Florida State coach Willie Taggart said that tackle Jauan Williams is available to play in Saturday’s game at Clemson.
Whether he or Abdul Bello will start remains uncertain. Williams started in FSU’s first two games before suffering an ankle injury.
“He looked good,” Taggart said. “He practiced yesterday (Wednesday) in full pads. A lot better than what he’s been before. He is available. We’ll see on Saturday.”
Taggart also said that guard Cole Minshew will be available, although how much remains a question mark. The senior returned to the practice field on Tuesday and may need time to get acclimated to the Seminoles’ tempo before he plays significant snaps.
FSU’s coach said he has been pleased with the play of James Blackman and Alex Hornibrook this week, although he gave no indication of how he may use Hornibrook against the Tigers.
“Him and Alex have both had a good week of practice and moving the ball, not turning the ball over,” Taggart said. “It’s been a good week. … It’s going to be a Saturday thing. At 3:30 once the game starts, will roll those guys out there and let it go.”
Taggart joked that he’s undecided who will be his starting kicker, whether it will be senior Ricky Aguayo or walk-on Parker Grothaus. Aguayo has made 4 of 8 field-goal attempts but has struggled after a 3 for 3 start. Grothaus made a pair of extra-point attempts in FSU’s win over NC State a few weeks ago.
“I think I’m going to flip a coin when the ref does the coin toss at the beginning of the game,” Taggart said. “Whatever it is, heads or tails at the coin toss. I’ll tell Parker he’s heads and Ricky he’s tails. Whatever it is, that’s who is going in.”
Taggart emphasized the importance of reducing mistakes, like turnovers, in a game against No. 2 Clemson. FSU has also seen its penalties go up, down and back up over the course of the season.
“It’s hard to win a college football game no matter who you’re playing,” Taggart said. “But it’s things we got to do in order to win the ballgame. Our guys understand those winning qualities that we got to have, especially against the defending national champs. You better be on your “A” game and do all the things you need to in order to win the ballgame.”