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FSU Loses Top Tackler Tank Carradine to ACL Tear

The Florida State Seminoles are reeling from a loss to the Florida Gators, but the bad news didn’t end with the loss. The Noles will be without leading tackler Tank Carradine, who will miss Florida State’s last two games after suffering an ACL tear. Head coach Jimbo Fisher stated that the injury to Carradine was non-contact.

After starting the season as a backup defensive end, Carradine moved up into the starting role after an injury to Brandon Jenkins. Once in the starting role, Carradine become the one of the country’s best defensive players and was without a doubt the Noles best player on either side of the ball. He led the team in tackles, and is second in sacks and tackles for loss.

Fisher said that Carradine took the news with high spirits, but the injury is still devastating.

“He was mature, he handled it very well,” Fisher said. “Of course (he was) very sad because he wanted to finish the season with his teammate. It’s a very sad moment but he understood and handled it very maturely.”

Worse yet, Carradine’s draft stock rose exponentially during this season, and he’s leaving gobs of money on the table after suffering this injury. Carradine is a senior and will enter this upcoming April’s NFL Draft, but he’s now going to be lucky to be selected on the third day.

As for the more immediate future, the Noles will have to replace Carradine with freshmen Mario Edwards Jr. and Giorgio Newberry when Florida State meets Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship game. Fisher and the Noles will also have no choice but to go with the duo of freshmen for whatever bowl game the Noles get into.

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