Tank Carradine out for remainder of season

On Sunday, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher confirmed that defensive end Cornellius "Tank" Carradine will miss the remainder of the season with a torn right ACL.

Carradine went down late in the fourth quarter of Saturday's loss to Florida while leading the team with 11 tackles in the game. After working his way into being a likely first round pick in the coming draft, Carradine will now miss the Seminoles' ACC Championship game against Georgia Tech on Saturday as well as whatever bowl game the team plays in.

"Of course he's very sad because he wanted to finish the season," Fisher said. "It's a very sad moment, but he understood it and handled it very maturely."

The injury happened in eerily similar fashion to how starting defensive end Brandon Jenkins suffered a torn Lisfranc ligament in The Opening game of the season. Both players were injured while rushing the quarterback and simply making a cut, as opposed to most injuries which happen during some type of contact.

Carradine currently leads the team in tackles this season with 80 and also ranks second on the team in tackles for loss (13) and sacks (11). ESPN's draft expert, Mel Kiper Jr., currently had Carradine rated as the No. 19 overall player on the big board. Although the injury typically requires around 10 months of rehab to fully recover, Fisher doesn't think it will have a big impact on his draft stock.

"For the draft, he'll be fine," Fisher said. "He'll rehab and it won't affect those scouts much at all. ACL injuries aren't that big of a deal anymore."

A position that was a clear strength for the Seminoles coming in to the season, is suddenly very thin. In Carradine's absence, freshman Mario Edwards Jr. and redshirt freshman Giorgio Newberry will likely share the snaps. Fisher did not comment on who would be named the starter. In addition to Jenkins and Carradine injuries, FSU also has freshman defensive end Chris Casher out for the year, as well as Dan Hicks, who could have switched back to the position from tight end in such a desperate time.

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