Florida State’s redshirt junior defensive end, Gilber Edmond, has joined the transfer portal, marking another player departing from the team. This follows FSU’s recent acquisitions of Oregon State quarterback DJ Uiagalelei and Georgia defensive end Marvin Jones Jr., significant additions aiming to boost the team’s performance after an impressive 2023 season, crowned with an undefeated regular season and a conference championship.

The coaching staff’s actions signal a firm intent to make a statement in the college football arena following the team’s controversial exclusion from the College Football Playoff. While the arrivals of Uiagalelei and Jones Jr. made waves, there’s a steady flow of players moving into the transfer portal.

According to 247Sports’ Matt Zenitz, Gilber Edmond, who transferred from South Carolina to Florida State seeking higher-level development, has entered the transfer portal. His performance with the Seminoles in 2023, registering 23 tackles (1.5 for loss) and one sack, was notably lower than his stats at South Carolina, where he accumulated 39 tackles (9 for loss) and two sacks in 2022.

Edmond’s role at Florida State was primarily as a backup to Jared Verse and Patrick Payton, also sharing time in the rotation with Byron Turner Jr. With Verse declaring for the 2024 NFL Draft and Jones Jr. likely stepping into a starting position, Edmond would have remained a secondary option behind both Jones Jr. and Payton in the upcoming season, his redshirt senior year. Seeking more playing time, Edmond may explore opportunities elsewhere.

The departure of Edmond leaves Florida State seeking options to fortify their defensive end positions. Historically, the Seminoles have a track record of developing transfer defensive ends, showcasing the potential for new talents to step up and fill the gap, akin to past successes with players like Jermaine Johnson II, Keir Thomas, and Jared Verse.

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