Joyner to stay at FSU for senior season

Florida State received an excellent bit of news Thursday afternoon when safety Lamarcus Joyner announced he would return to school for his senior season.

“Coach (Jimbo) Fisher and I aren’t finish with what we started here,” Joyner said in a statement. “He said from Day 1 I was going to be one of those guys that was going to help turn this program around. We’ve started down the right path so far but we’re still not finished. This wasn’t a decision I could make just for myself but for my family in order to help them down the road, which is why I’m going to stay at Florida State for my last season.”

Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes previously told ESPN he is forgoing his junior season to enter the draft. All-American defensive end Bjoern Werner declared for the draft later Thursday.

Defensive end Brandon Jenkins and running back Chris Thompson also are headed to the draft, declining to petition the NCAA for another year of eligibility because of injuries that cost them playing time this season.

Keeping Joyner around for another season is huge for the Seminoles, considering some of the losses they have already taken. An All-ACC selection, Joyner started all 14 games at strong safety in 2012 and will bring a streak of 27 consecutive starts into 2013. He has played in every game since he arrived at Florida State as a freshman in 2010.

"I’m very excited that Lamarcus is going to return for his senior season," Jimbo Fisher said in a statement. "He’s such a great leader and ambassador for our university and football program. He still has some goals that he wants to accomplish, and I can’t express how happy I am that he’s going to be here at Florida State for another year. He’s one of the guys that has been a major part of our success the last three years. For him to want to stay and continue to help build this program, really shows his character as a person."