Florida State safety Derwin James has played his last game with the program.


The redshirt sophomore announced via Instagram on Tuesday that he plans to enter the NFL Draft and will not play with the Seminoles in their Independence Bowl game against Southern Mississippi on Dec. 27.

James, the only FSU player to be named by the Associated Press to the All-ACC first team on Tuesday, was second on the Seminoles with 84 tackles, including 5 1/2 that went for loss.

He also had two interceptions, returning one for a 41-yard touchdown against Delaware State, and a sack along with 11 pass break-ups and four quarterback hits.

That knack for big plays extended to special teams, too. James was credited with a block on a potential game-tying field goal during the fourth quarter of a 27-24 win over Syracuse.

James is expected to be a first-round pick next spring. At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, he has the size and playmaking ability that NFL teams covet.

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