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Fun Fact Friday: Nasirildeen’s 17 Stops vs. ‘Cuse is Most for an FSU Player in 14 Years

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Last weekend’s 35-17 victory over Syracuse may have been Florida State’s most complete performance of the year and was certainly the most dominant.

The Seminoles performed well on both sides of the football. Offensively, FSU put up 487 yards. Defensively, the Seminoles allowed a season-low 343 yards and less than 250 through three quarters.

On the defensive side of the ball, FSU tallied 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks, but the guy who was everywhere was junior safety Hamsah Nasirildeen. For an effort that earned him ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors, Nasirildeen finished with 17 total tackles and a sack.

The 17 total stops was the most for a Florida State player since 2005. That year, A.J. Nicholson finished with 19 tackles, two interceptions and a defensive touchdown in a 28-17 win over Boston College. That was the Eagles’ first conference game as a member of the ACC.

After leading the team in total tackles last season, Nasirildeen looks well on his way to doing it again for the Seminoles. Despite being banged up early in the season and missing virtually all of the Oct. 19 contest at Wake Forest to a questionable early-game ejection, Nasirildeen has 58 total tackles for FSU this season. The next closest player for FSU is defensive tackle Marvin Wilson and cornerback Stanford Samuels III, who each have 41 total stops.

The sack in Saturday’s win was the first of the year for Nasirildeen. The North Carolina native is currently one of five FSU players with an interception this season. Nasirildeen ranks second in the ACC and seventh nationally with three forced fumbles.

Nasirildeen hopes to be a major factor as FSU plays host to rival Miami on Saturday. The Hurricanes have won two straight in the series. Nasirildeen finished with a team-high seven tackles as the Seminoles let a 20-point lead slip away in last season’s 28-27 loss to Miami.

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