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Hamsah Nasirildeen

Hamsah Nasirildeen - Football - Florida State Seminoles

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Defensive Back
Concord, N.C.
high school


Returned from injury to start last two games of season…recorded 13 tackles, including 1.5 for loss, one interception and one pass breakup…named team’s Monk Bonasorte Award recipient…made four tackles, 0.5 for loss, in limited snaps at North Carolina State, his first appearance in nearly a full calendar year…registered team-high nine tackles, 1.0 for loss, one interception and one pass breakup in 56-35 win vs. Duke…earned ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors, Senior Bowl Star of the Week and Thorpe Award Honorable Mention Player of the Week recognition for his performance vs. Blue Devils.


Appeared in 12 games with 10 starts and recorded 101 tackles, including 2.0 for loss and 1.0 sack, three forced fumbles, two interceptions, three pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry…second-team All-ACC…first Seminole since 2014 to record 100 tackles in a season and first since 1990 with multiple 17-tackle games in a season…led FSU in tackles for second straight season…tackles total ranked second among all Power 5 defensive backs…forced fumbles total tied for second in ACC and 21st in NCAA…average of 5.1 solo tackles per game ranked second in ACC and 29th in NCAA…average of 8.4 tackles per game ranked sixth in ACC and 42nd in NCAA…made career-high 22 tackles in 38-31 victory at Boston College…tackles total ranks behind only Dale McCullers, who had games of 29 and 26 tackles in 1968, on FSU’s single-game list…tackles total also was most in ACC and tied for second-highest single-game total in NCAA in 2019…named ACC Defensive Back of the Week for his performance vs. Eagles…registered 17 tackles, including 1.0 sack, in 35-17 win vs. Syracuse…earned ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors for his performance vs. Orange…registered 11 tackles and 80-yard pick-six in 49-12 win vs. Alabama State…return was 14th-longest interception return for a touchdown in program history…earned ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors for his performance…opened season with 12 tackles, two forced fumbles and one pass breakup vs. Boise State…forced fumble on first series, marking first takeaway by FSU on its opening drive of a season since 2002…recorded 10 tackles and one forced fumble in 45-44 win vs. ULM…made six tackles at No. 25 Virginia…had five solo tackles and one pass breakup in 31-13 victory vs. North Carolina State…recorded six tackles and one interception at No. 2 Clemson…made two tackles at Wake Forest…registered five tackles, one fumble recovery, one quarterback hurry and one pass breakup vs. Miami…made five tackles at No. 8 Florida before leaving game in second quarter due to injury.


Played in all 12 games with five starts…led team with 91 tackles, including 0.5 for loss, and added one interception, two pass breakups and one quarterback hurry…tackles total tied for 10th in ACC…registered 10 or more tackles in four games…earned team’s Most Improved Award…produced career-high 15 tackles and one pass breakup at North Carolina State…opened season with 11 tackles vs. No. 20 Virginia Tech…recorded 12 tackles, including 10 solo stops, and one quarterback hurry the next week in 36-26 win vs. Samford…ended season with 10 tackles vs. No. 13 Florida…made five stops at Syracuse…had three tackles in 37-19 win vs. Northern Illinois…registered nine tackles and one pass breakup in 28-24 victory at Louisville…made seven tackles at No. 17 Miami…matched tackles total next time out in 38-17 win vs. Wake Forest…had three tackles vs. No. 2 Clemson…made nine tackles and first career interception in 22-21 victory vs. No. 22 Boston College.


Impressive freshman that appeared in all 13 games in a reserve defensive back and special teams role, cracking the starting lineup against Syracuse and at No. 4 Clemson…recorded 29 tackles and two pass breakups…made his collegiate debut against No. 1 Alabama, producing three tackles…put on a career day in his start at defending national champion Clemson, racking up 10 tackles to rank second on the team.


Consensus four-star prospect and No. 1 recruit in North Carolina who played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl…versatile prospect who can play safety, linebacker, tight end or wide receiver…rated the nation’s eighth-best safety and No. 63 overall prospect by Rivals…ranked the sixth-best outside linebacker and No. 96 recruit in the nation by 247Sports…didn’t start playing defense until his junior year…recorded 108 tackles and three interceptions to go along with 45 catches for 751 yards and five touchdowns in his senior season…as a junior, had 85 tackles, five interceptions, two forced fumbles and seven pass break-ups, and 35 receptions for 634 yards playing receiver…received all-conference honors as a junior and a senior…a hard hitter, who often lined up at linebacker in high school, but also displayed elite coverage skills…ESPN said “he is blessed with ideal measurables and versatility”…was named 2016 Associated Press First Team All-State and captured 2016 All-USA North Carolina First Team honors…came away with four tackles in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, helping lead the East Team to victory…also a standout prep hoops player…committed to Florida State in January 2017…chose the Seminoles over South Carolina, Clemson, Michigan and Penn State among several others.