The Florida State Seminoles currently lead the Clemson Tigers in their Top-5 showdown in Death Valley by a score of 24-7 late in the second quarter, but we just found out that they’ll have to go the rest of the way without one of their top running backs.
Powerhouse back James Wilder Jr. has been ruled out for the rest of the game after suffering a concussion, ESPN just reported from the sidelines. Wilder has been a fixture in this deep FSU backfield for the majority of the last two seasons, as he’s the thunder to the other members’ proverbial lightning.
In the game so far, Wilder had tallied just 12 yards on five carries. Last season, however, he was a crucial part of the ‘Noles’ victory over Clemson last season at home, as he wore down the Tigers’ defense in the second half en route to the victory.
This could be a loss in the second half, so now it’ll be Devonta Freeman shouldering most of the load and recently converted safety Karlos Williams may see some snaps as well.