Florida State Seminoles football defensive tackle Dennis Briggs Jr. will be out for the rest of the season, head coach Mike Norvell announced Monday during his weekly press conference.
Norvell offered his praise to the impact Briggs Jr., who last year opted back in for the North Carolina game and played a key part in that upset, has had this season.
In four games, Briggs has had seven tackles, one tackle for loss and 0.5 sacks, playing a part in a defensive line that’s improved from last year. In his place, defensive tackles Fabian Lovett and Robet Cooper will be tasked with stepping up, along with Louisville transfer Jarrett Jackson who has seen an increased role in recent games.
His bio, via Seminoles.com:
Saw action in each of last five games and started last three contests…recorded six tackles, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry…earned FSU’s Defense Most Improved Award…made season debut in 31-28 victory vs. No. 5 North Carolina…totaled season-high three tackles vs. Tar Heels…registered solo stop and forced fumble at Louisville…made one tackle vs. Pitt…recorded one quarterback hurry at North Carolina State…had one tackle in 56-35 win vs. Duke.
Played in all 13 games with starts at Boston College and vs. Alabama State…recorded 28 tackles, 3.5 for loss with 1.0 sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, two quarterback hurries and one pass breakup…made career-high six tackles, including 0.5 for loss, in 38-31 victory at Boston College…tied tackles total, adding career-high 2.0 for loss with first collegiate sack, the next week in 49-12 win vs. Alabama State…opened season with four tackles vs. Boise State…made one stop in 45-44 win vs. ULM and at No. 25 Virginia…registered one quarterback hurry in 35-24 victory vs. Louisville…recorded two tackles, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry in 31-13 win vs. North Carolina State…made four tackles and one fumble recovery at No. 2 Clemson…had three tackles, 1.0 for loss, and one pass breakup at Wake Forest…made one solo stop in 35-17 win vs. Syracuse.
Played four games and recorded two tackles, one quarterback hurry and one pass breakup…made collegiate debut in 37-19 win vs. Northern Illinois…collected two tackles, one quarterback hurry and one pass breakup in 22-21 victory vs. No. 22 Boston College…also played at No. 3 Notre Dame and vs. No. 13 Florida…redshirted 2018 season.
Consensus four-star defensive lineman … ranked 27th in the country at his position and 42nd overall in the state of Florida by 247Sports … ranked as the 13th strong side defensive end in the country and 44th overall in Florida by Rivals … as a senior, recorded 116 tackles, 34 for loss with nine sacks and three forced fumbles … named first-team Orange Belt all-conference and second-team all-state as a senior … following his senior season, was invited to the 2017 Central Florida All-Star Game … totaled more than 245 tackles and 24 sacks in his high school career … chose the Seminoles over several offers, including Miami, Louisville and South Carolina.