The FSU wide receiver/running back underwent season-ending surgery
Florida State is in the postseason for the first time in three years after accumulating nine wins (and counting) in 2022. The Seminoles are expected to undergo some roster changes over the next few weeks leading up to the bowl game as players decide whether to stay with the program, transfer or declare for the NFL draft.
There are also some other players who will not be available until the end of the year due to injuries.
Redshirt freshman wide receiver/running back Joshua Burrell announced Thursday that he had surgery. Burello has been spotted on the sideline with a boot on his leg at various points throughout the year, but he was fully dressed for Florida’s regular-season finale win against Florida.
“Happy to have a successful surgery. The first two years here have been tough with injuries. Ready to get back healthy and feel like I’m doing what I love to do. Thanks to my family and everyone in my corner for sticking with[ith] i Fr. is proud of this [for real]. 2023, right.”
As Burrell noted, it’s been a tough two years for him in Tallahassee with injuries limiting his impact among a deep core of skilled players. He has played in nine games this season, with most of his impact coming on special teams. Burrell played 19 snaps against Duquesne but did not record a stat. He did not see action during Florida State’s final three games of the season, according to PFF.
The Seminoles gave Burrell an opportunity at running back during fall camp. He had flashes of brilliance early on, but the return of C.J. Campbell from injury and the addition of Penn State transfer Keziah Holmes seemed to put him back at wide receiver, where seven FSU players posted 100+ rushing yards. regular season. The team is expected to return most of its players except for Ontario senior Wilson.
Additionally, five-star wide receiver Haikeem Williams, four-star Vandrevious Jacobs and three-star Goldie Lawrence are all committed to Florida State.
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At running back, redshirt sophomore Trey Benson has a chance to go pro. Redshirt sophomore Treshawn Ward, redshirt sophomore Lawrence Taafili, true freshman Rodney Hill, Benson and Holmes are all likely to return. Four-star running back Samuel Singleton has been traded to the Seminoles since the summer.
Despite the upside, Burrell’s post indicates he plans to return to Florida State in 2023 to compete for the seat. He has a lot of upside as an athlete and brings the kind of attitude head coach Mike Norvell is looking for on and off the field.
The South Carolina native looked like he might break into the rotation at wide receiver before a lower-body injury limited his impact for most of 2021. He played in three games and was named a Seminole Scholar while redshirting as a true freshman.
Burrell has posted videos on social media that give a glimpse into some of his rehab earlier in the year. He managed to participate last spring. The hope is that this time, despite the surgery, he will be able to participate in most of the offseason program.
The redshirt freshman originally committed to the Seminoles in May 2020. He signed with Florida State as a member of the 2021 class and was one of two wide receivers (Malik McClain) in the group.
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