After the best individual rushing performance in Tallahassee since 1996, Florida State Seminoles running back Devonta Freeman is now headed off to the 2014 NFL Draft, according to a report from ESPN.
Freeman was a pivotal part of that vaunted Florida State offense in 2013 as he rushed the ball 173 times for 1,016 yards and 14 touchdowns. The junior became the first back for the ‘Noles since Warrick Dunn in ’96 to rush for over 1,000 yards, a statistic which generally surprises most.
In Monday’s BCS National Championship Game win over the Auburn Tigers, Freeman rushed the ball 11 times for 73 yards, including a touchdown right before the half to cut the Auburn lead to 21-10 and give Florida State some much needed momentum going into the locker room.
For his career, the junior finishes up with 2,255 yards and 30 touchdowns, while also leading the team in rushing in each of his three seasons on the field.
Considering the wealth of talent potentially coming out in next year’s draft at the running back position, this was a move that was expected to happen. Freeman is striking while the iron is hot, plus it also pays dividends that he was given a third-round grade from the advisory board. Knowing Freeman, he can wow the NFL scouts in his workouts to improve that grade, just as he wowed everyone in his three years in Tallahassee.
Freeman is the latest Seminole to declare for the draft in the last few days following that incredible win over Auburn, following in the footsteps of WR Kelvin Benjamin and DT Timmy Jernigan.