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Star FSU defender Jenkins out for the season

The Seminoles will have to deal without a projected NFL first-rounder the rest of the fall. Dave Miller

Print This September 03, 2012, 09:10 PM EST

Florida State's season of high expectations took a serious hit this evening with Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com reporting that star defensive end Brandon Jenkins will miss the rest of the 2012 season due to a left foot injury.

The senior and two-time All-ACC selection was injured in the first half of the Seminoles' season-opening 69-3 win over Murray State on Saturday.

Jenkins could redshirt this season and return to Tallahassee in 2013, but many NFL draft experts believe that he will be a first-round selection in April's draft.

The 6-3, 260-pounder has recorded 21.5 sacks over the past two seasons for the 'Noles. The only saving grace for Jimbo Fisher's squad is that the team has ridiculous depth across the defensive line.

Fellow end Bjoern Werner had four sacks in the opener, while junior-college transfer Tank Carradine finished the game with nine tackles and a sack. Redshirt freshman Giorgio Newberry and true freshman Mario Edwards will also contribute this fall. While Fisher announced today that he wanted to redshirt Edwards, it's tough to imagine that occuring now because he was arguably the best player nationally in the Class of 2012.

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