Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
An MRI this morning confirmed Florida State running back Tavares Pressley tore the ACL in his left knee Thursday at practice. He will miss the entire 2008 season.
This is obviously unfortunate news for Pressley, whose entrance into the program was delayed by academic paperwork this summer, and it will hurt Florida State's depth at the position. The staff was expecting a significant contribution from Pressley this season, but senior Antone Smith had a great summer and is the No. 1 guy.
Pressley didn't even step onto the practice field until recently, so he had a lot of catching up to do and never even had a chance to show what he might be able to add. He just got through the required "acclimation period."
Now, the Seminoles will have to depend on two true freshmen -- Carlton Jones and Jermaine Thomas -- as backups, and neither one of them made it through all of summer camp. Jones missed a few days with heat-related issues and Thomas had some issues with the NCAA Clearinghouse that kept him out a few days.
The good news for the Noles is that Smith is healthy and looked impressive this summer.