Semi­noles re­ceiver Camp­bell is ready to play for in sea­son opener

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - College Football - By Kather­ine Wright Correspondent

Ohio State QB Dwayne Hask­ins Jr. threw five touch­down passes dur­ing Ohio State’s 73-31 win over Oregon State.

TAL­LA­HAS­SEE — The Florida State re­ceiver unit will get a boost from red­shirt ju­nior Ge­orge Camp­bell, who will be avail­able for the No. 19 Semi­noles’ sea­son opener against No. 20 Vir­ginia Tech Mon­day.

The wide re­ceiver was not listed on the FSU’s lat­est depth chart re­leased, but he is ex­pected to play when the Semi­noles and Hok­ies face off at 8 p.m. at Doak Camp­bell Sta­dium. The game will air on ESPN.

Camp­bell, rated a five-star prospect by 247Sports.com, has only played in five games dur­ing his three­year ca­reer at Florida State. In­juries have re­stricted his play and lim­ited him dur­ing pre­sea­son camp.

“Ear­lier, we [weren’t] sure,” Tag­gart said about Camp­bell’s avail­abil­ity for Mon­day’s game. “He’s been prac­tic­ing the past cou­ple of day. He’s done a good job for us.”

Arnold shines

Right guard Mike Arnold con­tin­ues to im­press Tag­gart, es­pe­cially with the of­fen­sive line push­ing for sta­bil­ity. The red­shirt sopho­more is listed along­side red­shirt ju­nior Cole Min­shew, who has missed some prac­tice this week due to an an­kle in­jury.

“I thought spring ball was re­ally big for Mike to get all of the reps that he got in. Spring ball helped him so much com­ing into train­ing camp,” Tag­gart said. “I’m re­ally com­fort­able with Mike, and what he is able to do for our foot­ball team.”

With the uncer­tainty sur­round­ing Min­shew’s health, Arnold could start against Vir­ginia Tech.

Tag­gart on QB Hock­man’s exit

Tag­gart had lit­tle to say about red­shirt fresh­man quar­ter­back Bai­ley Red­shirt ju­nior wide re­ceiver Ge­orge Camp­bell is cleared to play in the Semi­noles’ opener against Vir­ginia Tech on Mon­day night.

Hock­man’s de­ci­sion to trans­fer.

“He just said he wanted to leave. He wanted to go some­where else,” Tag­gart said.

The coach’s dis­ap­point­ment ap­peared to flash while he was at­tempt­ing to smile.

“I wish him noth­ing but the best,” Tag­gart said. “I re­ally don’t want to talk about any­body but our play­ers.”

‘Young guy’ scrim­mage

The Semi­noles will hold a “young guy” scrim­mage at the Dunlap Train­ing Fa­cil­ity on Satur­day. The scrim­mage will de­ter­mine who will join the travel squad.

“The guys in pads are young guys. We’ll have a young guys scrim­mage to­day and try to keep it com­pet­i­tive and the MVP get to travel,” Tag­gart said Satur­day.

FSU’s road game will be at Syra­cuse on Sept. 15 at noon.

“I’ve done it pretty much ev­ery­where I’ve been,” Tag­gart said of the scrim­mage. “Gives those guys a

chance to con­tinue to com­pete, con­tinue to get good reps and get bet­ter.”

The rest of the team will be watch­ing from the side­lines.

Idle Satur­day

It was the first ma­jor Satur­day of the col­lege foot­ball sea­son, but the at­mos­phere in Tal­la­has­see did not re­flect it. While Tag­gart said he would try to watch a few games af­ter prac­tice, he will re­main fo­cused on the Semi­noles.

“We’re pre­par­ing for our game,” Tag­gart said on prac­tic­ing to­day in­stead of play­ing. “None of those games have any­thing to do with us so we’re stay­ing locked in with what we have to do on Mon­day night. To­day’s an­other day to get bet­ter.”

Tag­gart said that his young daugh­ter, Mor­gan, never al­lows him to watch a full game.

“She’ll sit there with me for a lit­tle bit,” Tag­gart said with a smile. “‘Dad, you can have about a quar­ter. Then we’ve got to go play.’ ”

AP FILE

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