Defensive ends coach Jody Allen is trying to remain optimistic about his players' availability for Saturday's game against Florida. But with Neefy Moffett the only healthy reserve, he's also having search for backups.
Since starter Kamerion Wimbley is likely out and D.J. Norris still remains questionable, Allen has turned to the linebackers as an emergency plan.
Lawrence Timmons, who saw his first live action at defensive end in the loss to Clemson, and Marcello Church are being prepped on the basics of the position, though they will continue to practice this week primarily as linebackers.
"We've worked (Timmons) about a total of 10 snaps at defensive end this week," said Allen. "It's just so he'll know where to line up. What he brings is a healthy body that has high energy. We don't have any healthy bodies right now."
Allen said that there are caveats that will determine when Timmons and Church might switch to defensive end, but the most likely situation that would force a change is losing a player to injury or exhaustion.
"It depends on how the game goes and what the scenario is because (they) can't play in all the scenarios," said Allen.
With linebackers at defensive end Florida State's opponents will have a size advantage, so Timmons said for the Seminoles to be effective they will have to rely on speed.
"It's a whole different world. I have to deal with big tackles all the time, so I have to have pretty good technique," said Timmons. "I have to beat them with speed because I can't mess with those big guys."
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Reserve C Dumaka Atkins has been able to practice this week after a minor groin injury and believes that he will be ready to go for Saturday's game.
Atkins is also occasionally working at guard, a positing left thin by season-ending injuries to Matt Meinrod and John Frady.
"When you think you have a break you have to sub in for somebody else that is already out," said Atkins. "A lot of us are playing positions that we've never seen before. I'm playing guard to give some of those starters a break."
Walk-on Cory Brookins had been practicing behind starting C David Castillo while Atkins was sidelined.
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