TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Redshirt sophomore defensive back Derwin James added two more All-America honors Monday when the Football Writers Association of America named him a first-team All-American and the Associated Press gave him second-team honors. James was previously named a second-team Walter Camp All-American.
James is one of three Atlantic Coast Conference players on the first team, joining defensive end Bradley Chubb of NC State and Clemson defensive lineman Austin Bryant.
James, from Haines City, Fla., is second among Seminole defenders with 84 tackles, adding 5.5 tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions (one returned 41 yards for a touchdown), a team-high 11 pass breakups and a blocked field goal against Syracuse.
James entered 2017 among the nation’s top players, despite playing just two games in 2016 before a season-ending knee injury. Earlier this month, James was named a first-team All-ACC selection by the ACC, the Associated Press and Pro Football Focus. He was also a Bednarik Award and Thorpe Award semifinalist and a Lott IMPACT Trophy quarterfinalist.
James’ two interceptions tied for the team high in 2017. In FSU’s 27-24 win against Syracuse on Nov. 4, James recorded an interception on Syracuse’s opening drive and ended the game with a blocked field goal that would have tied the game. Against Delaware State, James scored his first touchdown on a 41-yard interception return, one of five non-offensive touchdowns for FSU in 2017, second-most in the country.
James set a season high with 13 tackles at Boston College, one shy of his career-high 14 against Houston in the 2015 Peach Bowl. On special teams, James averaged 28.3 yards per kickoff return, with a career-high 49-yarder coming against NC State on Sept. 23.
James announced earlier this month that he would forego his final two seasons of eligibility and declare for the NFL draft.
The FWAA first selected an All-America team in 1944. This is the sixth consecutive season the Seminoles have had at least one first-team All-America selection.