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FSU OT Tarlos Thomas Out For Season

October 18, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida State starting offensive tackle Tarlos Thomas will miss the rest of the season after tearing his anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee.

Thomas, a first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in 1999 when Florida State won the national championship, was injured Saturday in the sixth-ranked Seminoles’ 63-14 victory over Duke. An MRI on Monday revealed the tears. The senior will undergo reconstructive knee surgery within the next couple of weeks.

``It’s a shame,″ coach Bobby Bowden said. ``It’s worse than we thought.″

Team trainer Randy Oravetz was surprised by the extent of the damage. He did not believe Thomas had sustained anything worse than a sprained MCL.

``I talked to (Tarlos) when he got hurt,″ Bowden said. ``At the time, I thought it might be two weeks at the worst. But now after the MRI, they find out it was different.″

On Tuesday, Oravetz called Thomas’ father to arrange a date for team doctors to perform the surgery. A date has not yet been set.

Coaches expect senior Donald Heaven to pick up much of the blocking duty left by Thomas’ absence. Heaven has seen little action this season.

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