Florida State will be without one of its best defensive players Saturday when it faces Georgia Tech for the ACC Championship, and there's a good chance the Yellow Jackets will be without one of their best offensive players.
Here is who has to step up in their absence:
- Florida State DE Mario Edwards, Jr. filling in for Cornellius “Tank” Carradine (ACL) -- Carradine tore his ACL last week against Florida and will miss the rest of the season. Edwards, a true freshman, will take his spot in the starting lineup. Widely considered as the top recruit in the country last year, Edwards has had to wait his turn behind a trio of talented defensive ends. He will get his first start Saturday against Georgia Tech's option. Edwards has seven tackles and 1.5 sacks.
- Georgia Tech A-back Robert Godhigh filling in for Orwin Smith (ankle) -- Smith did not play at Georgia last week after suffering an ankle injury against Duke on Nov. 17. He has not practiced this week, and his status is unknown for Saturday. If he cannot go, the Yellow Jackets will rely on Godhigh, who had a solid game at Georgia on Saturday. He had six carries for 44 yards and caught five passes for 66 yards. For the year, Godhigh has 381 rushing yards with four touchdowns and 227 receiving yards and four scores.
Georgia Tech still trying to find a kicker: The Yellow Jackets have used three kickers this season -- Justin Moore, David Scully, and Chris Tanner. Georgia Tech has been holding a kicking competition this week, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“I'd love for one guy just to be heads above everybody else, but it's not that way right now,” special-teams coordinator David Walkosky told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Tanner has handled the field-goal duties the past three games and has gone 3 for 4 with a long of 38 yards. Scully is 3 for 7 with a long of 34 yards, and Moore is 2 for 4 with a long of 32.
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