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01/09/15 - Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher offered congratulations to defensive end Mario Edwards, Jr. and cornerback Ronald Darby on their decisions to enter the NFL draft on Friday. The juniors will forgo their final year of eligibility after having led the Seminoles to a remarkable 39-3 mark, three ACC Championships and the 2013 national championship during their three-year careers. Edwards, Jr. developed into an All-ACC First Team player and nabbed Second Team All-America honors from Sports Illustrated in 2014 when he led FSU with 11 tackles for loss and tallied 44 tackles and three sacks. Edwards, Jr. had several dominant performances over the last year, including 3.0-TFL game against Auburn in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game and a 4.0-TFL contest versus Virginia in 2014.
The Gautier, Miss., native played in 36 games with 26 starts in his career and had 89 tackles, 23 TFLS and eight sacks. He will continue to follow in his father’s footsteps from FSU into the NFL. Mario Edwards, Sr. was a defensive back for the Seminoles from 1995-1999 and was drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. “Mario was a tremendous player and person here at FSU and I want to thank him for three great years here,” Fisher said. “Mario improved each year since he arrived on campus and I’m excited to see him continue that growth in the NFL. I’m excited for him and his family and I think he will have a great professional career.” - Florida State football
01/06/15 - Florida State DE Mario Edwards Jr. plans to enter draft...Florida State has reportedly said good-bye to its second draft-eligible junior of the day, with ESPN reporting that defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. plans to forgo his senior season in Tallahassee and enter next year's draft. A two-year starter, Edwards was named first-team All-ACC after finishing the 2014 season with 11 tackles-forloss, three sacks, two fumble recoveries and 44 total tackles. He was named third-team All-ACC following his sophomore season in 2013. Per Noles247.com, Edwards has not yet confirmed the report.
Edwards is ranked the No. 11 defensive end in the 2015 NFL draft class according to NFLDraftScout.com, and could go in the second-to-third-round range. The Edwards report follows on the heels of cornerback P.J. Williams' tweet that he would also enter the draft. Four more Seminoles are still widely considered potential early draft entrants: cornerback Ronald Darby, placekicker Roberto Aguayo, defensive tackle Eddie Goldman and -- of course -- quarterback Jameis Winston. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
11/17/14 - NOV 10 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Mario Edwards Jr., Florida State, Jr., DE, 6-3, 294, Gautier, Miss.,...Edwards powered the Seminoles’ victory over Virginia with a career-best and team-high nine tackles, including four tackles for loss in addition to a forced fumble and a sack. Seven of his tackles were solo stops. On Virginia’s first offensive play, Edwards tackled Cavaliers’ running back Kevin Parks for a three-yard loss and forced a fumble. On Virginia’s third play, Edwards again stopped Parks for a three-yard loss. Later in the second quarter, Edwards had a sack for a four-yard loss and finished with six tackles and three tackles for loss by halftime. His 4.0 tackles for loss are the most by a Seminole in a single game this season. Edwards’ efforts up front helped the Seminoles hold the Cavaliers to just 37 yards rushing - a season-low for an FSU opponent. - ACC football
10/12/14 - SEP 1 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Mario Edwards Jr., Florida State, Jr., DE, 6-3, 294, Gautier, Miss.,...Edwards had had four tackles, a sack and a pass breakup in the Seminoles’ victory over Oklahoma State. Edwards’ fourth-quarter sack was a vital play as it came with FSU holding a 27-24 lead. The sack resulted in a 14-yard loss and killed the Cowboys’ momentum. Edwards’ pressure on the quarterback helped limit OSU’s potent passing attack (335 yards per game the last four years) to just 203 yards. He played every defensive snap for the Seminoles. - ACC football
09/29/14 - Florida State starting defensive end Mario Edwards, Jr. and backup running back Mario Pender will sit out Saturday against North Carolina State after suffering concussions last week against Clemson. Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher announced the moves Thursday. The top-ranked Seminoles (3-0, 1-0 ACC) will be down two starting defensive linemen after Niles Lawrence-Stample was lost for the season with a torn pectoral muscle against Clemson. Edwards has eight tackles and a sack this season. Sophomore DeMarcus Walker slides into the starting lineup. Pender is the top backup to starter Karlos Williams. Pender has rushed for 90 yards with two touchdowns and averages 4.7 yards per carry. Freshman Dalvin Cook, Florida's Mr. Football as a high school senior, moves up the depth chart. - AP Sports