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  Florida State welcomed two new additions in offensive lineman transfer Jazston Turnetine and freshman defensive lineman Ayobami Tifase to its 2022 football roster. Turnetine spent two seasons at South Carolina, where he appeared in 18 games (10 starts) for the Gamecocks between 2020-21. He started seven games last season, helping the team earn a spot in the Duke's Mayo Bowl in the first season under coach Shane Beamer.

The 6-foot-7, 335-pound lineman, was a three-star prospect out of Stockbridge (Georgia) High in 2018 and began his college career at Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College, where he earned second-team, All-American status while helping lead the Blue Dragons to a 10-win season and a bowl appearance. He signed with South Carolina after receiving offers from Arizona, Missouri, Houston and SMU. "Jazston has tremendous size with great power and athleticism," FSU coach Mike Norvell said in a statement Tuesday. "His starting experience in big games and his skill set immediately increases the competition among our offensive line group." Turnetine becomes the 12th overall transfer to join the FSU program this offseason. - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#999 OT) rSr/2023 OT Jazston TurnetineFlorida State
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  06/21/22 - Jordan TravisrJr/2024, Florida State, 6-1, 201 (DS#26 QB) + More +

  After so many years of FSU quarterback battles, it's got to be quite nice for that to be sorted out for the Seminoles. In his first three years at FSU, Travis has come incredibly far. The Louisville transfer didn't factor into the playing time conversation at all when he arrived. Even once he got on the field late in the 2019 season, he was used almost exclusively as a runner. But there's no denying now that Travis has grown into quite a quarterback for the Seminoles.

He's been FSU's midseason savior at quarterback each of the last two seasons, taking over three games into the 2020 season and beating out McKenzie Milton to claim the full-time job a few weeks into the 2021 season. In 2020, Travis relied more on his athleticism, rushing for a team-high 559 yards and seven touchdowns. He completed just 55% of his passes and had as many interceptions as he did passing touchdowns (6). Travis' athleticism was still a factor in 2021 and should still be in 2022. But the most promising development was the notable step forward he took as a passer. Last season, he completed 122 of 194 passes (62.9%), throwing nine more touchdowns (15) and the same number of interceptions as he did in 2020 on 63 more pass attempts. - Times Union


(DS#26 QB) rJr/2024 QB Jordan TravisFlorida State
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  06/05/22 - McKenzie MiltonrSr/2022, Florida State, 5-11, 194 (DS#29 QB) + More +

  Former UCF and Florida State quarterback McKenzie Milton announced Thursday night on social media that he is retiring from football. "There is no easy way to put or say this but my playing days of football have come to an end," Milton wrote on Instagram. "With the culmination of the 2022 NFL Draft it has become pretty evident that a path to the NFL is not realistic given the external variables. "Having said that...I want to thank all of you for the love and support over the years." Milton led the Knights to a 27-6 record as a starter, including an undefeated 2017 season, and two American Athletic Conference championships. - Orlando Sentinel

(DS#29 QB) rSr/2022 QB McKenzie MiltonFlorida State
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  D'Mitri Emmanuel becomes the third offensive line transfer to join the program this season, along with Kayden Lyles (Wisconsin) and Bless Harris (Lamar). He joins a group that features returning starters Dillan Gibbons, Darius Washington and Maurice Smith, promising backups in Thomas Shrader, Zane Herring, Bryson Estes and newcomers Kanaya Charlton and Daughtry Richardson. The offensive line has been a point of emphasis for FSU, particularly under third-year coach Mike Norvell and Atkins. The Seminoles were one of the worst pass protection teams from 2018-20, allowing 113 quarterback sacks in those three years.

Emmanuel knew about Florida State as a casual fan, but he learned much more by visiting the campus. "Florida State is a program that's been winning for a long time," Emmanuel explained. "You see it on TV and I wasn't too familiar with a lot of the stuff that goes on here, but when you just come to the Florida State campus, you feel they love football here. It has a lot of tradition and a lot of great players have played here, gone to NFL and done a lot of good things. You see the family type of vibe here." Experience and leadership are what Seminoles fans can expect to see out of Emmanuel, who started 24 consecutive games at both tackle and guard spots between 2019-21. While he isn't sure what position he'll wind up playing, he is looking forward to helping the team out. "I feel like offensive line is a developmental position," he said. "When I was a young player, you made mistakes and stuff, but you have to make those mistakes to grow. I've made a lot of mistakes in my career and I've learned from them. "I love offensive line. It's a skill and a craft, and I love playing the position." - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#999 OG) rSr/2023 OG DMitri EmmanuelFlorida State
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  Former Charlotte 49ers offensive lineman D'Mitri Emmanuel has left the transfer portal after committing to the Florida State Seminoles. The 6'2", 300-pound redshirt senior will play next year for the Seminoles, adding a veteran big man to their line. Emmanuel started three seasons for the 49ers, playing left guard, left tackle and right tackle during his career. Emmanuel shared the news via his social media, making the move from C-USA to the ACC. Emmanuel was a former three-star recruit in the 2017 recruiting class, according to the On3 Consensus Rankings - a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. - D'Mitri Emmanuel twitter and online sources

