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2013 Florida State starters: Where are they now?

Examining the careers of every starter on the 2013 National Championship team.

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It’s been 10 years since Florida State, after steady improvement from a period known as the “Lost Decade,” finally found itself on top of the college football world once more.

Fielding one of the most dominant teams to ever take a college football field, the 2013 Seminoles took home the final BCS National Championship by setting a then-record for points scored in a season (LSU broke it by just three points in 2019 with one extra game) with a margin of victory average (39.5) that is the highest of all-time with at least 10 games (Army holds overall record with 52 average margin of victory over nine games in 1944).

In total, 23 players would be drafted from the roster including two top-five picks in Jameis Winston (No. 1 overall, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Jalen Ramsey (No. 5 overall, Jacksonville Jaguars).

Below, you’ll find a breakdown of where Florida State’s primary starters from the 2013 squad are now — from the NFL to the coaching in high school ranks to, in the case of Nick O’Leary, going full circle back to FSU.


2013 Florida State starters: 14-0, ACC and national champions — where are they now?

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Quarterback Jameis Winston (14 starts)

Winston delivered one of the best single seasons in the history of college football, passing for 4,057 yards, 40 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and 219 rushing yards and another four touchdowns on the ground.

He won the Heisman Trophy as a redshirt freshman and passed for 237 yards and two touchdowns and ran 11 times for 26 yards in the national championship game. He was chosen first overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2015 NFL Draft.

In five seasons with the Bucs and four more with the New Orleans Saints, Winston has passed for 22,104 yards with 141 touchdowns and 99 interceptions (including a 33 TD/30 INT 2019 season, his last in Tampa). He’s added another 11 touchdowns on the ground.

Winston enters free agency this offseason with the expectation that he will seek a new team.

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Running Back Devonta Freeman (14 starts)

In 2013, Freeman became FSU’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Warrick Dunn in the feature back role. Against Auburn, he had 11 carries for 73 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 21 yards.

Freeman was drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft and went on to produce back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for the Atlanta Falcons. After six seasons there, he spent one year with the New York Giants and his final season with the Baltimore Ravens. The two-time Pro Bowler finished his 98-game career with 1,138 carries for 4,720 yards and 38 touchdowns, with another 298 catches for 2,263 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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Wide Receiver Rashad Greene (13 starts)

Greene quietly became one of FSU’s greatest wide receivers in history, finishing his time in Tallahassee as the school’s all-time leader in receiving yards (3,830) and receptions (270). In 2013, he amassed 76 receptions for 1,128 yards and nine touchdowns.

In the national championship game, Greene led the way with nine receptions for 147 yards, including a massive 49-yard gain to get FSU into Auburn territory with the game winding down.

The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted Greene in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Greene did not find success in the NFL, tallying 30 catches for 185 yards and two touchdown catches in 25 games for the Jags. He also notched a punt return touchdown as a rookie, but struggled with fumbles, ultimately leading to his release after the 2018 season.

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Wide Receiver Kelvin Benjamin (14 starts)

Benjamin delivered on his enormous potential in 2013, catching 54 passes for 1,011 yards and an outstanding 15 touchdowns. He had several signature moments as a Seminole, none bigger than hauling in the final touchdown against Auburn to put FSU up for good. This was part of a four catch, 54 yard performance on the biggest stage in college football.

Benjamin buoyed his success into being drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards and scored nine touchdowns as a rookie, which proved to be his high mark in the NFL.

After three productive but frustrating seasons in Carolina dealing with conditioning issues and a diva quarterback, Benjamin spent time with the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs, and was out of the NFL by 2019. He finished with 209 receptions with 3,021 yards and 20 touchdowns.

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Wide Receiver Kenny Shaw (7 starts)

The rawest of the raw, Kenny Shaw was as tough as they come with a knack for stepping up on the biggest stages. Shaw was FSU’s slot receiver in 2013 and totaled 54 receptions for 933 yards and six touchdowns along with 254 punt return yards that season.

Shaw signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2014, and spent time in Jacksonville and Oakland on practice squads. It was the CFL where he rediscovered his rawness. Shaw caught 77 passes for 1004 yards and five touchdowns for the Toronto Argonauts in 2015 before being plagued by injuries over several other seasons with different teams.

