Florida State hired veteran assistant Sal Sunseri to coach defensive ends, coach Jimbo Fisher officially announced Thursday.
Sunseri will join Fisher’s staff in time to coach in the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl against Northern Illinois. He replaces defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot, who went with Mark Stoops to Kentucky to become defensive coordinator.
“Another great recruiter. Another great guy that's coached in the NFL, coached tons of first-round picks at linebacker and defensive end," Fisher said in a statement. "A lot of knowledge. He and I have been together for a long time. He and I have known each other for a long time. He used to send his son to my camp. I used to coach his son in camp for many years and got to develop him early -- Tino. And we coached together at LSU during those times. We have been friends for a long time. He brings a lot to the table. And that's another guy in the system who also knows that system. So you've got a front-end guy to help bridge that gap."
Sunseri joins Florida State after serving as the defensive coordinator at Tennessee in 2012. Before that, he spent three years as the assistant head coach and linebackers coach at Alabama under Nick Saban, including the 2009 and 2011 national championship teams. He also spent seven years (2002-08) with the Carolina Panthers under then-head coach and current Denver Broncos coach John Fox, a tenure that included the franchise's lone NFC championship and Super Bowl appearance.