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Florida State got some good news for its defense Monday when leading tackler Christian Jones announced he is returning for his senior season.
“After a lot of conversations and time thinking about it, I’ve decided to return to Florida State for my senior season,” Jones said in a statement. "A lot of guys the past couple of years have helped to turn the program around, and I want to continue to be a part of that process. I’ve always talked with some of the guys I came in with and we’ve always talked about finishing together and that’s also something I wanted to do. This is the best decision for me and my family. I’m looking forward to coming back, working hard, improving my game but also helping Florida State continue with the success we’ve had."
Jones started every game in 2012 at weakside linebacker, totaling 95 tackles to rank seventh in the ACC. He also set a new career high for tackles for loss, pass breakups and fumble recoveries.
The Florida State defense already has lost defensive end Bjoern Werner and cornerback Xavier Rhodes as early entrants into the NFL draft. But Jones will return with safety Lamarcus Joyner, who announced earlier this month he would return for his senior season.
"I’m excited for Christian to return to Florida State and further his education, playing career and helping put Florida State back at an elite level," coach Jimbo Fisher said in a statement. "I think his decision shows great commitment to FSU and great commitment to his future. We’re fortunate to have the leadership he brings on and off the field."
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