April 2016 - Devonta Freeman

In honor of April as the NFL Draft month we want to celebrate Devonta Freeman as April’s alumnus of the month.As a junior in 2013, Freeman was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection and helped the Seminoles win the 2014 BCS National Championship Game.He rushed for over 1,000 yards on the ground, the first Nole to do so since Warrick Dunn in 1996. Freeman finished the season with career highs in rushing yards (1,016), receiving yards (278) and touchdowns (15) despite splitting carries with James Wilder, Jr. and Karlos Williams in Florida State's backfield. He led the Seminoles in rushing in each of his three seasons in Tallahassee.

Devonta Freeman was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth round (103rd overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. After recording just 43 rushing yards over the first two games, Freeman received his first career NFL start at RB on September 27, 2015 against the Dallas Cowboys, rushing for 141 yards and 3 touchdowns on 30 carries. The next week he rushed for 3 touchdowns again against the Houston Texans. In the following game, he rushed for a career-high 153 yards to start a three-game streak of 100 yard performances from week 4-7. In week 11, Freeman piled up 43 yards off three carries before leaving in the first half with a concussion. By the end of the season, Freeman totaled 1,634 all-purpose yards with 1,056 rushing (7th most in the season) and 578 receiving yards. Following the season, Freeman was selected to the Pro Bowl, the first of his career, and was named a Second-team All-Pro. Freeman was named one of the captains for the 2016 Pro Bowl.

Devonta Freeman has been devoted to giving back to his community since his induction into the NFL. He founded the Devonta Freeman Foundation in 2014. The Devonta Freeman Foundation is dedicated to giving back to low-income children and families.