(DS#999 OG) rSr/2023 OG DMitri EmmanuelFlorida State
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  Poised for a 2022 standout season: DE Derrick McClendon II, at 6-4, 240 pounds, could be a defensive disrupter with ACC defensive player of the year Jermaine Johnson off to the NFL. McClendon had 3.5 sacks and forced a fumble as he played in all 12 games as a backup. - AP College Football

(DS#999 DE) rJr/2024 DE Derrick McLendon IIFlorida State
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  05/15/22 - Jordan TravisrJr/2024, Florida State, 6-1, 201 (DS#26 QB) + More +

  When Florida State coach Mike Norvell began retooling the Seminoles' roster over the past few seasons, he was looking to add necessary experience and leadership to an otherwise young and raw group of players. Norvell achieved that by adding more than two dozen players through the transfer market. Their presence gave the team a lift, specifically through the performances of players such as Jermaine Johnson II, Keir Thomas, Jashaun Corbin and Devontay Love-Taylor. As the play improved, so did the team's confidence - a noticeable improvement coming out of FSU's spring camp last month.

"You saw confidence because guys understood the expectation," said Norvell. "We were able to push harder, and it wasn't all new for them." The quarterback group showed the most significant growth, with redshirt junior Jordan Travis returning as FSU's starter. After on-again, off-again seasons, Travis also assumes a more prominent leadership role for the Seminoles. "It's probably one of the biggest differences within our program," said Norvell. "Jordan is an incredible young man, but we had yet to see that confidence because there had not been that consistency of him being the guy, being able to go out there and consistently showcase what he could do. We got a glimpse of that last year and you watch how he responded in challenging situations." - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#26 QB) rJr/2024 QB Jordan TravisFlorida State
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  Florida State linebacker Cortez Andrews has decided to transfer, becoming the seventh Seminole to enter the transfer portal since the end of spring camp and eighth overall. This is the second time that Andrews has transferred during his career, arriving at FSU in 2021 after spending two seasons at Maryland. The redshirt sophomore appeared in six games for the Seminoles last season, recording 6 tackles and 1 pass breakup. He appeared in 10 games for the Terrapins with 9 tackles, including 2 tackles for loss. Andrews joins defensive end Quashon Fuller, running back Corey Wren, receiver Jordan Young, tight end Koby Gross, linebacker Jadarius Green-McKnight and Hunter Washington, who have entered the portal since April 12. Cornerback Jarvis Brownlee Jr. transferred before spring camp. - Orlando Sentinel

(DS#999 OLB) rJr/2024 OLB Cortez AndrewsFlorida State
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  02/28/22 - Mike RoussosrSr/2023, Florida State, 5-11, 190 (DS#131 WR) + More +

  2021 FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY LEAGUE (COACHES): Michael Roussos, Columbia (Sr., RS - New Port Richey, Fla.),...A New Port Richey, Fla. native, Roussos is a three-time First Team All-Ivy League selection (2018, 2019, 2021) and 2019 STATS FCS Third Team All-America selection as a return specialist. This year, Roussos ranked No. 14 nationally and No. 3 in the Ivy League in punt return average (9.4), No. 6 in the Ivy League in all-purpose yards per game (81.25), No. 18 nationally in combined kick return yardage, and No. 1 in the Ivy League (547), and No. 15 nationally and No. 3 in the Ivy League in kickoff returns (26.4). In eight games, he finished with 652 all-purpose yards (397 on kickoff returns, 152 on punt returns, 104 receiving yards), three 100-yard all-purpose games, and caught 16 passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Over his three-year, 26-game career, Roussos has totaled 2,393 all-purpose yards (No. 10 on the all-time list), 92.0 all-purpose yards per game (No. 6 on the all-time list), 612 punt return yards (No. 3), 14.60 punt return average (No. 2), 1,265 kickoff return yards (No. 6), 24.80 kickoff return average (No. 2), 511 receiving yards on 54 receptions, and nine 100-yard all-purpose games. - Columbia Football

(DS#131 WR) rSr/2023 WR Mike RoussosFlorida State
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  2021 ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Winston Wright Jr. (KR/PR, WR),...Earning All-Big 12 honorable mention were Alonzo Addae (DB), Leddie Brown (RB), Josh Chandler-Semedo (LB), Bryce Ford-Wheaton (WR), James Gmiter (OL), Casey Legg (PK), Sean Mahone (DB), Akheem Mesidor (DL), Wyatt Milum (OL), Tyler Sumpter (P) and Winston Wright Jr. (KR/PR, WR). - West Virginia Football

