Florida State Seminoles: Hasan Hazime

Wake Forest, FSU lines will be tested

September, 14, 2012
TALLAHASEE, Fla. -- It's a familiar refrain when Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe talks about his offensive line. He's working around injuries, mixing and matching players at new positions, getting regular work for young linemen short on experience.

It sounds an awful lot like the problems FSU coach Jimbo Fisher has faced for much of the past year.

"Our offensive line is in flux," Grobe said, echoing a sentiment that had defined FSU's line until the start of this season.

In fact, a year ago no team in the ACC allowed more sacks than Florida State. Second on the list was Wake Forest.

Both teams have managed to turn things around a bit in 2012. The new-look Seminoles line has yet to allow a sack, while Wake has allowed just two. But plenty of questions remain.

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Nikita Whitlock out vs. Florida State

September, 13, 2012
Wake Forest starting noseguard Nikita Whitlock has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Florida State with a sprained ankle.

Whitlock was hurt last week against North Carolina and has been unable to practice. On the ACC coaches call earlier this week, Grobe talked about the prospect of playing without his top defensive lineman.

"I like Tylor Harris," Grobe said. "He's a true freshman, but he's a big guy, he's very athletic, he's a pretty physical kid. I really like the things that he's doing right now. Some of our other guys that have been very productive, I thought the nice thing was when we didn't have Zach Thompson last week that Hasan Hazime came in and played absolutely great, and now he'll be starting at defensive end. That might give us a chance to move Zach down inside.

"It's really hard to replace Nikita, but I think the thing we've got is we've got about five guys in that defensive front for those three positions where we've kind of through practice in August rotated those guys around, and most of those guys have played either noseguard or defensive end.

"We've got enough athletes that we can move those guys around. We'd hate to miss Nikita, but I think Tylor Harris will be the guy starting out, but we'll have to roll some of those guys in behind him to try to keep him fresh."


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