Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois, left, DeMarcus Walker, center, and Dalvin Cook celebrate with fans after Florida State defeated Florida 31-13 in an NCAA college football game in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
After 12th-ranked Florida State defeated No. 15 Florida for the fourth straight year on Saturday, defensive end DeMarcus Walker said he got bragging rights over Gators' and Miami Hurricanes' fans since he finished unbeaten against both. With the regular season completed and the Seminoles' self-imposed social media ban lifted, Walker wasted no time in going after one of Florida's biggest fans.
— DeMarcus Walker (@livinglegend_44) November 27, 2016
Sen. Marco Rubio went to graduate school at the University of Florida graduate and is a huge Gators' fan. The senator's trolling of FSU took on a more national scope on the campaign trail last year when he said during a radio interview in Iowa that he didn't have anything against the school but that "I think there has to be a school where people that can't get into Florida can go to college. And so that's why we have Florida State."
Those comments caught the attention of many people on FSU's campus and haven't been forgotten, especially by Walker, who had two sacks, five tackles and a pair of fumble recoveries in the 31-10 win.
Rubio took the ribbing like a good sport.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 28, 2016
Then showing that Gators and Seminoles can truly get along, Walker tweeted a thank you back to Rubio.
Finally responding! Thank you, I hope everything goes well Go Noles https://t.co/XfgKCYVGig
— DeMarcus Walker (@livinglegend_44) November 28, 2016
Walker, who is tied for the national lead in sacks with 15, has had big games when facing in-state opponents. He had the blocked extra point in the Oct. 8 win at Miami and has 4.5 sacks the past two times he has faced Florida. He is also part of a group of players that became the first at Florida State to defeat both the Hurricanes and Gators four straight years.
That last stat is the one that means the most to Walker.
“I'm unbeaten against the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes so I can talk crap for the rest of my life because they never beat me,” he said after the game.