TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Four Seminoles collected ACC Player of the Week honors on Monday, following Florida State’s impressive 42-31 comeback win at Louisville last Thursday night.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston, redshirt senior left tackle Cameron Erving, junior linebacker Reggie Northrup and freshman running back Dalvin Cook all grabbed accolades after leading the Seminoles back from a 21-0 deficit against the Cardinals.
Winston collected Co-Offensive Back of the Week honors after throwing for a season-high 401 yards in addition to three second-half touchdowns. The Bessemer, Ala., native engineered five touchdown drives over the final two quarters as the Seminoles became the first team to surpass 500 yards of total offense against Louisville since 2012.
The honor marks the first ACC Player of the Week award for Winston in 2014 and the 11th of his career. He was named Offensive Back of the Week three times in 2013 and tabbed the Rookie of the Week seven times.
A major reason for FSU’s offensive performance and Winston’s season-best numbers was the play of the offensive line, most notably Erving. Erving was named Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week. The Moultrie, Ga., native had a season-best grade of 86 percent, two knockdown blocks and allowed no sacks to pave the way for the Seminoles’ 574 yards of total offense. Louisville entered the game allowing only 245.8 yards per game. FSU surpassed that in the second half alone, totalling 374 yards. In addition, FSU did not have a negative yard on a running play all game.
The honor is Erving’s second career ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week award. He captured the same accolades following the 2013 Clemson game.
The third player key to the Seminoles’ offensive success at Louisville was true freshman running back Dalvin Cook, who was named Rookie of the Week. Cook rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries, becoming the first running back to gain 100 yards against the Cardinals this season. His 40-yard scoring run in the third quarter gave FSU its first lead of the game and his 38-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter served as the game-winner.
Junior linebacker Reggie Northrup had a huge performance for the FSU defense and was named ACC Linebacker of the Week for the second time this season for his efforts. Northrup totaled a career-best 12 tackles and had the game-sealing interception on Louisville’s final offensive play. The Jacksonville, Fla., native stepped up for the shorthanded Noles’ defense that played with only three scholarship linebackers as starter Terrance Smith and reserves Jacob Pugh and E.J. Levenberry all were out because of injuries.
Northrup was also named ACC Linebacker of the Week after he had eight tackles and a scoop-and-score fumble recovery touchdown versus Wake Forest on Oct. 4.
Winston Named Semifinalist for the Maxwell Award
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston was named one of 20 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award on Monday.
Winston was a finalist for the Maxwell Award during his historic redshirt freshman season in 2013.
This season, Winston continues to impress, passing for 2,279 yards and 16 touchdowns while leading FSU to an 8-0 record. He leads the ACC in passing yards per game (325.6) and total offense (331.9).
The winner of the 78th Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show which will be broadcast on ESPN on December 11, 2014. Three finalists for each award will be announced on November 24, 2014 and a second round of voting will take place at that time.
Cook Tabbed Athlon Sports Freshman of the Week
Freshman Dalvin Cook was named the Athlon Sports National Freshman of the Week on Sunday afternoon after recording his second 100-yard game of the season against Louisville. Cook averaged a ridiculous 12.2 yards per carry en route to 110 yards and second half touchdowns of 40 yards and 38 yards against a Louisville defense that entered the game ranking third in the country in rushing defense (68.75 yards per game).