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Miss. St. loses third-leading rusher to torn ACL

Nick Griffin, Ross Rasner AP

One of the aspects coaches love about qualifying for a bowl game is the 15 extra practice sessions afforded them.  Unfortunately, as Mississippi State has found out, those extra sessions also mean additional opportunities for injuries.

MSU confirmed Wednesday that running back Nick Griffin suffered a torn ACL and will, obviously, be out for the bowl game.  Griffin tore the ligament in his right knee during practice Saturday as the Bulldogs were preparing for their Jan. 1 Gator Bowl date with Northwestern.

Griffin will undergo surgery today and his availability for spring practice and beyond is unclear.

This is the second significant knee injury Griffin has suffered in less than two years.  During spring practice in 2011, he tore the ACL in his left knee.  He was able to return from that injury seven months later and play half the season.

Griffin is currently third on the team in rushing yards with 223, and his seven yards per carry leads the Bulldogs.

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