FSU football head coach Mike Norvell addressed the media on Monday afternoon about the injury status of a variety of players on the Seminoles’ roster such as wide receiver Johnny Wilson, tight end Jaheim Bell, linebacker Tatum Bethune, and offensive tackle Bless Harris.
WR Johnny Wilson
As it pertains to Wilson, he caught an 18-yard pass from quarterback Jordan Travis over the middle of the field in the first offensive play in the third quarter. The former Arizona State transfer had to be help off the field and was taken straight to the sideline injury tent. Some fans even suggested that Wilson could have suffered a concussion.
At the conclusion of the game, the big-bodied playmaker went on Twitter (X) to reaffirm that he was fine. Norvell even stated during the press conference that they hoped to get Wilson back from injury early this week.
TE Jaheim Bell
Tight end Jaheim Bell played sparingly in the Seminoles’ 39-17 victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies. FSU utilized Kyle Morlock and Markeston Douglas at the position quite a bit. Norvell stated that Bell got banged up last week where he only played seven snaps.
The offensive system has a variety of dynamic weapons. Given that the Seminoles were heavy home favorites against the Hokies, there was no reason to risk Bell furthering the injury.
LB Tatum Bethune
Bethune was listed as a team captain for the game against Virginia Tech. However, as Norvell alluded to in his press conference that the former UCF transfer was banged up last week. Just like Bell, they did not want to risk further injury. He was on a snap count, which he was only utilized on special teams.
With Bethune’s injury, they were able to insert linebackers such as Omar Graham Jr. and Blake Nichelson into the fold. While it is not ideal to have Bethune unavailable, it was good to witness the young linebackers getting opportunities.
OT Bless Harris
Offensive tackle Bless Harris did not play during Saturday’s contest due to an injury. The talented offensive lineman missed the majority of the 2022 season after suffering an injury. Plus, the Seminoles have been without the services of veteran offensive tackle Robert Scott Jr. However, the Arkansas native was able to have meaningful reps against the Hokies on Saturday.
Norvell stated that they will continue to monitor Harris as they approach Saturday’s contest against the Syracuse Orange. The coaching staff was able to utilize Robert Scott Jr., Darius Washington, and Jeremiah Byers at the offensive tackle spots.