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All-ACC (Second Team)
Coaches All-ACC (Second Team)
Phil Steele Postseason All-ACC (Second Team)
Under Armour Senior Bowl Selection


A rock in the middle of FSU’s defensive line who led all FSU defenders with 41 career starts…finished the season with 26 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, including a half-sack and a pass break-up…recorded at least a half sack in five straight seasons (received a medical redshirt in 2008)…recorded a tackle in 12 straight games…had a big game in the Seminoles’ win over USF with a season-high three tackles, and a half sack…versus Clemson recorded two quarterback hurries and a pass break-up… helped Florida State’s defense lead the nation in yards allowed per play (3.86), rank second nationally in total defense (254.14 ypg) and rank in the top six nationally in scoring defense (14.71 ppg), rushing defense (92.29 ypg), pass defense (161.86 ypg), pass efficiency defense (95.43) and opponent three-and-outs (6.29 per game)…his ability to help shut down the run (FSU allowed 2.75 yards per rush) and command extra attention in the middle helped free up FSU’s standout defensive end duo of Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine….selected to the 2012 Under Armour Senior Bowl… co-recipient of the Unselfish Leadership Award on defense and Defensive Warrior award given by the strength and conditioning staff at the team’s annual banquet.


A full-time starter for the first time in his career, the redshirt junior defensive tackle provided the `Noles with athleticism up the middle in earning All-ACC honorable mention honors…helped the Seminoles rank first nationally in yards allowed per rush (2.3) and second nationally in overall rushing defense (82.7 ypg)…started all 13 games, pushing his career total to 27, which is tied for the most among all FSU defensive players…tied for second among interior linemen with 25 tackles, including 15 solo stops and added three tackles for loss, two sacks and an interception…also stuffed his stat line with three pass break-ups, three quarterback hurries and a forced fumble…had two tackles for loss, including his first sack of the season, in the road win at Florida…collected his first career interception in FSU’s road win at Duke…matched his career-high with five tackles in consecutive games on the road at Clemson and Wake Forest…also registered four stops against Florida…picked up his second sack of the season against Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl…earned the Defensive Warrior award at the team’s annual banquet for his efforts in the weight room…received his degree in social science during fall commencement in December.


Started the first seven games of the season and played in all 14…opened the season on a tear with four tackles for loss and two sacks through three games…continued to produce at a consistent level as a member of a four-man rotation, but was forced to battle through a thumb injury which required midseason surgery, though he did not miss a game…registered a career-high five tackles against Virginia and NC State…more than doubled his tackles total from 2009, piling up 39 (20 solos) to go along with six tackles for loss and 2.5 quarterback sacks…the six tackles for loss ranked fourth on the team.


Played in all 13 games and started seven as a redshirt freshman….nine of his 14 tackles were of the solo variety…finished sixth on the team with 3.5 tackles for loss, including one sack…made his first start against USF and notched three tackles; a feat he matched two other times…had a season-best three solo stops in the bowl-clinching home win against Maryland…began the season at defensive end but moved inside due to injury and quickly found his niche.


Played in three games as a true freshman before being granted a medical redshirt…had two tackles, including his first career sack in the second game against Chattanooga.


 A four-star prospect, he earned All-State honors at defensive end for South Carolina powerhouse Byrnes High School…his team capped a 15-0 senior season with a state championship…played in Max Emfinger’s All-American Bowl Classic in Jackson, Miss., where he recorded five sacks and double-digit tackles….also played in the 71st annual Shrine Bowl game…had 115 tackles from his defensive end position as a senior, including 14 sacks and five fumble recoveries…Byrnes teammate Justin Bright joins him on the FSU roster….received 10 scholarship offers and selected FSU over South Carolina, Illinois, Michigian State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech…born June 13, 1990.