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#15 Mario Edwards, Jr.
Position: Defensive End
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 294
Year: Junior
Hometown: Gautier, Miss.
High School: Ryan (Texas)
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2014 All-America Candidate

2013 Honors

  • All-ACC Third Team
  • Coaches All-ACC Third Team
2014 Outlook: Talented player who looks to emerge as one of the nation’s top defensive ends. Has blossomed into one of FSU’s top defensive players. Enters his junior season with high expectations after coming off a stellar sophomore year that was highlighted by his disruptive play against Auburn’s top-notch offensive line in the BCS National Championship game. Continues to expand his pass-rushing skill set and has shed weight to add more quickness since coming in as a freshman in 2012.

2013: Seminoles starter at the right end and a key contributor to the nation’s third-ranked total defense (281.4 ypg) and No. 1 scoring defense (12.1 ppg)...the sophomore was named one of the top defensive linemen in the conference by both the coaches and the media...in his second season in Tallahassee made 11 starts and appeared in 12 games, making 28 tackles…became a major force when it came to splash plays in 2013 with two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, 9.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, an interception and a TD return...recovered a fumble and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown at Clemson...had a monster performance in the BCS National Championship Game, totaling a career-high 3.0 tackles for loss including a sack… had six tackles against Auburn…recorded 2.0 TFLs and 1.0 sacks on four total tackles against Miami...intercepted a pass and made two tackles, including 0.5 sacks, at Wake Forest...had three tackles and then-career-highs with 2.0 TFL, an eight-yard sack and a forced fumble at Florida...posted three tackles in the season opener at Pitt...finished with four tackles and 1.0 tackles for loss against Nevada...made one tackle – a 3-yard loss – and broke up a pass against Idaho.

2012: Appeared in 11 games and made his first career start in the ACC Championship Game replacing Cornellius Carradine...the only true freshman to register a start for FSU on the defensive side of the ball...came into the ACC Championship with seven tackles on the season and doubled that number in one game, registering seven versus the Yellow Jackets, including a tackle for loss...made three tackles and registered his first pass break-up against Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl in his second career start...recorded his first career sack on the road in a win over Maryland...was projected to redshirt in 2012, but was forced into action due to the loss of Brandon Jenkins in week one and then into the starting line-up after losing Carradine in week 12.

PERSONAL: Near consensus top-rated prospect in America in 2012...USA Today defensive player of the year...ESPNU 150 member...2012 Parade All-American...SI.com Second Team All-American ...ESPNHS First Team All-American...247Sports Defensive Player of the Year for 2012 where he garnered a perfect 100 rating...one of just four players with a 100 rating from 247Sports...listed at No. 1 by ESPN, Scout and 247Sports...Rivals listed him at No. 3 nationally...five-stars from Rivals, Scout and 247Sports...unanimously ranked No. 1 at his position whether it be defensive end or defensive tackle...the top player coming out of the state of Texas...Scout said it is hard to find a player as big and explosive as Edwards...of his 72 tackles as a senior 32 were for a loss including 11 sacks...named the state of Texas Class 4A Defensive Player of the Year as a junior by the Associated Press...recorded 127 tackles, 50 tackles for loss and 18 sacks leading Denton Ryan to a state runner-up finish...recorded 69 tackles and three sacks as a freshman on top of catching 17 passes for 361 yards and three TDs...his high school coach raved about his work ethic as he and his father, former FSU star Mario Edwards, work out together at 6 a.m. each morning...Edwards wears the same number (15) as his dad did at FSU...chose Florida State over Texas, Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, among others.

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