2007: Sat out the entire season due to a nagging left knee injury...will switch to the defensive side of the ball in the spring...expected to contribute as a defensive tackle this coming fall.
Sophomore Year (2006): Played in 10 games as the back-up to starting center John Frady...saw action in seven of the team's last eight games...was on the field in all six games in which Florida State rushed for over 100 yards...the Seminoles averaged almost 107 rushing yards in the 10 games in which Atkins played...saw playing time in all four games the offense generated 400-plus yards in total offense.
Freshman Year (2005): Appeared in wins over The Citadel, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Duke and Virginia Tech as the reserve center behind senior All-ACC selection David Castillo...came on in relief during the crucial fourth quarter of the ACC Championship victory over Virginia Tech after Castillo went down with a sprained ankle ...helped the FSU offense preserve the lead that brought the team its 12th ACC Championship.
2004: A redshirt season.
High School: Graduated from Booker High School in 2004...the No. 11 offensive guard and earned a four-star ranking by Rivals.com ...earned 3A all-state first team honors and was a member of the Florida squad in the CaliFlorida Bowl as a senior...named to the Best of the South team by the Tampa Tribune...earned all-state honorable mention, all-area and all-district honors as he graded out at 93 percent as a junior...was also a member of the track and field team at Booker and threw the shot put and discus, earning all-county honors ...selected Florida State over Michigan, Florida, LSU, Iowa, Southern Cal and Ohio State.
Personal: Born July 15, 1986...major is social science...his older brother, Baraka, was a starter on the defensive line for the Miami Hurricanes and is currently on the Seattle Seahawks roster...father, Freddy "Glossie" Atkins, is the mayor and city commissioner of Sarasota, Fla...first name is pronounced DEW-ma-kuh.