Shaw now devotes much of his time to his R.A.W. Football Academy and camps, and served as wide receiver coach for his alma mater, Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando.

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Tight End Nick O’Leary (13 starts)

Feared by Clemson defenders and buses alike, Nick O’Leary quickly became a fan favorite during his time in Tallahassee. He finished 2013 with 33 catches for 557 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, though he was held without a reception against Auburn. After the 2014 season, O’Leary cemented his status as the best tight end ever to play for FSU and its first Mackey Award winner.

O’Leary would go on to be selected by the Buffalo Bills in the 6th round of the 2015 NFL Draft. In five NFL seasons, he accumulated 53 receptions for 668 yards and four touchdowns while playing for the Bills, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars.

He was hired to FSU’s coaching staff prior to the remarkable 2023 season.

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Offensive Tackle Cameron Erving (14 starts)

Among the most versatile Seminole offensive linemen of all-time, Cameron Erving earned All-American honors for FSU at both left tackle and center.

Erving was drafted 19th overall by the Cleveland Browns in 2015, subsequently spending time with the Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers, and finishing the 2023 campaign with the New Orleans Saints. Erving won the Super Bowl with the Chiefs as a reserve lineman.

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Offensive Tackle Bobby Hart (14 starts)

Hart was a starter at FSU for two seasons. He was taken by the New York Giants in the 7th round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He started 20 games at right tackle for the Giants from 2016-17.

He signed with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2018 and became a full-time starter there as well. Hart then spent time with the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills in 2021 and 2022, starting 15 games for the Bills in 2022. Hart did not play in the NFL in 2023.

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Offensive Guard Josue Matias (14 starts)

Matias became one of the most dependable linemen in the Jimbo Fisher era, starting for three seasons at FSU. He surprisingly went undrafted but spent two seasons with the Tennessee Titans.

Matias went to the CFL and played for the Ottawa Redblacks in 2018, but announced his retirement from football in 2019. He now works in Sports Performance for the Oklahoma Sooners.

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Offensive Guard Tre Jackson (13 starts)

A consensus All-American in 2014, Tre’ Jackson was taken in the fourth round by the New England Patriots in the 2015 NFL Draft.

He started nine games as a rookie but knee injuries limited him both in 2015 and 2016, though he got a Super Bowl ring. He was released by New England in 2017. Afterwards, Jackson bounced around playing for various minor-league teams in the AAF and XFL.

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Center Bryan Stork (13 starts)

Stork developed into an outstanding center for the Seminoles and won the Rimington Trophy in 2013. He was a fourth-round pick by the New England Patriots in 2014.

He started 17 games in the NFL and won the Super Bowl as a rookie in 2015. Injuries eventually forced Stork to retire from the game in 2017.

Stork joined Southern Miss’ staff as a graduate assistant, then spent three years as tight ends coach at East Tennessee State before being hired at the University of the Cumberlands as the offensive line coach.

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Defensive End Mario Edwards Jr (11 starts)

Edwards Jr., one of the highest-ranked recruiting victories ever at FSU, recorded 34 tackles, three and a half sacks, and an interception in 2013. He went on to record 44 tackles and three sacks as a junior before declaring for the NFL Draft.

Edwards was drafted 35th overall by the Oakland Raiders. He has struggled with injuries but is still an active NFL player. He's played for the New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, and is currently with the Seattle Seahawks.

In 114 career NFL games, Edwards Jr. has 156 tackles (28 TFL), 21.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles.

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Defensive End Christian Jones (12 starts)

Another talented legacy on the 2013 squad, Jones had 56 tackles (eight TFL), two sacks, and an interception that year.

Jones surprisingly went undrafted in 2014, catching on with the Chicago Bears, where he played for four seasons. Jones then played three seasons for the Detroit Lions before returning to Chicago for the 2021 campaign. He played for the Seattle Seahawks in 2022 and was not active in the NFL in 2023.

In 128 career games, Jones had 465 career tackles, seven sacks, four fumble recoveries, and two forced fumbles.

