ATLANTA– Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher was named to the 2016 Dodd Trophy preseason watch list on Friday by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
The Dodd Trophy, college football’s most coveted coaching award, celebrates the head coach of a team who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity – the three pillars of legendary coach Bobby Dodd’s philosophy.
It’s no surprise Fisher is one of 24 coaches selected for the watch list with his stunning success during his first six years at the helm of the Seminoles.
Fisher has by far the highest winning percentage in ACC history (.829) with a record of 68-14 and leads all active coaches in wins per season (11.3). He has the most wins of any “Power Five” head coach through their first six seasons in modern history. Fisher has already guided the Seminoles to a national championship during the perfect 14-0 season in 2013 and three ACC Championships. From 2012 to 2014, Fisher’s Noles won an ACC-record 29 consecutive games.
The Clarksburg, W.Va., native has also developed NFL talent at an unprecedented rate. FSU set a modern-day record with 29 draft picks over a three-year span from 2013-2015, including No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston in 2015. Overall, 38 Seminoles have been drafted since Fisher became head coach at FSU in 2010.
Florida State enters the 2016 campaign, Fisher’s seventh as head coach, with high expectations following a 10-3 season in 2015 that ended with an appearance in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – the fourth consecutive BCS/”New Year’s Six” Bowl for the Noles. FSU will have to replace All-Americans cornerback Jalen Ramsey and kicker Roberto Aguayo, but the Seminoles return 17 starters, including all 11 on a high-powered offense that features Dalvin Cook (school-record 1,691 yards and 20 TDs in 2015).