Youth­ful re­ceivers likely to face test

With ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers hurt, fresh­men are ex­pected to play.

The Palm Beach Post - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - By Ira Schof­fel Warchant For more FSU cov­er­age, go to Warchant.com

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State’s wide re­ceiver unit could look a lit­tle younger Satur­day at Duke.

Ju­nior re­ceiver Au­den Tate al­ready has seen his play­ing time lim­ited by the shoul­der in­jury he sus­tained ear­lier this sea­son against N.C. State. Red­shirt sopho­more Ge­orge Camp­bell is still deal­ing with a “core” mus­cle in­jury that forced him to miss all of last sea­son. Now the Semi­noles likely will be with­out sopho­more Keith Gavin, who went sus­tained a foot or an­kle in­jury last Satur­day against Mi­ami.

Dur­ing his weekly call-in show Wed­nes­day night, coach Jimbo Fisher said Gavin prob­a­bly won’t play Satur­day at Duke.

That means the Semi­noles likely will give an ex­tended look to true

fresh­man D.J. Matthews. Fisher said Matthews has made great strides in prac­tice in re­cent weeks and was go­ing to see more ac­tion even if Gavin was healthy.

Matthews, who missed part of pre­sea­son camp with a ham­string in­jury, was rated the na­tion’s No. 5 re­ceiver com­ing out of high school.

“He’s com­ing along very good,” ju­nior wide­out Nyqwan Mur­ray said of Matthews. “I think he’s go­ing to be very spe­cial.”

FSU loses a great deal of size with­out the 6-foot-3, 221-pound Gavin; the speedy Matthews is listed at 5-10 and 151 pounds, but he is ex­pected to be more dy­namic with the ball in his hands. Matthews scored 19 touch­downs as a prep se­nior while play­ing quar­ter­back and other po­si­tions on of­fense.

If the Semi­noles need size, they could give fresh­man Tamor­rion Terry (6-4, 191) a look. And if the 6-4 Camp­bell is healthy — he was listed as “ques­tion­able” go­ing into the Mi­ami game and caught one pass for 15 yards — he will be a fac­tor as well.

“All the (older) guys are down,” Mur­ray said. “The fresh­men are go­ing to have to step up. Next man up.”

With true fresh­man quar­ter­back and for­mer Glades Cen­tral star James Black­man tak­ing over for the in­jured Deon­dre Fran­cois in Week 2, FSU’s pass­ing at­tack has been some­what lim­ited. The Semi­noles (1-3, 1-2 in the ACC) rank 85th na­tion­ally with an av­er­age of 203.0 yards per game.

Duke’s de­fense ranks 44th in pass­ing de­fense, al­low­ing 206.2 yards a game. The Blue Devils (4-2, 1-2) are tied for sec­ond na­tion­ally with 10 in­ter­cep­tions through six games.

SATUR­DAY’S GAME Florida State at Duke, noon, ESPN2

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