Several 'Noles still uncertain for Saturday

As the Florida State football team limps into its game against Boston College Saturday, there's one certainty as it pertains to the conference showdown.

That certainty happens to be that the status of the glut of injured Seminole players is, well, uncertain.

But, there are some things that are known.

Linebacker Geno Hayes, who sprained a ligament in his knee in the win against Duke last weekend, will not be in the starting lineup when the game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. He will be replaced by true freshman Dekoda Watson.

"There's nobody behind Dekoda. Nobody there," linebackers coach Kevin Steele said when asked who be Watson's backup on a linebacker corps ravaged by injuries.

While Hayes won't be the starter, whether or not he will get any reps at all will be determined Saturday. The same can be said for starting tight end Brandon Warren.

The standout freshman tweaked his hamstring against the Blue Devils and was limited in practice throughout the week. He is still hoping to see the field at some point against the Eagles.

"I don't know about starting but I may get a couple of plays but I am not trying to rush anything," Warren said. "I mean, I feel fine. (Backups) Caz (Piurowski) and Charlie (Graham) have practiced good all week. They can (play). If it comes to where (the coaches) need me than we will see."

Starting noseguard Alex Boston has been battling with an injured ankle and wasn't able to practice Thursday. It is likely that he, like Hayes, may not get to play at all.

In his place is true freshman Budd Thackers, who, as of a few weeks ago, was slated to take a redshirt.

If Thacker is in the lineup with Watson, that will make two first-time starters for the Seminoles on defense.

The inexperience is enough to make FSU coach Bobby Bowden a little nervous.

"No, I don't (like it)," he said, when questioned whether he was comfortable with the way the lineup is looking. "I feel like we have to put the best out there that we can, and that's all we can do."

Added junior starting defensive tackle Andre Fluellen about the freshmen starters: "It's different from just being there, and knowing that you're going to have to contribute. It's a lot of pressure for a freshman; they've handled it very well. Budd did a great job on the line last week, and all the freshmen have come along really well, faster than I think anyone could have expected." On the bright side of things, however, it appears as though cornerback Tony Carter will be available Saturday.

The Jacksonville native has missed the last two games with an injured knee. He slowly returned to practice this week.

Defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews noted that it's unlikely that Carter will return to the starting lineup but will see the field.

"He wants to play," Andrews said.

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