TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Six members of the Florida State football team earned All-ACC honors as the 2017 All-ACC teams were announced Monday.
The contingent was led by redshirt sophomore Derwin James, who was a first-team selection at safety. Center Alec Eberle and cornerback Tarvarus McFadden were second-team selections, while running back Cam Akers and defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi earned third-team honors and kicker Ricky Aguayo was recognized as an honorable mention.
James is FSU’s 124th first-team All-ACC honoree and 37th under head coach Jimbo Fisher. James has been a factor on every level of the Seminoles’ defense this season, recording 72 tackles, including 5.0 for loss with 1.0 sack, two interceptions, 11 pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and one blocked field goal. The Haines City, Florida, native also has returned six kickoffs for 170 yards for an average of 28.3 yards per return.
Eberle earned his first all-conference recognition as the anchor of FSU’s offensive line. The redshirt junior from Mechanicsville, Virginia, has started 30 consecutive games at center, which is the longest active streak on the team. This season he has helped block for an offense that featured a true freshman starting quarterback and running back for the first time in program history and has scored 115 points over the last two games.
McFadden is an All-ACC performer for the second straight year. This season he has started all 11 games to push his consecutive starts streak to 24, tied for the most among Seminole defenders. The junior from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has 27 tackles, including 19 solo stops, and seven pass breakups this season. His pass breakup total is second on the team behind only James.
Akers is one of only three true freshmen to make the All-ACC team on offense. The Clinton, Mississippi, native has rushed 162 times for a team-leading 813 yards and five touchdowns while adding 15 receptions for 102 yards. His rushing total currently ranks third in program history among true freshmen, and his single-game high of 199 yards against Syracuse places him behind only Greg Allen from 1981 on FSU’s true freshman performance list.
Nnadi earned All-ACC acclaim for the second straight year after serving as a force in the middle of the defensive line. The senior from Virginia Beach, Virginia, has started all 11 games this season and recorded 48 tackles, including 9.0 for loss with 3.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries, one pass breakup and one forced fumble. He recorded a career-high 1.5 sacks in the Seminoles’ victory at Florida that was a school-record fifth straight win in the series.
Aguayo was recognized with honorable mention accolades for the second straight year. The sophomore from Mascotte, Florida, is 15-for-18 on field goal attempts with a career-long 51 yarder and a perfect 33-for-33 on PAT kicks this season. He tied FSU’s single-game PAT record in the 77-6 win over Delaware State with 11 makes. He is one of four kickers in the ACC perfect on PAT attempts, and his field goal percentage of 83.3 ranks third in the conference.
Florida State is set to complete its regular season Saturday when it hosts ULM in a game rescheduled from Sept. 9 due to Hurricane Irma. The Seminoles and Warhawks have a Noon kickoff on ACC Network Extra.