03/18/2013 - Bjoern Werner and Xavier Rhodes might be Florida State's top prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft, but there will be plenty of eyes on running back Chris Thompson during the Seminoles' Pro Day on Tuesday. Thompson, who sustained a season-ending knee injury in October and underwent surgery to repair his torn ACL in November, returned to Tallahassee recently after rehabilitating at the Andrews Institute and training at Athletes' Performance near Pensacola. Thompson won't participate in every event during FSU's Pro Day, but he does plan on running the 40-yard dash and testing in the vertical jump. - Ira Schoffel, The Tallahassee Democrat
01/02/2013 - After weeks of contemplation and multiple talks with Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, running back Chris Thompson has decided to end any attempts at extending his collegiate career. He has decided to forgo a medical exemption opportunity, and will instead turn pro. Thompson told the Orlando Sentinel about his intentions late Tuesday night, nearly an hour after the Seminoles ran past Northern Illinois for a 31-10 Orange Bowl win at Sun Life Stadium.
In a strange twist of fate, he informed the Sentinel about his decision inside the same building that brought an end to his senior season. In mid-October, after catching a pass inside Sun Life and streaking down FSU's sideline in a game against the Miami Hurricanes, Thompson tore an ACL when he was tackled at the end of the long run after catch. It was the second season-ending injury he has had in as many seasons.
Since the injury, he and the Seminoles have petitioned the ACC and NCAA for a rare medical exemption that would allow him to play a fifth season. "I'm not really expecting to hear anything from [the NCAA], to be honest," Thompson said. "So I've decided to move on and just see what happens." FSU coach Jimbo Fisher believed he made a wise choice. "I agree with him," Fisher said. "Because of the chance of another injury again, you might as well go up there and play." - Coley Harvey, The Orlando Sentinel
12/12/2012 - 2012 COACHES ALL-ACC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM: RB-Chris Thompson, Florida State, 5-8, 190, Sr., Greenville, Fla. (13), has been selected Second Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. This year, for the first time under the auspices of the ACC, the league's 12 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team.
Thompson suffered a fractured back against Wake Forest in the Seminoles' fourth game of the season in 2011, suffering compression fractures to his 5th and 6th thoracic vertebrae. The injury required Thompson to be in a spine immobilizing brace for three months. After extensive rehabilitation, he came back to be Florida State's leading rusher with 687 yards on 91 carries, a sparkling 7.5 yards-per-carry average, including touchdown runs of 74 and 80 yards.
Unfortunately, Thompson suffered a season-ending knee injury in Florida State's 8th game of the year against Miami. At the time of his injury he was the 2nd-leading rusher in the ACC and still ranks 3rd. - Florida State football
12/01/2012 - 2012 ALL-ACC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): RB-Chris Thompson, Florida State (31)...has been named Second Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2012 college football season by the ACC Media Association. - Florida State football
11/30/2012 - 2012 ACC BRIAN PICCOLO AWARD CO-WINNER: Thompson suffered a fractured back against Wake Forest in the Seminoles' fourth game of the season in 2011, suffering compression fractures to his 5th and 6th thoracic vertebrae. The injury required Thompson to be in a spine immobilizing brace for three months. After extensive rehabilitation, he came back to be Florida State's leading rusher with 687 yards on 91 carries, a sparkling 7.5 yards-per-carry average, including touchdown runs of 74 and 80 yards. Unfortunately, Thompson suffered a season-ending knee injury in Florida State's 8th game of the year against Miami. At the time of his injury he was the 2nd-leading rusher in the ACC and still ranks 3rd. He topped the 100-yard mark in rushing three times in eight games including an 197-yard day against Wake Forest and added 21 receptions for 248 yards. Despite missing the final three games of the season, he was voted second-team All-ACC by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).
