TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 1 Florida State is expected to have redshirt sophomore linebacker Ukeme Eligwe log action for the first time this season on Saturday, Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher said following Thursday’s practice at the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility.
Eligwe has been sidelined following a lisfranc foot injury in the spring, but had been slated to compete for a starting linebacker position this season. He began practicing two weeks ago.
“I was very pleased,” Fisher said about Eligwe’s Thursday practice. “He was flying around and athletic. I am anxious to see him get on the field. I really am – special teams and on defense. He ought to be ready to go. He has practiced hard for a couple weeks now. We will play it by ear how it goes in the game. We would like to get him 20-40 snaps somewhere in that range.”
Eligwe could play the Mike or Will linebacker positions, but also has the ability to play on the edge as a Sam or Jack. He should have an impact on special teams, as well. The Stone Mountain, Ga., native tied for the team lead with 10 kick return tackles last season. He made the clutch solo tackle on Auburn All-American Chris Davis’ kick return with nine seconds left in the BCS National Championship Game.
Renegade V to be Retired at Halftime
Renegade V, who served for nine seasons, will be retired at halftime of Saturday’s game. The riders who rode Renegade V will be in attendance and the Marching Chiefs will perform a special song.
Head Coach Jimbo Fisher Post-Practice Quotes
“It was hot today. It’s been hot all week. It was a good practice – typical Thursday. We are getting to where we need to go. I think it has been one of our better weeks. Hopefully we can take it to the field and keep good balance on offense – run and throw. Defensively, some of these young guys keep been playing better. Hopefully they can take it to the field. I thought the secondary looked really good this week in practice. The upfront guys and linebacker had a solid week when we were against each other. I noticed a difference in the defense. Kicking game, we kicked the ball good. Again, we just have to keep getting better, keep taking it to the field and be ready to play on Saturday.”
On the health of junior cornerbacks Ronald Darby and P.J. Williams:
“They were never 100 percent. Right now, this is the first week I’ve really seen them fly around with the quickness, surge and pull. They were playing really good, but they weren’t fully where they need to be. I can see a difference in them right now.”
On redshirt sophomore linebacker Ukeme Eligwe coming back from injury and making his season debut:
“Really good. I was very pleased. He was flying around and athletic. I am anxious to see him get on the field. I really am – special teams and on defense. He ought to be ready to go. He has practiced hard for a couple weeks now. We will play it by ear how it goes in the game. We would like to get him 20-40 snaps somewhere in that range.”
On how Wake Forest’s defense is forcing turnovers:
“They blitz. They keep multiple packages in the back. They give you a lot of different looks and they play aggressive defense. They have been a good defensive team for a long time. They play hard.”