Two of FSU's biggest name were missing in action Saturday against Boston College and its likely one of them will be back this weekend against Maryland.
Freshman tight end Brandon Warren, who was in uniform against the Eagles but never checked into the game, has been nursing a hamstring. He has since returned to practice.
I felt good. I felt like I could have played if the team really needed me," Warren said about the BC game. "I didn't want to go out and play and jeopardize hurting the team instead of helping. That was kind of the case where coach didn't really want to put me in there to where I am hurting myself even worse.
"(If I did that) I might have to wait five weeks instead of coming back this week."
Warren's return should help an FSU offense that seemed to get a into a comfort zone while operating in the spread.
Backup tight end Caz Piurowski had a decent game for the Seminoles in Warren's absence for the offense but also had a costly turnover that led to seven Boston College points.
Warren says that he and Piurowski have a great relationship and have been support systems for each other in the first year with the program.
"I just told Caz even before the game I just told him to play comfortable," Warren said. "You are here for a reason. Everybody doesn't get to come here and play. Just play within your ability and just play ball. After he had the fumble or whatever I just told him to hang in there.
"It happens to the best of us."
One starter that won't be back in action for Tribe is outside linebacker Geno Hayes.
The sophomore standout sprained a ligament in his knee against Duke and did not play in the game against the Eagles. He has been in a soft cast since then and on crutches. Hayes said this week that his injury is very similar to the one that cornerback Tony Carter missed two games with.
His knee has "more fluid around" than Carter's but has placed the same timetable on his return.
"I am going to be on crutches for at least four or five days to take pressure off my knee," Hayes said. "I should be fine by the time we play Virginia."
Warren set to return, Hayes out against Terps
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