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Jacques Patrick, Demarcus Christmas weighing FSU futures in lead-up to bowl game

Will they stay or will they go?

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With Florida State’s Independence Bowl matchup against Southern Miss looming near the end of December, decision time for Florida State’s draft-eligible juniors draws ever closer.

Two of these players, running back Jacques Patrick and defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas, addressed the media and discussed the decision Friday, relaying similar answers.

Patrick, who went for career bests in rushing yards (674) and touchdowns (6) in 2017, would once again be splitting carries with Cam Akers if he returns, but said he is still undecided.

"I haven't decided on that yet. After the bowl game, I'll sit down and make those decisions,” Patrick said. "I will get the information from my coaches. Get all the information from past coaches, even coaches here. I can get all the information needed, get my draft grade. Whatever the best decision, that's the one I'll make."

Like Patrick, Christmas broke out in 2017. Playing alongside Derrick Nnadi in the trenches, Christmas set new career highs in tackles (35), tackles for loss (4.5) while emerging as a force on the interior of the FSU defensive line.

When prompted as to his decision at this point in time, Christmas quickly said, “I have no answer for that right now. I’m just looking forward for the bowl game.”

With the deadline for declaring for the NFL Draft not until January 15th, this leaves plenty of time for these two, along with the rest of FSU’s junior class, time to think on it.

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