TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Five members of the 2017 Florida State football team are slated to don the Garnet and Gold one more time as participants in postseason all-star games.
Defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi is set for the prestigious Reese’s Senior Bowl on January 27. Defensive back Trey Marshall and linebacker Matthew Thomas are scheduled to play in the East-West Shrine Game on January 20. Running back Ryan Green and defensive back Ermon Lane are first up Sunday in the SPIRAL Tropical Bowl.
Nnadi, a two-time All-ACC performer, started 37 games during his time in Tallahassee and recorded 165 tackles, including 24.0 for loss with 11.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. This season he earned third-team All-ACC honors after collecting 53 tackles, including 10.0 for loss with 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble, two quarterback hurries and one pass breakup.
Florida State has had 98 players appear in the Senior Bowl, including five former Most Valuable Players: EJ Manuel in 2013, Christian Ponder in 2011, Derrick Brooks in 1995, Willie Jones in 1979 and Kim Hammond in 1968. This year’s game begins at 2:30 p.m. ET from Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, and will be broadcast live on NFL Network.
Marshall appeared in 38 games and recorded 135 tackles, including 6.0 for loss with 1.0 sack, and six pass breakups. He registered a single-game career-high 10 tackles last season against Louisville. Thomas started all 12 games he played in 2017 and finished the season with a team-high 85 tackles, including 10.0 for loss with 2.0 sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery, two pass breakups and one blocked field goal. In his career, he registered 192 tackles, including 25.5 for loss with 4.0 sacks, four pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, one interception and one blocked kick. The East-West Shrine Game will be played January 20 at 3 p.m. from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg and broadcast live on the NFL Network.
Green appeared in five games as a senior, rushing for 126 yards and three touchdowns, including a career-high two scores in a Senior Day win over Delaware State. In his career, Green saw action in 35 games and gained 395 yards with four touchdowns on the ground and also returned four kickoffs for 61 yards. Lane showed his versatility in 2017 as he played defensive back, registering 12 tackles, and wide receiver, where he caught eight passes for 169 yards. He finished his career appearing in 38 games, recording 27 catches for 486 yards and one touchdown and making 49 tackles, two pass breakups and one interception. The SPIRAL Tropical Bowl kicks off at 9 a.m. Sunday from Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium. The game will be streamed live online by FloSports.