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Florida State's Darius McClure sidelined by the cruel fist of irony

Matt Hinton
Dr. Saturday

Like most athletes, Florida State safety Darius McClure trusts his body. Here he is earlier this month, screwing around with FSU basketball player Angel Gray during a game of N-O-L-E-S to promote the start of hoops season:

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McClure survived that move -- which for yours truly and most other people would qualify as "death defying" -- as well as nearly four years of steady playing time on special teams and defense for the Seminoles without getting seriously hurt; according to his bio, McClure's only missed two games since he was a redshirt freshman. Which only makes the irony of the season/career-ending knee injury he suffered against Boston College Saturday that much more painful:

McClure injured his knee against Boston College while celebrating his first career interception. McClure slipped and landed wrong following his celebration jump with Toddrick Verdell.

Ted Ginn and Bill Gramatica welcome you to the club, Darius.

It's painful for Florida State's secondary, too, which is already without starting safety Myron Rolle for at least half of the Maryland game while Rolle is in Alabama waiting to accept a Rhodes Scholarship, completing what must be the most bizarre circumstances for a depth chart problem in Florida State history: One safety out via jubilation, another via extreme braininess. Even at Bobby Bowden's age, you've never seen it all.

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