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December 02, 2013

17 Seminoles Named All-ACC, Five More Earn Honorable Mention


The All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams were announced today. The regular season concluded this past weekend, Florida State won the Atlantic Division, Duke won the Coastal -- the two schools will meet in Charlotte next Saturday.

For their 12-0 season -- one which saw them set a new conference record for points in a year -- the Seminoles had 17 players named to the All-ACC squads. 

Seven players were named All-ACC first team, including six on offense.

QB Jameis Winston, RB Devonta Freeman, WR Rashad Greene, LT Cam Erving, G Tre Jackson and C Bryan Stork were all named to the first team offense. Lamarcus Joyner was named to the first team defense.

Six more Seminoles were named second team.

TE Nick O'Leary on offense and LB's Telvin Smith and Christian Jones, DT Tim Jernigan and S Terrence Brooks made the second team defense. Roberto Aguayo was the second team kicker.

WR Kelvin Benjamin and G Josue Matias were named third team All-ACC on offense, Mario Edwards and Nate Andrews were named third team on defense and five others -- CB PJ Williams, LB Terrance Smith, RB James Wilder Jr., WR Kenny Shaw and RT Bobby Hart -- were named honorable mention.

In all 17 were named all-ACC and five more were given an honorable mention. 

That's a very high number too, but still, many Florida State fans are bound to feel as though there was a snub or two.

FSU has one of the top defenses in the nation. The Seminoles give up the fewest points and create the most interceptions. What the defense does not do, however, is generate eye-popping stats. 

That's probably why the Florida State defense has been absolutely stifling this season but still saw only one player voted first team all-conference. 

Another potential snub is Roberto Aguayo. Aguayo has missed one kick all season, has set an NCAA record for consecutive extra points without a miss and has out-scored all of FSU's opponents combined this year. For his efforts Aguayo was named a Groza semifinalist. He was not however named first team all-conference though.

Apparently a good majority of the the writers felt Nate Freese at BC was better. Freese hasn't missed a field goal all season -- that's one better than Aguayo -- and edged FSU's redshirt freshman kicker for the honor.

Offensively FSU was well represented though. Winston dominated the weekly ACC awards and was practically a shoo-in at QB. Freeman is a bit surprising, but likely earned the honor for being the best back on the best offense in the conference. The other four, Greene, Erving, Jackson and Stork aren't surprising at all.

Florida State fans aren't the only ones complaining either. Virginia Tech has the third ranked defense in the country and didn't have a single player recognized.

Clemson fans aren't happy. Miami fans aren't happy. Nobody's happy.


2013 All-ACC Football Team

First Team


QB – Jameis Winston, Florida State, 6-4, 225, Fr.-R, Bessemer, Ala. (191)
RB – Andre Williams, Boston College, 6-0, 220, Sr., Schnecksville, Pa. (195)
RB – Devonta Freeman, Florida State, 5-9, 203, Jr., Miami, Fla. (126)
WR – Sammy Watkins, Clemson, 6-1, 205, Jr., Fort Myers, Fla. (191)
WR - Jamison Crowder, Duke, 5-9, 175, Jr., Monroe, N.C. (172)
WR – Rashad Greene, Florida State, 6-0, 180, Jr., Albany, Ga. (126)
TE - Eric Ebron, North Carolina, 6-4, 245, Jr., Greensboro, N.C. (178)
T- Cameron Erving, Florida State, 6-6, 320, Jr.-R, Moultrie, Ga. (148)
T- James Hurst, North Carolina, 6-7, 305, Sr., Plainfield, Ind. (118)
G- Tre’ Jackson, Florida State, 6-4, 330, Jr., Jesup, Ga., (160)
G-Shaq Mason, Georgia Tech. 6-1. 305, Columbia, Tenn.  (96)
C- Bryan Stork, Florida State, 6-4, 298, Sr.-R, Vero Beach, Fla. (181)


