TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s DeMarcus Walker announced on Friday that he will return to school for his senior season in 2016.
“After talking with my family and Coach Fisher I have decided to return to Florida State for my senior year,” Walker said. “I made great strides during my junior season and I hope to carry that on to my senior year. I want to end my career here like I started it in 2013 and with the team we having returning I feel we have the opportunity to have a really special season. I look forward to providing leadership to help this team continue to grow and succeed.”
Walker, a 2016 preseason All-American candidate, is coming off his finest season as a Seminole finishing his junior campaign in 2015 posting single-season career-highs for tackles (58), TFLs (15.5), pass break-ups (5), forced fumbles (4) and sacks (10.5). He registered his first career interception at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and closed out the regular season blocking his first career kick on a fourth quarter field goal attempt by the Gators down in Gainesville.
“I’m very excited that Demarcus is going to return for his senior season,” Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “This is a great decision for Demarcus because as he continues to develop, he can become one of the best players in college football. He had an outstanding season for us this past year and is a tremendous leader. We are thrilled that he is returning to Florida State.”
The Jacksonville, Fla., native started all 13 games at defensive end in 2015 en route to earning All-ACC second team honors from the media and third team accolades from the coaches. Dating back to his sophomore season, Walker has made 20 consecutive starts – the longest active streak by a Seminole entering 2016. Walker’s 10.5 sacks tied for the 13th most in a single-season and were the most by a Seminole since Bjoern Werner recorded 13 in 2012. He closed out the year tied for third in the ACC in sacks and tied for 12th nationally. He also tied for first in the conference in forced fumbles and tied for eighth in TFLs.
Walker finished 2015 on a high note posting 22 tackles in his last two games including a career-high 13 against Houston in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. In a 27-2 victory at Florida, Walker tallied a then career-high nine tackles, 3.5 TFLs and 2.5 sacks, while forcing a fumble and blocking a kick. He was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week twice in 2015 after pacing the Seminoles to victories over Miami and Florida.