Data Scout Notes: 2013: NAC/NAM...Academically ineligible for 2013/DS #6 rFr RB...2012: 08-07-12 - (+) Groin, out for 2012...NA
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Draft Scout Mario Pender News
08/07/12 - Florida State running back Mario Pender will miss the season with a severe groin injury, head coach Jimbo Fisher said Tuesday. Before Florida State opened camp Monday, Fisher called Pender's injury "severe" but guessed the running back was still at 50 to 60 percent and would be able to practice as it healed. By Tuesday, however, Pender's status had changed. The freshman watched some early running back drills dressed in a gray T-shirt and baseball cap. When workouts ended for the day Fisher announced Pender would undergo season-ending surgery. "Instead of making it worse, we're going to get it fixed and have him ready to go," Fisher said. "We'll probably redshirt him." The surgery will be similar to the procedure performed on teammate Xavier Rhodes had in the spring of 2011. Pender, the No. 72 ranked player in the nation last year according to ESPN, was an early enrollee this spring and figured to be in the mix for playing time this season. Although Pender was fourth on the depth chart, virtually every member of Florida State's backfield is dealing with some question marks. - David M. Hale, ESPN.com