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FSU’s Ryan Izzo declares early for NFL Draft, Florida State very thin at tight end

The Seminoles are very inexperienced on the offensive edge.

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Florida State’s tight end depth has taken several hits this year. Things began in the summer, when it became known that would-be senior Jeremy Kerr would not return to the program due to medical issues. Another blow came in November, when redshirt-junior TE Mavin Saunders announced his intention to transfer. It was further upended today, when fellow redshirt-junior Ryan Izzo made it known that he’d be forgoing his final year of eligibility to declare for the NFL Draft.

After playing sparingly in 2014 and receiving a redshirt, Izzo was the Seminoles’ featured tight end for the last three seasons. He concludes his Florida State career with 47 catches for 691 yards and 6 scores.

Izzo’s departure means that only freshman Tre’ McKitty (6-5, 237) remains from FSU’s most recent tight end depth chart. McKitty had one catch this season, against Louisiana-Monroe, for 23 yards. The other scholarship tight ends on the roster are sophomore Naseir Upshur (6-2, 243), who has a lone career catch, against Delaware State, for 12 yards, and freshman Alex Marshall (6-8, 233), who did not play this season.