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Defensive Tackle Timmy Jernigan (14 starts)

Jernigan was a fearsome presence along the defensive line, ragdolling offensive linemen before busting out his Loco Ocho celebration. He had 63 tackles (11 TFL) and four and a half sacks as a junior, declaring for the NFL Draft after FSU’s championship victory.

Jernigan was selected 48th overall by the Baltimore Ravens. In seven seasons with the Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, and Jacksonville Jaguars, Jernigan amassed 133 tackles (29 TFL) and 17.5 sacks. His last NFL season was 2020.

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Defensive Tackle Eddie Goldman (13 starts)

Goldman broke into the starting lineup as a true sophomore in 2013 with 19 tackles and two sacks, before becoming more dominant in his junior campaign.

Goldman went on to be selected in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. He spent six seasons in the Midway and finished with 175 career tackles (18 TFL) and 13 sacks.

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Linebacker Telvin Smith (14 starts)

Smith was a staple as a full-time starter and led the Seminoles with 90 tackles as a senior in addition to three interceptions (two returned for scores), two sacks, and two recovered fumbles.

Smith was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He became a starter by the end of his rookie season and remained so for the following four seasons. He racked up 587 tackles (52 TFL), nine interceptions, seven and a half sacks, six fumble recoveries, and five forced fumbles in 76 games.

Smith stepped away from football in 2019 after legal and personal problems surfaced. He has not returned to the NFL since.

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Linebacker Terrance Smith (9 starts)

Smith worked his way into the starting lineup in 2013 as a redshirt sophomore, successfully returning from a medical redshirt in 2012. He tallied 59 tackles, two sacks, and an interception in his first full season as a starter.

The Kansas City Chiefs signed Smith as an undrafted free agent in 2016 and he played there for three seasons, recording 36 tackles, a sack, and an interception. He played three games with the Arizona Cardinals in 2020, his final season in the NFL. He spent 2022 in the CFL and 2023 in the XFL.

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Cornerback Lamarcus Joyner (13 starts)

Considered one of the recruiting victories that reinvigorated FSU under Jimbo Fisher, Joyner flourished after being moved into the hybrid star role in Jeremy Pruitt’s new scheme. He earned Consensus All-American honors in 2013 after notching 69 tackles, five and a half sacks, and two interceptions.

Joyner was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft where he played for five seasons. He signed with the Oakland Raiders in 2019 and played there for two seasons before moving on to the New York Jets for two years. He did not play in 2023.

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Cornerback PJ Williams (11 starts)

Williams snatched a crucial interception in the championship game against Auburn. He had 35 tackles that season to go along with seven pass breakups and three interceptions.

Williams was taken by the New Orleans Saints in the 3rd round of the 2015 NFL Draft and remained a Saint for all seven of his professional seasons. He was out of the NFL this season. In 89 games, Williams had 259 tackles, 33 pass breakups, and eight interceptions.

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Cornerback Ronald Darby (9 starts)

One of the fastest players on the 2013 squad, Darby was a steady presence in the defensive backfield. His consistent coverage ability parlayed into Darby being selected by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Darby spent two seasons in Buffalo before being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017. Darby won a Super Bowl ring there. Darby signed with Washington in 2020, then spent two seasons as a Denver Bronco before playing for the Baltimore Ravens in 2023. He has 396 tackles and 8 interceptions in 104 career games.

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Safety Jalen Ramsey (14 starts)

The first true freshman cornerback to start for FSU in an opener since one Deion Sanders, Ramsey was no stranger to success on the field regardless of which position he played. He moved to cornerback in 2013 after starter Tyler Hunter suffered a neck injury. He would then move to the Star role in 2014 and back to cornerback in 2015.

Ramsey was drafted fifth overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016 and has consistently been one of the best corners in the NFL ever since. He’s been a six-time Pro Bowl selection while playing for Jacksonville, the Los Angeles Rams, and now the Miami Dolphins. Despite injury trouble, Ramsey has produced 468 tackles and 22 interceptions.

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Safety Terrence Brooks (13 starts)

Brooks was perhaps the most underrated starter on the 2013 team. He notched 50 tackles (seven TFL), two interceptions, and two forced fumbles as a senior.

Brooks was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He also spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, New England Patriots, and Houston Texans. In 105 career games, he totaled 123 tackles and four interceptions.

