Taggart: Wilson ‘tweaked’ knee

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All-ACC defensive tackle Marvin Wilson “tweaked his knee a little bit,” but coach Willie Taggart said the junior is walking around and will be alright.

“Just being a little precautious,” Taggart said. “He’ll be fine.”

There’s no timetable for Wilson to return to the practice field and his status for the opener against Boise State on Aug. 31 remains uncertain.

“We’re going to be smart about it and get him back when he’s healthy,” Taggart said.

Wilson had 41 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 2018 as a sophomore.

FSU has leaned on a group of younger linemen in the absence of Wilson. One lineman who has seen more practice time is Dennis Briggs Jr., who had two tackles, a quarterback hurry and a pass break-up in four games in 2018.

“Dennis is having a good camp,” Taggart said. “The last three practices we feel like he’s coming along really well. He’s starting to have a better understanding of what we’re doing up front.”

FSU remains without star receiver Tamorrion Terry (knee) and guard Cole Minshew (neck) in the early portion of preseason practices. Taggart again indicated that he thought Terry would be back ahead of the opener. He said there is no timetable for Minshew to return.

Receiver Warren Thompson suffered a concussion recently in practice, Taggart said.

Taggart said he has no update on quarterback Jordan Travis’ appeal for a waiver to play in 2019. “Hopefully sometime this week we can know something and keep it moving,” Taggart said. “I’m ready to tell you all, too.”

New grad transfer

Taggart tried to recruit D’Anfernee McGriff when he was South Florida’s coach. McGriff eventually landed at Florida Atlantic after playing at Iowa Western Community College.

“He wanted to have an opportunity to come on the team and earn a scholarship,” Taggart said. “We’re going to give him an opportunity to do that.”

Taggart mourns loss of WKU grad

Noteworthy: Taggart mourned the loss of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach Daryl Drake, 62, who passed away on Sunday. Drake was a Western Kentucky graduate and a former assistant coach whom Taggart had met years ago.

“We lost a great man,” Taggart said. “A great coach. It’s a sad day for all that knew him. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

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