TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Junior defensive back Ronald Darby and senior center Austin Barron were recently named to preseason watch lists for the upcoming 2014 football season.
Darby was selected as one of 42 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List nominees, while Barron was one of 62 student-athletes named to the Rimington Trophy 2014 Spring Watch List.
Darby made nine starts and appeared in all 14 games for the 2013 National Champions, serving as a shutdown cornerback for the nation’s No. 1 pass defense (156.6 ypg). The Oxon Hill, Md., native finished the season with 14 tackles, two interceptions, four pass break-ups and one fumble recovery. He was also named the ACC’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2012.
The Lott IMPACT Trophy is given to college football’s defensive player of the year. The full Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List can be found here: http://lottimpacttrophy.org/2014-watch-list/.
Barron is slated to replace 2013 Rimington Trophy recipient Bryan Stork on the Seminoles’ offensive line this fall.
Barron has five career starts and 30 games under his belt and is expected to help anchor an all-senior offensive line for FSU in 2014. The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., native started in a 59-3 win at Wake Forest last season.
The Rimington Trophy is awarded to the nation’s top center each season. Stork became the 15th winner of the prestigious honor last season and the first Seminole.
For more information on the Rimington Trophy and the full watch list go to: http://rimingtontrophy.com/watchlist/
A six-game season ticket package for the 2014 season (excluding Florida) is now available for only $240. Fans can call the FSU Ticket Office at 1-888-FSU-Nole.