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DeMarcus Walker Returning for Senior Year

Jeff Romance/FSU athletics

DeMarcus Walker announced Friday afternoon that he would be returning for the 2016 season. Speculation surrounding the junior defensive end had been rampant for weeks as to whether or not he would stay for his senior year.

Walker had one of best pass rushing seasons for a FSU defensive end in the past five years, becoming the first FSU player since 2012 to tally up double digit sacks (he had 10.5 for the 2015 season). He was by far the most impactful player on the defensive line and his decision to stay has now brought security to the position group.

Early reports about Walker’s draft viability indicated that he would be best served to stay in school. There is a lot to like about his technique, as he has an array of moves displayed throughout the year that helped him reach the numbers that he did. The main issue for him would seem to be his size. He’s not especially big or athletically gifted enough for a high pick. Another year in school will almost certainly help improve areas like his strength or speed.

That being said, Walker is still almost certainly going to get drafted at some point. His decision to stay for 2016 will hopefully mean that he improves his stock and ends his FSU career on a high note.

One thing is for sure: the 2016 Florida State football team just got a lot more exciting.

DeMarcus Walker 2015 Stats:

58 total tackles, 10.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 5 passes defended, 1 interception.

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