Florida State running back Jacques Patrick gave Florida State’s 2018 offense a boost when he announced today that he will be returning for his senior season.
I have decided not to put my name in this year’s NFL Draft and will remain at Florida State for my senior season! I’m excited to get back to work with my teammates and our new coaching staff to prepare for a great 2018 season. See you in Doak on September 3rd!!— Jacques Patrick (@jacques_patrick) January 11, 2018
After serving as a reserve replacement for Dalvin Cook in his first two years in Tallahassee and racking up 664 rushing yards and nine touchdowns combined, Patrick began the 2017 season as FSU’s starting running back.
Patrick set new career bests in rushing yards (674) and rushing touchdowns (6) in 2017 despite being limited down the stretch with a knee injury which caused him to miss two games.
Jimbo Fisher stressed throughout the lead-up to the 2017 season that Patrick had emerged as a leader on the offense, specifically to the Seminoles’ freshman running backs. His return allows that leadership to carry over onto next year’s team.
With Patrick returning, FSU is set to return 1,732 of its 1,858 rushing yards (93.2%) from this past season with rising sophomore Cam Akers and rising junior Amir Rasul rounding out FSU’s loaded running back corps.