Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Auburn Tigers cornerback Chris Davis (11) and Ryan White (19) break up a pass for Florida State Seminoles tight end Nick O'Leary (35) during the first half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Nick O'Leary returning to Florida State for senior season

Nick O’Leary is returning for his senior season at Florida State after he caught a career-high seven touchdowns and was among the top tight ends in the country.

The 6-3, 248-pound standout for the national champion Seminoles had 33 receptions for 557 yards and the seven touchdowns nearly doubled his output from his first two years in Tallahassee (4).

O’Leary, the grandson of legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus likely would not have been selected prior to Day 3 of the 2014 NFL draft which made his decision to return to Florida State where he can catch passes from Heisman winner Jameis Winston for one more season and raise his stock much more palatable.

With star wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin weighing his options on whether to turn pro or not, his absence could present more red zone opportunities in 2014.

O’Leary’s best game came in the season opener when he recorded three touchdown on four receptions in the 41-13 win over Pittsburgh. He also set career highs in the road win at Clemson when he had five receptions and 161 yards.

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