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Week Eight Injury Report

FSU welcomes the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest University to town for their homecoming game at 3:30 this Saturday in Doak Campbell Stadium. Of course, it’s paramount to focus on the opponent immediately in front of you, but at the same time, it’s worth noting that this week’s game is likely the last one the `Noles will be favored in for the remainder of the season. It’s crucial that they find a way to get a win before going into the absolutely brutal final stretch of games that includes the best Notre Dame team since 2012, the juggernaut of the conference in Clemson, the perennial thorn in FSU’s side that is NC State, and a Florida team that looks like they may have finally gotten over the tragic departure of Tim Tebow.

For the second time in as many years, the Noles are in danger of seeing their nation-leading bowl streak come to an end. If Willie Taggart and company want to push that streak to 37 consecutive years, they’re going to need to be all systems go from here on out. Health, consistency, and synergy are critical for making it out of those treacherous waters with an invitation to a bowl. It all starts this week.

Deondre Francois, QB

The star quarterback was banged up in the Miami game, and some had questioned if he would be ready to go this week. There was even some chatter that James Blackman may be taking the reigns against Wake. However, it appears Francois will be 100%.

Landon Dickerson, OL

I’ve mentioned Landon Dickerson in every single injury report I’ve done this year. Not ideal. In the last report, I mentioned how it looks like LD’s ankle is finally progressing and he may be on his way back into the lineup. Unfortunately, Willie Taggart told media on Monday that he’s uncertain if Dickerson may even see the field at all for the remainder of this season. Of course, they’re better with him than without him, but the silver lining in the fact that he’s missing so much time is that the current unit of offensive linemen continue to put time in together and build that chemistry. There’s no replacement on this team for Dickerson, but at least this is nothing new.

Logan Tyler, Punter

How rare is it that a punter makes it into the injury report? Seriously, we should all go buy lotto tickets right now. This probably won’t happen again for another thousand years. Tyler’s lower half appeared to be tweaked against Miami during that facemask tackle turned backyard brawl in the first half. This week in practice he was limited, but it appears he’ll be just fine. Ricky Aguayo would take over punting duties in the case of his absence.


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