Paul Griffin, Justin Mincey and Budd Thacker are arguably Florida State's best three defensive tackles, and they have been forced to sit out the first few games due to suspensions from Florida State's academic scandal last year.
Shortly before the first game, one of Florida State's more experienced defensive tackles saw his season cut short before it even started when Emmanuel Dunbar suffered an injury to his back.
The setbacks left Florida State very short handed and were forced to start a true freshman to help out immediately. Moses McCray had a very solid fall camp and earned Coach Haggins.
McCray has started both games for Florida State so far this season and has had a chance to get his feet wet. Although the competition was not very tough, McCray was able to take the games as practice in actual game situations. He says he has learned a lot from the first few games and will use that knowledge this weekend against Wake Forest.
"I learned that this isn't high school anymore. You can't stand up high and play up and still expect to win the battles out there," McCray said. "It just doesn't work like that any more."
As far as feedback on what McCray needs to do this week according to his position coach, O'Dell Haggins, McCray says his improvements should be simple to make.
"He told me that I just gotta stay low and play faster," Moses said. "The rest will come to me in time, but for now, that's it."
Every single Seminole fan and player remembers exactly what happened to Florida State the last time that the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest traveled to Doak S. Campbell Stadium. Florida State was embarrassed to the tune of a 30-0 smack down in their own stadium. Although Moses McCray was still in high school, as a Seminole, he feels just as responsible and embarrassed for that game as every one of his teammates.
When Saturday night comes, McCray only had one thing to say about the game without going into any great detail…