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Kicker Roberto Aguayo (14 starts)

The Lou Groza winner that rewrote FSU records, Aguayo finished his time in Tallahassee as one of the best kickers in NCAA history. His 2013 season was outstanding, with Aguayo converting 21 of 22 field goal attempts. He contributed 10 points against Auburn, hitting two field goals and converting four PATs.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers infamously used a second round draft pick on Aguayo. It blew up in their faces, as Aguayo struggled mentally in the NFL and washed out of the pros after a couple of seasons.

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Punter Cason Beatty (14 starts)

An unsung hero in the national championship game, Beatty had six punts for 257 yards. Beatty only punted 42 times in the 2013 campaign, averaging 41.1 yards per punt and landing 12 punts inside the 20 yard line. Notably, he was also the holder for Aguayo, who never missed a PAT in 198 attempts at FSU.


2013 FSU roster: NFL draft picks, undrafted free agents

NFL Draft Picks

Jameis Winston | Quarterback | Round 1, Pick 1 | 2015 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jalen Ramsey | Cornerback | Round 1, Pick 5 | 2016 | Jacksonville Jaguars

Cameron Erving | Guard | Round 1, Pick 19 | 2015 | Cleveland Browns

Kelvin Benjamin | Wide receiver | Round 1, Pick 28 | 2014 | Carolina Panthers

Mario Edwards Jr. | Defensive end | Round 2, Pick 35 | 2015 | Oakland Raiders

Eddie Goldman | Defensive tackle | Round 2, Pick 39 | 2015 | Chicago Bears

Lamarcus Joyner | Safety | Round 2, Pick 41 | 2014 | St. Louis Rams

Timmy Jernigan | Defensive tackle | Round 2, Pick 48 | 2014 | Baltimore Ravens

Ronald Darby | Cornerback | Round 2, Pick 50 | 2015 | Buffalo Bills

DeMarcus Walker | Defensive end | Round 2, Pick 51 | 2017 | Denver Broncos

Roberto Aguayo | Kicker | Round 2, Pick 59 | 2016 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

P. J. Williams | Cornerback | Round 3, Pick 78 | 2015 | New Orleans Saints

Terrence Brooks | Safety | Round 3, Pick 79 | 2014 | Baltimore Ravens

Devonta Freeman | Running back | Round 4, Pick 103 | 2014 | Atlanta Falcons

Bryan Stork | Center | Round 4, Pick 105 | 2014 | New England Patriots

Tre’ Jackson | Guard | Round 4, Pick 111 | 2015 | New England Patriots

Rashad Greene | Wide receiver | Round 5, Pick 139 | 2015 | Jacksonville Jaguars

Telvin Smith | Linebacker | Round 5, Pick 144 | 2014 | Jacksonville Jaguars

Karlos Williams | Running back | Round 5, Pick 155 | 2015 | Buffalo Bills

Ukeme Eligwe | Linebacker | Round 5, Pick 183 | 2017 | Kansas City Chiefs

Nick O’Leary | Tight end | Round 6, Pick 194 | 2015 | Buffalo Bills

Marquez White | Cornerback | Round 6, Pick 216 | 2017 | Dallas Cowboys

Bobby Hart | Guard | Round 7, Pick 226 | 2015 | New York Giants

Undrafted Free Agents

Christian Jones | Linebacker | Chicago Bears

James Wilder, Jr. | Running back | Cincinnati Bengals

Kenny Shaw | Wide receiver | Cleveland Browns

Demonte McAllister | Defensive lineman | Seattle Seahawks

Jacobbi McDaniel | Defensive tackle | Cleveland Browns

Chad Abram | Fullback | Detroit Lions

Josue Matias | Offensive lineman | Tennessee Titans

Jared Haggins | Wide receiver | Detroit Lions

Lamarcus Brutus | Defensive back | Tennessee Titans

Nile Lawrence-Stample | Defensive tackle | Cleveland Browns

Giorgio Newberry | Defensive lineman | Pittsburgh Steelers

Reggie Northrup | Linebacker | Washington

Terrance Smith | Linebacker | Kansas City Chiefs

Kermit Whitfield | Wide receiver | Chicago Bears

Jesus Wilson | Wide receiver | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Freddie Stevenson | Running back | Chicago Bears