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FSU’s Mario Pender expected to carry heavier load on Saturday against The Citadel

In the wake of an impressive but abbreviated debut, Florida State RB Mario Pender is looking to get more involved in the Seminoles' offense this week against The Citadel.

After sitting out the last two seasons, first for injury and then for academics, Pender, a third-year sophomore, checked in for the first time late in the second quarter of FSU's win over Oklahoma State. He immediately received a handoff and ran 11 yards for a touchdown on his first career carry.

Pender finished with 31 yards on three attempts and also caught a pass for no gain.

With an overmatched FCS opponent on deck, coach Jimbo Fisher expects Pender to play more.

“I think he will,” Fisher said. “I was extremely pleased with the way Mario played.”

Game sold out

FSU announced that tickets for Saturday's home opener against The Citadel are sold out. Single-game tickets remain for the Wake Forest, Virginia and Boston College games.

Roberto Aguayo

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