FSU's Mario Pender declared academically ineligible
AUG 29, 2013 6:41p ET
But Pender has been declared academically ineligible, coach Jimbo Fisher said after Thursday's practice.
Pender was expected to challenge for the No. 3 tailback spot behind juniors James Wilder Jr. and Devonta Freeman. But now true freshman Ryan Green steps in and will see carries as a reserve.
FSU also has senior fullback Chad Abram, but Fisher has said that he will often use a "Pony" formation that features both Wilder and Freeman on the field at the same time.
Pender, a four-star prospect who ran for 1,543 yards and 17 touchdowns as a high school senior, will remain enrolled in school and can practice with the team.
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