By Eric Schmidt

The Florida State Seminoles might have left Miami with a victory over their in-state opponent, the Hurricanes, but they lost their starting running back for the remainder of the season. After ripping off a short pass for a 32-yard gain, Chris Thompson was tackled but wasn’t able to get up.Thompson tore his ACL, ending his season and likely, his college career.

Thompson was enjoying a very successful season for the Seminoles, rushing for 687 yards and recording 248 yards of receiving yards. The elusive back had posted a 7.5 yards per carry average and found the endzone five times for the Noles this season. Serious injuries are nothing new to Thompson. Last season, during the Seminoles fifth game, he suffered a broken vertebrae in his back.

Thompson was on pace to become Florida State’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 1996, a season where Warrick Dunn eclipsed the mark.

The Seminoles will use a tandem of backs to replace the speedy Thompson. Sophomores James Wilder Jr and Devonta Freeman will split carries for Florida State. Wilder, son of former NFL running back, James Wilder, has 369 yards and seven scores on the season. He has an aggressive running style which resembles his father’s skills. Freeman has a 7 yards per carry average and has found paydirt three times this season.

Florida State entered this season with high expectations. A few pundits even suggested that the Seminoles might have a chance at playing for the National Championship this season. Florida State’s season derailed after a one point loss to the North Carolina State Wolfpack, a team which has vexed the Seminoles more than once in ACC play.

Florida State hosts the Duke Blue Devils this week and are currently a 27 1/2 point favorite. Duke is enjoying a solid season, currently sitting atop the ACC Coastal Conference with a 6-2 overall record and 3-1 in ACC play.

 

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