Florida State freshman running back will get his opportunity in less than two weeks to show why he was so highly regarded coming out of high school when the Seminoles kick off spring practice March 19.
As a preview for spring practices across the country, cbssports.com's Bruce Feldman has listed Pender one of 11 "most intriguing early enrollees" in all of college football.
5-Mario Pender, FSU, RB: Last year at about this time another early enrollee RB at FSU, Devonta Freeman was turning some heads. Freeman had a good season in 2011, but watch out for Pender. The guy is a blur, who is both quick and fast. In fact, sources at FSU say he's the fastest back the Noles have. In high school, he averaged 12 yards per carry.
To read Feldman's entire list, click here.