Florida State RB Chris Thompson Out for Season with Torn ACL

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 22, 2012

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 29:  Running back Chris Thompson #4 of the Florida State Seminoles stretches before play against the South Florida Bulls September 29, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. ( Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Florida State running back Chris Thompson is out for the rest of the 2012 season after suffering a torn ACL in the Seminoles' win over rival Miami on Saturday, according to FSU beat writer D.C. Reeves via Twitter:

Thompson torn ACL, will be out for the year. #FSU

— D.C. Reeves (@Warchant_DC) October 22, 2012

Thompson was averaging a tremendous 7.5 yards per carry this season before going down. He had 687 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 91 carries to go along with 248 receiving yards on 21 receptions.

For the second straight year the speedster's season will be cut short because of injury. Thompson broke his back last October in a game against Wake Forest and was forced to sit out the remainder of the 2011 season.

The 5'8" senior, who is Florida State's leading rusher in 2012, will once again have to watch from the sidelines as his Seminoles teammates battle for an ACC championship and BCS bowl berth. 

Sophomore James Wilder Jr. will now likely take over a majority of the snaps in the Seminoles backfield. Wilder is the team's second-leading rusher and brings more size to the table than Thompson did. Wilder is a strong and powerful runner at 6'2", 226 pounds.

Fellow sophomore Devonta Freeman will also see more touches for Florida State. Freeman is a faster back and has been explosive in limited action this season, averaging seven yards per attempt on 41 carries.

Despite FSU's depth at running back, Thompson's injury comes at a terrible time for Jimbo Fisher's squad. The Seminoles have won two in a row and rank No. 12 in the BCS standings after eight weeks.

Florida State is 7-1 and currently in first place in the ACC Atlantic division. The Seminoles are already bowl eligible and will round out the season vs. Duke, at Virginia Tech, at Maryland and vs. rival Florida. 


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