Health Concerns at DE?

Going into the season, the defense was expected to be the strength of the team. However, with the loss of defensive tackle Clifton Dickson to academics and the season ending knee injury to Antonio Cromartie, has some concerned. Adding to that, the health of the defensive ends is also quite alarming.

Renegade caught up with Seminole defensive end position Coach Jody Allen to discuss the situation. The Florida State coach has the numbers but unfortunately only two are 100% healthy.

"The word from the strength and conditioning coaches and trainers isn't good," Allen said. "We only have two players healthy in Kamerion Wimbley and freshman Everette Brown. The rest haven't been able to do everything out there in summer workouts."

Junior Darrell Burston and sophomore Alex Boston are expected to battle for the starting left defensive end spot.

"Darrell (Burston) has been rehabbing all summer," Allen said. "He's been having problems with a patella tendon tears. We fear that it might be chronic. Alex (Boston) had his knee scoped right after the spring game. He's also having problems with a hamstring. Right now both of those guys are even on the depth chart."

Junior Willie Jones, who has never been 100% healthy at Florida State, will battle Anthony Kelly and D.J. Norris for the backup role to senior Kamerion Wimbley on the right side.

"We are going to have to wait and see because a couple of the guys on the right side could move to the left," Allen said. "Willie (Jones) still has that hip-flexor problem. Anthony (Kelly) hasn't worked out much because a groin-pull problem. D.J. Norris is doing better but he still needs to improve his strength. He had off-season shoulder surgery."

With heath being a problem could the Noles move a bulked up freshman in Neefy Moffett out to end?

"We haven't really talked about moving anyone yet," he said. "As of now, Neefy is a Sam linebacker."

According to Coach Allen all players will be able to practice as of now on a limited basis.

"We still got a week to go before practice starts so hopefully a few guys will get better," he said. "There probably will be some guy that will only be able to practice once a day or miss some practices."

What are Coach Allen's feelings heading into camp?

"To be honest, I'm scared," he said. "Normally, guys get bumps and bruises from fall practices and I would like for our guys to be healthy. I'm not sure where we will be at once practices end."

In the spring, junior Barry Wright worked out at defensive end. However, his playing status is uncertain at this time.

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