TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Four Seminoles collected ACC Player of the Week honors on Monday following Saturday’s thrilling 30-26 victory at Miami.
Sophomore safety Jalen Ramsey (Defensive Back), redshirt senior center Cameron Erving (Offensive Lineman), redshirt sophomore kicker Roberto Aguayo (Specialist) and freshman running back Dalvin Cook (Rookie) were outstanding in leading the Seminoles back from a 16-0 deficit against the Hurricanes.
Ramsey, who also was named the National Defensive Player of the Week from Athlon Sports, had arguably the best performance by a defensive back this season against Miami. Ramsey forced a fumble on Miami’s first offensive play and had the game-ending interception on the Hurricanes’ final play. In between, Ramsey broke up four passes, had three tackles, including a tackle for loss and blocked an extra point that loomed large in a game the Seminoles won by four points. It’s the Smyrna, Tenn., native’s first ACC Player of the Week honor.
Erving collected his third career ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week award and second this season, but first as a center. Erving had started 37 consecutive games at left tackle, but moved to center to face the Hurricanes. He did not allow a sack and had the highest grade on the offensive line as FSU outscored Miami 20-3 after halftime and rolled up 244 yards of total offense in the second half. Quarterback Jameis Winston didn’t skip a beat with Erving at center, throwing for 304 yards, while Erving helped open holes for Cook to rush for 92 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries.
Aguayo’s perfect performance proved essential in Saturday’s win and gave the Mascotte, Fla., native his third career ACC Specialist of the Week honor. Aguayo hit a 37-yarder to bring the Noles within 23-20 at the start of the fourth quarter and tied his career long with a 53-yarder to again cut the deficit to three points – 26-23 – with 7:12 remaining. Aguayo leads the ACC scoring by kicking and is tied for second among kickers nationally (10.1 ppg).
Cook continues to emerge late in the season as he fueled another Seminole comeback to collect his second ACC Rookie of the Week honor after torching his hometown Hurricanes for 92 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries. Cook’s 26-yard touchdown run with 3:05 left in the game erased a three-point deficit and served as the game-winner.
Greene Named Semifinalist for Biletnikoff Award
Senior wide receiver Rashad Greene was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award on Monday. The Tallahassee Quarterback Club sponsors the award given to the nation’s top wide receiver and named in honor of legendary Florida State receiver Fred Biletnikoff.
Greene leads the ACC in receptions (75) and receiving yards (1,042). He tied the FSU record for consecutive games with a catch (39) against Miami, while becoming just the second Seminole with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.
The three Biletnikoff Award finalists will be announced on Nov. 24. The Biletnikoff Award winner will be announced live on ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 11.
O’Leary Named Semifinalist for Mackey Award
Senior tight end Nick O’Leary was named one of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award on Monday. The John Mackey Award is given annually to the nation’s most outstanding collegiate tight end.
The 2014 John Mackey Award recipient will be announced on Dec. 10 and presented live on Dec. 11 at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.
O’Leary, who was one of three finalists for the Mackey Award in 2013, has a career-high 37 receptions for 406 yards and two touchdowns this season. He also has a touchdown on a fumble recovery.