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97   Eli Charles
Eli Charles

Class:
RS Sophomore

Hometown:
Green Cove Springs, Fla.

High School:
Clay County

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 220

Position:
DE

Birthdate:
05/25/1987


At Florida State: Joined the team as a walk-on in 2005 and played in 11 of the Seminoles' 13 games as a back-up defensive lineman...should earn playing time on the defensive line and on special teams in 2007...earned significant playing time on special teams in 2006 where he blocked a punt in the Seminoles' victory over Virginia and recovered a fumble against Duke...earned playing time during the spring at the No. 1 left defensive end position because of injury and gained a great deal of confidence and experience...named the Seminoles' Most Dependable defensive end at the conclusion of spring practice by the coaching staff.

Freshman Year (2006): Played in 11 of Florida State's 13 games including its season opening victory over Miami and its Emerald Bowl victory over UCLA...finished the season with seven tackles including a career-high two in victories over Rice, Duke and Virginia...also added a tackle against Clemson...blocked punt came as he found a hole in Virginia's line and broke through the middle to block Ryan Weigand's punt attempt...the Seminoles got the ball at Virginia's one-yard line and on the first play of the ensuing possession, Lorenzo Booker lept into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown run and a 14-0 Florida State lead...the Seminoles won the game 33-0.

2005: A redshirt season.

High School: Graduated from Clay County in 2005...a member of the football and wrestling teams...a member of the Team USA that competed in the NFL Global Junior Championship IX in 2005...won the individual state wrestling championship at 205 points as a senior...named the High School Athlete of the Year for wrestling by the Florida Times Union in 2005.

Personal: Born May 26, 1987...enrolled in undergraduate studies...brothers Josh (varsity letter in 2001) and Robin (varsity letter in 2002) were walk-on members of the Seminole football team.

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