Florida State recognized 15 players Tuesday with All-ACC honors, including three first-team, four second-team, one third-team and seven honorable mentions. Safety Jammie Robinson was named a first-team safety for the second year in a row, offensive guard Dillan Gibbons received his first first-team honor after an honorable mention season in 2021, and defensive end Jared Verse received the most votes of all defensive players in his first season in the league.
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Quarterback Jordan Travis, running back Trey Benson, wide receiver Johnny Wilson and offensive tackle Robert Scott Jr. are on the second team, while offensive guard D’Mitri Emmanuel is on the third team.
Center Maurice Smith and running back Treshaun Ward make the list of honorable mentions, along with defensive tackles Fabien Lovett and Robert Cooper, linebacker Tatum Bethune and cornerback Renardo Green. Punt returner Mycah Pittman is an honorable mention as a specialist.
Florida State’s 15 total selections are the second-highest in this year’s conference and the most for FSU since 2015, when the Noles had 17 players represented. The four offensive linemen have the most this season and the most by FSU since five in 2014, while the three first-team picks are the most by FSU since they had five in 2016.
Robinson of Cordele, Georgia, led Florida State with 86 tackles and five quarterback rushes, added 4.0 tackles for losses, four pass breakups and one interception. Robinson had a season-high 13 tackles against Wake Forest to earn Defensive Back of the Week honors, and his interception came the following week against NC State. Robinson added 10 tackles against Florida in the regular-season Finals, pushing the Gators to an incomplete pass in their last game to secure a 45-38 win for the Seminoles.
The Seminoles are fourth nationally and lead the ACC with just 158.9 passing yards allowed per game.
Robinson is the first FSU player to earn first-team All-ACC honors in consecutive seasons since running back Dalvin Cook and offensive lineman Roderick Johnson in 2015-16. He is the first defender since defender Jalen Ramsey in 2014-15.
Verse, from Dayton, Ohio, impressed in his freshman season at Florida State, leading FSU with 7.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss, with 41 tackles, a blocked field goal and a fumble recovery. Vers finished in the top 5 of the conference in both Sacks and Tackles for Loss.
Against LSU, Verse was named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week after losing all three of his tackles, including 2.0 sacks. He added a blocked field goal against the Tigers – the first of his FSU career – as FSU won 24-23. Outside of the two games in which he was injured, Verse had at least 0.5 tackles to a loss in each game and three games with at least 2.5 tackles to a loss. He recovered from a fumble in Miami and returned it 10 yards as FSU beat the Hurricanes 45-3.
Verse is the second Seminole defensive end in as many seasons to be named to the first-team in his freshman year — Jermaine Johnson II was the 2021 ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
St. Petersburg’s Gibbons started all 12 games on the left. Jim Tatum Award winners for the ACC’s top senior student-athlete, Gibbons and the Offensive finished the regular season with seven straight 200-yard rushing games, the longest streak in the country that season and the longest in state history Florida. FSU leads the ACC with 217.8 rushing yards per game and is the only team in the league to average 250 passing yards and 210 rushing yards per game.
The Seminole offensive also ranks fourth in the nation in third place, converting 51.9 percent of their chances.
Gibbons was the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance in Miami, the second weekly honor of his career. He was an honorable mention of All-ACC selection in 2021.
West Palm Beach native Travis is one of four players on FSU’s second-team strong offense. Travis passed for 2,796 yards on 22 touchdowns and rushed for 481 yards on seven touchdowns. His touchdown at Syracuse makes him only the fourth quarterback in FSU history to have 30 touchdowns and 3,000 yards in a season, joining Heisman Trophy winners Charlie Ward, Chris Weinke and Jameis Winston.
Travis leads the ACC and is ninth nationally at 14.05 yards per completion while he ranks 12th in the country at 8.88 yards per attempt. He is on a current streak of six straight games with at least three total touchdowns and one turnover or less, the longest streak in Florida State history and tied with USC’s Caleb Williams for the longest active streak in the state.
At Syracuse, Travis was responsible for all of FSU’s five touchdowns — three passing, one rushing and one receiving. He is only the second player in FSU history — and one of four nationally this season — with a passing, a rushing and a touchdown in the same game.
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A Davey O’Brien Award semifinalist, Travis set a career-high 396 passing yards against Georgia Tech that started FSU’s current five-game winning streak. He ranks in the FSU top 10 for career passing touchdowns (43) and rushing touchdowns (24), the only player in the top 10 in both categories.
