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Florida State's Five Most Improved Players Of 2015

Who were the five most improved players for Florida State during the 2015 season.

5. DT Demarcus Christmas

Florida State defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas was expected to make an impact as a freshman, but that didn't pan out. Christmas put in the work during the offseason, and became a dominant force on the defensive line when he came into the game. With Nile Lawrence-Stample moving on, Christmas will have a chance to show what he can do in a more advanced role next season.

4. DE Demarcus Walker

Walker has been a starter for Florida State for the past two years, but the jump he made from 2014 to 2015 warrants him being on this list. He currently leads the team in sacks, tackles for loss, forced fumbles, and blocked field goals. Walker played so well this season that it's not unthinkable for him to make the jump to the NFL. If he stays he will anchor a very good defensive line in 2016. 

3. P Cason Beatty

Beatty has had his share of bad moments for Florida State over the course of his career, but he was very good this season. He came through for the Seminoles at the most important times this season, and had 18 punts longer than 50-yards. He also dropped 20 punts inside the opponent's 20 yard line.

2. DL Giorgio Newberry

Newberry was dead and buried by the Florida State fanbase long ago, but he came to play this season. He didn't rack up the stats with only 20 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks, but he was second on the team in pass breakups with 6. He used his length to disrupt passing lanes, and really came through when Florida State needed him too.

1. WR Kermit Whitfield

Whitfield is the obvious choice for the top spot here. There was a question after the spring about whether or not he would even be on the roster for this season. He turned into Florida State's leading, and most consistent, receiver with 53 catches for 742 yards and 6 touchdowns. He was also very good on kickoffs once again averaging 28.1 yards per return. 


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