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Could Chris Thompson (back) be redshirted?

Posted on: August 23, 2011 11:20 am
Edited on: August 23, 2011 11:28 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

One of the strengths of the Florida State offense is expected to be the return of their top three rushers, who combined for 1,940 yards in 2010. But an unspecified back injury could keep junior Chris Thompson, the team's leading rusher, off the field for "a long time."

Head coach Jimbo Fisher addressed the media after practice yesterday (you can see video HERE courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel) and seemed to have no clear answers on when, or even if, Thompson would return. The chronic back problems have kept the Seminoles' leading rusher in limited action throughout the preseason. If Thompson is not ready to go Sept. 3 against ULM, Florida State should be fine at the tailback position.

"Hopefully he'll get back, but if he doesn't, like I said there's a guy who can replace him," Fisher told reporters.

Seniors Jermaine Thomas and Ty Jones received praises from the head coach on Monday, and freshmen James Wilder and Devonta Freeman have also put together impressive fall camps. Considering the loaded talent at the position, it seems that redshirting Thompson may be an option for the Seminoles' coaching staff. Losing the team's leading rusher will hurt, especially after his breakout 2010 campaign, but if he can't get back to full strength soon it might be the best way for Florida State to prepare for the future.

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Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:45 am

Could Chris Thompson (back) be redshirted?

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Since: Aug 5, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:45 am

Could Chris Thompson (back) be redshirted?

A redshirt for Thompson would not be a bad idea. It would allow FSU to keep some depth for 2012, and allow young guys like Freeman and Wilder to get some reps in this fall in preparation for a busy spring and summer next year.

Thompson for an extra year can only help FSU long-term, even if it means the overcrowded backfield just got a little lighter.

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