So far in 2014, the top ranked defending champion Florida State Seminoles have been able to overcome injuries and distractions to achieve a 6-0 record. Still, the ‘Noles will face an even tougher challenge this weekend when the team may be without running back Karlos Williams as well as wide receiver Rashad Greene. Williams injured his ankle during Saturday’s game while Greene suffered a concussion against Wake Forest. Both are starters and key parts of the Florida State offense and will limit head coach Jimbo Fisher’s play calling abilities.
Fisher said that Greene has the better possibility of playing because he’s progressed well through the team’s stages of concussion protocol.
“Rashad’s response [Monday] was really good. [He did not have any] lingering effects. He still has to go to protocol and a step process to come back. He had the symptoms of concussion and now he’ll go through the protocol and our doctor here, we have an expert here and we feel very comfortable with the hands he’s in. He’ll make all of the decisions,” Fisher said.
Through six games, Williams has been the team’s leading rusher, carrying the ball for 353 yards and five touchdowns. He’s also been effective in the passing game with 12 receptions.
On the other hand, Greene is among the all-time wide receiving greats at Florida State, ranking second in receptions throughout the program’s storied history. So far this year, Greene has 35 catches for an exceptional 576 yards. Fisher needs to prepare for the possibility this vital duo may join starting center Austin Barron as a member of the walking wounded for Saturday’s game.
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