TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Running back Cam Akers and defensive tackle Marvin Wilson were included on watch lists for the Maxwell Award and Bednarik Award, respectively, as the first preseason watch lists were announced Monday.
Akers, who broke FSU’s freshman rushing record in 2017, enters the 2019 season already ranking 18th in program history with 1,730 career rushing yards. The junior from Clinton, Mississippi, recorded a team-best 866 all-purpose yards last season with 706 rushing yards, 145 receiving yards and 15 kickoff return yards and was recognized with the team’s Bobby Bowden Leadership Award. He scored eight total touchdowns, including a career-high-tying two scores against Wake Forest and again at No. 3 Notre Dame. He tied for fourth in the ACC and 14th nationally with three 50-yard runs, including a career-long 85-yard carry that was the seventh-longest rush in program history.
Wilson, who will represent FSU at Wednesday’s ACC Kickoff event, recorded 42 tackles, including 4.5 for loss with 3.5 sacks, four quarterback hurries, two pass breakups and one forced fumble last season on his way to honorable mention All-ACC honors and the team’s Bobby Bowden Leadership Award. He ended the season with consecutive career-best tackles totals, posting seven against Boston College and No. 13 Florida. Those totals bettered his previous best of six set at No. 17 Miami. The Houston native has received numerous accolades, including preseason All-America honors from Athlon and Phil Steele, already this preseason and is considered among the nation’s elite interior defensive linemen.
The Maxwell Award has been presented annually since 1937 to the College Player of the Year. The Bednarik Award has been presented since 1995 to the Defensive Player of the Year. Both awards are given by the Maxwell Football Club, which will announce semifinalists Oct. 29 and finalists Nov. 25.
Florida State opens its 2019 season against Boise State in Jacksonville on Aug. 31. Tickets for the 7 p.m. kickoff can be purchased here. Ticket options for the six games inside Doak Campbell Stadium, including a Nov. 2 matchup with rival Miami, are available here.