Florida State Football: Seminoles Will Be Just Fine Without RB Mario Pender

Erin Sorensen@erinsorensenContributor IAugust 8, 2012

April 14, 2012; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles running back Mario Pender (7) runs the ball past defensive end Brandon Jenkins (4) during the second half of the Florida State spring game at Doak Campbell Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE
Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher has confirmed that true freshman running back Mario Pender will miss the 2012 season with a groin injury, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The injury will require surgery for Pender and will force him to redshirt the season.

While a devastating injury for Pender, the Seminoles will be just fine depth-wise without him. Senior Chris Thompson and sophomores Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr. were all ahead of him on the depth chart, meaning the talent Florida State has will be able to overcome the injury.

Pender was expected to rotate in occasionally throughout 2012, but the redshirt will give the true freshman the opportunity to still play for four years starting in 2013.

Fisher did note that this is an injury his team is seeing more of recently: "It's the new injury of ball. Some of the NFL teams are sending six, eight, nine guys a year to it. … Instead of making it worse, we're going to get it fixed and have it ready to go."

Pender had been walking through practice the last couple of days but ultimately missed Tuesday's practice. Fisher had previously said that the tailback might be healthy to compete by the latter half of the season, but it's important that Pender gets the rest he needs.

If the injury takes a little longer to heal, it's okay, as the Seminoles are not pressed for his return.

Ultimately, it's imperative Pender gets himself 100 percent healthy and returns when ready. Florida State has the talent without him, so taking the necessary time to heal will not be devastating. What would be more devastating is if he returns too soon and further injures himself.

There's no need to rush Pender back. The Seminoles will be just fine without him for now.

Related

    Report: Saban 'Really Pushing' for Hugh Freeze

    College Football logo
    College Football

    Report: Saban 'Really Pushing' for Hugh Freeze

    John Taylor
    via CollegeFootballTalk

    Which Teams Can Beat Out Bama for Top Class?

    College Football logo
    College Football

    Which Teams Can Beat Out Bama for Top Class?

    B/R Video
    via Bleacher Report

    ACC Announces 2018 Football Schedule

    Florida State Football logo
    Florida State Football

    ACC Announces 2018 Football Schedule

    Theacc
    via Theacc

    Hilinski's Teammates, Coaches React to His Death

    College Football logo
    College Football

    Hilinski's Teammates, Coaches React to His Death

    SI.com
    via SI.com