Four Noles named to All-ACC Team
All four Seminoles were the top vote getters at their respective positions.
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Florida State landed four players on the 2015 All-ACC Preseason Football Team. The four Seminoles selected amounted to the second-most, just one behind Clemson. Redshirt junior placekicker Roberto Aguayo, sophomore left tackle Roderick Johnson, junior defensive back Jalen Ramsey and redshirt senior linebacker Terrance Smith were selected by a vote of 163 media members taken at ACC Football Kick-Off earlier this week.
All four Seminoles were the top vote getters at their respective positions. Aguayo garnered more votes at his position than any other player except for reigning ACC Player of the Year James Conner. The 2013 Groza Award winning kicker and 2014 consensus All-American received 141 votes of the 163 cast.
Last season, Aguayo earned All-ACC First Team accolades after making 27 of 30 field goals and going a perfect 55 of 55 on extra points. His 90.0 field goal percentage ranked first in the country (minimum 20 made), while his 136 points ranked eighth in the country overall and second among kickers. He led the ACC in kicker scoring and ranked second overall and made the second-most field goals of anybody in the country. For his career, he has tallied 293 points, while converting 197-of-201 (48-of-52 FG and 149-of-149 PATs) all-time kicks. He has connected on a career-long 53-yard field goal twice.
Johnson is coming off a true freshman season in 2014 in which he started the final five games for the Seminoles en route to earning several national Freshman All-America accolades. The Florissant, Mo., native appeared in eight overall contests and graded out to an average of 82.2 in his five starts. Two of his five starts featured FSU's highest offensive outputs as the Seminoles gained 488 total yards against Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship Game and 528 yards against Oregon in the College Football Playoff Semifinal Game in the Rose Bowl.
Ramsey, a two-year starter for the Seminoles, established himself as one of the nation's top defensive backs following his All-America and All-ACC First Team season in 2014 where he set single-season career-highs for tackles (79), TFLs (9.5), pass break-ups, interceptions (2) and sacks (3.0). He ranked second in the ACC with 12 total PBUs and fifth in passes defended per game (1.00). Ramsey posted a career-high 12 tackles against Oklahoma State in the opening game of the 2014 season inside AT&T Stadium. In his first two seasons at Florida State, Ramsey has registered 128 tackles (82 solo) including 11.5 tackles for loss, while tallying 13 pass break-ups, four sacks and three interceptions.
Smith returns for his redshirt senior season as the veteran leader on the Seminole defense who finished third on the team with 87 tackles last year. The Decatur, Ga., native ranked eighth in the ACC with 8.7 tackles per game in conference-only games en route to earning All-ACC second team accolades. Smith tallied a career-high 13 tackles in FSU's overtime victory over Clemson and his 94-yard interception return for a touchdown against Florida helped turn the momentum in favor of the Noles. He was named the Bednarik National Defensive Player of the Week after collecting 11 tackles, two for loss, and a forced fumble in a win over Notre Dame.
Earlier in the week, Florida State was picked by the media to finish second in the ACC Atlantic Division behind Clemson. The Seminoles also received the second-most votes to win the overall league title behind the Tigers.
2015 Preseason All-ACC Football Team
WR – Tyler Boyd, Jr., Pitt
WR – Mike Williams, Jr., Clemson
WR – Artavis Scott, So. Clemson
TE – Bucky Hodges, r-So., Virginia Tech
OT – Roderick Johnson, So., Florida State
OT – Adam Bisnowaty, r-Jr., Pitt
OG – Landon Turner, r-Sr., North Carolina
OG – Eric Mac Lain, Gr., Clemson
C – Matt Skura, r-Sr., Duke
QB – Deshaun Watson, So., Clemson
RB – James Conner, Jr., Pitt
RB – Shadrach Thornton, Sr., NC State
DE – Dadi Lhomme Nicolas. r-Sr., Virginia Tech
DE – Shaq Lawson, Jr., Clemson
DE – Sheldon Rankins, Sr., Louisville
DT – Adam Gotsis, Sr., Georgia Tech
DT – Luther Maddy, r-Sr., Virginia Tech
LB – Terrance Smith, r-Sr., Florida State
LB – Brandon Chubb, r-Sr., Wake Forest
LB – James Burgess, Sr., Louisville
CB – Jalen Ramsey, Jr., Florida State
CB – Kendall Fuller, Jr., Virginia Tech
S – Jeremy Cash, r-Sr., Duke
S – Quin Blanding, So., Virginia
PK – Roberto Aguayo, r-Jr., Florida State
P – Alex Kinal, r-Sr., Wake Forest
KR – Ryan Switzer, So., North Carolina
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