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Week Twelve Injury Report

In what turns out to be, in a lot of ways, the biggest game of the season, the Noles will be fighting for their lives to try to keep their nation-leading streak of 36 consecutive bowl game appearances intact this weekend against a strong Boston College team. Defensive coordinator, Harlon Barnett emphasized physicality this week in practice above all else. This Boston College offense tries to come out swinging and punch you right in the mouth. It’s going to be chilly. It’s going to be tense. There’s going to be a lot on the line. The depth chart on both sides of the ball will see some changes due to either performance on the field or just playing the matchup game. Unfortunately, the team will also be without a few guys due to injury. Let’s take a look.

Levonta Taylor, CB

The preseason All American cornerback is still recovering from a nagging hamstring injury and it will, in all likelihood, keep him sidelined on Saturday against BC. He will be replaced once again by Stanford Samuels III, who was one of the only bright sides in last week’s shellacking at the hands of Notre Dame. Samuels spent most of the season at safety due to depth at the position but already feels plenty comfortable in the CB1 role. The good news is starting safety Hamsah Nasirildeen should be ready to return to the action anyway.

The Offensive Line

Everyone. Everyone is injured. Once again the Seminoles of Florida State will trot out on offense with a different combination of offensive lineman on Saturday. At this point, it’s really hard to tell who is being replaced because they’re injured and who is being replaced because they’re physically incapable of playing up to the level that they need to be. All I know is there were more depth chart changes announced this week in practice for the line and I’m very convinced that when all is said and done at season’s end we’re going to learn more about the extent of this bruised and beaten unit of players. At this point, it’s all hands on deck.


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