Thompson Hot, Fisher wants rotation back

Florida State running-back Chris Thompson is at the top of his game and having a season to remember for the Seminoles', but coach Jimbo Fisher knows the importance of getting back the rotation that was so effective in the first four games this season.

In Florida State's loss at NC State last week, Thompson toted the ball 25 times for 141 yards - marking the third time in the last four games that he has eclipsed the century mark.

Thompson has been nothing short of spectacular for the Seminoles' this season and is well on the way to joining an elite class of FSU running backs.

Through six games, Thompson has racked up 572 rushing yards on 74 carries, and is averaging 7.7 yards per carry - which is ahead of Warrick Dunn's single-season school record pace of 7.5ypc.

If he averages just 61 yards over the next seven games, he will become the first 1,000-yard rusher since Dunn did so in 1996.

As hard as it can be to go away from something that's working so well, Fisher knows that Thompson's body type isn't built to carry the entire load on his shoulders for a full season. "We can't let that happen. He'll get beat up, he's not the body type to do all that," Fisher said." That's not a knock on Thompson; Fisher says that goes for anyone these days due to the size and physical nature of defenders in the game now. "Guys are so big and physical these days, in the NFL and everywhere," Fisher said. "In the old days you used to be able to have one tailback, but you cant be that way at any level of ball anymore." Fisher said that Thompson would continue to start, but that it's important to get that rotation going again with some of the young tailbacks.

"We've got to get the rotation going, because, for a game or two that's good, but the accumulation of a year can pound you and beat you up. We're going to get a better rotation going," Fisher said.

FSU is just 25 yards away from passing their rushing total for all of last season, and with Boston College coming to town, you can rest assured that will happen this weekend.

Saturday is the perfect opportunity for Fisher to get some of his young tailbacks more playing time as BC's rushing defense is ranked 117th out of 120 FBS schools, and is giving up 259 rushing yards per game.

Expect to see Devonta Freeman and James Wilder get a lot action on Saturday.


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