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Pair of Florida State football players make preseason All-ACC team

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One of them may be a surprise.

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The votes are in, and the 2018 preseason All-ACC team has been decided, including a couple of FSU players. Running back Cam Akers and kicker Ricky Aguayo have been chosen, with Akers receiving the fourth most votes for Player of the Year (BC RB AJ Dillon leads the way).

This is a bit of a contrast to recent years, with regard to the number of ’Noles on the All-ACC preseason squad— but that’s the kind of backlash you can expect following a disappointing 7-6 campaign. As a comparison, here are FSU’s preseason selections from the last few years:

2017: Cornerback Tarvarus McFadden, safety Derwin James, center Alec Eberle

2016: Defensive end DeMarcus Walker, safety Derwin James, receiver Travis Rudolph, offensive tackle Roderick Johnson, running back Dalvin Cook

2015: Linebacker Terrance Smith, cornerback Jalen Ramsey, offensive tackle Roderick Johnson, kicker Roberto Aguayo

2014: Defensive end Mario Edwards, Jr., cornerback P.J. Williams, receiver Rashad Greene, tight end Nick O’Leary, offensive tackle Cameron Erving, guard Tre’ Jackson, quarterback Jameis Winston, running back Karlos Williams, kicker Roberto Aguayo

The last time FSU had just two players on the preseason All-ACC team was 2010, which has something in common with 2018: in both years, the Seminoles were debuting a new head coach, as that was Jimbo Fisher’s first season in charge. The ’Noles went 10-4 that year, while compiling a 6-2 ACC record.

Here are the complete results from this year’s voting:

2018 All-ACC Preseason Football Team (Total votes in parenthesis)


WR – Jaylen Smith, Louisville (90)

WR – Kelvin Harmon, NC State (71)

WR – Hunter Renfrow, Clemson (62)

TE – Tommy Sweeney, Boston College (106)

AP – Greg Dortch, Wake Forest (64)

OT – Mitch Hyatt, Clemson (130)

OT – Chris Lindstrom, Boston College (72)

OG – Parker Braun, Georgia Tech (83)

OG – Phil Haynes, Wake Forest (65)

C – Justin Falcinelli, Clemson (56)

QB – Ryan Finley, NC State (102)

RB – AJ Dillon, Boston College (112)

RB – Cam Akers, Florida State (94)


DE – Clelin Ferrell, Clemson (122)

DE – Austin Bryant, Clemson (80)

DT – Christian Wilkins, Clemson (122)

DT – Dexter Lawrence, Clemson (119)

LB – Joe Giles-Harris, Duke (103)

LB – Shaquille Quarterman, Miami (98)

LB – Kendall Joseph, Clemson (84)

CB – Mark Gilbert, Duke (79)

CB – Michael Jackson, Miami (68)

S – Jaquan Johnson, Miami (103)

S – Lukas Denis, Boston College (64)

Special Teams

PK – Ricky Aguayo, Florida State (119)

P – Sterling Hofrichter, Syracuse (33)

SP – Anthony Ratliff-Williams, North Carolina (97)

ACC Player of the Year

1. AJ Dillon, RB, Boston College – 45

2. Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson – 42

3. Ryan Finley, QB, NC State – 37

4. Cam Akers, RB, Florida State – 13

5. Greg Dortch, WR, Wake Forest – 3

T6. Joe Giles-Harris, LB, Duke – 2

T6. TaQuon Marshall, QB, Georgia Tech – 2

T8. Zach Allen, DE, Boston College – 1

T8. Eric Dungey, QB, Syracuse – 1

T8. Jaylen Smith, WR, Louisville – 1

T8. Olamide Zaccheaus, HB, Virginia – 1