It's Senior Day today at Florida State. Before the start of the game the Seminoles will honor one of the most important classes in the school's history.
With the exception of the fifth-year seniors -- the last holdovers from the Bobby Bowden era -- this was the first class Jimbo Fisher recruited on his own. They banded together with the joint goal of returning Florida State to prominence.
And they have.
When this class arrived, FSU was fresh off one of their worst season in decades. They'd gone 7-6 after starting 2-4. Bowden had been run out of town. Florida was still the top school in the state.
Today, when they walk across the field for the final time they will have left the program at FSU better than they found it. The Seminoles are 10-0, ranked second in the country and have just three games between themselves and a BCS Championship game in Pasadena.
"It’s kind of sinking in and that group is so special. There’s so many – characters is not the word, I don’t mean it that way, just influential guys in our program’s history and what it meant and what it let us get to and how they’ve influenced the other guys in the organization," said Jimbo Fisher this week. "There’s some guys that I’ll never forget in that class. This is a tremendous group.”
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