Aug. 20, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. — Florida State wide receiver/quarterback Anquan Boldin learned Monday afternoon that an MRI performed on his injured left knee revealed a complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament. Boldin will miss the entire season, but has not redshirted and should return next year as a junior.
“Right now I am very disappointed,” said Boldin. “All things happen for a reason and God has a plan and a purpose for this right now. The best thing for me is to try and keep my spirits up and to try to find out what that plan is. I was able to walk on it and bend my knee when it happened. This is the last thing I wanted to hear. Like I said, it happened and God has a plan for everything, now is for me to find out that plan.”
Boldin injured the knee during a full contact scrimmage on Saturday. The Pahokee, Fla. native was third on the 2000 team in receptions with 41. Boldin totaled 664 yards and scored six touchdowns during his sophomore season.
“We had a bad feeling about it Saturday after the scrimmage,” said head trainer Randy Oravetz. “We speculated that it could be a torn ACL and the MRI today confirmed that. We’ll probably schedule surgery in 2-3 weeks. The surgery is not a rush, you just need to let the swelling go down a little bit. We aren’t putting a time frame on it, the goal is to get him ready for next season.”
Boldin is the second Seminole receiver to be lost for the year. Senior Robert Morgan suffered a season-ending left knee injury on Tuesday, August 14. The injuries to Boldin and Morgan leave the Seminoles with only three returning scholarship receivers (Atrews Bell, Javon Walker and Talman Gardner) along with two true freshmen (Craphonso Thorpe and P.K. Sam).
“I haven’t had a chance to talk to Robert Morgan yet,” said Boldin. I’ve talked to him the last couple of days trying to keep his spirits up. I guess I have to do the same thing for me right now. I really just wanted to be there for the team this year. I was looking forward to having a big season this year but unfortunately this injury came about and that’s not going to happen.”