Tallahassee, Fla. – Freshman defensive end Brian Burns, the national leader among first-year players with 9.5 sacks, was named a freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, the group announced Monday afternoon. Burns becomes the first Seminole to be named a FWAA Freshman All-American since quarterback Jameis Winston and defensive back Jalen Ramsey in 2013.
Burns is the sixth Seminole named to the team under head coach Jimbo Fisher, joining Winston and Ramsey in 2013, Ronald Darby in 2012, Timmy Jernigan in 2011 and Xavier Rhodes in 2010. Furthermore, Fisher was named the team’s head coach after his first season in 2010. Each of the previous five players recognized are currently playing in the National Football League.
A true freshman from Fort Lauderdale, Burns finished his freshman campaign with 24 tackles, 9.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss in limited action as the first defensive end off the bench. Burns tallied at least two sacks against Charleston Southern, USF, and Syracuse (2.5), becoming the first FSU freshman with 2.0 sacks in a game since Kevin McNeil against Virginia in 2006. Burns’ 9.5 sacks were the most by a Seminole freshman since Ron Simmons had 12 in 1977.
In addition to his time on defense, Burns had a blocked punt at Syracuse in the ACC finale, the first blocked punt for a Seminole since Chris Thompson had one against Samford in the 2010 season opener. He was named the ACC Rookie of the Week for his performance.
Burns had previously been named a freshman All-American by ESPN and USA Today.