TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Redshirt sophomore Derwin James was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s defensive back of the week, while junior defensive end Josh Sweat was named the league’s defensive lineman of the week, the ACC announced Tuesday.
In Florida State’s 24-7 loss to No. 1 Alabama, Sweat recorded five tackles, including a seven-yard sack on Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts. That sack came after Alabama started a drive at the FSU six-yard line, and the Tide kicked a field goal on a negative-one-yard drive.
After missing nearly a full calendar year, James returned from a knee injury in the second game of 2016 to tally six tackles and a half-sack in the 2017 opener.
As a unit, the Florida State defense became the first team since 2008 to hold Alabama to fewer than 100 passing yards and 200 rushing yards in the same game. James and Sweat led a defense that held Alabama to 3-for-16 on third down conversions.
In the second half, Alabama started five consecutive drives in Florida State territory, but scored just 13 points in that stretch. Along with Sweat and James, Tarvarus McFadden (5), Fredrick Jones (5) and Ro’Derrick Hoskins (9) had career-highs in tackles, and Matthew Thomas led the team with 10 tackles.
Florida State returns to the field this Saturday against Louisiana Monroe. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start inside Doak Campbell Stadium as FSU looks to improve to 8-0 in home openers under Jimbo Fisher.
The game will air live on the ACC Network.