Florida State struggled to run the ball in 2011, netting just 1458 yards on the ground. One-third of those yards came courtesy of leading rusher Devonta Freeman.
Unfortunately for Freeman, he won’t be able to carry that momentum into spring practices. A tweet courtesy of FSU beat writer Bob Ferrante notes that Freeman will miss spring drills because of a lower back injury.
A highly-touted recruit who signed with FSU in 2011, Freeman led all running backs with 579 yards and eight touchdowns as a freshman.
While that paves the way to give some of the other backs at FSU more reps in spring ball, the RB spot remains a question mark for the ‘Noles. Second-leading rusher Jermaine Thomas is gone and no other returning RB besides James Wilder Jr. had more than 100 yards rushing last season. However, coach Jimbo Fisher said Wilder will not participate in spring practice while the sophomore-to-be deals with his ongoing legal problem.
That means FSU’s top three rushers from a year ago are either gone or unable to participate in spring practice, fully or otherwise. Not exactly where you want to pick up from last year’s rushing woes if you’re Fisher.