Florida State Seminoles sophomore defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. missed the past two games with a broken right hand, and he needed to have screws inserted into his hand, as well as a plate. However, he was expected to be a “go” for today’s game against another top 25-ranked ACC foe in the Maryland Terrapins, and the Miami Herald’s Patrik Nohe reports that Mario Edwards will indeed be playing today.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher was extremely impressed with the way Edwards practiced this week, so it sounds like he should be able to have a good game against Maryland despite the had injury. Fisher said, “He has had one of the best weeks of practice he has had since he’s been here. I’ve been very pleased. I think a little bit of it could be fresh legs — rejuvenated. Sometimes you miss something and it reminds you of how much you like it — how much fun it is to be out there. He’s practiced really well.”
So far this season, the highly touted 2012 recruit has recorded 17 tackles with 1.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, and Edwards has also chipped in a pass defended. He’s a huge weapon on this Florida State defense, as he is extremely disruptive against the run and pass. He can play just about everywhere on the defensive line, and it will be interesting to see how well the uber-talented young DL does coming off of the injury. Florida State will need to put consistent pressure on Terrapins QB C.J. Brown, as he has been on tear this year in leading the Terps to a top 25 ranking. Brown is averaging 10.7 yards per pass attempt with seven touchdowns to just one pick, and the dual-threat QB has also rampaged defenses to the tune of 283 yards.