Hayes selected by the Buccaneers in Round 6

Geno Hayes was the third Seminole selected in the 2008 NFL Draft. Hayes was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 6th round and #175 overall.

Hayes Bio

Junior Year (2007): The 6-1, 226-pound defender is in the classic mold of the athletic Florida State linebacker, as well as a weak-side linebacker for a Cover Two defensive scheme. Last year, Hayes started at weakside linebacker for the Seminoles and posted 80 tackles, five sacks and 17.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Sophomore Year (2006): Started 10 of Florida State's 13 games at the weakside linebacker position...missed three games (Maryland, Boston College, Virginia) because of a knee injury suffered in the Seminoles' victory over Duke...ranked fifth on the team in tackles with a career-high 59 stops despite missing three full games and most of the game against Duke when he hurt his knee early in the first quarter ...suffered two sprained ligaments in his right knee while making a tackle against Duke...started the first six games before injuring his knee against the Blue Devils...returned to the lineup and started the final three games of the season...third on the team with a career-high 12.0 tackles for minus yardage including a career-high two TFL's against Miami, Rice and NC State...his career-high of 12 tackles came in the Seminoles' Emerald Bowl game against UCLA...led the team with a career-high nine unassisted stops to go along with 1.5 tackles for minus yardage in the 44-27 victory over the Bruins...double-digit tackles (10) for the second time in his career against Florida...singlegame career-high two quarterback sacks against Rice and a third sack against NC State...the ACC Defensive Back of the Week for his impressive game in the Seminoles' season-opening victory over Miami...in his first start he responded by making a career-high eight tackles in the Seminoles'13-10 road win at No. 12 Miami...had 2.5 tackles for loss for 14 yards in the third quarter as the Seminoles overcame a 10-3 halftime deficit...sealed Florida State's 24-17 victory over Troy with his first career interception with 1:09 left in the game...the interception stopped Troy on their own 39 as they were driving for a potential game-tying or game-winning score...at least four tackles in each of the 10 games he played in and averaged nearly 6.0 tackles per game.

Freshman Year (2005): Played in all 13 games as one of only two true freshmen to play in every game (also Derek Nicholson)... credited with 17 tackles, broke up one pass and had two quarterback hurries...played mostly on special teams but also saw time as a back-up as the weakside linebacker...a season-high three tackles at Clemson and scored Florida State's only touchdown of the game, recovering a blocked punt in the endzone...tied his season-high with three solo stops in the Orange Bowl against Penn State

High School: Graduated from Madison County in 2005...the No. 3 linebacker in the country according to Tom Lemming of ESPN.com... a four-star player by Rivals.com...No. 36 overall player in the country and the No. 3 outside linebacker...the No. 5 player in Florida by Rivals.com...the No. 7 player in Florida according to Superprep...a second-team All USA Today All-America selection...All-America firstteam by Parade Magazine...played in the CaliFlorida All-Star game... tackled a California player on the last play of the game to help lead the Florida team to victory...led the Florida team in tackles with six and had three tackles for minus yardage...as a senior had 124 stops with 27 for loss and 11 sacks... posted 130 tackles, 20 tackles for a loss, 19 sacks and three interceptions as a junior...high school teammate of Charlie Graham...chose Florida State over Tennessee and Clemson.

Personal: Born Aug. 10, 1987...enrolled in undergraduate studies.

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