Florida State has lost another former blue-chip recruit and projected contributor at running back for the rest of spring practice, as Jimbo Fisher announced Monday that Ryan Green will miss the rest of camp with a shoulder injury.
Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher announced Monday sophomore running back Ryan Green will miss the remainder of the spring with a shoulder injury. Green, seen with his right arm in a sling at Monday's scrimmage, had surgery the shoulder within the last week. Fisher did not disclose what specifically Green injured, electing to just call it a shoulder injury.
Green joins 5-star early enrollee Dalvin Cook Jr. on the injury report for the rest of spring practice. Cook, who was competing with Green and Mario Pender for snaps behind presumed starter Karlos Williams, also hurt his shoulder in camp in a freak accident on the stairs in the team's workout facility.
With Green and Cook now gone, the rest of spring practice becomes imperative for Pender, who has a chance to stake his claim for the No. 2 running back role. He, Green and Cook were all top-50 recruits on the 247Sports composite coming out of high school, and each is capable of developing into a quality backup at the very least.
Green, though, is the most experienced option of the trio, having rushed for 163 yards on 33 carries as a true freshman in 2013. Playing behind Devonta Freeman, Williams and James Wilder Jr., he found his way onto the field in mostly a garbage-time capacity but made his presence known with agility and quick feet.
"Ryan Green has tremendous upside and has really developed," head coach Jimbo Fisher said recently, according to Shanker. "He may be the fastest, quickest guy on our football team...he was off the charts."
According to David Hale of ESPN.com, Fisher's offenses since arriving at Florida State have given just 27.5 percent of their carries to the lead tailback. As good as Williams was last season—730 yards and 11 touchdowns on 71 carries—the one or two primary backs behind him will be just as vital to the Seminoles' continued success in 2014.
Losing Green is another step in the wrong direction, but with three sound options that should all be healthy come the fall, it may still be too early for coaches and fans to fret.
Follow Brian Leigh on Twitter: @BLeighDAT