FSU could be thin at safety against Northern Illinois

Florida State is heading into a must-win game against Northern Illinois on Saturday. After starting 1-2 and failing to get much of anything going on offense, the Seminoles season is in jeopardy of going right down the drain.

The defense has been one of the lone bright spots with its performance on the field. The unit has done everything it can to try and give the FSU offense a chance to score, it just hasn’t happened very often.

Unfortunately, the team as a whole has gotten banged up over the first quarter of the season and that problem has been expedited at the safety spot due to Calvin Brewton leaving the team earlier in the week. Though Brewton was just a reserve safety, some key players in front of him could miss the game against the Huskies, which would’ve given him more of an opportunity for playing time.

Isaiah Bolden is out for the season after undergoing surgery on his shoulder. Thankfully, he’ll be able to redshirt due to the new NCAA rules that allow players to appear in up to four games prior to burning their redshirt.

True sophomore Cyrus Fagan suffered an injury during practice this week and his status is unknown for the game currently. If he’s unable to go, FSU will basically have lost three of its six scholarship safeties in a week.

Stanford Samuels, AJ Westbrook, and Hamsah Nasirildeen will have a heck of a workload if Fagan is unable to go for the `Noles. It’ll be interesting to see if Harlon Barnett uses any of his other defensive backs in spot time at safety. AJ Lytton and Jaiden Woodbey both spent time at the position in high school.

Regardless, it’s clear that Florida State is in for some adjustments come Saturday and this coaching staff will need to be ready to make them.

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