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Players who threw punches against Clemson will sit first half against NC State

Taggart hands down the discipline he promised on Saturday when he called the actions “mentally weak.”

NCAA Football: Florida State at Clemson Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State’s embarrassing loss to the Clemson Tigers got uglier when wide receiver Nyqwan Murray and backup linebacker Zaquandre White threw punches at Clemson players and were promptly ejected. After the game, Willie Taggart said the pair would be disciplined and he announced that they would both sit out the first half this week against NC State.

Unlike targeting, ejections for unsportsmanlike penalties stemming from throwing punches don’t mandate any type of suspension from the NCAA (which makes perfect sense like all other NCAA rules), but Taggart is choosing to discipline the players, and rightly so.

White, who converted to linebacker this season, hasn’t seen much playing time aside from special teams, and his actions on Saturday won’t see that change anytime soon.

Murray is a bit bigger loss, as he has long been quarterback Deondre Francois’ go to target. However, there is plenty of young talent behind him that many fans have wanted to see more of and It looks like this will be their opportunity. Florida State fans can expect an uptick in touches for freshman wide receiver Tre’Shaun Harrison and sophomore D.J. Matthews, who have both flashed their big play ability this season.