TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Athlon Sports released its preseason All-ACC teams this week and, as has become annual tradition, Florida State is well represented.
First-team defensive backs Derwin James and Tarvarus McFadden highlight a group of 12 Seminoles honored by Athlon, which is tied the most in the ACC.
The Seminoles also boast six second-team selections, three third-team choices and one player on the fourth team. Quarterback Deondre Francois, running backs Jacques Patrick and Cam Akers and receiver Nyqwan Murray were all named to Athlon’s second-team All-ACC offense, while defensive linemen Derrick Nnadi and Josh Sweat earned the same honor on defense.
Offensive linemen Landon Dickerson, defensive lineman Brian Burns and linebacker Matthew Thomas all landed on the third team, while lineman Cole Minshew was FSU’s lone selection to the fourth-team squad.
The Seminoles’ two first-team selections, James and McFadden, will bolster one of the nation’s top defensive backfields this fall.
James, a freshman All-American in 2015, is expected to make his highly-anticipated return from an injury in FSU’s season opener against Alabama.
McFadden, meanwhile, is looking to build on a breakout sophomore season that saw him grab a nation’s-best eight interceptions on his way to first-team All-America and All-ACC honors, the Jack Tatum Award and a designation as a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award.
Athlon will release its preseason All-America teams next month.
Seminoles on the Athlon Preseason All-ACC Team:
CB Tarvarus McFadden
S Derwin James
QB Deondre Francois
RB Cam Akers
RB Jacques Patrick
WR Nyqwan Murray
DL Derrick Nnadi
DL Josh Sweat
OL Landon Dickerson
DL Brian Burns
LB Matthew Thomas
OL Cole Minshew