Professio”Nole” Athlete of the Week: Telvin Smith

It was an outstanding week for former Florida State players in the National Football League, but the best week belonged to a former FSU linebacker who continues to have a Pro Bowl caliber season.

Jacksonville Jaguars’ linebacker Telvin Smith is the Professio”Nole” Athlete of the Week for the week of November 30th through December 6th after recording nine tackles in Sunday’s 42-39 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

In addition to the nine tackles, Smith also had a pair of sacks and a tackle for loss in the defeat. Through 13 weeks of the NFL season, Smith is one of just six players to have already recorded 100 tackles. Smith ranks third in the entire league with 113 total stops.

Smith and the Jaguars will host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.


Devonta Freeman, RB Atlanta Falcons (NFL)
Second-year running back Devonta Freeman accounted for 103 yards from scrimmage for the Atlanta Falcons in Sunday’s 23-19 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Freeman carried the ball 14 times for 47 yards, but also caught 10 passes for 56 yards in the loss.

Eddie Goldman, DT Chicago Bears (NFL)
Chicago Bears’ rookie defensive tackle Eddie Goldman finished with three tackles and a pair of sacks in Sunday’s 26-20 overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Jameis Winston, QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ rookie quarterback and first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft Jameis Winston went 18-for-27 passing for 227 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Sunday’s 23-19 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Winston also rushed for 15 yards and a touchdown. Winston threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Mike Evans with under two minutes to play in the contest.

Mike Ferguson

About Mike Ferguson

Mike Ferguson is a Bloguin contributor, the editor of Noled Out and a lifetime Florida State sports enthusiast. Mike vividly remembers watching Warrick Dunn run down the sideline in Gainesville in 1993, the "Choke at Doak" in 1994 and Monte Cummings' driving layup to beat #1 Duke in 2002. Mike has worked as a sports reporter in both print and online. For isportsweb in 2013, Mike gave press coverage of Florida State football's run to the 2013 national championship. Mike has been featured on, and Yahoo Sports while interviewing major sports stars such as 2013 National League MVP Andrew McCutchen. Mike graduated from Florida State University in 2009 with a major in Religion and a minor in Communications. Mike currently resides in Haines City, Florida with his wife Jennifer and daughters Trinity and Greenly. Mike is a full-time reporter at Polk County's newspaper, The Ledger, in Lakeland, Florida. Mike can be followed on Twitter @MikeWFerguson.