Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Terps, Noles Suffer Big Injuries

(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Both Florida State and Maryland were  dealt major blows when both lost key offensive players over the weekend to knee injuries.

On Monday,  FSU coach Jimbo Fisher announced senior Chris Thompson would miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.

Thompson was Florida State's leading rusher this season and was on pace to become the first 1,000-yard back since 1996 for the Seminoles (No. 12 BCS, No. 11 Associated Press).

Thompson had totaled 687 yards rushing through seven games, and his 7.55 yards-per-carry average was third among ACC running backs.

"He's what's right about college football," Fisher said, "but this game takes no prisoners."

Thompson injured his knee after making a leaping catch along the sideline early in the second quarter of Saturday's win over Miami.

(Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
Up in College Park, Terps’ QB Perry Hills also suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2012 season.

Hills, who underwent an MRI on Monday morning, hurt his left knee during Satuday’s 20-18 loss to N.C. State at Byrd Stadium. After throwing an interception in the second quarter, the true freshman was blocked from behind by linebacker Rickey Dowdy and his leg was driven into the turf and bent backward. 

He exited the game on a cart, wincing in pain and, despite pleas to the training staff, did not return.

Hills had started all seven games for Mayland this season. The Pittsburgh native had completed 57.4 percent of his passes for 1,336 yards and eight touchdowns against seven interceptions.

He replaced pre-season starter C.J. Brown who was knocked out by the same injury. 

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