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FSU officially welcomes DE Marcus Cushnie

Florida State added graduate transfer defensive end Marcus Cushnie from Alabama A&M to its roster, coach Mike Norvell announced Wednesday.

“We’re excited about welcoming Marcus into the Nole Family,” FSU coach Mike Norvell said. “He’s a young man with great strength and play-making ability, and he brings an explosive skill-set to our defensive front. He has been a high achiever both on the field and off the field throughout the course of his college career. We’re glad to bring him back to his home state of Florida to be a Seminole.”

The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Cushnie is a native of South Florida and played at Palm Beach Central. He started 26 games in three seasons at Alabama A&M, earning All-SWAC first-team honors twice (2019 as well as 2021 spring season). Cushnie is also a second-team Academic All-American in 2021, the first Alabama A&M defensive player ever to earn Academic All-America acclaim.

Cushnie had seven sacks and 20 tackles this spring. In 12 games in 2019, he had 39 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and seven sacks.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in criminology from Alabama A&M. Cushnie joins a group of defensive line transfers to FSU in 2021, including Jermaine Johnson (Georgia) and Keir Thomas (South Carolina).

FSU sports information contributed to this report