Neefy Moffett to start Saturday

Sophomore defensive end Neefy Moffett has earned the right to start for the first time in his Seminole career Saturday. Also inside, find out the latest injury news and there has been some switching at defensive back so take a look at the two-deep depth chart according to graduate assistant James Colzie.

Florida State defensive ends coach Jody Allen said Thursday that sophomore Neefy Moffett has earned the right to start his first career game Saturday.

The Palm Bay native performed well enough in practice this week, just edging out freshman Kevin McNeil for the right to line up on the opposite end of left end Darrell Burston.

"Last week, McNeil graded slightly higher than Neefy," Allen said. "This week, Neefy graded slightly higher than McNeil. Whoever grades the highest is going to start."

Redshirt freshman Everette Brown will serve as Burston's backup and will see significant minutes against Maryland.

"Darrell is playing a little more run game … first or second-down type of guy," Allen said. "Everette is a little more pass-rush. Both of them can do both, and I trust both of them to do both, but you lean a little bit more that way with those two. Neefy and Kevin are just playing.

"Those two are very similar in their abilities in running and passing."


DAVIS LOOKING TO BRING HOME SOME HARDWARE

To say that redshirt senior linebacker Buster Davis enjoys the limelight would be an understatement.

The boisterous defender has made a name for himself as being the "bell cow," as coaches call him, of not only the FSU defense but the team as a whole. In need of a sound bite, reporters know exactly who to speak with for an off-the-wall comment.

But for as much as Davis enjoys being the center of attention and speaking his mind off the field, his play on the field is doing enough to talk for him.

It was announced Thursday that Davis is one of 15 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award, which is given to the nation's top defensive player. It is the fourth such nomination for postseason hardware for the Mainland High graduate. He is a semifinalist for the Lombardi and Butkus awards and a quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy.

"It's an honor," Davis said. "But just like anything else, it is as much for my teammates as it is for me."

Davis' modesty may be a bit misleading as he has almost single handedly taken over games for the Seminoles this season leading the team in tackles. Among the conference leaders throughout the season as well, Davis is averaging 9.0 tackles per game and has 63 total on the year.

He has the opportunity to become the first FSU defender in program history to lead the conference in tackles at season's end.

"I've really got a good chance to lead the league in tackles so of course I want to do that," Davis said.


INJURY UPDATE

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said Thursday that Alex Boston will likely be a game-time decision against Maryland Saturday.

Boston missed the game against Boston College with an ankle injury.

"Boston practiced yesterday, got about four plays in and couldn't go after that, so we're not counting on him," Bowden said. "But we will take him and maybe he will get in a play or two."

Bowden also mentioned that starting wide receiver De'Cody Fagg will not play against the Terrapins with a high ankle sprain. FSU's leading pass catcher suffered the injury in the loss to Boston College.

Reserve wide receiver Joslin Shaw will get the start opposite Chris Davis.

While Fagg's status is clear, LB Jae Thaxton's is not. The Georgia native has been forced to sit out from games and practices since suffering a concussion against Clemson in mid September.

Linebackers coach Kevin Steele said that despite the fact that Thaxton has increased his workload at practice this week, doctors have still not cleared him to play.

"We just have to wait and see," director of sports medicine Randy Oravetz said. "I don't want to speculate on if he will be able to play or not. We have certain criteria that he has to meet in order to be cleared and he hasn't met that yet."

Freshman tight end Brandon Warren is expected to be back in the starting lineup after missing the game against the Eagles.


DB DEPTH CHART

With the return of Tony Carter, graduate assistant James Colzie says that the two-deep depth chart at defensive back looks like this:
Field:
Tony Carter
Patrick Robinson

Boundary:
Jamie Robinson
Michael Ray Garvin

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