DE - Vic Beasley, Clemson, 6-3, 225, Adairsville, Ga. (161)
DE - Kareem Martin, North Carolina,  6-6, 265, Roanoke Rapids, N.C. (159)
DT -  Aaron Donald, Pitt, 6-0, 275, Pittsburgh, Pa. (171)
DT – Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest, 5-11, 250, Sr.-R, Wylie, Texas (156)
LB - Kelby Brown, Duke, 6-2, 220, Matthews, N.C. (146)
LB – Denzel Perryman, Miami, 6-0, 236, Coral Gables, Fla. (124)
LB – Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College, 6-1, 215, Sr., Norwalk, Conn. (123)
CB – Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State, 5-8, 190, Sr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (172)
CB – Russ Cockrell, Duke, 6-0, 180, Sr.-R, Waxhaw, N.C. (145)
S – Anthony Harris, Virginia, 6-1, 185, Jr., Chesterfield, Va. (142)
S – Jeremy Cash, Duke, 6-2, 210, So.-R, Plantation, Fla. (129)

Special Teams

PK - Nate Freese, Boston College, 6-0, 185, Sr., Strongsville, Ohio (124)
P - Pat O’Donnell, Miami, 6-5, 222, Gr., Lake Worth, Fla. (135)
SP - Ryan Switzer, North Carolina, 5-10, 175, Fr., Charleston, W.Va. (155) 


Second Team


QB - Tajh Boyd, Clemson, 6-1, 225, Sr.-R, Hampton, Va. (132)
RB – Kevin Parks, Virginia, 5-8, 200, Jr.-R,  Salisbury, N.C. (117)
RB - Duke Johnson, Miami, 5-9, 194, So., Miami, Fla. (104)
WR – Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest, 5-11, 190, Sr.-R, Clarksville, Md. (102)
WR - Alex Hurns, Miami, 6-3, 195, Sr., Miami, Fla. (102) 
WR – Tyler Boyd, Pitt, 6-2, 185, Fr., Alexandria, Va. (100)
TE - Nick O’Leary, Florida State, 6-3, 246, Jr., Palm Beach, Fla. (126)
T- Brandon Thomas, Clemson, 6-3, 305, Gr.-R, Spartanburg, S.C. (104)
T- Matt Patchan, Boston College, 6-6, 304, Sr., Tampa, Fla. (92)
G- Laken Tomlinson, Duke, 6-3, 320, Jr.-R, Chicago, Ill. (90)
G- Brandon Linder, Miami, 6-6, 317, Sr., Southwest Ranches, Fla. (80)
C- Macky MacPherson, Syracuse, 6-2, 280, Sr., Syracuse, N.Y. (61)


DE – Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech, 6-3, 242, Sr. Washington, D.C. (121)
DE – Kenny Anunike, Duke, 6-5, 260, Sr.-R, Galena, Ohio (98)
DT – Timmy Jernigan, Florida State, 6-2, 294, Jr., Lake City, Fla. (124)
DT – Derrick Hopkins, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 306, Sr., Highland Springs, Va. (73)
LB – Telvin Smith, Florida State, 6-3, 218, Sr., Valdosta, Ga. (105)
LB - Jack Tyler, Virginia Tech, 6-1, 236, Sr.-R, Oakton, Va. (93)
LB – Christian Jones, Florida State, 6-4, 232, Sr., Winter Park, Fla. (83)
CB – Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech, 5-11, 180, Fr., Baltimore, Md. (91)
CB – Bashaud Breeland, Clemson, 6-0, 195, Jr.-R, Allendale, S.C. (69)
S – Terrence Brooks, Florida State, 5-11, 200, Sr., Dunnellon, Fla. (97)
S – Tre Boston, North Carolina, 6-1, 205, Sr., Fort Myers, Fla. (86)

Special Teams

PK - Roberto Aguayo, Florida State, 6-1, 208, Fr.-R, Mascotte, Fla. (123)
P – A.J. Hughes, Virginia Tech, 6-1, 190, So., Terre Haute, Ind. (79)
SP - Jamison Crowder, Duke, 5-9, 175, Jr., Monroe, N.C. (80)


