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FSU dismisses five-star running back Khalan Laborn for violating team rules

Laborn was the nation's top all-purpose running back in 2017.
Khalan Laborn never made a five-star impact at Florida State.
Khalan Laborn never made a five-star impact at Florida State. [ Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Jul. 28, 2020|Updated Jul. 28, 2020

Florida State has dismissed former five-star running back Khalan Laborn for a “violation of team policy,” the Seminoles confirmed Tuesday afternoon. 247Sports first reported Laborn’s expected dismissal.

Laborn was the nation’s top all-purpose back in the class of 2017. The 5-foot-11, 208-pound Virginia native redshirted in 2017 and missed almost all of the next season with a horrific knee injury.

He returned last season, appearing in 10 games with one start. Laborn finished with 63 carries for 297 yards and four touchdowns. Among the highlights: a career-high 69 rushing yards at Clemson and 94 all-purpose yards and a touchdown in a win over Syracuse.

His FSU tenure also included multiple off-field incidents. Laborn was suspended for last year’s game against the Gators for violating team rules and wasn’t with the team during the 2017 Independence Bowl. He also did not participate in last season’s Sun Bowl defeat and was cited for marijuana possession in late 2018.

Khalan Laborn was a star recruit before signing with the Seminoles.
Khalan Laborn was a star recruit before signing with the Seminoles.

Laborn’s absence is another blow to FSU’s backfield depth, which will be without last year’s top two rushers —Laborn and star Cam Akers, who left early for the NFL draft. That leaves the Seminoles with only 662 career rushing yards and two touchdowns among running backs.

The most proven option is Texas A&M transfer Jashaun Corbin, who totaled 483 rushing yards with Jimbo Fisher’s Aggies. Junior college transfer La’Damian Webb and blue-chip freshman Lawrance Toafili from Pinellas Park High could also contribute to the rotation.

Related: HomeTeam 100 spotlight: Lawrance Toafili upholds family traditions

FSU is scheduled to begin the Mike Norvell era against West Virginia in Atlanta on Sept. 5.

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