FSU students react to arrest of former FSU wide receiver Travis Rudolph

Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 10:16 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - A former Florida State University football standout is now facing murder charges after an early morning shooting in South Florida left one man dead.

Former FSU wide receiver Travis Rudolph was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail around 8 a.m. Wednesday where he is being held without bond. The shooting, which took place near Lake Park, happened a little after midnight on Wednesday.

Rudolph played wide receiver for FSU from 2014 to 2016. His play made him known to hardcore ‘Noles fans, but many other may remember him because of the viral picture of him sitting with Bo Paske, an autistic student eating alone at school.

Now, almost five years later, another picture has made headlines: Rudolph’s mugshot.

Rudolph’s arrest has come as a surprise for FSU fans and students alike as they say they couldn’t imagine anything like this happening to the former ‘Nole.

”These are the type of guys that a lot of people grow up with watching on TV, so it’s just unfortunate to hear, yeah,” said FSU freshman, Joe Lemon.

”I would say it’s very shocking, and you know, at the end of the day, I don’t know if he did it or not, but I do hope that the truth does come out, most definitely,” an FSU senior, David Stephenson, said.

Students said that while Rudolph’s connection to FSU is obvious, they don’t believe his actions are in any way a representation of the program.

“It is an unfortunate situation, but I do hope that this situation and Florida State football don’t get grouped into one. The program is a great program, and I do love FSU,” Stephenson added.

Lemon said, “No, yeah, it’s definitely uncommon, definitely unfortunate. I don’t think it reflects the program itself badly. You know, at least I sure hope it wouldn’t, I hope people don’t see it like that.”

Rudolph is scheduled to make his first court appearance Thursday.

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