TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – The Florida State Seminoles loss to Florida on Saturday comes with an extra cost to the defense. Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher confirmed defensive end Cornelius Carradine suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
The injury happened during the fourth quarter of the game and will keep the senior out for the ACC Championship game and the Noles’ bowl game.
Carradine had filled in for All-ACC starting defensive end Brandon Jenkins, who injured his foot in the season opener. Carradine led the Noles with 80 tackles and had 11 sacks and 13 tackles for loss.
Thanks to a stellar senior season, Carradine has vaulted into first-round consideration for next April’s NFL Draft. He could go in the top 20 overall, according to Mel Kiper, Jr.
For Florida State, the injury comes as the team is reeling off a 37-26 loss to rival Florida. The Noles’ once vaunted defense was shredded by the Gators and couldn’t get Florida off the field. Freshman Mario Edwards, Jr. could be the next player in line for significant playing time with Carradine out.