2013 Florida State Seminoles Running Back Preview

By Dale Casler


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Florida State Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher has a problem brewing at running back for the 2013 season.

It’s a good problem to have too. Who does he start?  He’s got his pick of three solid backs.

With Senior RB Chris Thompson moving on, Fisher is left with Junior Devonta Freeman. Freeman is probably the most consistent choice. In 2011, he was given the ball 120 times and ran for 579 yards.  That’s a not too shabby at 4.8 yards per carry. He scored eight touchdowns as well. Last season, his yards per carry went up to a 5.9 average, and he also scored another eight touchdowns.

Next on Jimbo Fisher’s mind will be James Wilder Jr. He didn’t have many touches in 2011, but was called upon 110 times last season. He rushed for 635 yards, with a 5.8 yard per carry average. He scored 11 touchdowns, and had 19 receptions for another two scores. His 2011 campaign doesn’t quite stack up to Freeman’s, but his totals last season certainly make him a starting candidate.

And last on coach Fisher’s list will be new top-100 recruit, Ryan Green. Green woke up sore after scoring four touchdowns and rushing for 189 yards in his first game last season as a high school senior. It turned out to be a torn labrum in his shoulder which knocked him out for the rest of the season. In the previous year, Green rushed for over 1200 yards with 14 touchdowns, and was given the athlete tag by scouts.

It appears that coach Fisher will see what he has at defensive back as well. You can bet he will be given an opportunity to run the ball too.

The Seminoles would have liked to sign at least one more recruit at the RB position. Green was the only recruit they landed of three. However, Jimbo Fisher shouldn’t worry. His three options for next season look very promising. Barring any injury, I see all three of these players getting time with the majority of that going to Wilder and Freeman.

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