FSU football's defensive unit certainly showcased its ability to be one of the top defenses in the entire country this season, especially in the second half of contests.
Defensive coordinator Adam Fuller had several high-caliber pieces to his unit such as Jared Verse, Patrick Payton, Braden Fiske, Joshua Farmer, Fabien Lovett Sr., Tatum Bethune, Kalen DeLoach, Renardo Green, Shyheim Brown, and Akeem Dent.
On Sunday, redshirt senior defensive tackle Fabien Lovett Sr. announced that he would be declaring for the NFL Draft.
While he did not directly indicate if he would be playing in the Orange Bowl versus the Georgia Bulldogs on December 30th at 4:00 PM EST, there is a high likelihood that he will not play. Given that the College Football Playoff committee decided to put the Alabama Crimson Tide at the number four spot, the Orange Bowl has seemingly become an exhibition game.
Lovett Sr. has been laboring through numerous injuries. The coaching staff even tried to limit his snap count this season so he would be fresh for the postseason (thank you College Football Playoff Committee for the snub...).
The veteran defender transferred to Florida State from Mississippi State at the end of the 2019 season with the Bulldogs. Lovett Sr. was a massive pickup for first-year head football coach Mike Norvell at the time. His Mississippi State teammate (defensive back Jarrian Jones) also transferred with him. Jones recently announced that he would be declared for the 2024 NFL Draft, but will be playing in the Orange Bowl.
During his four-year playing career with the Seminoles, the Mississippi native had 74 total tackles (12 tackles for loss) and five sacks. He was regarded as a veteran piece that was able to be disruptive for opposing offenses.
We at ChopChat would like to thank Fabien for all of his contributions to this university. He will be greatly missed!