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FSU Football: Jersey Numbers for Newcomers

Mitch White/FSU athletics

Some Florida State newcomers took to Twitter over the last couple weeks to announce what jersey numbers they would be wearing for the 2017 season. The FSU athletic site has updated its roster and now each have a number to wear this upcoming season.

For the seven early enrollees who participated in the spring, none of the numbers have changed. Running back Cam Akers will wear No. 3, tight end Tre’ McKitty will wear No. 6, cornerback Stanford Samuels Jr. will wear No. 8, quarterback Bailey Hockman will wear No. 10, defensive end Joshua Kaindoh will wear No. 13, safety Cyrus Fagan will keep No. 14 and linebacker Adonis Thomas will don No. 22.

Quarterback James Blackman made it known previously that would wear No. 1. The number was worn last season by both Ermon Lane and Levonta Taylor. Taylor will keep the number for 2017, but Lane switched to No. 7 after moving from wide receiver to safety.

Khalan Laborn confirmed last month that he would wear the No. 4 that all-time leading rusher Dalvin Cook leaves behind. The top player from Virginia, Laborn will have big shoes to fill, but as a 5-star prospect, the expectations were high from the get-go.

While Laborn will wear the number of last year’s leading rusher for FSU, Tamorrion Terry will wear the number worn by the Seminoles’ leading receiver in each of the last two seasons as he takes over Travis Rudolph’s No. 15.

Defensive tackle Marvin Wilson previously confirmed that he would wear No. 21. The number is shared with punter Logan Tyler and was worn previously on defense by end Chris Casher.

Safety Hamsah Nasirildeen will share No. 23 with FSU’s other scholarship specialist, Ricky Aguayo. Walk-on defensive back Herbans Paul also wears the number.

Linebacker DeCalon Brooks will don the No. 26, which he’ll share with running back Johnathan Vickers. Brooks is the son of FSU legend Derrick Brooks, who famously wore No. 10.

Freshmen Ontaria Wilson, a conerback, and running back Zaquandre White will each wear No. 27. The number was worn last season by cornerback Marquez White, who was drafted in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

Wide receiver D.J. Matthews will share No. 29 with redshirt senior safety Nate Andrews. The most famous FSU receiver to wear No. 29 is Matthews’ position coach, Lawrence Dawsey.

Deonte Sheffield, a running back, will don the No. 31. Some were wondering about Sheffield’s status, since he is expected to go toward 2018’s scholarship count.

Freshman linebacker Leonard Warner will keep his high school number of 35. That number was most famously worn by former John Mackey Award winning tight end, Nick O’Leary.

Freshman offensive lineman Brady Scott will wear No. 59. That was worn last season by center Ryan Hoefeld, who left the program this offseason.

Despite telling us earlier this offseason that he planned to wear No. 87 at FSU in honor of New England Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski, Alex Marshall will wear No. 80, which he tweeted last month. Nyqwan Murray wore the number last year before changing to No. 8 this offseason. No. 80 was also worn by all-time leading receiver Rashad Greene.

Cory Durden, a defensive tackle, previously announced that he would wear No. 92 at FSU. The number was worn last season by Justin Shanks. No. 93 will be worn by fellow Newberry defensive takle, Ja’len Parks.

The final new number will belong to Tre’ Lawson, a freshman defensive end, who will don No. 98.

To recap:
Blackman (1), Akers (3), Laborn (4), McKitty (6), Samuels (8), Hockman (10), Kaindoh (13), Fagan (14), Terry (15), Wilson (21), Thomas (22), Nasirildeen (23), Brooks (26), White and Wilson (27), Matthews (29), Sheffield (31), Warner (35), Scott (59), Marshall (80), Durden (92), Parks (93), Lawson (98).

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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