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38   Paul Irons
Paul Irons

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
New Orleans, LA

High School:
Saint Augustine

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 242

Position:
TE

Birthdate:
12/23/1983


At Florida State: Listed first on the depth chart at tight end and is one of nine returning starters on the Florida State offense ...anchors the tight end position which FSU coaches consider to be as deep and talented as they have had in years...was first among the tight ends in 2003 with six receptions and third with 79 yards receiving...also contributes on special teams...was the recipient of the Leadership Award for the offense following spring drills...has earned most dependable tight end and Iron Nole awards on offense the past two springs... was recruited to FSU as a fullback, but was moved to tight end in 2001 due to the lack of depth at the position... joined fullback James Coleman and quarterback Chris Rix on a mission to Africa during spring break.

Junior Year (2003): Started nine games -- every game the Seminoles had a tight end in the starting line up... was first among the tight ends with six receptions and third with 79 yards receiving...had a career-high three receptions for a career-high 42 yards at Duke...recorded a career-long catch of 20 yards at Clemson...also saw action in all 13 games on special teams ...earned most dependable tight end, Iron Nole (offense) and the Offensive Leadership awards following spring drills.

Sophomore Year (2002): Made one start at tight end, while appearing in 13 games both on offense and as a member of the special teams units...gained valuable experience at tight end, playing behind senior Patrick Hughes...had one reception on the year vs. NC State...was also credited with a tackle against Georgia Tech...played on special teams as a member of the kick return unit, making one return...was named most improved tight end following spring drills.

Freshman Year (2001): Was recruited to FSU as a fullback, but moved to tight end...saw action in all 12 games, primarily on special teams...caught a five-yard touchdown pass against Virginia...was one of 12 true freshmen to see playing time.

High School: Played guard in high school but recruited by Florida State as a fullback...ran a 4.8 40-yard dash and bench pressed 300 pounds...selected Florida State over Louisiana State, Mississippi and Tulane.

Personal: Born December 23, 1983...major is finance/real estate.

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