Florida State football: N.C. State’s defensive front poses big challenge for Seminoles

In his weekly teleconference Wednesday, Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher said he was worried about the Seminoles being rusty after a three-week layoff since the team’s last game.

Florida State will face a tough test in its return from that layoff — particularly on offense. Making his first career start, true freshman quarterback James Blackman will line up opposite an N.C. State defensive line that has combined to start 137 games.

“They’ve been there forever,” Fisher said to Wayne E. McGahee III of the Tallahassee Democrat.

The Wolfpack’s defensive front is led by defensive end and 2018 first-round draft prospect Bradley Chubb. Chubb has already tallied 5 1/2 tackles for loss and 1 1/2 sacks through three games this season.

Florida State will need a stellar performance from its offensive line to keep Blackman protected. Fortunately for the Seminoles, while it’s not as experienced as N.C. State’s front 6, the Florida State offensive line has experience. All five linemen started at some point during 2016.

Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren said the battle between that offensive line and N.C. State’s defensive front will likely decide the outcome.

“It’s going to be a great battle,” Doeren said. “They have five returners up front. We got four on defense in our front. The line of scrimmage is going to be a definite key for both teams.”

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