard in 2020 as well as 11 games (seven starts) in 2019 as a true freshman.
One of the difficulties with Lucas is he often let his emotions get the better of him. Emotions seemed to bubble over in a game at Wake Forest in 2019 and he often struggled this spring.
FSU played on Saturday without center Maurice Smith and with left tackle Robert Scott sidelined for the second half. Wide receiver Ontaria Wilson also missed the Jacksonville State game. Norvell did not specify a timetable for their return.
“I’m real hopeful that we’ll see those guys,” Norvell said. “As you go through a week, you try to prepare to get guys ready. Sometimes that plays out for you, sometimes it doesn’t. Any time you lose starters up front, it adds to the challenges. We’re hopeful that we’ll get both (the injured linemen) back soon. Pokey, I do believe will be available this week but we’ll see how the week goes.”