In a season that is quickly disintegrating, Florida State running back Jacques Patrick has suffered a knee injury against Louisville that will cost him the rest of the season.
It’s a tough break for Patrick and the Seminoles ground game, as he was beginning to find success over the last few weeks. Patrick will finish the season with 434 rushing yards on 76 carries and one touchdown. He also added 13 catches for 88 yards on the season.
This is the latest terrible injury for the Noles, who can’t seem to stay away from the injury bug in an a season that sees them now at 2-4.
What does this mean for the Noles going forward?
Now you have an all true freshman backfield in QB James Blackman and RB Cam Akers.
An offense that was already struggling and trying to throw the ball, as little as possible, now may be forced to go to the air more.
Akers now will have a chance to show why he was so highly ranked, and why Noles fans were excited to gain his commitment. Meanwhile, the time is now for one of the lesser known backs to make so noise and become the backup.
Those other running backs on the roster include: Amir Rasul, Ryan Green, Khalan Laborn, and Zaquandre White. And, with a couple of tough matchup’s starting Friday vs. Boston College, then, Syracuse, and Clemson on the horizon, the defense will now be called upon to keep FSU in some of these games.
The Semionles arguably have three first-round talents on that unit, and they will be heavily relied upon to ensure this team gets at least six wins to become bowl eligible.
The only positive for now at running back is and two freshmen in the backfield is extra practices and playing time already. That will have great value for the team heading into next season.
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