Terrible news for the Florida State football program, as star defensive end Brandon Jenkins is reportedly done for the season with a foot injury.
UPDATE: Monday, September 3 at 11:17 p.m. ET by Richard Langford
The official Florida State athletics website is confirming the news that CBS' Bruce Feldman broke earlier: Jenkins is done for the year.
They passed along this quote from coach Jimbo Fisher:
After receiving information late in the afternoon following an MRI and a weight bearing X-Ray and also awaiting to talk to Brandon Jenkins and his mother, it was determined that Brandon will miss the 2012 season with a Lisfranc injury.
I've followed football enough to know that Lisfranc injuries are no joke. Given that is the problem, it is not at all unusual that they are already throwing the towel in on Jenkins' season.
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CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman broke the news:
Florida State defensive end Brandon Jenkins, a two-time All-ACC selection, will miss the rest of the 2012 season due to a left foot injury, a source told CBS Monday night.
Jenkins' injury occurred in the first half of what was otherwise a stellar day for the 'Noles, as they rolled Murray State, 69-3.
At 6'3" and 260 pounds, the athletic Jenkins is a pass-rushing machine. As Feldman points out, he has tallied 21.5 sacks over the past two seasons. Jenkins is also solid against the run game, but it is his pass rush that will be the hardest for the Seminoles to replace.
While the loss of a player of this caliber is going to be a big blow to any team, Florida State has the talent to withstand it.
The Seminoles have 6'4", 265-pound junior Bjoern Werner manning the other defensive-end position. Feldman also points out that he had four sacks and five tackles for loss against Murray State, and Jenkins' replacement in that game, Tank Carradine, finished with nine tackles and a sack.
Florida State is solid on all levels of its defense. It will be able to make up for this loss if the remaining defensive starters play up to their ability.
However, at some point this season, missing the dominant pass rush of Jenkins is going to cost FSU, but it is certainly not something that should keep the team out of the Top 25.
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