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DEMARCUS CHRISTMAS - Football - Florida State Seminoles

Player profile


Appeared in 51 games with 38 starts…finished career with 105 tackles, including 10.5 for loss with 3.5 sacks, 13 pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and one blocked kick.


Started all 11 games in which he appeared…recorded 28 tackles, including 3.0 for loss, two pass breakups and one quarterback hurry…third-team All-ACC…named team’s Most Valuable Defensive Lineman…registered career-high seven tackles and added one quarterback hurry vs. No. 2 Clemson…recorded career-high 1.5 tackles for loss as part of five-tackle game at No. 17 Miami…opened season with two tackles vs. No. 20 Virginia Tech…had three stops at Syracuse…made 0.5 tackle for loss in 28-24 victory at Louisville…recorded one tackle and one pass breakup in 38-17 win vs. Wake Forest…made one tackle at North Carolina State…registered two solo tackles and one pass breakup at No. 3 Notre Dame…made four tackles in 22-21 victory vs. No. 22 Boston College…ended season with two tackles, 1.0 for loss, vs. No. 13 Florida.


Started all 13 games at the defensive tackle position, recording 36 tackles, 4.5 for loss and 1.0 sack…had four pass breakups to tie for the lead on the defensive line…turned in four tackles and a sack against NC State…totaled a season-high five tackles at Wake Forest…made a tackle for loss in four straight games against NC State, at Wake Forest, vs. No. 13 Miami and at Duke…blocked a field goal against Delaware State that led to a scoop-and-score from Tarvarus McFadden.


Started all 13 games at defensive tackle, finishing with 21 tackles and 2.5 TFLs…also had five pass breakups, most on the defensive line, and a fumble recovery…one of five Seminole defenders to start every game…led a stout run defense that allowed only 128.0 rush yards per game (No. 21 in the nation)…vital part of nation’s 22nd-ranked defense (349.1 yards allowed)…had five tackles and a half-sack versus No. 23 North Carolina and made two stops at No. 10 Miami…totaled three tackles and a half-sack against Wake Forest…had four stops, one sack and one pass breakup versus No. 3 Clemson…had a pair of stops against Boston College…made a stop and had a pass breakup against No. 13 Florida…tallied a pass breakup and a half-tackle for loss in the Orange Bowl victory over No. 6 Michigan.


Backup defensive tackle that played in all 13 games…made his first career start at No. 1 Clemson…finished his redshirt freshman season with 19 tackles and two pass breakups…assisted on a sack against NC State, good for his first career TFL…had a season-high four tackles in road games at Georgia Tech and No. 1 Clemson…earned Defensive Most Improved Player honors following the 2016 spring season.


Promising defensive tackle who appeared in two games before injuries sidelined him…earned a redshirt in 2014.


Consensus four-star defensive tackle prospect in the 2014 recruiting class…was ranked the No. 8 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 15 player in Florida by Rivals (No. 101 overall)…rated No. 16 defensive tackle and No. 27 player in Florida by 247Sports (No. 212 overall)…ranked No. 17 defensive tackle and No. 37 player in Florida by ESPN (No. 212 overall)…Scout’s eighth-ranked defensive tackle recruit…No. 15 in FlaVarsity100 preseason rankings…led Manatee to an 11-1 record and the Class 8A-Region 2 semifinals in 2013…collected Class 8A All-State First Team, All-Southwest Florida First Team and Bradenton Herald All-Area First Team accolades as a senior…American Family Insurance All-USA Second Team…tallied 39 tackles, including 33 solo stops, 20 quarterback hurries, eight tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and one recovered fumble in final prep season…chose Florida State over Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Miami…born July 4, 1995…majoring in social science.