"There's not a more deserving young man to win the Brian Piccolo Award because he exhibits all the qualities that you hear associated with Brian Piccolo," said Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher. "He is an outstanding young man with a strong Christian faith. He is a great player and has endured so much the last two years. Suffering the broken back and then having the determination to comeback from that and suffer the knee injury this year, he's been through a great deal." - ACC football
10/22/2012 - Florida State senior running back Chris Thompson can't seem to catch a break. After earning Chick-fil-A Bowl MVP honors at the end of 2010, Thompson suffered a broken back in the fifth game of the 2011 season. He fought hard through recovery to make a return in 2012 and has led the Seminoles in rushing (687 yards, five touchdowns in eight games) as the star of a running back committee. Thompson suffered a knee injury in the Seminoles' 33-20 win over Miami last Saturday. On Monday, coach Jimbo Fisher confirmed that the senior running back suffered a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season. Fisher said the running back by committee approach will continue with sophomore James Wilder Jr. (369 yards, seven touchdowns) sophomore Devonta Freeman (287 yards, three touchdowns), and Lonnie Pryor (163 yards, six touchdowns) all splitting the carries based on situation and scheme. The bit of good news in this very tough development for the Seminoles was a strong showing from Freeman after Thompson left the game. Freeman ran 10 times for 70 yards and two touchdowns in front of a hometown Miami crowd and was arguably one of the more reliable running backs near the end of the season in 2011. Wilder and Freeman have been put in this position before, and now they will need to step up with even more on the line in 2012. The Seminoles are a far reach from the BCS title talk of August, but Orange Bowl dreams are still very much alive as they sit in a tie for the ACC Atlantic Division lead. However, with the loss to NC State there is no room for error in conference play. Florida State has not won a BCS bowl game since the 1999 title season and hasn't won the ACC since 2005. If the Seminoles are going to reclaim either honor, they will need consistency from their young running backs in Thompson's absence. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
10/22/2012 - Entering the season, Thompson was an afterthought for the 2013 NFL Draft because of the uncertainty with his back, but he quickly emerged as a legitimate NFL prospect, not only getting back on the field, but excelling as a ballcarrier. He proved to be one of the best athletes in college football with outstanding acceleration to explode to full speed in a flash, but also showing the patience and vision to work through a crowd. Thompson is electric whenever he touches the ball with the rare ability to create on his own when the run lane isn't there. He also proved to be effective as a return man on special teams and as a reliable pass-catcher out of the backfield. Listed at 5 feet 8 and 187 pounds, Thompson's lack of size was always going to be an issue, but his latest injury is another concern regarding his transition to the NFL level. Prior to the ACL injury, the senior was NFLDraftScout.com's No. 14-ranked running back and projected to be drafted in the fifth round, possibly capping off a remarkable comeback from severe back injury to draft pick. Few believed he could return from the back injury and be as effective as he was this season, so it's not impossible to think Thompson could return from this ACL injury and play at the next level. But the latest injury only clouds his NFL future, especially if he's unable to work out prior to the 2013 NFL Draft, which is six months away. Unfortunately, Thompson is just the latest example of a NFL draft prospect with exceptional athletic ability and possible early round potential who will fall on draft day and possibly go undrafted because of strong medical concerns. As his head coach stated, "it's a very unforgiving game." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/22/2012 - No. 12 Florida State lost leading rusher Chris Thompson to a left knee injury in the second quarter of its game at Miami on Saturday night. Thompson was injured with 12:44 left in the period, on a play where he made a 32-yard reception. He remained down on the turf after the tackle, then was helped to the sideline for further evaluation. The Seminoles said he would not return. Thompson missed much of last season with two broken vertebrae, and said he feared that back injury would end his career. He had 47 yards on seven carries Saturday night, giving him a team-best 687 yards for the season. He also has 248 receiving yards, including 47 more in the Miami game before getting hurt. - AP Sports
10/22/2012 - Florida State announced Monday that running back Chris Thompson is out for the rest of the season with an injured left knee. The injury occured after he made a 32-yard reception in the second quarter of the Seminoles' 33-20 win over Miami on Saturday. Thompson had six rushes for 47 yards. For the season, he has a team-high 687 rushing yards and 248 receiving. Thompson missed a significant portion of last year with a serious back injury. - The Sports Xchange
