Who Is The Best True Freshman In Florida State History?

With Derwin James having a great season, we take a look at the best freshman in Florida State history.

The Contenders:

DT Ron Simmons

128 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, 13 forced fumbles, and 1 blocked FG.

Simmons put up some really incredible numbers his freshman year in 1977. Florida State hadn't emerged onto the national scene yet, and Simmons was the first big player of the Bobby Bowden era. His 12 sacks as a freshman still rank in the Top-10 for single season sack totals in Florida State history. He was named a Football News Freshman All-American as well as being named Honorable Mention by the AP.

LB Marvin Jones

133 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and 1 interception.

Jones is the best linebacker in Florida State history and it all started his freshman year in 1990. Jones 133 tackles as a true freshman are tied for 17th in Florida State history. He was named a third team AP All-American. 

WR/KR Tamarick Vanover

42 catches for 581 yards, and 4 touchdown receptions. He carried the ball 9 times for 43 yards and 1 touchdown. He returned 8 kickoffs for 413 yards and 2 touchdowns. 

Vanover did it all for Florida State during his two years, but is remembered by Florida State fans as the best kick returner in Florida State history. Vanover averaged 51.6 yards per return before teams stopped kicking to him. He was named a first team AP All-American as a returner. 

RB Dalvin Cook

170 carries for 1,008 yards and 8 touchdowns. 22 catches for 203 yards. 

Cook was the first Florida State running back to have over 1,000 yards as a freshman, and he did it despite playing little through the first four games. Cook was named a first team Freshman All-American by Athlon Sports. 

DB Derwin James

77 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 4 passes defensed, 3 quarterback hurries, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries. 

James has been a key piece to Florida State's defensive resurgence this season. He is second on the team in tackles, tackles for loss, and sacks.


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