February 20, 2013

2013 Position Breakdown: Running Back





























Running back: 2012 review, grade and 2013 season preview
Florida State's rushing attack ranked 24th in the nation in 2012, with an average of 206.2 yards per game on the ground. A remarkable improvement after averaging just 112.2 yards rushing per game in 2011.


Chris Thompson was off to a great season before tearing his ACL against Miami. The Senior finished the year as the team's leading rusher with 687.


Devonta Freeman got off to a slow start, but finished the year with 660 yards rushing and eight touchdowns.


James Wilder had a breakout sophomore season with 635 yards and a team-high 11 rushing TDs. He also had two TD catches.


Lonnie Pryor did more for the unit than his 376 yards and eight touchdowns show.


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FSU averaged 5.6 yards per carry, and the running backs scored 35 of the team's 40 rushing touchdowns. FSU scored just 20 times on the ground in 2011. Wilder and Freeman stepped up when Thompson went down with an injury, ensuring there was no drop off. Pryor was again an intergal part of the offense that will be tough to replace in 2013. FSU running backs lost just a combined 96 yards on 401 carries.
Returning players Senior Chad Abram 6-0/235 Lakeland, Fla. (Kathleen)


Junior Devonta Freeman 5-9/209 Miami, Fla. (Miami Central)

RS Freshman Mario Pender 6-0/190 Cape Coral, Fla (Island Coast)


Junior James Wilder 6-2/226 Tampa, Fla (Plant)
Warchant.com Staff
position outlook for 2013

Gene Williams, Publisher
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D.C. Reeves, Managing Editor
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Paul Thomas, Staff Writer
Losing Chris Thompson and Lonnie Pryor hurts the running back segment for sure, but with both Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr. returning the unit should be fine barring major injuries. Both Wilder and Freeman were solid last season and will form a nice tandem in 2013. I'm not sure Chad Abram will be able to bring the same versatility to the offense that Pryor did, but he is a big physical guy that doesn't have a problem putting a helmet on somebody. The spring will be important for Mario Pender to prove he's fully healthy and ready to be back in the mix. If fully healty, Pender could bring speed to the unit that Freeman and Wilder don't posses. With Pender coming off an injury and Wilder's off-field troubles four-star Ryan Green provides some much-needed depth at the position.
2013 Commitments Ryan Green 5-10/187 St. Petersburg, Fla. (Catholic)






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