Geno Hayes is in a new position these days. A season ago, he was the youngest of the starting linebackers, a sophomore standing beside senior middle linebacker Buster Davis and junior outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons. Now he's a rising junior... and the only returning starter in the unit. He is...[details]
2005 (Sophomore):At Florida State: Will compete for playing time at the middle linebacker position as he enters fall practice third at the position behind Buster Davis and Sam McGrew...earned playing time as a true freshman during the 2004 season...led Florida State with two blocked kicks and led the Seminoles' freshman class with 19 tackles in 2004...a very impressive player who has great technique and a very bright future at Florida State according to the coaching staff...is a big player with good strength and speed.
Freshman Year (2004): Played in all 12 of the Seminoles' games including the Gator Bowl victory over West Virginia...was one of nine true freshmen to earn playing time during the season...the Seminoles' top freshman tackler with 19 and led the team with two blocked kicks...single-game career-high five tackles against Duke and three against North Carolina...at least two tackles in six of his 12 games...credited with assisted tackles for lost yardage against UAB and Virginia...blocked punts in Seminole victories over both UAB and North Carolina...his blocked punt against UAB was the first by a Florida State true freshman since Marcello Church blocked a punt against Virginia Tech in the 2002 Gator Bowl...also became the first Seminole to block multiple punts in a season since Tommy Polley during the 1999 season. High School: Graduated from Hart County High School in 2004...a four-star player and the No. 9 rated inside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com...named as the No. 75th best player on the list of top 100 players and the No. 8 ranked player in the state of Georgia by Rivals.com...the school record-holder for tackles in a career with more than 500 as he averaged more than 20 tackles per game for his entire varsity career...amassed over 160 tackles as a senior linebacker which included four sacks and two fumble recoveries...earned all-state and all-area honors as a junior as he totaled more than 150 tackles...an amazing total of 201 tackles his sophomore season...quick for his size as a linebacker and has been timed at 4.60 in the 40...selected Florida State over Georgia, LSU and Florida. Personal: Born September 9, 1985...major is sport management.