By: WCTV Eyewitness News
January 4, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida State defensive end Josh Sweat has announced plans to forgo his senior year and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.
Sweat played in 35 games for the Noles, totaling 77 solo tackles (138 total tackles) and 14.5 sacks in his three years.
The Chesapeake, Virginia native also set career bests this past year in solo tackles (31), assisted tackles (25), total tackles (56) and tackles for a loss (12.5).
Sweat also logged one interception, three fumble recoveries (all in his freshman year) and one forced fumble.
Sweat, an FSU junior, made the decision public on Thursday afternoon.
In a statement, Sweat said:
"After carefully considering my options with my family, I have decided that it would be in my best interest to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. This was a very tough decision for me, and one that I didn’t take lightly. It has truly been an honor and a pleasure to wear the Garnet and Gold for three seasons.
"I would like to thank my teammates for making my years here at FSU awesome. I would like to thank Coach Fisher, Coach Lawing and Coach Kelly for the ways you developed me as the player I am today. A special thank you to (defensive assistant) Bert Biffani. Jake, Dr. Jerry, Julie, and the rest of the training staff – thank you so much for everything. You guys are amazing and were so patient with me and I’m truly grateful for you all.
"I also want to thank the football support staff, academic staff, and of course my big brother D. Coles for all the hard work you put in to make me ready for the real world. To Nole Nation, it has been an awesome ride. From my official visit to now, I can’t thank you enough for the support throughout my three-year tenure here at FSU. I am now and forever NoleBlooded!!!"
Sweat's announcement comes just one day after teammate Ryan Izzo announced his plans to declare for the NFL draft.
The 2018 NFL Draft gets underway in Arlington, Texas on April 26.