TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Junior running back Dalvin Cook captured Football Writers Association of America First Team All-America honors for the second straight year on Monday to lead a trio of Seminoles who nabbed accolades.
Sophomore defensive back Tarvarus McFadden joined Cook on the FWAA All-America First Team, while Cook also grabbed First Team honors from ESPN and the Associated Press. Senior defensive end DeMarcus Walker collected second team honors from the AP.
By repeating on the FWAA team, Cook becomes the first running back to earn back-to-back honors since 2006-07 when Darren McFadden of Arkansas repeated at running back.
He is the 10th Seminole to capture FWAA First Team accolades twice: Rohn Stark (1980-81), Deion Sanders (1987-88), Marvin Jones (1991-92), Derrick Alexander (1993-94), Derrick Brooks (1993-94), Clay Shiver (1994-95), Sebastian Janikowski (1998-99), Alex Barron (2003-04) and Rodney Hudson (2009-10).
Entering bowl season, Cook ranks sixth nationally in rushing yards (1,620) and rushing touchdowns (18), while his 170.5 all-purpose yards per game are the eighth-most in the country. He is Florida State’s all-time leading rusher with 4,319 yards and 45 rushing touchdowns, also the most in FSU history. Entering the Orange Bowl later this month, Cook sits third in ACC history in rushing and is the first player in league history to reach the 4,000-yard mark in just three seasons. He needs only 72 yards in the Orange Bowl to break the FSU single-season rushing mark, which he set last season.
McFadden is tied for the nation’s lead with eight interceptions and collected All-ACC First Team honors from the media and coaches earlier this month. McFadden’s eight picks are the most by a Nole since 1991.
Walker is tied for the nation’s lead with 15.0 sacks. The Jacksonville, Fla., native opened the season with 4.5 sacks in the second half during a comeback win at Ole Miss and continued adding highlights during his senior season. He had that game-winning blocked PAT at Miami and added two sacks and two fumble recoveries versus Florida in his final home game. He leads a defense that ranks first in the nation with 47.0 sacks.
Burns, Aguayo Tabbed Freshman All-Americans
Defensive end Brian Burns collected Freshman All-America honors from ESPN and USA Today on Monday, while kicker Ricky Aguayo was named a Freshman All-America by ESPN.
Florida State has had a Freshman All-American every year since 2005.
Burns leads all freshmen in the nation with 9.5 sacks, which also ranks tied for 19th overall.
The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native has played in all 12 games and has totaled 24 tackles with 10.5 TFLs, one forced fumble and a blocked kick.
Aguayo was FSU’s starting placekicker in every game this season, as he followed in the footsteps of his three-time All-American brother, Roberto Aguayo, who starred for the Noles from 2013-2015. Ricky Aguayo ranked sixth in the ACC in points per game (8.3), totaling 99 points on 17 field goals and 48 extra points. He finished 17 of 24 on field goals and made all 48 of his extra point attempts.