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DeMarcus Walker
Player Profile:
DeMarcus Walker 1877573
Position: Defensive End
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 280
Year: Senior
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
High School: Sandalwood

2016 HONORS

Consensus All-American
First Team All-ACC (Media & Coaches)
ACC Defensive Player of the Year
Hendrick's Award Finalist
Lombardi Award Semifinalist

2015 HONORS
All-ACC Second Team (Media)
All-ACC Third Team (Coaches)

2016: Cemented his place as one of the top defenders in Florida State history, finishing the season with 68 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and a blocked extra point (at Miami)...capped his career with four TFLs including one sack in the victory over No. 6 Michigan in the Orange Bowl...the consensus All-American began the season with 4.5 sacks, all in the second half, on Labor Day against No. 11 Ole Miss in Orlando, earning National Player of the Week honors from multiple outlets...had double-digit tackles in consecutive games against No. 3 Clemson and NC State...as part of a senior class that went undefeated against long-time rivals Miami and Florida (4-0 against each), he saved his best performances of the year for both teams...against Miami, combined on a TFL and blocked the extra point in the final minutes that would have tied the game, leading to FSU’s 20-19 victory over the Hurricanes...against Florida in the season finale, continually applied pressure to quarterback Austin Appleby, finishing with 2.0 sacks and an additional quarterback hurry...also recovered two fumbles against the Gators, the first two recovered fumbles of his career and the first two FR game for a Nole since Xavier Rhodes also had two against the Gators in 2010...tallied multiple sacks in five different games this season (Ole Miss, Wake Forest, NC State, Syracuse, and Florida)...his 16.0 sacks was the second highest in the nation and third most in single-season history at FSU...his 21.5 TFL this year are tied for third in single-season history..ranks third in career sacks (28.5) and is third in TFLs (45)...one of five defenders to start all 13 games this season.

2015: Put together his finest season as a Seminole after starting all 13 games at defensive end…established single-season career-highs for tackles (58), TFL (15.5), sacks (10.5), pass breakups (5) and forced fumbles (4)...registered his first career interception at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and closed out the regular season blocking his first career kick on a fourth quarter field goal attempt by the Gators in Gainesville…earned All-ACC second team honors from the media and third team accolades from the coaches as a junior…his 10.5 sacks were the most for an FSU player since 2012 and tied for fifth in the ACC...his 15.5 TFLs tied for the eighth most in the league, while his four forced fumbles tied for the conference lead...finished his junior campaign on a high note posting 22 tackles in his last two games including a career-high 13 against Houston in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl…in FSU’s 27-2 victory at Florida, tallied a then career-high nine tackles, 3.5 TFLs and 2.5 sacks, while forcing a fumble and blocking a kick…the blocked kick was the first by a Seminole since 2010…was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week twice in 2015 after pacing the Seminoles to victories over Miami and Florida…dating back to his sophomore season has made 20 consecutive starts – the longest active streak by a Seminole entering 2016…four-time game captain (Boston College, Georgia Tech, NC State and Houston)…was named the team’s Defensive MVP, along with Jalen Ramsey, at the end of the year banquet and one of four permanent captains in 2015...named Defensive MVP and Hinesman Team MVP along with fellow defensive teammate Derwin James following the 2016 spring season.

2014: Sophomore defensive end who made great strides from his first to his second year…played in all 14 games and made 11 starts, including the final seven games...boasted 38 tackles on the year, including 27 solo stops...had the second-most tackles of any Seminole defensive lineman…his six tackles for loss ranked fifth on the team...career-best six tackles, including one TFL, came in home finale against Florida...had five solo tackles in win at Miami…opened season with four stops versus Oklahoma State…had a tackle for loss in three straight games (The Citadel, Clemson and NC State)…registered three solo tackles, one TFL and a forced fumble versus The Citadel…had five tackles, including one TFL, against Clemson…totaled four stops with a TFL at NC State…made three tackles against Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship Game…finished with two tackles versus Oregon in the Rose Bowl.

2013: Started three games (Pitt, BCU and BC) and played in 12 as a true freshman defensive end...made his first career start at Pitt on Sept. 2...had three stops against Bethune-Cookman...set a new career high with four tackles against NC State...posted three tackles against Syracuse...recorded two tackles, both for a loss and included a sack (both career highs), against Idaho…finished rookie campaign with 18 tackles, including 2.0 tackles for loss and a sack, and also totaled three quarterback hurries.

PERSONAL: Consensus four-star recruit in the 2013 recruiting class who was committed to Alabama before enrolling at Florida State in the spring of 2013...US Army All-American...invited to “The Opening” on the Nike campus...247Sports 38th-ranked player in the nation...member of the ESPN 150 (No. 40)...Rivals 100 member (No. 57)...PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team (No. 38)...ranked as one of the top five defensive tackle prospects in the nation by Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports...Scout.com listed Walker as the No. 7 defensive tackle in the 2013 class and PrepStar had him one spot higher at No. 6...listed as the sixth-best player in Florida by Rivals, the eight-best by 247Sports and the 11th-best by ESPN...Florida Times-Union Super 11 and Super 24 selection...Second-Team AP All-State in 2012...named AP All-State First Team in 2011 and First Team All-Area by the Florida Times-Union after registering 14 sacks and 24 TFL as a junior...had a vertical of 31 inches and a 40 time of 5.04 according to Rivals...chose FSU over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Miami and USC among others...born September 30, 1994...majoring in social science.

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