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Fun Fact Friday: FSU’s Nasirildeen Tied for National Lead in Forced Fumbles

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It has not been a promising first quarter of the season for the Florida State defense, but that’s not necessarily true across the board.

Defensive tackle Marvin Wilson was the recipient of most of the preseason love for FSU on that side of the ball, but through three games, it’s hard to argue that the defensive MVP has been anyone other than junior safety Hamsah Nasirildeen. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound North Carolina native led FSU in tackles last season and is doing so again this year.

Through three games, Nasirildeen leads the Seminoles with 28 tackles, recording at least 10 in each of the first two contests. Nasirildeen is tied for second in the ACC in that category, but that may not be the most impressive number for the safety to this point in 2019.

Nasirildeen leads FSU, the ACC and is tied for the national lead with three forced fumbles on the season. Two of those came in the 36-31 season-opening loss to Boise State.

Through the first three weeks of the season, only 24 players nationally have forced multiple fumbles. Nasirildeen is tied with Fresno State’s Justin Rice and Nebraska’s Cam Taylor-Britt for the national lead.

The three forced fumbles through three games is as many as last season’s leader, Brian Burns, had in all of 2018. The last time an FSU player had more than three in a season was in 2015 when defensive end DeMarcus Walker had four.

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