Third Team


QB – Stephen Morris, Miami, 6-2, 214, Sr., Miami, Fla. (24)
RB – Roderick McDowell, Clemson, 5-9, 195, Gr.-R, Sumter, S.C. (85)
RB –Jerome Smith, Syracuse, 6-0, 217, Sr., Bear, Del. (53)
WR – Devin Street, Pitt, 6-4, 190, Sr.-R, Bethlehem, Pa. (80)
WR – Alex Amidon, Boston College, 5-11, 186, Sr., Greenfield, Mass. (70)
WR - Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State, 6-5, 238. So.-R, Belle Glade, Fla. (68)
TE – Braxton Deaver, Duke, 6-5, 240, Jr.-R, Charlotte, N.C. (51)
T- Perry Simmons,  Duke, 6-5, 300, Sr.-R, Raleigh, N.C. (80)
T- Morgan Moses, Virginia, 6-6, 325, Sr., Richmond, Va. (76)
G – Tyler Shatley, Clemson, 6-3, 295, Sr.-R, Icard, S.C. (65)
G- Josue Matias, Florida State, 6-6, 322, Jr. , Union City, N.J. (57)
C- Andy Gallik, Boston College, 6-3, 300, Jr.-R, Evergreen Park, Ill. (52)


DE – Kasim Edebali, Boston College, 6-2, 258, Sr.-R, Hamburg, Germany (65)
DE – Mario Edwards Jr., Florida State, 6-3, 285, So., Gautier, Miss. (56)
DT – Jay Bromley, Syracuse, 6-4, 293, Sr., Jamaica, N.Y. (68)
DT – Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech, 6-1, 288, Jr., Delray Beach, Fla. (56)
LB - Steele Divittto, Boston College, 6-3, 238, Sr., Ridgefield, Conn. (78)
LB - Stephone Anthony, Clemson, 6-3, 235, Jr., Polkton, N.C. (73)
LB – Spencer Shuey, Clemson, 6-3, 230, Gr.-R, Charlotte, N.C. (57)
CB – Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 193, Sr., Baltimore, Md. (58)
CB – Brandon Facyson, Virginia Tech, 6-2, 173, Fr., Newnan, Ga. (53)
S – Durell Eskridge, Syracuse, 6-3, 202, So., Miami, Fla. (53)
S - Nate Andrews, Florida State, 6-0, 208, Fr., Fairhope, Ala. (44)

Special Teams

PK- Chandler Cantnazaro, Clemson 6-2, 195, Gr.-R, Greenville, S.C. (69)
P - Will Monday, Duke, 6-4, 210, So.-R, Flowery Branch, Ga. (73)
SP - DeVon Edwards, Duke, 5-9, 185, Fr.-R, Covington, Ga. (57)


Honorable Mention

(20 or more points)


Robert Godhigh, RB, Georgia Tech (39)
David Sims, RB, Georgia Tech (29)
James Wilder, Jr., RB, Florida State (23)


Kenny Shaw, WR, Florida State (46)
Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson (34)
Quinshad Davis, WR, North Carolina (33)
Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland (21)


Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami (34)
Bobby Hart, OT, Florida State (30)
Sean Hickey, OT, Syracuse (29)
Ian White, OT, Boston College (27)


Andrew Miller, OG, Virginia Tech, (53)
Will Jackson, OG, Georgia Tech, (35)
Matt Rotheram, OG, Pitt (22)
Jon Feliciano, OG, Miami (20)


Russell Bodine, C, North Carolina (28)
David Wang, C, Virginia Tech (21)


James Gayle, DE, Virginia Tech (42)


Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson (39)
Brent Urban, DT, Virginia (21)


Robert Caldwell, LB, NC State (51)
Marcus Whitfield, LB, Maryland (45)
Marquis Spruill, LB, Syracuse (31)
Terrance Smith, LB, Florida State  (26)
Norkeithus Otis, LB, North Carolina (22)
Cole Farrand, LB, Maryland (22)


Tracy Howard, CB, Miami (30)
P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State (25)
Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest (22)
Jabari Price, CB, North Carolina (20)


Ray Vinopal, S, Pitt (30)
Jason Hendricks, S, Pitt (29)
Ryan Janvion, S, Wake Forest (28)
Kyshoen Jarrett, S, Virginia Tech (23)
Deon Bush, S, Miami (20)


Niklas Sade, PK, NC State (37)
Ross Martin, PK, Duke (26)


Tommy Hibbard, P, North Carolina (26)


Stacy Coley, SP, Miami (22)


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It's Time for Florida State to Extend Jimbo Fisher


It’s decision time.

