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NC State TE Dylan Autenrieth out for season; DE James Smith-Williams expected back for FSU

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 24 NC State at North Carolina Photo by Dannie Walls/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Dave Doeren offered some injury updates during his press conference on Monday, and the news is mixed. On the bright side, James Smith-Williams is expected at this point to play against Florida State. Smith-Williams has been out for a couple games with a foot injury.

On the unpleasant side, Doeren announced that tight end Dylan Autenrieth is done for the season. He injured one of his knees against West Virginia. That is definitely a blow to NC State’s rushing attack, as Autenrieth is by far State’s best blocking tight end. Cary Angeline and Dylan Parham will have to fill the void.

Doeren added that they will be able to apply for a sixth year for Autenrieth (currently a redshirt junior) after the 2020 season. (If he wants it, of course.)

Doeren didn’t have a definitive update on Zonovan Knight’s status but said he expects Knight to be ready for the Seminoles. Doeren thought Knight probably could have returned to the Ball State game, but the team was getting strong performances from Ricky Person and Jordan Houston.

Cornerback Nick McCloud remains out.