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45   Darnell Dockett
Darnell Dockett

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Burtonsville, MD

High School:
Paint Branch

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 280

Position:
Defensive Tackle

Birthdate:
05/27/1981


At Florida State: Enters his senior season as one of the nation's top defensive tackles...a three-year starter at defensive tackle... named to the 2002 Lombardi Award watch list...voted to the All-ACC first team as a sophomore...set a new school record with 22 tackles for loss in 2001...recorded his 48th tackle for loss against Clemson in 2002 and passed Ron Simmons to become the all-time leader at FSU in that category...broke the FSU record for tackles for loss in a game with five against Georgia Tech in 2001...named the freshman defensive player of the year in 2000 by Football News... began his Florida State career at defensive end.

Junior Year (2002): Started all 13 regular season games at defensive tackle...led all defensive linemen and finished fifth on the team with 57 tackles...impressed coaches with composure after being double-teamed in most blocking schemes, which resulted in fewer sacks and tackles for loss...broke Ron Simmons' 22-year old school record of 44 career tackles for loss against Clemson...finished the season with 48 career tackles for loss...recorded two sacks at Georgia Tech...was second on the team with 15 quarterback hur-ries... had five solo tackles against Notre Dame...recorded a season-high six tackles against Louisville, Notre Dame and Florida...made at least four tackles in 12 of the 13 regular season games.

Sophomore Year (2001): A first team All-ACC selection at defensive tackle...set a new FSU single season record with 22 tackles for loss...started all 12 games, including the Gator Bowl... fought through constant double-teams to lead all defensive linemen with 68 total tackles...led the team with 19 quarterback hurries... established a new school record with five tackles for loss in the final game of the regular season against Georgia Tech...had a career-high eight tackles against UAB...credited with a game-high two sacks in Gator Bowl win over Virginia Tech...totaled five tackles and three quarterback hurries against the Hokies...recorded at least five tackles in all 12 games...had two or more tackles for loss in nine games...led the team with two forced fumbles.

Freshman Year (2000): Named second team All-ACC as a freshman after starting the last 10 games of the year at defensive tackle...earned freshman All-America honors and was named the freshman defensive player of the year by Football News...tied for the team lead in tackles for loss (19), led the team in quarterback hurries (18) and was third on the team in sacks (7)...recorded 66 total tackles and 32 unassisted tackles...had seven total tackles against Louisville, Maryland, Virginia and NC State...recorded at least two tackles in every game...recorded sacks against BYU, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Duke, Clemson and NC State (2)... ranked seventh on the team in tackles and had the most tackles of any freshmen on the team...ranked fifth in the ACC in tackles for loss.

1999: Redshirted along with the majority of his freshman class after an early season injury.

High School: Regarded by many as the top defensive end in the nation...a first-team USA Today All-American and Maryland Player of the Year...a Parade All-American...1998 Gatorade Circle of Champions High School Player of the Year for Maryland (overall athletic and academic performance)...ranked the No. 2 prospect in the nation by RivalNet...rated the No. 3 prospect nationally by the National Recruiting Advisor...SuperPrep's No. 2 defensive lineman and No. 25 prospect nationally...No. 17 prospect in the country by The Sporting News...Tom Lemming's No. 6 prospect in the Mid-Atlantic region (No. 42 nationally) ...ranked No. 13 in the country by the Tampa Tribune...named to PrepStar's Dream Team...also named the Defensive MVP of the ACC region and co-MVP nationally by the same publication ...tallied 171 tackles (109 solo), 15 sacks, two caused fumbles, three recovered and three blocked punts in his senior season...set a school record with 47 sacks in his career...selected FSU over Ohio State and North Carolina.

Personal: A political science major...born May 27, 1981 ...only player on the roster from the state of Maryland.

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