All around the country programs are taking stock. Some schools are letting coaches go, others are locking coaches down.

It seems Will Muschamp will survive at Florida. Kevin Sumlin was extended six years at Texas A&M. Art Briles got ten more years at Baylor.

With several big schools -- USC and Texas, for example -- potentially shopping for head coaches this offseason, it would be foolish not to hold on to a good one.

That’s why Florida State University needs to lock up Jimbo Fisher long-term. And it needs to be done now. It won't be cheap, but FSU would be crazy not to.

When asked a couple of week ago if Florida State had opened discussions with its fourth year head coach, Athletic Director Stan Wilcox declined to comment.

If Wilcox hasn’t already started that discussion, he needs to.

Last season -- after FSU went 12-2 and won the Orange Bowl -- several teams made overtures at Fisher. This year the interest will likely be even stronger. FSU needs to lock down its fourth year head coach for the long haul. It has to give him the big money.

He’s earned it.

Through his first four season seasons, Fisher is 43-10. He’s 7-1 against in-state rivals -- 3-1 against Florida, 4-0 against Miami. He’s won his last 14 straight. He’s reloaded FSU’s coffers.

Now Florida State needs to load his.

When Fisher took over at Florida State he inherited a team that had just gone 7-6 -- a mark they had to scratch and claw for after starting 2-4 -- and he was tasked with bringing a once proud program back to relevance.

Four years later the Seminoles are the top-ranked team in the country.

The AP Poll, the Coaches’ Poll, the BCS -- they all have FSU at number one. Florida State has won their games by an average score of 54-11 this season. The Seminoles are ranked first nationally in scoring defense and second in scoring offense. Their kicker has outscored all of their opponents combined.

FSU is back.

And though Fisher won’t win it, he deserves consideration for national coach of the year.

Florida State lost 11 players to the NFL draft last season. Fisher had to replace his entire defensive line, his leading rusher and his starting quarterback. Fisher also lost half his coaching staff including both coordinators. He replaced them all and Florida State actually got better this year.

2013 has seen the Seminoles set a new ACC record for points in a single season and the ‘Noles are just 72 away from the NCAA record -- they have two games left to break it. FSU has won every game by at least 14 points, has scored at least 37 in every contest and hasn’t trailed since September 28th.

Several years worth of top recruiting classes have made Florida State one of the most talented programs in the country. Good coaching hires have helped FSU develop its talent into productive players. The NFL has noticed, 11 Seminoles were picked in last year’s draft and several more signed as free agents. This year, week in and week out the sidelines of the Dunlap Practice Fields and the press box at Doak Campbell Stadium have been filled with pro scouts.

There is no denying that the program is back.

And the growth as a head coach on Fisher’s part is undeniable too.

Early in the year it was Fisher’s ability to admit when he was wrong -- he told reporters he needed to do a better job of trusting his young quarterback, Jameis Winston, after they had argued following an interception in the Miami game -- that showed his evolution as a coach.

Lately it has been his ability to focus his team in spite of off-field distractions that has distinguished him. As the Jameis Winston situation drags on Fisher has had to keep his team’s focus on the task at hand, on their next opponent -- and not on the pending investigation.

Since the news broke FSU has won 59-3 over Syracuse, set a school record for points in a game against Idaho and crushed rival Florida 37-7 in the Swamp.

Soon FSU will likely play for a national title.

But if Florida State is smart they’ll have their head coach signed to a big extension long before then.


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