Sophomore running back Devonta Freeman will be shouldering more than just the Seminole ground game on Saturday night, he'll be shouldering grief over the loss of his younger brother this past week.
According to a report by Ira Schoffel of the Tallahassee Democrat, Freeman's brother Anthony Darling was shot and killed in an altercation this past week. Darling had moved up to Tallahassee with Freeman to stay with relatives and play football at Rickards High School. Darling was having a standout season at fullback until an altercation ended fatally with gun violence.
Per the Democrat, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said Freeman was devestated by the news but had been at practice this week and would suit up for Clemson.
I had the opportunity to sit and talk with Devonta Freeman several times for a feature that will be coming up in the paper soon, he's a good young man who's already seen more in his life than most will in a lifetime.
Freeman has dealt with the deaths of family members, close friends and just been in close proximity to it growing up in Liberty City in Miami. Unfortunately he has experienced this sort of loss before.
Freeman is a strong guy, he had to be to make it out of his circumstances and get to Florida State. He's going to need to be strong through this too. Hearts go out to the Seminoles' sophomore tailback tonight and the next few weeks.