FSU’s Elite Defensive Players Stand Out at East-West Shrine Bowl

FSU football had an elite defense during the 2023 regular season. Their defensive unit was lights out, allowing very few touchdowns in the second half of the season. Even after losing Jordan Travis, the defense elevated their game to another level. It’s a shame that the College Football Playoff Committee snubbed the Noles, as their defense would have given any offense in the playoffs a run for their money.

Several FSU defensive players were recognized for their skills and invited to the East-West Shrine Bowl. Unsurprisingly, these players have been standing out amongst their peers during the practices. Let’s take a look at some of the commentary from those in attendance:

Renardo Green, a cornerback for FSU, showcased his speciality in press coverage and came out on top in a one-on-one matchup against an offensive player.

Fabien Lovett, an interior defensive lineman, displayed his dominance during practice. His play left no doubt that he is not intimidated by anyone, even going head-to-head with offensive lineman Trente Jones, who gained fame on TikTok.

Another standout player from FSU, Jarrian Jones, excelled as a nickel cornerback and was arguably one of the top players in the nation in that role.

Kalen DeLoach, a linebacker, also received an invitation to the Shrine Bowl. Although it’s unclear how much he is participating in practice after playing in the Orange Bowl, his performance in the 2023 season helped boost his stock.

All four of these defensive players have been integral to FSU’s success on that side of the ball. They have overcome adversity throughout their careers, battling injuries and facing challenges early on. However, they have persevered and developed into top performers.

These players have proved the doubters wrong and continue to defy the false narratives that rival fans may try to spread. FSU’s track record speaks for itself, and the invitation of these defensive stars to the Shrine Bowl only adds to the evidence of their talent.

The East-West Shrine Bowl is set to take place on Thursday, February 1st, at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. Fans can catch the game on the NFL Network at 8 p.m. ET.

It’s clear that FSU’s defense is stacked with talented players who have the potential to make an impact at the next level. The East-West Shrine Bowl will provide them with the opportunity to showcase their skills to NFL scouts and further boost their draft stock.