Benson, of Greenville, Mississippi, has won four of the last five ACC Running Back of the Week Awards. After rushing for 111 yards and a career-high three rushing touchdowns against Florida, Benson finished the regular season with 965 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns, both top 20s in FSU single-season history. He also caught 12 passes for 111 yards and returned a kick 93 yards for a touchdown, one of only four ACC players with a kick return touchdown this year and the FSU’s first since 2013.
Benson has started five straight games and was the league’s top runner four times, including setting career-highs against Georgia Tech (111 yards), Miami (128), and Syracuse (163) in consecutive weeks, before posting 111 and three touchdowns against Florida added. Benson’s 163 rushing yards against the Orange was the most for an ACC player this season, and he twice had three touchdowns in a game – against Boston College (two rushing, one kickoff) and Florida (three rushing).
Benson became the first player in ACC history to win three Running Back of the Week awards, and he tied Pitts Israel Abanikanda with four in the season.
Wilson, from Pacoima, California, led the FSU with 35 catches, 695 yards and five touchdowns. He averaged 19.86 yards per catch, the ninth best in the country. Wilson was the ACC’s Receiver of the Week after having career bests with seven catches, 149 yards and two touchdowns in FSU’s 35-31 win over Louisville.
Scott, from Conway, Arkansas, started 10 games in left tackle to earn his first All-ACC recognition of his career. The sophomore year was part of a streak that included three no-sack streaks, FSU’s sackless games since 2012. The Noles led the ACC in third-down offense, pass yards per completion, and rushing offense while they did in passing offense, Sacks, second were allowed and interceptions were thrown.
Emmanuel, a transfer from Charlotte, started all 12 games at right and was the ACC offensive lineman of the week in FSU’s 41-16 win over Georgia Tech. The Seminoles have scored 38 or more points in five straight games, clinching 45 for the first time in program history against Miami and Florida in the same season. As a unit, FSU had four Offensive Lineman of the Week honors in the season, which was the most in the league and most for FSU since 2014.
Miami’s Smith was twice named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week – against Syracuse and Florida. At Syracuse, FSU rushed for 230 yards while Benson had 163 yards, the most in a road game in the ACC that year. Against Florida, the Noles had 45 points (the FSU’s most against Florida since 1992) and 497 total yards of offense, the FSU’s most in the series since 1994. The Noles had five touchdowns on the ground, the most for any team against the Gators since 1997 .
Ward, of Plant City, Fla., rushed for 547 yards and five touchdowns in nine games, added six catches and 19 yards receiving. Ward ran for 100 yards twice — in the opener against Duquesne, when he posted a career-high 127 yards, and in Louisville, when he had 126 rushing yards. He scored two touchdowns against the Dukes in the opener and added points against Boston College and two against Louisiana.
Lovett, of Vicksburg, Mississippi, was an honorable mention of defensive tackle in 2021. He had 10 tackles, including 2.0 tackles for losses and 1.0 sack, in seven games. He added a pass stop and forced a fumble against Louisiana, the first of his career.
Cooper, from Lilburn, Georgia, was also an honorable mention in defensive tackle last season. He started all 12 games in 2022 and finished with 16 tackles and 0.5 tackles by loss. The redshirt senior has started 40 games in his career, the most among the active Seminoles.
Miami’s Bethune finished second on the team with 76 tackles and tied for second with 8.5 tackles for losses. Bethune tallied 2.5 sacks, three pass breakups, a quarterback rush and recovered his first career fumble in Louisville. Bethune’s 14 tackles at NC State was the most for a Seminole in 2022, and he was one of only two ACC players with 14 tackles and 2.5 tackles for a loss in a game.
Green from Orlando finished fourth on the team with 52 tackles, adding 2.0 tackles for losses and four pass breaks. Green started 11 of 12 games for the FSU defense, which finished with the best pass defense and overall defense in the conference. FSU allowed 62 passing yards to Miami and 65 at Syracuse, the two lowest passing totals in the ACC this season and the first time since 2019 that an FBS team has allowed 65 or fewer passing yards in consecutive games.
Pittman from Tampa finished second in the ACC with 9.4 yards per punt return. On offense, he caught 29 passes for 317 yards and three touchdowns. Pittman had a 34-yard punt return against Wake Forest and also caught two touchdowns against the Demon Deacons. He added a 31-yard punt return against Clemson and also caught a touchdown at NC State.
The ACC will announce the winners later in the week. On Monday, Gibbons received the Jim Tatum Award for the ACC’s Best Senior Student Athlete. On Wednesday, the ACC will announce Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, and Thursday will announce Coach of the Year.
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