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FSU leading rusher suffers broken back

Posted on: October 10, 2011 9:37 am
Edited on: October 10, 2011 9:48 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

Florida State has been plagued by injuries at nearly every position during the Seminoles' 2-3 start to the season. Among the on-field struggles have included the inability to get a consistent rushing game going. The offensive backfield took a hit on Saturday when starting running back Chris Thompson suffered a back injury in the 35-30 loss to Wake Forest.

The Orlando Sentinel reports Thompson suffered compression fractures of his T-5 and T-6 vertebrae. The Seminoles' leading rusher was hit hard on a routine short run to the right, and struggled to get himself off the ground. He was tended to by the on-site medial staff and left the field on a cart. For those not familiar with vertebrae vocabulary, head coach Jimbo Fisher simplified the injury.

"He's going to be staying [in Winston-Salem] for further evaluations for a day or two so they can stabilize it and see how we're going to move him and what we're going to do," Fisher explained. "But… he broke his back."

Florida State's lack of a rushing attack has been one of the most frustrating on-field anomalies for Seminole fans. A deep stable of running backs all returned this season (albeit with some health concerns) after leading the fourth-best rushing attack in the conference in 2010. Through five games the Seminoles are dead last in the ACC, averaging just over 85 yards per game on the ground.

It does not take long to identify reasons for the sputtering running game. Florida State has not had an entirely healthy five-man offensive line unit since the beginning of training camp. Someone is either getting hurt, or slowly working their way back into the lineup nearly every week. For example, starting offensive tackle Andrew Datko has been questionable nearly all season due to a shoulder injury. Since he was not cleared to play against Wake Forest, 17-year old true freshman Bobby Hart was called on for his first career start.

Florida State will travel back to North Carolina to face Duke this weekend, hoping to climb back to .500 and end the three-game losing streak.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 12:15 am
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Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:04 pm

FSU leading rusher suffers broken back

Well, that is what a fracture is. Football is becoming that sport where it's too brutal for players to play very long anymore. At the end of the day here, NFL careers are going to be shorter and the recent lockout and CBA is only going to hurt the players position. True they get paid a lot, but when more and more die at 40-50 years old, is it worth it ?

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 5:19 pm

FSU leading rusher suffers broken back

Injuries do not hide the fact that the recent offensive line philosophy of going with lighter, quicker linemen has been a total bust!  Right now, the most powerful teams in the country - LSU, Alabama, & OU - are playing the best football on both sides of the football because their linemen are ferocious pile drivers & road graders.  In the OU loss, FSU was man-handled, out-slugged, and beat up in an alley-fight, left for dead.

If Jimbo 'Ricky-Bobby" Fisher wants to keep his job, Rick Trickett has got to go YESTERDAY!  Of course the O-line is beat up; they're all a bunch (relatively speaking) of underfed clucking hens nursing boo-boo's.  Need to find a passel of nasty hawgs who'll stomp ya in the mud so those scatbacks don't break their tiny backs.  The FSU D-line is probably soft from having to face a bunch of bantam-weight chicks in practice every day.


Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 4:54 pm

FSU leading rusher suffers broken back

We have to open the playbook up and MUST keep trying to run the ball no matter what, That will open the pass game up.
We need to get it together QUICK!!

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:41 pm

FSU leading rusher suffers broken back

wow.. jump to conclusions much?

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 12:34 pm

FSU leading rusher suffers broken back

Good thing they took him off the field sitting up on a cart and not on a backboard!!!  Jimbo is inept, not the running game.  Look at what Clemson is doing with a true freshman stud!  Get the ball to your playmakers on the edges!!!  Don't keep running the same end-around from the same formation EVERY game and stuff your RB's up the middle!  Watching what the offense's (coaching) inability to drive is doing to the defensive unit's health/stamina is killing me!!! 

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:30 am

FSU leading rusher suffers broken back

Why not? Who are you to decide whether or not the kid should or should not play again? Peyton Hillis broke 3 vertebrae in his neck as a freshman at Arkansas. It's a good thing he didn't listen to people like you. 

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: October 10, 2011 2:09 pm

FSU leading rusher suffers broken back

I would like to second what npd1969 said.It has been a tough season for Florida St.coming into the season there was alot of hope for them.I know i thought they would be a top 5 team all year,but goes to show what happens when you have alot of youth and injuries.They wont be down long they are killing it in recruiting and have alot of talent.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2011 10:50 am

FSU leading rusher suffers broken back

Wow.  It has been a tough season for the Seminoles with all those injuries. I really hope that Chris will have a successful recovery and I hopes that he will have a happy and prosperous life.

Since: Sep 23, 2011
Posted on: October 10, 2011 10:40 am

FSU leading rusher suffers broken back

I hope the medical staff and people close to him are smart enough and make this decision for him. He should not play again. When it comes to the spine you should be one and done. I hate to see him come back and take a bad hit and live the rest of his life as a paraplegic. Prayers to you my friend. Stay off the field and live a long life.

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