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27   Russell Ball
Russell Ball

RS Sophomore

La Marque, TX

High School:
La Marque

Height / Weight:
5-7 / 168


At Florida State: One of the most elusive running backs on the FSU roster, Ball has yet to see any playing time due to injury...after an impressive start to the spring in 2006, Ball missed the entire season when he tore the ACL in his right knee in the Garnet & Gold game...missed his entire senior season of high school with a partially torn ACL in his left knee...was limited to non-contact drills this spring but is expected to be cleared for full contact as the team enters two-adays this fall...will compete for playing time with Jamaal Edwards and Marcus Sims behind starter Antone Smith...could also be a factor on special teams as a punt returner.

Sophomore Year (2006): Missed the entire season after tearing his ACL in the Garnet & Gold game on the final day of spring practice.

Freshman Year (2005): Redshirt season in a deep backfield featuring two players (Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker) who are currently in the NFL.

High School: Graduated from LaMarque High School in 2005...a four-star player by No. 45 player in the state of Texas according to Superprep despite missing his entire senior season with a knee injury...also impressed coaching staff with his receiving skills...joins high school teammate Korey Mangum at Florida State...rushed for nearly 1,300 yards and 15 TDs in just nine games as a junior...father, Derrick Florence, owns the fastest 100-meter time recorded by a high school athlete (10.18) according to Track and Field News...chose Florida State over TCU, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.

Personal: Born Sept. 17, 1986...enrolled in undergraduate studies...nickname is Lil' Russ.

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