Published: Sep 12, 2012 1:26 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 13, 2012 6:34 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida State tailback Chris Thompson thought his playing days were over a year ago when he spent a night in a North Carolina hospital with a broken back suffered against Wake Forest.

Thompson is back at his familiar starting spot after months of vigorous rehabilitation - as fast as ever - and looking forward to the Seminoles' game Saturday against the Demon Deacons.

It hasn't been easy for the Seminoles' leading rusher in 2010 to not only heal, but get back in football condition.

Thompson says there were days early on during his rehab that were discouraging. He felt sluggish, slow and wondered if he'd be able to play at the elite level he had performed as a sophomore.

He credits the training staff with helping him through those early dark days.