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Lamarcus Joyner staying at Florida State, will not enter NFL Draft

Florida State safety Lamarcus Joyner will stay at Florida State for his senior year and not enter the 2013 NFL Draft

Al Messerschmidt

Florida State star strong safety Lamarcus Joyner will remain with the Seminoles for his senior year and not enter the 2013 NFL Draft.

The 2012 first team All-ACC selection started all 14 games for the Seminoles this year and helped lead Florida State to the No. 2 overall defense in the country. Joyner was fifth on the team with 51 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one interception and six pass breakups. Joyner was also one of Florida State's top special teams performers last season, averaging 23.6 yards per kickoff return.

In a statement released by Florida State, Joyner was excited about returning to Tallahassee next season and competing for a national championship in 2013:

"Coach Fisher and I aren't finished with what we started here. He said from day one I was going to be one of those guys that was going to help turn this program around. We've started down the right path so far but we're still not finished. This wasn't a decision I could make just for myself but for my family in order to help them down the road, which is why I'm going to stay at Florida State for my last season."

Joyner's return will help ease the sting after running back Chris Thompson, defensive end Bjoern Werner and cornerback Xavier Rhodes declared for the NFL Draft after Florida State's 31-10 Orange Bowl victory over Northern Illinois on New Year's Day.

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