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FSU Senior Moments: Alec Eberle

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Florida State’s 2018 senior class didn’t go out on a high note, but the Seminoles who did stick around for four years — or in this case five — were part of some memorable moments.

After looking at the best moments in the FSU career of Jacques Patrick and most recently, wide receiver Nyqwan Murray, we now move to the trenches. Unlike with any other position, offensive linemen don’t tend to have signature career moments, but we’ll attempt to give an adequate career overview.

A native of Virginia, Alec Eberle arrived in Tallahassee in 2014 as a 3-star offensive line recruit. Eberle was hardly the most heralded player coming in, but by the time all was said and done, Eberle was a 4-year starter at Florida State.

In 2015, Eberle battled Corey Martinez and Ryan Hoefeld for the starting spot early on. Eberle would eventually win out and start six games as a redshirt freshman.

Over his final three seasons, Eberle never missed a start. Eberle started 38 straight games from 2016-18 despite playing injured and often times, through pain.

Though sometimes maligned by the fan base, Eberle managed to earn second-team All-ACC honors in 2017 and was a team captain in each of his final two seasons. Eberle started three bowls for the Seminoles, including a pair of New Year’s Six contests and was the constant on an offensive line that tended to play musical guards and tackles for most of his career.

In addition to the football prowess, Eberle was often recognized for his work in the community. In 2016, he was named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. He was also on the preseason Wuerrfel Trophy watch list.

Although his senior season didn’t end the way he had hoped as the Seminoles finished just 5-7, Eberle can hang his hat on the fact that he started his final 44 games as a Seminole. That’s something even All-Americans like Bryan Stork and Clay Shiver cannot say.

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

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