Tallahassee, FL -- Florida State concluded the 2011 calendar year with a win in the Champs Sports Bowl and the prospects for 2012 look even better with news on some important draft-eligible juniors.
Brandon Jenkins and Greg Reid -- two stars on an FSU defense that finished the season ranked No. 4 in the country -- have both decided to return for their senior years in Tallahassee.
"I wanted to come back and play my senior season at Florida State University," Jenkins said. "I want to win a championship, spend one more year with my teammates and have a little fun. I also think it will be good for me to return and improve my draft stock."
Jenkins started all 13 games for the Seminoles in 2011 and finished ninth on the team in total tackles with 41. He also added team highs in sacks (eight) and tackles for loss (12) while posting five quarterback hurries.
The Tallahassee native is widely considered to be one of the top defensive ends in all of college football.
"It's great that Brandon is coming back for his senior year for the team continuity that we have and the team goals that we have and it does help increase his chances of becoming a first rounder in the NFL draft," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. "The leadership that he brings back to our team is huge, and the personality and worth ethic. Everything he embodies is what we want our players at Florida State to be thought of as a person and as a player and as a hardworking individual. He has every one of those qualities.
"We are very blessed and fortunate to have him back for his senior season."
As for Reid, FSU's playmaker in the secondary and on special teams posted 32 tackles this past year to go along with two interceptions and five pass break-ups.
Reid finished his junior campaign 18th in the country in punt returns with an average 11.24 yards per attempt. His punt return for a touchdown against Miami proved to be the game-winner for the Seminoles this past November.
"It's great that Greg Reid wants to come back for his senior season for a lot of the same reasons as Brandon -- especially working towards a championship," Fisher said. "He has some unfinished business as he continues to work towards his degree and also to increase his draft stock. We are very blessed to have such a dynamic playmaker and one of the great players on our team coming back for his senior year."
Jenkins, Commack moving on
While Jenkins and Reid are returning, another pair of defensive players, are expected to be playing at new schools in 2012.
Freshman linebacker Arrington Jenkins will continue his career by enrolling in a junior college and could return to FSU upon graduation.
Redshirt junior Avis Commack, who has already graduated, has elected to use his final year of eligibility at another school. It's likely that Commack will play his final year at Akron, according to Fisher, where he'll be eligible to compete immediately.
All-Star game participants
Their playing careers at Florida State may be over but fans of the Seminoles can still watch seniors from this past season compete one last time before heading to the NFL.
Shawn Powell, the nation's leading punter in 2011, will play in the East-West Shrine Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Jan. 21 while Zebrie Sanders and Nigel Bradham will participate in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. on Jan. 28.
Ja'Baris Little, Terrance Parks, Jermaine Thomas and Bert Reed will represent the Seminoles in the Battle of Florida game in Boca Raton, Fla. on Jan. 21. They will be joined by former Seminole Antwane Greenlee, who completed his eligibility at North Alabama. Former FSU coach Bobby Bowden will serve as the head coach of the North team in that game and former Miami and FIU coach Howard Schnellenberger will coach the South.