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Ermon Lane likely to miss Orange Bowl with foot injury

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Florida State starting safety Ermon Lane is expected to miss the Orange Bowl.

NCAA Football: Florida State at Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Sources told Tomahawk Nation that Ermon Lane will likely miss the Orange Bowl against Michigan due to a foot injury suffered early this week in practice. One of the sources believes it is a broken foot for the junior from Homestead.

Lane, a converted wide receiver, was seen on crutches and in a boot Tuesday around campus. He had been playing surprisingly well for someone who had just made a transition to safety.

Thrust into the lineup due to injuries to other safeties like superstar Derwin James, Trey Marshall and Nate Andrews, Lane picked up the coverage concepts surprisingly well and was a willing run defender.

On the year, Lane had 26 solo tackles and 37 total, one interception and two passes defended.

FSU will be incredibly inexperienced in the back end of the defense, and it is not known exactly what combination of players FSU will use to sure up the back end against the Wolverines, who feature tight end Jake Butt and a strong running game. Trey Marshall and A.J. Westbrook will receive a lot of playing time, with true freshman Carlos Becker likely to play more snaps unless Lane can somehow play.