Notes: Williams healing, Taylor available, Tyler suspended

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.

Turnover turnaround

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.

Blackman’s numbers

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


  1. Jim Gladden

    We need to do more than take a guy out of the game as punishment, we need to do something he can feel, like we did, punishment for loafs and foolish penalties , we ran gassers on Monday night and they had a set time by position they had to make or they had to do it over. Consequences of lack of effort or foolish penalties has to be great enough to Change Habits. Jim Gladden Outside LB./Defensive End coach 1975-2002.

  2. Jeff Griggs

    Jim, you nailed it.
    Heck, when we had the nation’s dominant defense in the 90’s, part of the reason was this.
    We practiced tackling during the week, during the middle of a practice.

    Mickey Andrew was fierce with his mindset that to tackle better during the game, you have to practice tackling each week, and not just during the couple of scrimmages we might have.
    He had stated that offenses can get their timing down by practicing, yet a defense needs to practice tackling during the week, to be strong in the games.
    Jeff Griggs Fervant FSU from 1976 onward

  3. Patrick Burnham

    In regards to Dontavious Jackson, I think the need to take him out for an extended period of time. He committed several of these selfish penalties last year, the NC State game stands out in my mind. It has to be for more than three or four plays. I don’t think he should have been put back into the game at all after that given the fact that he is a repeat offender. And then I would still do the gassers, etc. that you mentioned.

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