Florida State Running Game Takes Off

By: Kim Allen Email
By: Kim Allen Email

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Fourth-ranked Florida State appears to have fixed the problems with its running game -- in a big way.

The Seminoles (4-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) rank second in the ACC in rushing this season after finishing 10th last year.

Chris Thompson's comeback from a serious back injury and the emergence of sophomore James Wilder Jr. behind a rebuilt offensive line has created the possibility of the school having its first 1,000-yard rusher since Warrick Dunn did it three straight seasons between 1994 and 1996.

Thompson needs to average 80 yards in the remaining eight regular season games to reach the 1,000-yard plateau. Thompson is averaging 10.8 yards a carry and Wilder seven yards a carry for a running game that has produced 281 yards a game.

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