10/22/2012 - One of college football's inspiring comeback stories took an ugly turn this past weekend as Florida State senior running back Chris Thompson tore his ACL in the Seminoles' win over Miami and will miss the rest of the 2012 season. This comes one year after he suffered a near-career ending back injury last October, breaking two vertebrate in his back and missing most of his junior season. Thompson rehabbed vigorously and made a shocking recovery to be ready for this season, enjoying a breakout performance against Wake Forest on Sept. 15 (197 rush yards on just nine carries and two touchdowns). Through seven games, he is the Seminoles leading rusher with 687 yards (7.5 average) and five touchdowns, adding 21 catches for 248 receiving yards. Thompson looked to be on his way to his fourth 100-yard rushing performance on Saturday against the Hurricanes before he suffered the left knee injury in the second quarter. Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher announced Thompson's injury on Monday. "He was upset, very disappointed," Fisher said. "Having a great year, doing everything right. He's what's right about college football. I say it all the time. But this game takes no prisoners." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
09/25/2012 - Fourth-ranked Florida State appears to have fixed the problems with its running game - in a big way. The Seminoles (4-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) rank second in the ACC in rushing this season after finishing 10th last year. They've already matched last season's total of 20 rushing touchdowns in just four games. ''It's definitely a luxury,'' quarterback EJ Manuel said Monday. ''That's the great thing about our offense, we've very diverse.'' Senior Chris Thompson's comeback from a serious back injury and the emergence of sophomore James Wilder Jr. behind a rebuilt offensive line has created the possibility of the school having its first 1,000-yard rusher since Warrick Dunn achieved it in three straight seasons between 1994 and 1996. ''It's a good one-two combination,'' Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. ''We're staying very disciplined the way we run the ball.'' South Florida (2-2) gets its shot Saturday at slowing down the Seminoles, who are averaging 56.2 points a game as they prepare for their first road test this season. - AP Sports
09/23/2012 - For three weeks, Florida State had to answer questions about how it would respond when it went up against an equally talented team, what would happen when the Seminoles faced an opponent that punched as hard as they had punched in their first three games. On Saturday night against No. 10 Clemson, the No. 4 Seminoles found their answer. Trailing by 14 early in the third quarter, Florida State surged to five second-half touchdowns and a 49-37 win over the Tigers. The victory gives Florida State pole position in the Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division race and could further assert the Seminoles' position among this season's national championship contenders. "I'll say this -- everybody got their money's worth," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. "That was a great ballgame. I think that was two very good football teams who were throwing haymakers at each other right and left from the opening bell and just kept answering each other's calls." Chris Thompson (103 yards, two touchdowns) and James Wilder Jr. (65 yards, two touchdowns) sparked Florida State's rushing attack, which finished with 287 yards and 7.2 yards per attempt. Florida State's second-half turnaround was a shock for the Tigers, who were cruising toward an upset and what would've been their sixth win over the Seminoles in eight meetings. - The Sports Xchange
09/22/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: TB Chris Thompson -- Nearly became the first FSU tailback since Sammie Smith in 1988 to rush for 200 yards in a game last week. But that was against Wake Forest. This is Clemson. If he can produce a 100-yard plus game, then FSU's chances to control the game and win as expected will greatly increase. - The Sports Xchange
09/17/2012 - WEEK 3 ACC OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Chris Thompson, Florida State, Sr., RB, 5-8, 190, Greenville, Fla. Thompson authored one of the finest rushing performances and one of the most compelling storylines in Florida State history against Wake Forest, dashing to a career-high 197 yards on nine carries (21.9 yards per carry), and a pair of touchdowns. The 10th highest rushing game in school history came in just one half of action against the Demon Deacons, which was significant in its own right. Last season, Thompson suffered two broken vertebrae in his back at Wake Forest, which threatened to end the career of the Seminoles' 2010 rushing leader. This time out, he broke off touchdown runs of 74 and 80 yards on consecutive second quarter plays from scrimmage as the Seminoles cruised to victory. Thompson owns four of the 17 longest rushing touchdowns in school history and his career per-carry of 6.38 yards currently ranks second only to all-time rushing leader Warrick Dunn (6.88). - ACC football
