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Notes: FSU announces MVPs, award winners from football season

Quarterback Jordan Travis was named offensive MVP, defensive end Jermaine Johnson II the defensive MVP and punter Alex Mastromanno the special teams MVP as Florida State football announced award winners for the 2021 season. Players were honored during a banquet on Sunday.

Travis had 1,539 passing yards, 530 rushing yards and 22 total touchdowns.

Johnson had 70 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and two forced fumbles.

Mastromanno averaged 42.7 yards per punt with 18 inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.

FSU’s award winners

Bobby Bowden Leadership Award: Fabien Lovett

Bob Crenshaw Award: Jordan Wilson

Monk Bonasorte Award: Keir Thomas

Don Powell Award: Wyatt Rector, Preston Daniel and Jammie Robinson

Bill McGrotha Award: DeCalon Brooks, Amari Gainer, Camren McDonald, Dillan Gibbons

Devaughn Darling defensive freshman of the year: Kevin Knowles II, Omarion Cooper

Offensive newcomer of the year: Malik McClain

Special teams newcomer of the year: Joe Lang

Offensive most improved player: Darius Washington

Defensive most improved player: Kalen DeLoach

Offense scout team player of the year: CJ Campbell

Defense scout team player of the year: TJ Davis

Special teams scout team player of the year: Hunter Washington

Gibbons honored for community service

Florida State offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons is one of six members of the 2021 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Team, it was announced Tuesday.

Gibbons was recognized for his relationship with Timothy Donovan, who was born with VACTERL, a disorder that impacts multiple body systems, and also was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth, a disease that causes nerve damage in the arms and legs.

The pair developed a close relationship after meeting following a Notre Dame game in South Bend during Gibbons’ freshman season when Gibbons gave Donovan his gloves from the game. Donovan and his family attended multiple FSU games this season after Gibbons transferred from Notre Dame for his final two seasons of eligibility.

This season, Gibbons started 11 games at left guard and earned honorable-mention All-ACC recognition. He was a consistent presence on an offensive line that had eight different starting combinations in 12 games, helping the Seminoles top 200 yards rushing in six games and produce a 100-yard rusher seven times.

Rice declares for NFL

Linebacker Emmett Rice, who did not play in the 2021 season due to injury, has opted to enter the NFL draft. Rice had 61 tackles in 2020 and seemed to improve as the season went on in the first year under coordinator Adam Fuller.

FSU will be rebuilding at linebacker in 2022 behind Kalen DeLoach, D.J. Lundy and Amari Gainer. Rice is moving on, while Jaleel McRae and Jayion McCluster are entering the transfer portal.