April 14, 2012; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles running back Mario Pender (7) runs the ball past defensive end Brandon Jenkins (4) during the second half of the Florida State spring game at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE
The incoming four-star freshman will have surgery following a lingering groin injury that dates back to spring practice.
Fall camp is just underway, and already, the injury bug has arrived. Florida State freshman running back Mario Pender will miss the entire 2012 season because of an ailing groin injury, head coach Jimbo Fisher announced following practice on Tuesday.
Pender, who is scheduled for surgery, will redshirt as a result. Groin injuries began occurring during the spring.
"It's the new injury of ball," Fisher said. "Some of the NFL teams are sending six, eight, nine guys a year to it. ... Instead of making it worse, we're going to get it fixed and have it ready to go."
A four-star recruit from Cape Coral, Fla., Pender enrolled early, arriving on campus in January and participated in spring practice with the hope of competing for playing time. Though, he had been listed as fourth on the team's depth chart.