Florida State sophomore running back Khalan Laborn will miss the Sun Bowl.
Interim head coach Odell Haggins met with the media Thursday afternoon and confirmed that Laborn had his knee “operated on,” but did not state whether he was reinstated with the team. Laborn missed the Florida game due to violations of team conduct and finished the season with 297 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
This leaves a massive gap in the game-plan for the Seminoles as the team will be without both starting running backs against Arizona State on Dec. 31. Cam Akers will be present on the sidelines in El Paso for the bowl game, but will not play as he has decided to enter the NFL Draft.
The ’Noles do have options at running back. Walk-on Deonte Sheffield could potentially be the starter and wide receiver D.J Matthews was seen taking snaps at the position during practice last week. Senior tight end Gabe Nabers was formally a fullback before switching to the position his junior year.
While the options may not be as enticing as having your two five-star players available, Haggins has confidence it will work out.
“Coach (Kendal) Briles will have a plan, I’ll tell you that,” Haggins said.
Haggins also confirmed that star safety Hamsah Nasirildeen underwent a procedure on his knee. He is expected to miss the bowl game and begin rehab for his senior season.
Haggins stated that the players were very “spirited” in practice and that the seniors are excited to play their last game as a Seminole. All coaches have returned to campus for the final stretch, including offensive line coach Randy Clements, Haggins said.