October 11, 2011

OL injuries may force freshmen into duty

After starting true freshman Bobby Hart last weekend against Wake Forest, Florida State could have to play a few more young offensive lineman this Saturday against Duke.

With starting right guard David Spurlock banged up with a knee injury, true freshman Tre' Jackson has taken most of the first-team reps so far this week.

Redshirt sophomore Garret Faircloth has also been unable to practice this week after suffering a concussion last week, and senior Andrew Datko is out indefinitely with a bad shoulder.

"We could," FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said of having to potentially play two true freshman in Jackson and Hart. "We're going to have to. It depends on if we get Spurlock and Faircloth back."
Hart started at left tackle against the Demon Deacons, but has flip flopped with senior tackle Zebrie Sanders this week in practice.

In his first start the 17-year old Hart had an up and down performance, but Fisher believes he is growing and learning on the fly.

"Had a better day today," Fisher said of the former St. Thomas Aquinas standout. "It's gonna be a learning curve. He did some really good things, started his game up there and I thought he did a really good job."

Haulstead likely to redshirt

After Tuesday's practice Fisher confirmed what most had suspected since the third week of the season, that wide receiver Willie Haulstead is highly unlikely to suit up for FSU this season.

"I guess," Fisher said when asked if Haulstead would have to redshirt. "He's got to. It doesn't look like (he'll play this year)."

Haulstead has been out since suffering a concussion in the final preseason scrimmage of the year.

Haggins good to go

Less than a month removed from surgery on his broken hand Jarrod Haggins has returned to practice this week and Fisher said he expects him to play against the Blue Devils.

"He's good to go," Fisher said. "It's good to get him back in there. He had a pretty decent day today too."

Haggins suffered a broken hand late in the second half against Oklahoma, but didn't notice until after the game.

Fisher said it's the mental toughness of the 6-foot-1, 191-pound receiver that not only allowed him to play through the pain against OU, but to return from surgery almost a week ahead of schedule.

"When you've got a strong mind, things happen to you," Fisher said. "Good things."


  • True freshman receiver Rashad Greene, who leads FSU with 26 receptions for 457 yards and 6 touchdowns, was added to the Biletnikoff Award watch list on Tuesday. The award is presented to the nations top receiver

  • Bert Reed and Vince Williams were both in full pads on Tuesday after playing sparingly against Wake Forest.

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