Florida State coach Willie Taggart said that starting left tackle Jauan Williams has a sprained ankle and the coaches will “see how he heals” before determining his availability for Saturday’s game at Virginia.
Williams was injured on the second drive in FSU’s 45-44 overtime victory over ULM. That forced Abdul Bello into the lineup.
“We’re going to see how he heals and see how he goes this week,” Taggart said. “Hopefully it heals well and gets back.”
Bello held up well at times, notably as a run blocker, but remains a liability as a pass blocker. FSU’s ability to use Williams will be a major storyline for FSU-Virginia.
“I thought Bello did a good job of coming in and replacing him and helping our football team,” Taggart said.
Taylor available, Tyler not
Taggart said that safety Levonta Taylor is eligible to play against Virginia and that punter Logan Tyler is suspended indefinitely. Taylor was not listed on the FSU-ULM participation chart. Tyler’s suspension was announced pregame.
Taggart on personal fouls and punishment
Linebacker Dontavious Jackson was flagged for a personal foul on ULM running back Josh Johnson with 6 minutes left, helping to extend the Warhawks’ drive. Taggart was asked on Monday how he punishes players when they lose composure.
“You take him out of the game,” Taggart said. “Our guys get punished. When you have selfish penalties, we punish them for it because they’re a selfish act, and it hurts an entire football team.”
Jackson was taken out of the game after the penalty. He returned later in the drive when ULM went inside the red zone.
Florida State has recovered three fumbles and an interception in two games. The Seminoles only recovered three fumbles in the 2018 season. They had 12 interceptions last year.
James Blackman completed a career-high 30 passes in Saturday’s win over ULM. He is 41 yards from reaching FSU’s top 20 on the career passing list.
Akers named ACC’s running back of week
Junior tailback Cam Akers had 248 total yards Saturday – 193 rushing and 55 receiving – in Saturday’s overtime win over Louisiana-Monroe. He scored three touchdowns – two rushing and one 44-yard receiving touchdown that gave FSU a fourth-quarter lead. Akers’ 36 carries set a school record.
Louisville-FSU time set
FSU and Louisville will play on Sept. 21 at 3:30 p.m. The game will air on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.
Other ACC games on Sept. 21:
Boston College at Rutgers, Noon, Big Ten Network
Western Michigan at Syracuse, Noon, ACC Network
Elon at Wake Forest, Noon, RSN
UCF at Pitt, 3:30 p.m., ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2
Appalachian State at North Carolina, 3:30 p.m., RSN
Central Michigan at Miami, 4 p.m., ACC Network
Old Dominion at Virginia, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Ball State at NC State, 7 p.m., ESPNU
Charlotte at Clemson, 7:30 p.m., ACC Network