TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Defensive back Asante Samuel Jr. was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team Tuesday, earning the most votes among the league’s cornerbacks. Defensive tackle Marvin Wilson earned second team All-ACC honors.
Samuel appeared in eight games and recorded 31 tackles, including 1.0 for loss, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and six pass breakups. He led FSU in interceptions and fumble recoveries and ranked third in the ACC in both categories.
Samuel opened the season with a takeaway in four consecutive games – two interceptions against Georgia Tech, a fumble recovery at No. 12 Miami, an interception vs. Jacksonville State and a fumble recovery at No. 5 Notre Dame. In records dating back to 2000, Samuel is just the second FBS player with three interceptions and two fumble recoveries in his team’s first four games.
The Sunrise, Florida, native set a career high with nine tackles against Jacksonville State.
Samuel was also named to the Associated Press All-ACC team, as well as earning a spot on the Bednarik Award watch list. He was named the ACC Defensive Back of the Week for his game against Georgia Tech.
Wilson, from Houston, Texas, had 17 tackles, including 2.0 for loss and 1.0 sack, in just six games before suffering a season-ending injury for the second straight season. On special teams, Wilson led the country with three blocked kicks – two field goals against Georgia Tech and a punt against No. 5 North Carolina. As a team, FSU’s five blocked kicks were second-most in the country.
Wilson’s two blocked field goals against Georgia Tech tied a school single-game record and earned him ACC Specialist of the Week recognition. Wilson entered the year on the Bednarik, Nagurski, Outland and Maxwell Award watch lists.
Samuel and Wilson have both declared for the 2021 NFL Draft, scheduled to be held April 29-May 1, 2021.