FSU Starting Running Back out for Season
Thompson, a starter, suffered a blow to the knee in the Seminoles' 33-20 win over Miami (Fla.) on Saturday. Coach Jimbo Fisher confirmed Monday that the injury was an ACL tear and would require surgery.
"He's what's right about college football," Fisher said, "but this game takes no prisoners."
It's been a rough going for Thompson, who broke his back in the fifth game of the 2011 season. After vigorous offseason training, however, he has been able to come back healthy and lead a shared backfield with 687 yards and five touchdowns.
"It's a very big blow to us because of what he is to our team," Fisher said. "But we've got two very good guys behind him."
Sophomores James Wilder Jr. (369 yards, seven touchdowns) and Devonta Freeman (287 yards, three touchdowns), with the addition of senior Lonnie Pryor (163 yards, six touchdowns), will continue to share the load as a three-man tandem in the backfield.
Florida State (7-1, 4-1 ACC) is second in the conference behind Georgia Tech with 243.2 rushing yards per game, which also ranks 15th in the country.
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