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FSU Linebacker to Transfer

Jeff Romance/FSU athletics

Florida State’s thin corps of linebackers got a bit thinner on Tuesday as Tyrell Lyons announced via Facebook that he will be transferring.

Lyons didn’t say where he was going, but the redshirt junior is coming off an ACL injury after playing in FSU’s first two games last season. Lyons began his career as a defensive back, but was forced to move to linebacker for depth reasons last season.

Lyons, a Jacksonville-product, recorded just 11 tackles over the last two seasons. He was redshirted in 2013.

What it means: Lyons probably wasn’t the next All-American linebacker to come through Tallahassee, but he was a body that could be utilized at a position that sorely lacks depth. Matthew Thomas, Ro’Derrick Hoskins and Jacob Pugh are the only players on the roster with meaningful experience at the position, but Pugh is primarily used as a pass-rusher. Redshirt sophomore Delvin Purifoy and sophomore Sh’Mar Kilby-Lane are likely to see more snaps this season. The Seminoles may also have to rely some on incoming freshmen like Josh Brown, Dontavious Jackson, Keion Joyner and Emmett Rice.

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