Florida State losing to Clemson shouldn’t surprise anyone. But what the already banged-up Seminoles really needed to avoid in this one was the loss of any more key players. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that will be the case.
Late in the first half, sophomore FSU receiver Keyshawn Helton was going for a tackle after James Blackman was intercepted on a tipped pass. But Blackman was also pursuing the ball carrier, and he dove into Helton’s legs. The latter was fitted with an air cast and carted off the field. After the game, Willie Taggart said that Helton’s knee injury would “probably” force him to miss the rest of the season.
This isn’t anything new for the snakebitten ’Noles. Starters Joshua Kaindoh and Jaiden Lars-Woodbey were lost for the season after also being hit by fellow Florida State players. Helton is second on the team in catches (17), yards (239), and touchdowns (3), and he’s also an important leader for FSU.