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    2010 Florida State Football Outlook: Running Backs

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    With the season at hand, here's a segment-by-segment look at the Seminoles moving forward:

    RUNNING BACKS

    Junior tailback Jermaine Thomas led the Seminoles with 832 rushing yards and nine TDs in 2009, highlighted by four 100-yard performances, including 121 yards and two scores against West Virginia. Despite posting 1,342 yards and a 5.7 ypc career average, Thomas is locked in a battle for playing time.

    Sophomore Chris Thompson emerged from spring practice atop the depth chart at tailback.  As a freshman, Thompson ran for 120 yards on just 23 carries (5.2 ypc), though he missed two games.  He ran for two touchdowns against NC State and posted the second-longest rush of the season by the 'Noles with a 49-yard burst against Georgia Tech.

    Junior tailback Ty Jones made three starts and appeared in six games for the 'Noles in '09.  His 251 rushing yards included a 108 yard performance in FSU's impressive road win at No. 7 BYU.  He was second on the team with five rushing TDs.

    Versatile sophomore Lonnie Pryor was the only freshman on offense to appear in all 13 games for the 'Noles last season.  Pryor made four starts at fullback but also provides a big-back option from the tailback spot.  He rushed for 156 yards and four TDs and collected 10 receptions for 132 yards and a score.

    Junior college transfer Debrale Smiley, a 235-pounder, provides the Seminoles with a power back capable of hammering out third-down conversions or rumbling through opponents as he did when he broke off a 48-yard run in the spring game.

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