TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 2018 Florida State football team gathered for the final time Sunday to recognize accomplishments and team award winners at the program’s annual banquet.
Under first-year head coach Willie Taggart, the Seminoles won five games, including the program’s first victory over a ranked opponent since the 2016 season, while facing the fourth-toughest schedule in the nation according to the NCAA. FSU had three wins that featured a comeback of at least 10 points, one of five teams to have that NCAA-high total.
The offense showcased its balanced potential in the win vs. Wake Forest featuring a 300-yard passer, 100-yard receiver and 100-yard rusher for the first time in more than two years. It also featured the first time in program history two different quarterbacks had a 350-yard passing game in the same regular season. On defense, the Seminoles were tough on fourth-down attempts and against the run. FSU finished the season ranked second in the ACC and tied for 17th in the NCAA by allowing a conversion only 39.3 percent of the time and also held nine of its 12 opponents under their season yards-per-rush average. Five opponents were held to at least 1.5 yards below their season average, with Clemson and Northern Illinois being held to more than 3.0 yards less than their 2018 average.
Junior defensive end Brian Burns was named the team’s Most Valuable Player. The Fort Lauderdale native was a first-team All-ACC performer after leading the Seminoles with 15.5 tackles for loss and 10.0 sacks, both career highs. Burns ranked ninth nationally in sacks per game and tied for 28th in tackles for loss per game. Along with his team-high sack and tackle-for-loss totals, Burns added three pass breakups, forced three fumbles and recovered one fumble. Burns ranks fifth in FSU history with 24.0 sacks and eighth with 39.5 tackles for loss.
Burns was one of five Seminoles recognized on the All-ACC teams. He was joined by senior wide receiver Nyqwan Murray and senior defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas on the third team and redshirt freshman wide receiver Tamorrion Terry and sophomore defensive tackle Marvin Wilson among the honorable mention honorees.
In addition to the team award presentations, each member of FSU’s senior class was recognized with a seat at the head table and featured on video messages throughout the banquet. Coach Taggart concluded the two-hour event with remarks to the crowd.
FSU Team Award Winners
Bob Crenshaw Award: Derrick Kelly II
Monk Bonasorte Award: Dontavious Jackson
Don Powell Award: James Blackman
Bill McGrotha Humanitarian Award: Deondre Francois
Academic Excellence Award: Joshua Kaindoh and Ken Burnham
Offense Scout Team Award: Nolan McDonald
Defense Scout Team Award: Array Culmer
Special Teams Scout Team Award: Adarius Dent
Captains Award: Alec Eberle, Brian Burns and Ricky Aguayo
Tough Man Award: Deondre Francois
Offensive MVP: Tamorrion Terry
Defensive MVP: Brian Burns
Special Teams MVP: Logan Tyler
Bobby Bowden Leadership Award: Cam Akers and Marvin Wilson
Most Valuable Offensive Lineman: Alec Eberle
Most Valuable Defensive Lineman: Demarcus Christmas
Most Improved Player Award: Hamsah Nasirildeen
Devaughn Darling Freshman of the Year Award: Jaiden Woodbey
Outstanding Walk-On Award: Andrew Basham
I Got Your 6 Award: Tim James
Team MVP: Brian Burns