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DERRICK NNADI - Football - Florida State Seminoles

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Started all 13 games, notching 53 tackles, 10.0 TFL, one FF and 3.5 sacks…named third-team All ACC…a dominant force inside that was named to the preseason Nagurski, Outland and Bednarik award watch list…turned in a dominant first three games against No. 1 Alabama, vs. NC State and at Wake Forest, totaling 19 tackles, 4.5 TFL and a forced fumble…turned in a season-high 2.5 TFL against NC State…assisted on a sack vs. No. 13 Miami and the 2016 Heisman Trophy-winning Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson…finished the season on a tear in his last three games vs. Delaware State, at Florida, vs. ULM and in the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl against Southern Miss, totaling nine tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.


Watch List: Bednarik, Outland, and Nagurski Awards


First Team All-ACC (Coaches)
Third Team All-ACC (Media)
ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week


Played in all 13 games with 11 starts at nose guard…leader of the Seminoles’ interior defensive line who collected first team All-ACC honors from the coaches…finished fifth on the team with 49 tackles and added 10.5 TFLs, 6.0 sacks, one pass breakup, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery… 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)…was integral part of Florida State’s nation-leading pass rush…the Noles led the nation in sacks per game (3.92)…collected ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors following a dominant effort against eventual national champion Clemson…totaled a season-high eight tackles, two TFLs, one sack and one pass breakup versus the third-ranked Tigers…opened the season with a fumble recovery against No. 11 Ole Miss (forced by DeMarcus Walker) and ended the regular season with his first career forced fumble against No. 13 Florida (recovered by Walker)…accounted for five tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1 TFL and 1 QB hurry in the Orange Bowl win over No. 6 Michigan…opened the season with two tackles against the Rebels…totaled three tackles and a sack versus Charleston Southern…was limited due to injury at No. 10 Louisville and at USF…had a half-tackle for loss versus No. 23 North Carolina…made seven tackles, including 2.5 TFLs at No. 10 Miami…had four stops versus Wake Forest…tied a season-high with eight tackles at NC State…made three stops, including one TFL, at Syracuse…tallied three tackles, including one sack and his first career forced fumble, versus the Gators.


All-ACC Third Team (Media)


Started all 13 games at nose guard – was one of just five Seminoles on the defensive side of the ball to start every game…finished his sophomore season with 45 tackles, 2.0 TFLs and two sacks…set a career-high with nine tackles against Syracuse, the most by an FSU interior lineman since Timmy Jernigan also had nine in the 2014 BCS National Championship Game vs. Auburn…recorded six tackles at No. 1 Clemson…registered a sack at Boston College and half-sacks vs. Syracuse and Clemson…finished second on the defensive line in total tackles behind only DeMarcus Walker (58)…made his first career start in the season opener against Texas State and finished with a tackle…helped anchor a top-10 scoring defense for the Seminoles in 2015…earned Defensive Most Improved Player honors following the 2016 spring season.


True freshman defensive tackle who made an instant impact…appeared in nine games and had 18 tackles…stepped up during extended action against Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship Game and responded with a season-high six tackles…had four tackles and 1.5 TFLs against Wake Forest…made three tackles against The Citadel…capped season with two stops versus Oregon in the Rose Bowl.


Consensus four-star defensive tackle recruit in the 2014 recruiting class…ranked the nation’s fourth-best defensive tackle recruit and the No. 4 prospect in Virginia by Rivals (No. 81 player overall)…ranked No. 8 defensive tackle and the No. 5 prospect in Virginia by 247Sports (No. 80 overall)…tabbed No. 21 defensive tackle and No. 6 player in Virginia by ESPN (No. 253 overall)…Scout’s third-best defensive tackle…played in the Chesapeake Bowl, a Virginia all-star game, and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl…listed as the Virginia-Pilot’s No. 4 prospect…led Ocean Lakes to a 12-1 record and the Group 6A South Region semifinals as a senior, piling up 71 tackles and 20 sacks…anchored a Dolphins’ defense that held eight opponents to a touchdown or less…Beach District co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2013…totaled 167 total tackles, 27 tackles for loss and 13 sacks while leading Ocean Lakes to its first state championship game appearance as a junior in 2012, grabbing First Team All-Beach District and All-Eastern Region honors…First Team All-Tidewater selection as a junior and a senior…chose Florida State over Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Virginia and Penn State…born May 9, 1996…majoring in social science.