Florida State offensive lineman Ryan Roberts was recognized on the All-ACC Academic Football Team, which was released Thursday.
Roberts, a graduate transfer from Northern Illinois, started all 13 games at tackle for the Seminoles in 2019, holding down the right tackle spot for the first 12 games before moving over to left tackle for the Sun Bowl.
He helped pave the way for Cam Akers to become only the third running back in program history with multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons and also protected quarterbacks who combined to rank 24th nationally with a combined 64.6 completion percentage.
Roberts graduated cum laude from NIU with a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering and was on the dean’s list in 2017 and 2018. In his first semester at FSU, he earned a 3.8 grade-point average while pursuing his master’s degree in sport management.
Consideration for the team requires at least a 3.0 GPA for the fall semester and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Athletic achievements are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.
FSU track has 12 honored on All-ACC team
A memorable cross country season, culminating with NCAA Championship appearances by the Florida State women and men for a second consecutive year, was equally impressive in the classroom.
The Atlantic Coast Conference recognized the Seminoles’ academic acumen Thursday, when a program-record eight women were joined by four men on the All-ACC Academic team. With 12 combined selections, Florida State led the 15-team league by a wide margin.
“What an accomplishment to have the most combined All-ACC Academic honorees in the entire conference,” FSU men’s coach Bob Braman said. “With the institutions we have in the conference, this is just an unbelievable honor. I couldn’t be more proud of our cross country men and women.”
Florida State senior Steven Cross and junior Jodie Judd were selected for the third time in their careers, while Maudie Skyring, Elizabeth Funderburk and Caleb Pottorff earned All-ACC Academic team honors for the second consecutive year.
Women’s coach Kelly Phillips’ squad followed a runner-up ACC Championship appearance by winning its second consecutive NCAA South Region title and placing 12th at the NCAA Championships. The Noles were also crushing it in the classroom, as the 43-member roster posted a 3.69 fall semester grade point average.
In all, 41 women’s team members posted GPA’s of 3.0 or better, including 22 equaling or eclipsing 3.75, seven of whom had perfect 4.00 GPA’s.
Freshmen Yasmine Abbes and Rebecca Clark, sophomore Erin Phelps and junior Lauren Ryan joined Judd, Skyring and Funderburk on the women’s team. Collectively the group combined to earn six All-Region and three All-ACC honors, to go along with a pair of race victories, four ACC Performer of the Week and two ACC Freshman of the Week honors.
“I’m not surprised, to be honest,” Phillips said of her large contingent of honorees. “This group always strives to be better every day. They work hard at practice and equally as hard in the classroom. While I’m not surprised, I am still very proud of them.”
Graduate transfer Kasey Knevelbaard and sophomore Paul Stafford joined FSU men’s teammates Cross and Pottorff on the All-ACC Academic team. Knevelbaard, a two-time ACC Performer of the Week, earned an individual race title in the fall and joined Stafford on the All-ACC team. Pottorff and Steven Cross were selected to the All-South Region team for a second consecutive year.
FSU’s men finished 29th at the NCAA Championships, after earning an at-large berth into the meet.
“I’m really happy for our men,” Braman said. “Those four guys were the driving force behind our national qualifying, and it says a lot that they take their classwork so seriously.
Selection to the All-ACC Academic team requires a minimum 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.