Larry Levy left UMC after his freshman season in 2010.

A former University of Minnesota Crookston football player won the FBS National Championship Monday in Pasadena, Calif. as a member of the Florida State University Seminoles.

Larry Levy, a redshirt junior, is a 6-foot-2, 275-pound backup offensive lineman from Boynton Beach, Fla. He played his freshman season as a tight end for the Golden Eagles in 2010.

"The season at FSU was amazing!" Levy said in an email to the Times. "This was my second year playing here. I'm a backup o-linemen but I don't get much playing time being a walk on, although I did get in against Idaho this year. Last year I played defensive tackle."

Levy dressed for the national championship game and said it was an experience he would never forget.

"I was dressed for the game and it was amazing," he said. "It's the greatest feeling ever to know that our hard work paid off and we got what we earned and worked so hard for."

Levy looked back on his season in Crookston fondly. He explained he left after former head coach Shannon Stassen's contract was not renewed after the 2010 season.

"I was there just for 2010 but once Stassen wasn't coaching I didn't want to stay, to be honest," Levy said. "I had a great time in Crookston and I think about it all the time. I made some life long friends that I still stay in contact with."

Levy played in nine games, a starter for six, for UMC, posting five receptions for 51 yards. He also was on special teams.


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