A day after Mario Pender was dismissed by the Florida State program, the details regarding his arrest this weekend have started to become reported. Pender was charged with resisting an officer without violence along with his domestic battery charge, and he reportedly refused to get in a police vehicle unless Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher arrived on the scene. Pender eventually did give in and Fisher did not make an appearance on the scene.
The Tallahassee Democrat provided the initial details of the Pender incident, some of which were pretty harsh with regard to the domestic battery charge. Per the police report, Tallahassee police responded to a call about an argument about half a mile from Doak Campbell Stadium. The man, alleged to be Pender, was witnessed dragging a woman by her hair outside a house. The caller to 911 suggested this was not the first time an incident like this had happened, although there is no evidence to suggest one way or the other how valid that claim is at this time.
An officer responding on the scene pushed a door down after hearing yelling from inside the house, where he found Pender “straddling the woman with his hands around her neck.” As the sequence of events continued, Pender later refused to get in a police car until his head coach, Jimbo Fisher, made an appearance on the scene.
From The Tallahassee Democrat;
Pender initially said he would not get in the police car “until a supervisor and (FSU head coach) Jimbo Fisher responded to the scene,” court documents said. FSU officials said Fisher never went to the scene. Pender eventually got into the car and was taken to the Leon County Jail.
Florida State dismissed Pender from the program Saturday, following the arrest.
Looking to rebound from its first loss of the season, Florida State will do so without the services of one of the top running backs in the country.
With speculation swirling throughout the week regarding his health, it was made official Thursday evening that Dalvin Cook has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against Syracuse. Cook suffered a left ankle injury in the Seminoles’ last-second loss to the Yellow Jackets.
Cook had dealt with a hamstring issue the previous three weeks but hasn’t missed a game. He did not practice at all this week, leading to the speculation leading up to the official announcement.
“It was in the game (at Georgia Tech),” said head coach Jimbo Fisher on when Cook injured his ankle. “We didn’t know about it until afterwards when he came in and said it. Said his ankle was bothering him. Hopefully, he’ll be ready to go by next week. If he could play this week, he would play. His hamstring feels great, doing really well; never had a problem with it at all.”
Cook is currently second nationally in rushing yards per game (148.1), sixth in rushing yards (1,037) and tied for 12th in rushing touchdowns (11). His 8.2 yards per carry leads the FBS.
To say he’s a big part of the Seminoles’ offense would be a significant understatement. In 2015, Cook has accounted for 85 percent of FSU’s rushing yards and rushing touchdowns even as he’s responsible for just 55 percent of the carries.
With Mario Pender still sidelined with a collapsed lung, Johnathan Vickers (15-47-1) and Jacques Patrick (6-12-0) will be responsible for the running game portion of the offense.
One of the more underrated storylines heading into Week 6 continued its tack of uncertainty Tuesday.
During the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, Dalvin Cook tweaked his hamstring and didn’t return to the contest. The sophomore running back was initially labeled as day-to-day for this weekend’s game against Miami, and that hasn’t changed as Jimbo Fisher reaffirmed that Cook’s status for the in-state rivalry game remains up in the air.
“We’ll keep waiting,” the head coach said, adding that, because of Cook’s knowledge of the offense, he could sit out of practice the entire week and still take the field against the Hurricanes.
“He knows what to do, you can keep him healthy and do that there’s no doubt about that,” Fisher said.
Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th. The Seminoles’ No. 2 rusher, Mario Pender, is still dealing with the aftereffects of a collapsed lung that will sideline him for at least another week.
Any question as to whether Mario Pender will be available for Florida State’s next game has been answered, and not in the affirmative.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher revealed on his radio show last night that Pender underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a small hole in one of his lungs. Following a practice collision with a teammate last week, the running back was hospitalized with a collapsed lung. He was expected to be released from the hospital last Thursday, but hasn’t yet because of the combination of the hole in his lung as well as a related infection.
The original timeline for a return to the playing field was 10-12 days; given the surgery, that timeline is now open-ended.
“We thought he may be back in two weeks,” Fisher said on his show according to the Tallahassee Democrat. “It was a possibility, but now it is looking like an extended stay. But he is doing well.”
As Dalvin Cook‘s primary backup, Pender is second on the team with 140 yards and has the only rushing touchdown not scored by Cook. Freshman Jacques Patrick (three carries, 13 yards) is the only other halfback with a carry this season, while sophomore Johnathan Vickers is expected to pick up some o the reserve workload as well.
Coming off a bye weekend, FSU will continue ACC play Saturday on the road against Wake Forest.
There’s something you don’t see very often.
Following practice Thursday, Jimbo Fisher revealed that running back Mario Pender had been hospitalized since Tuesday after sustaining a collapsed lung during practice Tuesday. Pender was expected to be released from the hospital Thursday night, although that has yet to be confirmed.
The Florida State head coach called the injury “a freak thing” that occurred on a seemingly innocuous hit.
“I mean, [the hit was] just a bump,” Fisher said. “It wasn’t even a hard shot, he was running backwards he made a cut and one of his lineman came back and hit it and he kept on going. Then he said he had trouble breathing and it was a collapsed lung.”
FSU is on a bye this weekend before traveling to Wake Forest Oct. 3. As Fisher estimated that Pender will be sidelined for 10-12 days, his availability for the Demon Deacons game is up in the air. Barring a setback, he should certainly be back for the big Oct. 10 showdown with Miami.
As Dalvin Cook‘s primary backup, Pender is second on the team with 140 yards and has the only rushing touchdown not scored by Cook. Jacques Patrick (three carries, 13 yards) is the only other halfback with a carry this season.