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The Daily Nole — Sept. 16, 2016: Josh Sweat Injures Knee

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Only one day now separates us from the first top-10 match-up of the college football season as second-ranked Florida State visits No. 10 Louisville. FSU however, received some more bad news Thursday night. Here’s the latest news we have from around Nole Nation. The news and notes section of this post will be updated throughout the day.

Lead Story

We reported Thursday night that Florida State starting defensive end Josh Sweat suffered a left knee injury in practice and did not travel with the team. A former 5-star prospect, Sweat suffered a gruesome ACL tear as a high school senior in the same knee. The extent of the injury is not known.

The Tallahassee Democrat reported Friday morning that it is possible that Sweat could take a separate flight and rejoin the team in Louisville after being reevaluated. While we don’t know the severity of the current injury, the source told us that Sweat was in a lot of pain Thursday. If Sweat is unable to go, junior linebacker Jacob Pugh would likely start at Sweat’s “Buck” position.

UPDATE: According to 247Sports, Sweat’s injury is not considered to be severe and the sophomore is expected to join the team in Louisville on Saturday. That doesn’t mean he’ll be able to go for Saturday’s game.

Between the Lines

Florida State soccer improved to 6-1 on Thursday with a 2-0 win over Mercer. Taylor Hallman and Kristen McFarland each scored goals for the Seminoles while Megan Connolly and Kaycie Tillman each added assists. Each of FSU’s six victories this season have come by shutout. The Bears didn’t get a single shot on goal, compared to FSU’s 25.

On the Agenda

Florida State’s men’s golf team kicks off play at the Olympia Fields Invitational in Illinois on Friday. The cross country team will be in Cary, North Carolina for the Adidas XC Challenge.

News and Notes

Though the Seminoles could be without Josh Sweat in Louisville on Saturday, fullback Freddie Stevenson, safety Nate Andrews and starting guards Kareem Are and Wilson Bell are all expected to play against Louisville on Saturday. For Andrews and Are, it will mark their 2016 debuts.

Reports were able to confirm that defensive end Josh Sweat took a separate flight to Louisville and is in the team hotel. His status for Saturday’s game is uncertain.

FSU softball will play eight exhibition games and six scrimmages this fall. One of the exhibitions will come against Georgia, who defeated the Seminoles in last year’s Women’s College World Series opener.

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Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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