Dickson was a projected starter for '05

Updated: June 7, 2005, 6:36 PM ET
Associated Press

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 practice.

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.

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