Despite an up-and-down season for the Florida State defense, two of its stars were honored as among the best in the ACC.
Defensive tackle Marvin Wilson and safety Hamsah Nasirildeen were named to Pro Football Focus’ All-ACC first team on Monday.
Wilson was credited with 26 pressures, which ranked fifth in the ACC despite playing in just 75 percent of the regular season games. The junior, who was lost for the season after suffering a hand injury in the Miami game, had five sacks and then added 15 more hurries.
“Before he was shut down for the season, Wilson led the nation’s interior defensive linemen in total QB pressures, finishing the year as the highest-graded interior lineman in the conference,” writes PFF’s Cam Mellor.
Wilson was also named the third-best interior defensive lineman in the nation, following only Jordan Elliott of Missouri and Justin Madubuike of Texas A&M.
Nasirildeen finished with “plus grades everywhere” and was FSU’s best player in the secondary “by a long shot,” Mellor noted. The junior recorded 101 tackles before suffering an injury in the second quarter of FSU’s loss to Florida in the regular season finale.
“Tasked with some interesting coverage assignments, he didn’t allow a touchdown all season long and made two interceptions, including one of the more acrobatic plays of the year when he re-established himself in bounds and caught what looked to be an intentional throwaway pass by Trevor Lawrence as the lone FSU highlight in their game against Clemson,” Mellor stated.
Cam Akers, Tamorrion Terry and Cory Durden were named to PFF’s All-ACC second team. Asante Samuel was named to the third team.
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