Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher confirmed during his Monday press conference that senior running back Chris Thompson will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL in Florida State's 33-20 win at Miami.
Thompson's season is over.
Thompson's Florida State career is over. Fisher said they learned the news late Sunday night.
"Very big blow to us for what he means to our team,” Fisher said. “This game takes no prisoners. It's a very unforgiving game.”
Thompson's 687 rushing yards through six-plus make him Florida State's leading rusher by a wide margin. He averaged 7.5 yards per carry and was threatening to become FSU's first 1,000-yard rusher since Warrick Dunn in 1996.
FSU quarterback EJ Manuel, whose locker is across from Thompson's, said he texted him Sunday night and told him he loved him.
“Chris is a better person than he is a football player," Manuel said. "That says a lot because he's a great football player.”
Thompson looked to be FSU's best offensive threat in Miami. He had contributed 94 all-purpose yards (47 rushing, 47 passing) at the time of his injury, and hurt his knee at the end of a 32-yard reception.
With Thompson out, Fisher said that the Seminoles will lean more heavily on sophomores James Wilder Jr. (61-369, 7 TDs) and Devonta Freeman (41-287, 3 TDs), as well as fullbacks Lonnie Pryor and Debrale Smiley.
“We lose a brother but we still have to continue to fight for it," Manuel said. "We have younger guys like James and Devonta who can fill that role and step into that spot.”
A native of nearby Greenville, Fla., Thompson returned to the Seminoles this year after missing the final eight games of the 2011 season after suffering a broken back that threatened his football career.
He made his way back to the team and coaches and teammates said he looked better now than before his injury.
“It's unbelievable,” Fisher said. “What this kid has gone through, the back, this, that."
Thompson is the second key contributor – and second Seminoles to wear No. 4 – to be lost for the season with an injury. Senior defensive end Brandon Jenkins sustained a Lisfranc injury to his foot in the season-opener against Murray State.
"It's all part of it,” Fisher said. “It's a shame, we've lost some really good football players"
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