TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Daron Rose, who started 11 games at the critical left tackle position last fall for Florida State, is ineligible for the 2008 season, school officials said Wednesday.
The 285-pound offensive lineman from Tampa will attend a junior college in a bid to regain eligibility. Redshirt freshman Antwane Greenlee from Hardaway High, moved into Rose’s spot for the beginning of fall practice in August.
Rose’s departure is the second this week for the Seminoles, who are coming off successive 7-6 seasons as they prepare for their first season with Bobby Bowden’s coaching successor, Jimbo Fisher, now formally in place.
Another projected starter for 2008, sophomore linebacker Marcus Ball, was released from his scholarship Monday.
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And star receiver Preston Parker is ineligible until he resolves a felony gun charge in Palm Beach County.
Florida State will also be without another half dozen of its top players for the first three games because of a classroom cheating scandal in a music history class attended by a large number of athletes.
The Seminoles have scheduled Western Carolina and Tennessee-Chattanooga in the first two games in hopes of surviving their personnel shortage.