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54   Paul Griffin
Paul Griffin

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Pensacola, FL

High School:
Pensacola HS

Last College:
Butler Co. CC

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 280

Position:
DT


2008

· The Seminoles' starter at the defensive tackle in the Champs Sports Bowl.

· Played in nine games and recorded 11 tackles.

· Earned playing time in the final nine games of the season.

· Season-high of three tackles came against Georgia Tech while two tackles came against NC State, Maryland, Florida and Wisconsin.

· Two tackles for loss came against NC State and Florida.

· Fumble recovery came in the Seminoles' victory over Clemson.

Junior Year (2007): A talented defensive lineman who played in 12 games for the Seminoles at the nose guard and defensive tackle positions...earned a career-high 24 stops to rank third on the team in tackles among defensive linemen... career-high four tackles (including a quarterback sack) against Miami...tied for sixth on the team with a career-high 6.5 tackles for minus yardage including a single-game career-high two stops behind the line of scrimmage in the Seminoles' victory over NC State...one tackle for minus yardage against Wake Forest, Miami, Virginia Tech and Maryland...earned his first career sack against Miami and quarterback Kyle Wright.

2006: A medical redshirt season after starting the first two games of the season and injuring his left knee in the fi rst quarter of the second game against Troy...underwent successful surgery for a torn ACL and missed the remainder of the season...one tackle recorded in the Seminoles' season-opening victory over Miami.

Community College: Earned his Associates Degree from Butler Community College in Kansas in January of 2006...a four-star player by Rivals.com, ranked as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the nation among junior college players...ranked 13th on the Rivals.com Junior College Top 100 for 2006...finished his sophomore season at Butler County with 45 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries...was a member of NJCAA's 2005 all-region first team and was also named first team all-conference by the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference...named a 2005

NJCAA preseason All-American after posting 53 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, two sacks and three fumble recoveries as a freshman...a teammate of fellow Florida State signee Toddrick Verdell on a Butler team that fi nished with a record of 9-2, ranked No. 10 in the nation...chose Florida State over USC and Auburn.

High School: Graduated from Pensacola High School in 2004...graduated from high school during the spring semester of his senior season and enrolled at Butler Community College...earned all-state first-team honors as a junior and senior and all-state second team honors as a sophomore...earned all-region, all-district and allcounty first-team honors as a sophomore, junior and senior...rated as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the state of Florida by numerous scouting services...led the football team to the third round of the state playoffs in 2003 and 2004...also a champion weightlifter who

finished third in the state meet as a sophomore and a junior.

Personal: Born Oct. 12, 1985...majoring in social science.

TCKLS G UA A Total TFL Yds PD FF FR

2006 2 1 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 0

2007 12 14 10 24 6.5 26 0 0 0

2008 9 6 5 11 1.0 0 0 0 1

TOTAL 23 21 15 36 7.5 26 0 0 1

SACKS G UA A Total Yds

2006 2 0 0 0.0 0

2007 12 1 0 1.0 8

2008 9 0 0 0.0 0

TOTAL 23 1 0 1.0 8

Career-Highs

Tackles 4, Miami, 2007

TFL .5, two times last vs. Florida, 2008

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