09/15/2012 - Chris Thompson scored on runs of 74 and 80 yards on successive carries to lead No. 5 Florida State to a 52-0 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday. Thompson, who suffered a broken back at Wake Forest a year ago that nearly ended his career, already had a career-high 197 yards following his 80-yard touchdown run that put the Seminoles into a 28-0 lead with 9:42 remaining in the first half. His 74-yard touchdown followed a 60-yard punt return TD by Rashad Greene as the Seminoles (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 38-0 at the half. Florida State's defense, which has allowed just three points this season, held Wake Forest (2-1, 1-1 ACC) to 126 yards. Tanner Price managed only 82 passing yards and Michael Campanaro had two catches for 8 yards. - AP Sports
09/15/2012 - Wake Forest was supposed to provide Florida State with a test, the Seminoles' first high-level competition after feasting on FCS opponents in the season's first two weeks. But fifth-ranked FSU apparently couldn't tell much of a difference. The Seminoles' defense earned its second shutout in three games, Chris Thompson ran for 197 yards and two touchdowns and FSU piled up 612 yards of offense in an easy 52-0 win over the Demon Deacons at Doak Campbell Stadium. It's been nearly a year since Thompson, a senior running back from nearby Greenville, Fla., broke his back during the Seminoles' 35-30 loss at Wake Forest in 2011. Faced with another opportunity against the team that nearly ended his career, Thompson ran for back-to-back touchdowns of 74 and 80 yards midway through the second quarter. Thompson's 197 rushing yards, all of which came in the first half, are the 10th-most in school history. Wake Forest, meanwhile, found its offense suffocated in the face of Florida State's front seven. After racking 426 yards of offense in last week's win over North Carolina, the Demon Deacons (2-1, 1-1 ACC) mustered just 126 in Tallahassee. - The Sports Xchange
09/14/2012 - Florida State tailback Chris Thompson thought his playing days were over a year ago when he spent a night in a North Carolina hospital with a broken back suffered against Wake Forest. Now, slightly less than one year later, Thompson is back at his familiar starting spot after months of vigorous rehabilitation -- as fast as ever -- and looking forward to the fifth-ranked Seminoles' Atlantic Coast Conference opener game Saturday against the Demon Deacons. "It's a pretty emotional time for me," Thompson said. "It's something I can't just fully let go, having to go up against those guys again." There were several times in recent months when the speedy senior wasn't sure if he'd play. It was a tough several months for the Seminoles' leading rusher in 2010 to not only heal, but get back in football condition and stay ahead of sophomores Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr., in the starting role. Thompson said there were days early on during his rehab that were discouraging. He felt sluggish, slow and wondered if he'd be able to play at the elite level he had performed as a sophomore. "I didn't feel like myself, but our strength coaches kept working with me," Thompson said. "It was pretty tough for me just to even get back in shape, to get back running again with no pain." Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said he can't recall any running back returning from a similar injury -- two broken vertebrae "He's fully healthy," Fisher said Wednesday. "Probably better since he's been here." - AP Sports
08/08/2012 - It was just a simple off-tackle running play. In the middle of the first full practice for the Florida State football team. But it was much more than that to Chris Thompson. The senior running back, coming back from a broken vertebrae suffered last season, took the handoff and started to his left. As he got past the line of scrimmage he stuck his right foot in the ground and burst past defenders. It looked, frankly, like the old Chris Thompson. "I feel better than my old self, to be honest," he said with a smile after practice. It's early August. The Seminoles aren't even in pads yet. So whether Thompson is truly back to his 2010 form - when he led FSU in rushing with 845 yards - remains to be seen. But boy did it feel good to have that explosion again. "That's my first time going up against a full defense in a while," Thompson said. "Just being able to cut and run like that, it's a great feeling. "I'm just happy. It's been a long time. It's been a journey for me." "Chris is so resilient," FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said. "He's not only a great player talent-wise, but he's a great glue guy from (his) work ethic and character and what he represents. "... And I was really pleased (with how Thompson looked). Contact will make a difference, but the bounce, the explosion, I was really pleased." - Corey Clark, Nolesports.com
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