TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State had six student-athletes earn All-ACC recognition, it was announced Tuesday morning live on Packer and Durham on the ACC Network.
Defensive tackle Marvin Wilson was a first-team selection, while running back Cam Akers, wide receiver Tamorrion Terry and safety Hamsah Nasirildeen received second-team honors. Cornerback Asante Samuel, Jr., was a third-team honoree, and cornerback Stanford Samuels III was given honorable mention recognition.
Wilson started the first nine games before a season-ending injury and recorded 44 tackles, including 8.5 for loss with a team-high 5.0 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, four pass breakups and two quarterback hurries. At the time of his injury, his tackles total led all ACC defensive linemen. The Bednarik Award semifinalist is one of only three defensive tackles, and the only one in the ACC, with multiple games with at least 3.0 tackles for loss. In FSU’s 35-24 victory against Louisville, the Houston native recorded a career-high 10 tackles, including a career-best 3.5 for loss with a career-high-tying 2.0 sacks, and one fumble recovery to become the only player from a Power 5 conference since at least 2000 to hit each of those numbers in the same game.
Akers has gained 1,144 yards with 14 touchdowns on the ground, caught 30 passes for 225 yards and four touchdowns and completed 4-of-6 passes for 50 yards. His 18 total touchdowns are tied for the fourth-highest single-season total in program history, while his rushing yards total ranks sixth on FSU’s single-season list and his rushing touchdowns are tied for seventh. The junior from Clinton, Mississippi, leads the ACC with an average of 10.0 points scored per game and 18 touchdowns scored. In FSU’s 35-17 win against Syracuse, Akers became the only player in program history to score four touchdowns and a two-point conversion in the same game. His 26 points against the Orange are the most in the ACC this season, tied for seventh in the NCAA, and are second all-time among Seminoles behind only Ron Sellers’ 30 points against Wake Forest in 1968.
Terry has 51 receptions for 1,023 yards and eight touchdowns, posting the 13th 1,000-yard receiving season in school history and the first since 2014. His yards total is tied for second in the ACC, while his average of 20.06 yards per reception ranks third. The redshirt sophomore from Ashburn, Georgia, who is averaging an NCAA-best 53.75 yards per touchdown reception in 2019, has five receptions of at least 60 yards, which is the second-highest total in the NCAA since at least 2010. Terry has two 100-yard receiving games, registering a career-high 156 yards at Boston College and 131 yards at No. 8 Florida, the most allowed to an individual receiver by the Gators at home since 2015.
Nasirildeen has recorded 101 tackles, including 2.0 for loss with 1.0 sack, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, three pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry. He’s the fourth Seminole since 2000 with 100 tackles in a season and leads the team in tackles for the second straight year. His three forced fumbles are tied for second in the ACC and for 13th in the NCAA, and his average of 8.4 tackles per game is sixth in the conference. The junior from Concord, North Carolina, registered 22 tackles in the win at Boston College, a total that trails only Dale McCullers, who had games of 29 and 26 tackles in 1968, on FSU’s single-game list and is tied for the second-highest total in the NCAA this season. Nasirildeen made 17 tackles in the 35-17 victory over Syracuse and is the first Seminole since 1990 with multiple 17-tackle games in the same season. In the win against Alabama State, he made 11 tackles, 1.0 for loss, with one interception and became the second player in the ACC this season with at least 10 tackles and an interception return for a touchdown in the same game. His 80-yard pick-six was the 14th-longest interception return for a touchdown in program history.
Samuel has 47 tackles, 1.0 for loss, one interception and 12 pass breakups in 11 games this season. He is tied for the ACC lead and for 15th in the NCAA in pass breakups and is the only player in the conference with 12 pass breakups and more than 40 tackles. The sophomore from Sunrise, Florida, has four games with multiple pass breakups this season, including at No. 8 Florida last week. He made a career-high eight tackles and his first career interception at No. 25 Virginia and matched his career-best tackles total while adding one pass breakup at No. 2 Clemson.
Samuels has started all 12 games at cornerback and recorded 60 tackles, 1.5 for loss, two interceptions and seven pass breakups. He tied his career high with nine tackles at Boston College and added one interception in FSU’s win over the Eagles. The next week he nabbed his second interception, tied for the team high in 2019, in a win over Alabama State. The Pembroke Pines, Florida, native registered 15 tackles and three pass breakups over the first two weeks of the season. He had eight tackles, 1.0 for loss, and one pass breakup in the victory over Syracuse and posted seven tackles in the Seminoles’ win against Louisville.
Since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1992, Florida State players have earned 328 All-ACC honors. The Seminoles, who will appear in the postseason for an NCAA-best 38th time in the last 40 seasons, find out their bowl destination and opponent Sunday.