Florida State is considered relatively thin at the linebacker position beyond the starting lineup, and the Seminoles got even thinner Wednesday because junior Jeff Luc has decided to transfer.
NoleDigest.com has learned that Luc, who in 2010 was a five-star signee from Port St. Lucie (FL) Treasure Coast High School, is all but a memory for FSU. The 6-foot, 252-pounder could be on his way to Kansas State, although Ole Miss, TCU and South Florida are reportedly in the mix, too.
Luc spent the majority of his two-year 'Noles career backing up Nigel Bradham -- he is considered a second- to third-round prospect in the NFL Draft -- at the weak-side linebacker position. But instead of promoting Luc to the starting role upon Bradham's graduation, the coaching staff moved junior Christian Jones from the strong side in an effort to employ him as more of a playmaker in coordinator Mark Stoops' scheme. Luc was never given an opportunity to compete with senior Vince Williams and junior Telvin Smith in the middle or Nick Moody on the strong side, even though Moody was a safety for his first three years in Tallahassee.
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In the annual Garnet and Gold Game on Apr. 14, Luc started on the weak side for the Garnet team and played well with six tackles, two pass breakups and an interception of Florida State senior quarterback E.J. Manuel. However, rumors continued to circle around the program that Luc was quite unhappy, so his departure does not come as much of a surprise.
Fellow linebacker Arrington Jenkins was booted off the team Jan. 6 for disciplinary reasons, and both he and Luc were once considered future starters for the Seminoles not long ago.
Reports are beginning to surface that junior defensive tackle Darious Cummings, who missed spring workouts with a knee injury and faces a loaded depth chart even when healthy, could be next out the door.
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John Crist is the editor-in-chief of NoleDigest.com, a Heisman Trophy voter and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.