Defensive lineman Andre Wadsworth comes in at No. 11 as we continue our countdown of the Top-75 players in Florida State history. Wadsworth did not receive a single Division I scholarship offer so Florida State invited him to come play as a walk-on. He played both defensive tackle and defensive end during his time at Florida State. Wadsworth posted good, but not great numbers as a defensive tackle for the first three years of his career, but really dominated when he made the move to defensive end his senior year in 1997. He finished that season with 57 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, and a forced fumble. He was named a consensus All-American as well as being named the ACC Player of the Year.
Wadsworth finished his career with 233 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 23 sacks, and 5 forced fumbles. He was elected to the Florida State Hall of Fame in 2004.
Wadsworth was the highest drafted player in Florida State history until last year when Jameis Winston went No. 1 overall. He was selected with the No. 3 overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals. Unfortunately injuries derailed his promising career and he was forced to retire after four knee surgeries in a 15 month span.
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