August 31, 2012

Warchant Week in Review: Murray State

We here at know that our members have busy schedules. It's hard to keep track of every event of every day leading up to a Seminole football Saturday. That's why we've created this convenient feature, a one-stop shop where the big happenings and developments of the week all are laid out prior to kickoff with this week's opponent: Murray State.

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Each week of preparation holds different news items. Sometimes the headlines are depth-chart related. Other weeks see injuries as the hot-button issues. This week, FSU news included a little bit of everything, even program-related news.

Position battles

As the media assembled for weekly press conferences featuring coach Jimbo Fisher and quarterback EJ Manuel, the updated fall depth chart was distributed. Everyone's eyes quickly darted toward two positions of interest: right tackle and field cornerback. The winner of the right tackle job was JUCO-transfer Menelik Watson and sophomore Nick Waisome took home a starting spot in the secondary.

Watson beat out fellow JUCO-transfer Daniel Glauser in a position battle that unexpectedly did not include incumbent starter Bobby Hart. When describing Watson's success, coach Fisher said "he played the best…If we didn't think he was ready to start, we wouldn't have started him."

Waisome beat out true freshman Ronald Darby, who was one of the most buzzworthy players in camp not named Kelvin Benjamin. Of Waisome, Fisher said "he had a solid camp and I look forward to watching him playing on Saturdays."

Other notable position battles or questions: safeties Lamarcus Joyner and Karlos Williams both will return as kickoff returners and sophomore Rashad Greene will begin the year as the team's punt returner.

Injuries: Hicks out, McCloud on mend

Redshirt junior Dan Hicks received tough news this week, as he will not make his offensive debut in 2012 due to injury. The tight end converted from defensive end in the spring and figured to be the Seminoles' top option underneath starter Nick O'Leary. Hicks instead will miss the season due to a knee injury.

"They went in to do the cartilage and it was an old injury and it was pretty bad and it had been bothering him, and they saw it and had to do it right then," coach Fisher explained on Wednesday. "So he'll be out for the year."

Starting defensive tackle Anthony McCloud has been nursing a torn pectoral muscle since the middle portion of fall camp. Coach Fisher put the initial timetable for McCloud's return in the first two weeks of the regular season, and this week it was announced that McCloud is likely ready to suit up against Savannah State in Florida State's second game of the year.

Additionally, offensive linemen Jacob Fahrenkrug and Garret Faircloth mended some bumps and bruises and will be available this Saturday.

Spetman extended for one year

Through a public records request, obtained the details of FSU athletic director Randy Spetman's contract extension Thursday afternoon. Spetman's contract was set to expire in February of 2013 but now runs through February of 2014. For a full rundown of this story, click here.

Tyler Hunter apologizes

The Tyler Hunter tweet-saga was a storyline of the late summer. The defensive back released a series of controversial tweets in the offseason which contained rap lyrics disparaging police officers. Hunter has worked with the Florida State Police Department as part of the team's disciplinary reaction, in order to (in coach Fisher's words) "educate" Hunter on the work that police offers do. Hunter's apology can be found here.

Top stories/features

For more in-depth information, check out this week's top stories and features below:

Five things to watch: FSU vs. Murray State

The Week 1 Report featuring Gene Williams, Jeff Cameron and Ira Schoffel

The Week 1 Podcast featuring D.C. Reeves, Paul Thomas and Tom Lang

Quote of the week

"They'll both be nervous as crap."

Jimbo Fisher on Cameron Erving and Menelik Watson both making their first career starts at offensive tackle.

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