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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Rashad Greene will return to FSU

By David M. Hale
ESPN.com

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Three key contributors to Florida State's national championship run will be back for 2014, the school announced Wednesday.

Offensive tackle Cameron Erving, guard Tre' Jackson and receiver Rashad Greene will return for their senior campaigns next season. Erving and Jackson are both two-year starters on the offensive line, while Greene has been Florida State's leading receiver for three straight seasons.

"We have something really special going on here at Florida State," Erving said in a statement released by the school. "I want to be a part of that. I want to mature and grow as a player before I make that big step to the NFL."

Greene's return is vital for Florida State's hopes of repeating its offensive success in 2014. With senior Kenny Shaw departing and redshirt sophomore Kelvin Benjamin projected as a potential first-round selection in the NFL draft, Greene's return allows for some stability within a receiving corps that figures to have a much different look next season. Greene caught nine passes for 147 yards in FSU's win over Auburn in the VIZIO BCS National Championship on Monday, including a 49-yard catch-and-run on the game-winning drive in the final minute of play.

Erving saw drastic improvement in 2013, his second season on the offensive line after moving from defensive tackle in the spring of 2012. Jackson got his first start in the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl and has been a fixture in the starting lineup since. Both have been key cogs on a line that has helped FSU average 7.3 yards per play during their two seasons as starters.

Several other key underclassmen still have decisions to make, including Benjamin, defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and running back Devonta Freeman.

Running back James Wilder Jr. intends to forgo his final year at Florida State to enter the NFL draft, the school confirmed Wednesday.