Despite being hailed the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference this season, the Florida State football team only landed three players on the All-ACC preseason team, which was released on Wednesday.
FSU safety Derwin James, cornerback Tarvarus McFadden and center Alec Eberle each earned consideration by 167 media members during the ACC Kickoff last week.
James was the third most voted player with 123 votes at his position behind Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson (132) and Miami running back Mark Walton (127).
FSU quarterback Deondre Francois finished second in the quarterback race with 29 votes while running back Jacques Patrick finished third with 38 votes behind Walton and Georgia Tech’s Dedrick Mills (75).
Clemson led all schools with five players making the cut, highlighted by defensive tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence, each earning 105 votes, edging out FSU’s Derrick Nnadi (54) and Demarcus Christmas (12).
FSU kicker Ricky Aguayo placed second with 34 votes behind Miami’s Michael Badgley (52).
Other FSU players to receive consideration: receivers Nyqwan Murray and Auden Tate, tight end Ryan Izzo, offensive linemen Brock Ruble, Rick Leonard and Landon Dickerson, defensive ends Josh Sweat and Brian Burns, linebackers Jacob Pugh, Matthew Thomas and Ro’Derrick Hoskins, and defensive backs Trey Marshall and Nate Andrews.
Murray proved to be Deondre Francois’ favorite target in the passing game last season, particularly in the Orange Bowl where both of their connections resulted in touchdowns for the Seminoles. He’s a shifty receiver who could lead FSU in receptions and yards gained next season, warranting first-team All-ACC consideration.
With FSU not boasting the most ideal number of healthy receivers, Izzo’s emergence in the passing game will be a welcomed addition for the Seminoles offense. A breakout season could also warrant All-ACC consideration for Izzo.
Since 2012, an FSU running back has earned All-ACC first- or second-team honors. Patrick should be in the conversation as FSU’s top option with freshman Cam Akers also likely to receive consideration next season.