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Florida State star DT Derrick Nnadi will return for senior year

FSU will have its powerful lineman back for a final season.

After the win over Michigan in the Orange Bowl Friday night, Florida State defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi announced that he’ll return to Florida State for his senior season. The junior has started each of the past two seasons for FSU and has made a major impact. In 2015, the Virginia native had 45 tackles and two sacks. This past season, he made 49 tackles and greatly improved his pressure on the quarterback, generating six sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss.

The former four-star recruit was a key component in the Orange Bowl victory over Michigan with five tackles, one for loss, and 0.5 sacks.

With Nnadi’s news, the Florida State defensive line will only lose DE DeMarcus Walker (graduation). Although Walker’s absence will obviously be felt, rising redshirt junior DT Demarcus Christmas, rising junior DE Josh Sweat, rising senior DE Jacob Pugh and rising sophomore DE Brian Burns all return to form a very formidable front. The defensive line will also see five-star early enrollee DE Joshua Kaindoh enter the program.