FSU Notes: Seminoles react to Jenkins' injury

September, 4, 2012
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The last Cornellius Carradine had heard, his teammate was going to be fine.

The X-rays had shown no break, and Brandon Jenkins' foot injury was supposed to be minor. By Monday night, however, Carradine's Facebook page was littered with friends wanting the scoop on Jenkins' status, and the Internet was buzzing with news that the Florida State All-American would miss the entirety of the 2012 season.

It wasn't until Tuesday morning that Carradine was able to talk to his teammate, but by then, he wasn't interested in the injury.

"I tried not to ask him about what happened," Carradine said. "I knew he didn't want to hear all that. But I told him I wished him the best and I'm here for him."

That was the chorus amongst Florida State's players Tuesday. On the field, there was confidence that they could overcome the loss of the Seminoles' best pass rusher. Off the field, however, there was plenty of concern for a player who has been one of the most vocal leaders in the the FSU locker room.

"It's not fair because (Jenkins) is everything that's right about college football," Jimbo Fisher said. "He wanted to come back (as a senior) and be a first-round draft pick, take his team to a national championship, finish his degree, do all the right things."

Fisher is convinced FSU can still be in the national-title hunt without Jenkins, and the injury isn't career threatening, meaning the senior should still have a chance at an NFL future.

But Jenkins' path to meeting his goals has taken a sharp turn, and Fisher said it won't be an easy recovery.

"It's not career-ending, but the hopes and the goals, it takes you a little while to grasp that," Fisher said.

Jenkins will miss the season with a lisfranc fracture in his right foot, which Fisher said will require surgery. No date has been set for the surgery, and Fisher said Jenkins will need to wait for the swelling to dissipate before any procedure.

Fisher didn't completely rule out Jenkins potentially returning for a bowl game, but admitted the timetable would be extremely difficult to meet. Jenkins could also redshirt this season and return for 2013, but he's already deferred NFL dreams once, and his senior season lasted less than two quarters of the first game.

After myriad injuries a year ago, Fisher believes his team will press forward without Jenkins, but he said the senior leader will continue to be an integral part of the Seminoles' chemistry.

"He'll come back and be a great leader for us off the field and help our team," Fisher said. "But on the field, we have to honor him by playing the way he would play."

Injury updates: Tight end Nick O'Leary missed a second straight day of practice with a thigh bruise, but Fisher said he doesn't expect the sophomore to be in danger of missing Saturday's game.

The same is true for center Bryan Stork, who was absent from Tuesday's practice with a minor neck injury. Fisher expects a return to work Wednesday.

Florida State may also get defensive tackle Anthony McCloud back for this week's game after the senior went through a second straight day of practice.

"There's a chance he could get some banging around (Wednesday) in pads," Fisher said. "We'll have to judge how sore he is tomorrow from today's work."

McCloud missed nearly all of fall camp and sat out last week's game against Murray State.

Bracy still out: The redshirt may be coming off one of FSU's freshman defensive ends in the wake of Jenkins' injury, but Fisher said the odds are that receiver Marvin Bracy won't be recovered from his hamstring injury soon enough to see action.

Bracy has been limited throughout camp, and while Fisher said he hoped the freshman may get a full week of work leading up to the Savannah State game, that hasn't happened.

"He still tweaked it a little bit," Fisher said. "He's still nicked up, just not healthy. We'd like to incorporate three or four things for him to do, but we just can't get there."

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