Freshman Freddie Stevenson has contributed to Florida State University’s run for a national championship.
The fullback out of Bartow High School rushed eight times for 33 yards and one touchdown in 12 games for the top-ranked Seminoles, who face No. 2 Auburn University in Monday’s Bowl Championship Series title game.
He had three carries for 10 yards, including a 1-yard score in the fourth quarter, during a 62-7 rout of University of Nevada.
Stevenson enters the championship game with two receptions for 18 yards.
Junior tight end Brandon Fulse started five of the 10 games he played for Auburn. The Fort Meade High School graduate had one reception for five yards against University of Mississippi and a two-point conversion against Mississippi State University.
Also out of Fort Meade High, redshirt freshman linebacker Maurice Russell made one tackle in seven games for University of Central Florida. The Knights face Baylor University today in the Fiesta Bowl.
Senior running back Caleb Jones led Hiram College with 136 rushes for 436 yards and two touchdowns in nine games. The Lake Placid High School graduate added five receptions for 75 yards and one score.
Hiram freshman defensive lineman Deshaun Dunn, who played for Lake Wales High School, had 14 tackles and half a sack in seven games.
Lake Wales High graduate Roland Milligan Jr. is a sophomore defensive back for Reedley College (Calif.). He was named to the all-Golden Gate Conference team. He led Reedley with 16 punt returns for 145 yards and one touchdown in nine games. He had 44 tackles, fourth on the squad, and a team-high three interceptions for 116 yards. Milligan forced two fumbles.
Another past Highlander, Daquand Marion is a freshman defensive back for Reedley. He had two kickoff returns for 47 yards in three games. He had five tackles and a 22-yard interception.
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