TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State defensive tackle Clifton
Dickson, a projected starter, is academically ineligible for the
2005 season, the school said Tuesday.
Dickson left Florida State at the end of the spring semester and
enrolled at Tallahassee Community College, where he expects to
graduate in December, said Mark Meleney, FSU's director of academic
support. He must earn his associates degree before again enrolling
at Florida State in January.
Last season as a sophomore, Dickson started five games while
splitting time with the injured Broderick Bunkley. He finished with
17 tackles, six for loss, and 2.5 sacks.
"I felt like Clifton Dickson was our most improved defensive
player last year," Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden said before spring
The best bets to replace Dickson are Bunkley -- still recovering
from an ankle injury -- Andre Fluellen and freshman Aaron Jones.
The Seminoles are trying to replace starting tackle Travis
Johnson and key backup Charles Howard on the defensive front.