While yesterday was a night many Florida State Seminoles fans expected to be cheering on their team in the National Championship, they instead were informed that their leading tackler Reggie Northrup will undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL later this month. Northrup suffered the injury during the team’s College Football Playoff loss to Oregon and will miss approximately six to nine months which means he will undoubtedly miss spring camp. Still, if he’s able to recover on the earlier side, he could be ready for summer ball. However, he could miss around two months of the season.
During the 2014 season, Northrup recorded 122 tackles, ranking fourth in the ACC and earning him third team All-ACC honors. Northrup is a key member of the Seminoles’ defense and missing him for some of the toughest games of the season could be detrimental to the team’s chances of returning to the College Football Playoff. The injury could also have a dramatic impact on Northrup’s future as the 6’1’’, 220 pound linebacker aims to continue his career at the NFL level. If Northrup is unable to return to his previous form, a once promising prospect could be just another NFL bust.
As previously mentioned, Florida State’s season came to a melodramatic conclusion when the team was thrashed by the Oregon Ducks in the College Football Semi-final. The Seminoles and head coach Jimbo Fisher will now potentially be forced to replace Northrup as well as Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston. If FSU hopes to return to atop the landscape of college football, Fisher faces his most difficult test rebuilding the roster this off-season and must do so on the strength of a deep recruiting class. If anyone’s capable of restructuring this team, it’s coach Fisher.
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