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Jimbo Fisher expects Josh Sweat to be ready for FSU season opener

Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher.
Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher. AP

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said after Thursday’s practice that he feels comfortable playing defensive end Josh Sweat in the season opener.

Sweat dislocated his kneecap and tore the ACL in his left knee in September 2014 during his senior season at Chesapeake (Virginia) Oscar Smith. But his rehabilitation is ahead of schedule, and one of the nation’s top players in the class of 2015 will be on the field against Texas State on Sept. 5.

“He’ll be ready to play,” Fisher said. “He’s healthy enough to play.”

Fisher said Sweat has not had any swelling in the knee. His return to the field has been quicker than expected, with Sweat being a full-go in practice 10 months after surgery.

▪ Marquez White has emerged as the top candidate as FSU's punt returner.

"Phenomenal ball skills," Fisher said. "Got wiggle. Can run. Judges the ball tremendously well. Gets to all the punts. Nothing hits the ground on him either."

▪ Defensive end Chris Casher, who had knee surgery a few weeks ago, returned to practice on Thursday and looked to move well. "He may be ready for the (first) game," Fisher said. "I guess it's a fast-healer."