Defending national champion Florida State paces the Atlantic Coast Conference with nine preseason All-ACC honors, as announced Wednesday morning.
Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, one of just three consensus All-Americans entering the 2014 season, is joined on offense by five teammates: senior running back Karlos Williams, redshirt senior offensive tackle Cameron Erving, senior offensive guard Tre’ Jackson, senior tight end Nick O’Leary and senior wideout Rashad Greene.
Winston paced the country in pass efficiency and threw for 4,057 yards and 40 touchdowns as a redshirt freshman. Williams ran for 730 yards and 11 scores on an 8.0 per-carry average. Erving was named the ACC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner, given to the top blocker. O’Leary caught 33 passes for seven scores in 2013. Greene led FSU with 76 catches and 1,128 yards with nine touchdowns.
On defense, the Seminoles boast another two players: junior defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. and junior cornerback P.J. Williams. Sophomore Roberto Aguayo, last year’s Lou Groza Award winner given to the nation’s best placekicker, represents FSU on special teams.
Edwards Jr. registered 9.5 tackles for a loss in the fall, while Williams intercepted three passes — one for a score — with 21 tackles for the nation’s top pass defense. Aguayo set a NCAA record with 157 points by kicking.
Miami, chosen to win the Coastal Division, tied with Boston College for the fifth-most selections with two.
Junior running back Duke Johnson, a second-team All-ACC performer in 2013, ran for 920 yards and six touchdowns in eight games before sustaining a season-ending ankle injury. Senior linebacker Denzel Perryman, a 2013 All-ACC first-team pick, started all 13 games and recorded a team-high 108 tackles (69 solo).
Both players have also landed on various preseason national watch lists for their respective positions.