Linebacker Tyrell Lyons announced Wednesday that he was transferring from Florida State. The move was not widely expected. Let's take a look at what this means for the program.
On the field
Lyons is coming back from an ACL injury and while he did some good things in coverage in 2014, it's clear he was battling for at most a backup position, with starters Matthew Thomas and Ro'Derrick Hoskins and reserves Josh Brown, Sh'Mar Kilby-Lane and a host of other players younger than him. A backup behind younger players is not a spot likely to yield much playing time. Lyons transferring likely means he didn't believe he was in line for playing time.
The move leaves Florida State with eight scholarship linebackers, which is a acceptable depth when considering FSU only uses two true linebackers at a time (4-2-5 or the two inside players in the 3-4).
Assuming all incoming freshmen qualify (four-star defensive tackle Shavar Manuel is one we are monitoring) and transfer punter Jack Steed comes in on scholarship, FSU will be at 87 scholarships, meaning two more players will be leaving before fall.
Zero impact. Lyons only had a year or two left and was not going to scare off any linebacker recruits.