To recap: that's Maryland's most promising young lineman gone, his potential backup also gone, and one of Maryland's few bona fide stars with another injury to his legs - which, remember, kept him out all of last season, too. To throw on top of that, Maryland's also without their starting free safety, Matt Robinson, left guard Josh Cary, and, oh yeah, their starting quarterback, too.
If your plan is to wreck us, angry football gods, just get it over with and take Stefon Diggs' ACL. Don't drag it out.
Jimbo Fisher confirmed after practice that EJ Manuel's ankle was rolled in Wednesday's practice. Fisher said that the swelling was minor, that Manuel could have played if he had to, and that he'll be back in a few days.
Rick Ballou of Jacksonville radio reports that EJ Manuel rolled his ankle in Wednesday's closed practice and left under his own power in a walking boot.
CB Ronald Darby, Florida State: The Seminoles brought in a highly touted group of defensive linemen, with defensive end Mario Edwards and defensive tackle Eddie Goldman cracking the overall top 10 in the Rivals.com rankings. But Florida State is loaded along the line, so if Edwards or Goldman earns significant playing time, it means the Seminoles have suffered a rash or injuries or the freshmen are really, really good. More likely, those youngsters will play limited roles as they learn from talented veterans. That may not be the case for Darby. With last week's dismissal of Greg Reid, Florida State has an opening for a starting cornerback. While the Seminoles could shift safeties Lamarcus Joyner or Terrence Brooks to cornerback, they also could go with Darby, a Maryland native with elite speed.
RUMOR: I can't verify this, but I'm hearing rumblings about Greg Reid being booted off the team today.
Often the enigma of the 'Noles, this continues his trend of causing you to cheer him one minute and curse his name the next.
"Key matchup: Florida State front four vs. Clemson's offensive line: On paper, these two teams match up pretty well, both with veteran QBs, standout young wide receivers and veteran secondaries. But if there's one huge mismatch going into this game, it's in the trenches. Clemson lost five senior offensive linemen from last year's team, while Florida State returns one of the most fearsome defensive lines in the country."
Clemson 2008, what?
Rob Nkemdiche: "Clemson is a done deal if they offer his Grayson HS teammate"...In all fairness I'm kind of glad that FSU does not have to go through any of this drama having to give scholarship offers to borderline D-1 talent just to appease a #1 recruit....now we know how Clemson managed to pull this off...not that Clemson is special or anything...they're just more willing to load their team with scrubs...Thoughts?