FSU notes: Watson, Rhodes likely to play

September, 13, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Jimbo Fisher expects to have Menelik Watson and Xavier Rhodes ready for Saturday's game against Wake Forest after the pair of starters missed practice time this week.

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AP Photo/Don Juan MooreFlorida State defensive back Xavier Rhodes is expected to play on Saturday.
Watson injured an ankle during Tuesday's practice and did not work out with the team Wednesday. He was limited during Thursday's drills, but he appeared to be moving well and Fisher doesn't anticipate a need to sit the right tackle Saturday.

"He was out there moving around, took a rep or two, and the ankle is good," Fisher said. "We're expecting him to play."

Fellow junior college transfer Daniel Glauser took the bulk of the reps with the first-team offensive line, and Fisher said he wouldn't be concerned about using the backup right tackle against Wake Forest if necessary.

Rhodes missed Tuesday's practice with flu symptoms, but he was back on the field Thursday, laughing and joking with teammates during drills and appearing to be past the illness.

In fact, Fisher said Rhodes has been remarkably impressive this week.

"Xavier has looked as good as he's every looked the last couple days," Fisher said.

The only new addition to Florida State's injury report is linebacker Markuss Eligwe, who will not be available this week with a hand injury. Eligwe was already slated to redshirt this season.

Going for Goldman: Ronald Darby's quick start in the secondary and the will-they-or-won't-they decisions on redshirts for Mario Edwards Jr. and Chris Casher have garnered the most attention among freshmen performances thus far, but defensive tackle Eddie Goldman continues to make progress, too.

Goldman has two tackles in two games, and he's looked solid against the run while getting regular snaps in two blowout wins over FCS opponents.

His workload will likely dip as Florida State's schedule toughens, but fellow defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan said Goldman is headed in the right direction.

"He's a hard-working kid," Jernigan said. "That's the biggest thing that really stands out to me about him. He's willing to do it as many times until Coach tells him to stop. He's going to keep trying and give it his all every time. The biggest thing for him is learning and get adjusted, but I think he's going to be just fine."

Early risers: It should be a big change-of-pace for FSU's starters Saturday, given that none has gotten a full game's worth of work so far.

Adding to the difficulties will be the timing of kickoff. After two straight 6 p.m. starts, the Seminoles will go to work under the sun at noon, but Fisher said he's not concerned about his team's ability to hold up in the heat for four quarters.

“That’s why our scrimmages were at 12:30 (p.m.) all through fall camp. A lot of things we did were at noon," Fisher said. "Our kids loved it -- that’s their favorite time to play. They like the night games and the environment but they like to get out of bed and get going and play -- like they do in practice a lot. We made an emphasis on that in camp.”

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