Miami may be missing one rotational defensive tackles against FSU.
Senior Anthony Moten, who has been a versatile sub off the bench, has a “lower extremity” injury, per UM’s official injury report, and is “questionable” for Saturday’s game (3:30 p.m., ESPN).
In three games so far, Moten is credited with three total tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass break-up. He played 31 of 93 snaps against Duke (including “no-plays” on which a penalty was called), subbing for both starters Kendrick Norton and RJ McIntosh.
If Moten can’t go against the Seminoles, sophomore Pat Bethel would see an increased role. Bethel played 20 snaps against Duke. The other reserves, who got in the game late: freshman Jon Ford (five snaps) and redshirt sophomore Ryan Fines (two). Defensive ends Chad Thomas and Demetrius Jackson play inside on third downs, but they wouldn’t likely be full-game tackles.
Starters McIntosh (60 snaps) and Norton (46) handle the bulk of the work in the middle. McIntosh is tied with Thomas for the team lead in tackles for loss (3.5) and for second place in sacks (2.0). End Trent Harris leads in sacks (2.5).
FSU had not released an injury report as of 12:30 p.m. Thursday, but reportedly has several injuries along the offensive line. Per the team’s official website, left tackle Derrick Kelly missed most of the Noles’ win at Wake Forest last week “with an apparent leg injury, and fellow linemen Cole Minshew, Rick Leonard and Landon Dickerson all sustained minor ailments” in the game.
Coach Jimbo Fisher said in his weekly press conference the group was “pretty banged and bruised, but I think we’re going to be OK,” adding that he expects “most of those guys to all be healthy.”
Partly because of its struggling offensive line — which ESPN analyst Jesse Palmer referred to as both “the worst Power 5 position group” and “atrocious” — FSU allowed 17 tackles for loss for 70 yards against Wake.