Saturday is Senior Day at Florida State and the Seminoles will honor 24 seniors. Their careers spanned 2009 to 2013, but a majority of the top contributors from the group were part of the 2010 recruiting class. In our Friday Five, we take a look at five defining moments for this senior class:
McDaniel is the only senior that played in Bobby Bowden's final game.
Bowden's last game
Defensive tackle Jacobbi McDaniel was the only senior that participated in the 2010 Gator Bowl, marking the final game coached by legendary Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden. The victory helped Florida State finish with a winning record, 7-6, and sent Bowden off into the sunset on the shoulders of his current team. It also marked the official start of the transition into the Jimbo Fisher Era.
Righting the ship in 2011
The 2011 season got off to a rough start for Florida State. The Seminoles were just 2-3 after their first five games and in the midst of a three-game losing streak. They would go on to win seven of their final eight games, capped off by an 18-14 victory over Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl. That finish marked the start of what has been a dominant 29-3 streak for the Seminoles.
Some of the seniors that played a big role on that 2011 squad include center Bryan Stork, wide receiver Kenny Shaw, defensive back Lamarcus Joyner, safety Terrence Brooks, as well as linebackers Christian Jones and Telvin Smith.
ACC Championship in 2012
For the first time since 2005, Florida State earned an ACC Championship with a 21-15 victory over Georgia Tech. The victory guaranteed Florida State’s spot in the 2013 Orange Bowl, which they went on to win. It helped to show that Florida State was officially back on the right track as a program and positioning themselves for taking that next step back to national prominence.
The ACC Championship in 2012 was a significant moment for this senior class.
Center Bryan Stork, linebacker Christian Jones, as well as defensive backs Lamarcus Joyner and Terrence Brooks started in the game. Linebacker Telvin Smith, playing in a reserve role, led the Florida State defense with 11 tackles in the victory.
Clemson in 2013
Florida State was considered close to being ‘back’ in 2012 until they stumbled at N.C. State. Fast forward to 2013 and after a 5-0 start for Florida State many still questioned the long-term potential of this year’s version of Florida State. Their sixth game answered those questions. It was a top-five battle between the 5-0 Seminoles and the 6-0 Clemson Tigers at Death Valley. The dominating 51-14 victory by Florida State was a clear statement of their return to the highest level on the college football landscape.
A number of the seniors that will be honored on Saturday played a huge role, led by cornerback Lamarcus Joyner who had an eight tackle, one sack day where he forced two fumbles, including one that got returned for a touchdown, and recorded an interception. Linebacker Telvin Smith led the defense on that day with 11 tackles. Christian Jones has eight tackles, two tackles for loss, and a sack.
For those seniors that played during the 2010 to 2013 seasons, they never lost to Miami. They defeated them by a margin of 142-70 over their four career games against the Hurricanes. Over that same span they have a 2-1 record over Florida and also mixed in a victory over South Florida. The senior class has done an outstanding job of having success against in-state opponents.
The 2013 game was littered with major contributions by seniors. Terrence Brooks, Lamarcus Joyner, and Telvin Smith were among those who had a strong game against the Hurricanes in their last battle against the in-state rival. Some others senior highlights in the series include linebacker Telvin Smith’s strong game in 2012, where the linebacker had eight tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, and a forced fumble. In 2011, Joyner had a scoop and score that came off the board due to review. He did record an interception in that game. Joyner’s first career interception came against Miami in 2010.