September 29, 2016 - by
Final Prep For UNC: Sweat Ready To Return

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher announced Thursday that sophomore defensive end Josh Sweat is available to play Saturday against North Carolina, a little less than two weeks removed from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Sweat, who has three tackles (one for loss) and two quarterback hurries this season, practiced both Wednesday and Thursday.

“He’s healing really well,” Fisher said. “… We’ll see in the morning, but it looks great.”

Sweat injured the knee in practice leading up to the Louisville game. He played sparingly against the Cardinals and had surgery the following week.

In his absence, the Seminoles have leaned more heavily on freshman Brian Burns, who has appeared in all four games and already has four sacks to his credit.

While Burns has filled in nicely, the Seminoles are happy to have all pass-rushers on deck against a UNC offense that averages 334 passing yards per game.

Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky is second in the nation with a 74.5 completion percentage, and he has yet to throw an interception this season.

“You’ve got to put pressure on him,” Fisher said. “You say, ‘Don’t rush him and get out of your lanes,’ but you’ve got to get pressure. You’ve got turn it loose, you’ve got to stay in gap control, you’ve got to reduce the pocket … you’ve got to get after him. You’ve got to affect the quarterback.”

Elsewhere, Fisher confirmed that the Seminoles will stick with the same offensive line that paved the way for 478 rushing yards against South Florida last week.

That means, left to right, the Seminoles will line up with Roderick Johnson, Kareem Are, Alec Eberle, Landon Dickerson and Brock Ruble.

It’s the first time the Seminoles have used the same line combination in back-to-back games this season. And it’s especially good news for Ruble, a sophomore who began the season as a reserve behind Rick Leonard before reclaiming a starting job last week.

“Just keep sawing wood,” Fisher said of Ruble. “Don’t get mad and quit. Don’t get mad because I ain’t playing. Don’t take my ball and go home. Just keep sawing wood – ‘I’m a sophomore. I’m learning to play’ – Just do what you’ve got to do.”

Florida State injury report, Sept. 29
Out: RB Johnathan Vickers (concussion), DT Darvin Taylor II (shoulder), S Derwin James (knee)
Questionable: QB Sean Maguire (foot)
Out for season: WR George Campbell, DT Keith Bryant

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