LATEST: FSU starting safety declares for 2024 NFL draft and Opting Out of Orange Bowl

Orange Bowl The Seminoles will be without a starter in the Orange Bowl. 

   Florida State Seminoles Florida State will lose most of its starters on both sides of the ball in the season finale in the Orange Bowl next week.

   Depending on NFL splits and transfers, that number will increase once play begins. On Sunday afternoon, redshirt senior Akeem Dent announced on social media that he will enter the 2024 NFL Draft and will not participate in the game against the Georgia Bulldogs.

   He will focus on preparing for the next level after five seasons in Tallahassee. Despite a minor physical injury earlier in the year, Dent appeared in 10 games, making eight starts, totaling 44 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, two fumbles and one pass breakup. He recorded seven touchdowns for Florida State, a season-high in a season-ending win over Florida and a win over Louisville in the ACC Tournament.

   During his career with the Seminoles, Dent totaled 187 tackles, five tackles for loss, one sack, two touchdowns, 16 pass breakups and one interception. He signed with the program as a five-star under former coach Willie Taggart and stayed at Florida State when Mike Norvell arrived in Tallahassee. Most of all, I thank God for his constant encouragement and for giving me many blessings.

   To my coaches and staff, I would like to thank you for being a huge part of my life on and off the field. Thank you for learning valuable lessons by participating in this program and making this team like a family.” For the team members, this journey has been full of achievements that no one can take away from them.

   The strength and energy we bring to the field will always be remembered. Most importantly, what we got was a team that will forever go down in Florida State football history. and “Thank you, Florida!”

   Now it’s time for the next chapter of my life. With that being said, I am officially announcing the 2024 NFL Draft. Dent is the last starter to leave the game, joining running backs Trey Benson, running backs Jaheim Bell, Keon Coleman, Johnny Wilson, Jared Verse and Fabien Lovett.

   There are also several transfers on the roster who have joined other teams, including quarterback AJ Duffy (San Diego State), running back Rodney Hill (FAMU), running back CJ Campbell (FAU) and tight end Markeston Douglas (State of Arizona). ). ), offensive lineman Bless Harris (TCU), offensive lineman Daughtry Richardson (FAU), offensive lineman Qae and Shon Sapp (FAMU. Florida State and Georgia are scheduled for Saturday, December 30th. The game starts at 4 pm. It’s on ESPN.

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