Junior defensive tackle Moses McCray and running back Tavares Pressley were lost for the year with torn ACL injuries, according to the team's practice report. Pressley, who was battling for time among a deep tailback corps, was injured Friday. McCray, who has 14 career starts in two seasons, was injured Saturday.
“Neither one was hit,” coach Jimbo Fisher said in the team's practice report. “They were cuts on the field and there wasn’t anyone around them. They just stuck their foot in the ground and it went out. It’s very unfortunate because they’re both great kids.”
The losses are adding up for Florida State, which also suspended junior linebacker Nigel Carr and dismissed receiver Jarmon Fortson from the team. None of the interior defensive linemen has more than one season of college experience. It's not an ideal situation for a defense in transition. It has been an opportunity, though, for younger plays to get important snaps this summer.
Sophomore wide receivers Rodney Smith and Willie Haulstead, and redshirt freshman defensive tackle Demonte McAllister will now be called upon to provide more help. On the defensive line, Fisher will rely upon tackles Jaccobi McDaniel, Everett Dawkins and Anthony McCloud.
“For me it means I have an opportunity coming in behind Everett (Dawkins) and try to work my way into the rotation,” said McAllister. “Moses is a big loss for us, but we are going to continue to fight hard and make a difference."