Practice Notes: Thompson ready to roll

Call it a premonition from a player all too familiar with what it feels like to get hurt.

Chris Thompson had darted downfield during a practice last Wednesday, and something just felt wrong. It wasn't a cramp or a pop -- but something with his hamstring felt off.

"Just the way I run, I can tell," Thompson said. "It's just something I really can't explain, but I can tell."

That's all head coach Jimbo Fisher needed to hear to pull back the reins on his starting running back as the season opener approached.

Thompson was held out of last week's scrimmage, and he was limited for the next couple of practices as he rested the hamstring. But after a week, Thompson insists he's back to 100 percent, and a potentially sticky situation was avoided.

"It wasn't anything serious because I stopped it before it was serious," Thompson said. "Now being back at practice, I'm starting to feel good again."

Thompson, who missed most of last season with a broken back, will be the starter against Murray State on Saturday, but Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr. are expected to see work, too.

"I feel very good about all three guys," Fisher said. "Chris is our starter, and he'll get plenty of reps and plenty of carries, but we've got to get Devonta and Wilder in, too."

McCloud out for opener: The torn pectoral muscle that has sidelined senior Anthony McCloud for the past three weeks will keep him out of Florida State's opener against Murray State, Fisher announced Tuesday.

McCloud, a two-year starter at defensive tackle, tore the pec during the first week of fall camp and has not been a full participant in workouts since.

Fisher said his training staff has preached caution, and although they were hopeful McCloud could return in time for the first game, the injury has been a little slower to heal than originally thought.

"It was going to be very close," Fisher said of whether McCloud figured to be ready for the opener. "But even if we were playing for the national championship, (the trainers) said they wouldn't feel comfortable with him going this week."

Timmy Jernigan is expected to get the start at defensive tackle in McCloud's place.

Hicks has surgery: Tight end Dan Hicks is done for the year after undergoing micro-fracture surgery on his knee.

Hicks suffered what was believed to be a relatively minor injury when a player rolled onto his leg during a practice two weeks ago, but when the knee was scoped, doctors found significantly more damage.

"They went in there to do the cartilage and there was an old injury that was pretty bad, it had been bothering him, and they saw it," Fisher said. "They had to do it right then."

Hicks has spent his first three seasons at Florida State as a defensive end, but he moved to tight end this spring to serve as Nick O'Leary's primary backup.

With Hicks out, Florida State will turn to Penn State transfer Kevin Haplea and true freshman Christo Kourtzidis, and Fisher said he's been pleased with both players.

"I think Haplea and Christo are doing a really nice job," Fisher said. "They've learned well, they block well, they're doing a lot of little things."