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A.J. WESTBROOK - Football - Florida State Seminoles

Player profile

Defensive Back
Daytona Beach, Fla.
high school


Played in 43 games with 25 starts…recorded 147 tackles, including 3.5 for loss with 1.5 sacks, 16 pass breakups, two interceptions and one fumble recovery…tackles total was highest among active Seminoles in 2018.


Started all 12 games at strong safety…recorded 65 tackles, including 1.5 for loss with 0.5 sack, two interceptions and five pass breakups…made career-high 10 tackles and one interception in 28-24 victory vs. Louisville…interception came on first down at FSU’s 19-yard line with 1:56 remaining and the Seminoles trailing by three…offense took 43 seconds to go 81 yards for game-winning score…snagged first career interception and returned it 33 yards in 36-26 win vs. Samford…also had five tackles and one pass breakup vs. Bulldogs…tied career-high tackles total with 10 at North Carolina State…opened season with four tackles, including 0.5 sack, vs. No. 20 Virginia Tech…had five solo tackles at Syracuse…credited with one solo tackle and one pass breakup in 37-19 win vs. Northern Illinois…made four tackles, 1.0 for loss, at No. 17 Miami…had four tackles in 38-17 win vs. Wake Forest…recorded five tackles and one pass breakup vs. No. 2 Clemson and at No. 3 Notre Dame…registered six tackles and one pass breakup in 22-21 victory vs. No. 22 Boston College…ended season with six tackles vs. No. 13 Florida.


Key contributor in the defensive backfield that appeared in 12 games, starting five…recorded 40 tackles and seven pass breakups, which ranked third on the team…made his presence felt in the FSU-Miami rivalry, totaling five tackles…followed up with six tackles at Duke, which tied a season high…in a rivalry win at Florida, racked up six tackles, which ranked third on the team…posted a strong performance in the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl against Southern Mississippi, finishing with a team-leading six solo tackles and one fumble recovery.


Appeared in all 13 games with eight starts at safety…finished with 40 tackles, four pass breakups and 1.5 sacks…stepped up to help anchor the defensive backfield following the injury to preseason All-American Derwin James…made his first career start at No. 10 Louisville and finished with three tackles…had a sack against quarterback Mitch Trubisky of North Carolina…made a vital pass breakup at NC State, knocking a third-down pass to the ground as the Wolfpack attempted to take the lead in the final minutes…finished with a season-best three PBUs against NC State…tallied six tackles versus No. 3 Clemson…finished the regular season with a pair of tackles against No. 13 Florida…tallied a season high of eight tackles and added a half-sack and a pass breakup in the win over No. 6 Michigan in the Orange Bowl.


A true freshman defensive back that logged time on special terms and as a reserve in the secondary…after missing the first seven games, played in the final six…finished the season with two tackles, including 0.5 TFL against Chattanooga.


Athletic playmaking safety and ball hawk who was given a four-star rating by Rivals in the 2015 recruiting class…received three stars from 247Sports, Scout and ESPN…rated the nation’s No. 12 safety, 33rd best player in Florida and No. 200 overall prospect in the country by Rivals…tabbed the nation’s No. 34 safety by 247Sports and No. 72 player in Florida…rated the No. 35 safety and No. 79 player in Florida by ESPN…captured a No. 19 ranking in the Orlando Sentinel’s 2015 Central Florida Super60 and the No. 95 spot on the Sentinel’s 2015 Florida Top 100…led his Mainland High School team to back-to-back state semifinals and a 13-1 record in 2014…had 62 tackles and one interception en route to Class 6A All-State Second Team honors and Daytona Beach News Journal All-Area accolades as a senior…intercepted five passes as a junior, returning four for touchdowns…added 84 tackles, three fumble recoveries and 12 pass breakups in 2013…chose the Seminoles over UCF, Cincinnati and Wisconsin among several offers…born September 12, 1996…majoring in social science.