FSU football has had an extraordinary 2023 campaign where they possess a 6-0 record for the first time since 2015.
The Seminoles have been relatively healthy throughout the roster (*knock on wood*), but have sustained some injuries on the offensive line with players such as Maurice Smith, Robert Scott Jr., and Bless Harris.
Fans have seen Smith and Scott Jr. return to the lineup, but Harris has still been sidelined. Head football coach Mike Norvell spoke with the media on Monday morning about the former Lamar transfer:
"“We get Bless back this week. He’s going to be ready to go. He was very close last week. I think if it was an absolute emergency, he probably could have went in. We’ll have him back this week.”"
Harris suffered a season-ending injury last season after the Seminoles’ season opener against the Duquesne Dukes. They were expecting him to be their starting offensive tackle. As a result of the injury, the coaching staff had to rely upon veteran Jazston Turnetine to fill the void.
In terms of this season, Harris has been one of the most consistent pass blockers on the entire position group, according to Pro Football Focus. The Seminoles have been having to rely on the versatility of Darius Washington to assist with the absence of Harris.
With Harris being able to come back this week, this could allow Florida State to elevate its offensive output to new heights. That is truly frightening given that the Seminoles are score
The Seminoles have eight offensive lineman that they feel comfortable playing with Robert Scott Jr., Casey Roddick, Maurice Smith, D’Mitri Emmanuel, Bless Harris, Darius Washington, Keiondre Jones, and Jeremiah Byers.
Even with the injuries, this just goes to showcase how deep the position group truly is. Offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Alex Atkins has certainly changed the narrative of the Seminoles’ offensive line group for the better.