In the end, things weren’t nearly as bad injury-wise for Jacques Patrick as originally feared.
After seemingly suffering a knee injury in Florida State’s Oct. 21 loss to Louisville, it was thought that Patrick would miss an extended period of time, perhaps even the remainder of the 2017 season. However, reports began surfacing earlier this month that the injury wasn’t as bad as initially thought; in fact, there was one report that had him possibly playing in the Week 10 game against Syracuse.
While that didn’t happen, and with FSU clinging to slightly-less-faint bowl hopes, head coach Jimbo Fisher has proclaimed the running back to be a go for this Saturday’s Week 11 game against No. 4 Clemson. Patrick was a full participant this week for the first time since the injury, which the Tallahassee Democrat notes was actually an injury that occurred prior to the Louisville game and on which Patrick had been playing for a while.
Despite the missed playing time, Patrick is still second on the team in rushing with 434 yards, behind true freshman Cam Akers‘ 695. His 5.7 yards per carry is tops on the Seminoles, just ahead of Akers’ 5.5.