1. DT Joshua Farmer
This one was expected, considering I included the talented defensive tackle as my preseason “sleeper” award winner. Farmer will have an opportunity to be very successful in his redshirt sophomore campaign as his best friend and Miami junior defensive tackle transfer Darrell Jackson Jr. has gotten his waiver denied by the NCAA.
Nonetheless, longtime defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins has one of the most talented position units he has had in quite some time in Tallahassee. The unit is led by redshirt senior Fabien Lovett Sr., who announced he would be running it back for one last season.
However, as talented as Lovett Sr. is, he has dealt with his fair share of injuries, which has hampered this Seminoles’ defensive unit at times with their ability to stop the opposing team’s rushing attack.
After the former Mississippi State transfer went down with an injury late in the 24-23 victory over the LSU Tigers, Farmer was thrusted into action. The Port St. Joe (FL) native performed admirably in his first significant snaps as a Seminole,where he recorded 15 total tackles (six tackles for loss) and two sacks during the 2022 season.
Florida State brought in ultra-productive Western Michigan transfer Braden Fiske to bring veteran leadership and experience to the room. He was a second-team All-MAC performer last year, where the defender had 58 total tackles (12 tackles for loss) and six sacks.
Nonetheless, Farmer has showcased phenomenal growth this offseason, where he could be utilized alongside Lovett Sr. and Fiske.