Nov. 29, 2011
By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Senior Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State's offense may have puttered to the regular-season finish line but there's no denying that Mark Stoops' defense capped off the 2011 campaign with a bang.
The Seminoles (8-4) will now wait to officially learn where they will conclude the season when bowl announcements are made this Sunday. No matter where the 'Noles go, though, they will bring with them a dominating defense that is fresh off an inspiring performance against Florida in Gainesville.
FSU played this season with just three seniors in the defensive rotation -- linebacker Nigel Bradham, cornerback Mike Harris and safety Terrance Parks -- so on paper the Seminoles will return eight starters next year.
If numbers don't lie, than the future looks particularly bright for a Seminoles team that has made a drastic turnaround in the two years since Stoops, defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot and linebackers coach Greg Hudson moved to Tallahassee.
Here is a look at where Florida State ranks defensively (both nationally and in the Atlantic Coast Conference) on this day in 2011 as opposed to exactly two years ago.