(DS#48 WR) rJr/2024 WR Winston Wright Jr.Florida State
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  2021 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LB Tatum Bethune, UCF, Jr.,...Bethune (Miami, Florida) led the Knights in tackles in 2021 (with 101), ranking second in the AAC and 21st nationally with 9.2 tackles per game (including a career-high 18 in the regular-season finale versus South Florida). - Central Florida Football

(DS#29 OLB) rJr/2024 OLB Tatum BethuneFlorida State
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  12/16/21 - Jashaun CorbinrJr/2022, Florida State, 5-11, 203 (DS#29 RB) + More +

  Florida State running back Jashaun Corbin is ending his time with the Seminoles and declaring for the 2022 NFL Draft. Corbin shared his decision in a statement on social media Monday. "Thank you God and to everyone who has helped me get to this point. I'm truly grateful #HeroZero," the redshirt sophomore posted on Twitter. Corbin started 20 games in his two seasons with FSU after arriving as a transfer from Texas A&M, where he appeared in 14 games for the Aggies. He led the Seminoles in rushing with 887 yards, including two of the longest runs in the ACC: an 89-yard touchdown against Notre Dame and a 75-yard touchdown against Louisville. He joined Dalvin Cook (2015), Chris Thompson (2010) and Sammie Smith (1987) as the only players in school history with multiple scoring runs of 75 yards or longer in a season. Corbin also was one of the Seminoles top receiving threats, leading the team in catches (25) while totaling 144 yards and 1 touchdown. - Orlando Sentinel

(DS#29 RB) rJr/2022 RB Jashaun CorbinFlorida State
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  Florida State defensive end Jermaine Johnson II penned a farewell letter to Seminoles fans Thursday as the redshirt senior transitions into preparations for the upcoming NFL draft. "I know this message can't explain all my feelings of gratitude for this university, but I'll give it my best shot … First, I want and need to thank God, my amazing support system, teammates, coaches and staff, and, of course, you amazing fans," Johnson said in a statement posted to Twitter. "The incredible opportunity to represent this university and everyone associated with it has been nothing short of a blessing, and I cannot thank God enough for it." After spending two seasons at Georgia, Johnson was among 13 transfers to join the Florida State roster in the offseason.

The redshirt senior immediately impacted the Seminoles, providing the defense with an elite edge rusher. He earned ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors earlier this month, capping a season where he led the conference in sacks (12) and tackles for loss (18). Johnson became the eighth Seminole to earn the honor since its inception in 1993, joining DeMarcus Walker (2016), Bjoern Werner (12), Darnell Dockett (03), Andre Wadsworth (97), Peter Boulware (96), Derrick Alexander (94) and Derrick Brooks (93). - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#4 DE) rSr/2022 DE Jermaine Johnson IIFlorida State
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  12/07/21 - McKenzie MiltonrSr/2022, Florida State, 5-11, 194 (DS#29 QB) + More +

  2021 BRIAN PICCOLO AWARD WINNER: Florida State senior quarterback McKenzie Milton and Clemson junior wide receiver Justyn Ross have been named joint recipients of the Atlantic Coast Conference's 2021 Brian Piccolo Award, the league announced on Monday. The Piccolo Award has been given annually since 1970 in memory of the late Brian Piccolo to the "most courageous" football player in the ACC. Milton, who hails from Kapolei, Hawai'i, joined Florida State this season as a graduate transfer from UCF, where he suffered a catastrophic knee injury in the 2018 regular-season finale. A two-time Heisman Trophy candidate, Milton suffered artery and nerve damage to his leg, a dislocated knee and multiple torn ligaments and tendons. He nearly had his right leg amputated after the helmet-to-knee hit caused a lack of blood flow to his leg. Doctors removed a vein from his left leg to help create a new artery for his right leg to restore blood flow and successfully save this leg. The main goal from the surgeons who operated on him was for him to hopefully one day walk without a limp and without pain. After eight surgical procedures, he persevered through more than 1,000 days of rehabilitation, and in December 2020, transferred to Florida State. Milton appeared in six games for the Seminoles this season, completing 81 of 139 passes (58.3%) for 775 yards and three touchdowns. - ACC Football

(DS#29 QB) rSr/2022 QB McKenzie MiltonFlorida State
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  2021 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): DE - Jermaine Johnson II, Florida State, 189 votes,...Johnson, from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, was the league's top vote-getter with 189 points. In his lone season as a Seminole, Johnson tallied 70 tackles and led the ACC with 18.0 tackles for loss and 12.0 sacks. His TFL and sack totals were the most by an FSU defender since DeMarcus Walker had 21.5 and 16.0, respectively, en route to ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2016. - Florida State Football

(DS#4 DE) rSr/2022 DE Jermaine Johnson IIFlorida State
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