Florida State earned five Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week honors following their 22-21 victory over Boston College.
Wide receiver Tamorrion Terry earned ACC Wide Receiver of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors, running back Cam Akers earned ACC Running Back of the Week honor, Dontavious Jackson earned ACC Linebacker of the Week honor and Stanford Samuels earned ACC Defensive Back of the Week honor.
Terry caught the game-winning touchdown pass from quarterback Deondre Francois, a 74-yard connection that provided the final margin of victory. Terry caught three passes for 112 yards, his second 100-yard receiving game of the season. The Ashburn, Ga., native continues to shine for the Seminoles, catching 32 passes for 666 yards and eight touchdowns this year. His 666 yards are the most ever for an FSU freshman and he is one touchdown catch shy of the school’s freshman record.
Terry’s average of 20.8 yards per reception is the best in the country among freshmen and No. 5 overall. His two catches of over 70 yards this season are tied for the national lead and his eight touchdowns are second among freshmen and tied for the overall ACC lead.
Terry is one of four Seminole freshmen with two 100-yard receiving games. He caught five passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns at NC State to earn his first receiver of the week honor.
Akers had his best game of the season, running for 110 yards and a four-yard touchdown. The sophomore from Clinton, Miss., broke off a 55-yard run in the fourth quarter and leads FSU with 669 rushing yards on the season. Akers was named the ACC Offensive Back and Rookie of the Week once in 2017.
Jackson, a junior from Alief, Texas, tied his career high with 14 tackles against the Eagles and had his first sack of the season. Head coach Willie Taggart said Jackson was a leader against Boston College, helping contain running back AJ Dillon as the Eagles ran for just 2.6 yards per carry after entering the game averaging 4.3 yards per rush.
Samuels III tied a career high with nine tackles and had his team-high fourth interception of the season against Boston College. Samuels has intercepted a pass in back-to-back games and has six for his career.
Only Tarvarus McFadden, with eight in 2016, has had more interceptions in a season for the Seminoles over the past 10 years.
Samuels III is the second legacy Seminole to win ACC Player of the Week honors in 2018. Samuels’ dad, Stanford Samuels Jr., earned Defensive Back of the Week recognition in 2002. Freshman DeCalon Brooks was named the ACC Linebacker of the Week earlier this season. His dad, Derrick, was a three-time player of the week winner in 1993 and 1994.
This is just the third time in FSU history the Noles have taken home five weekly honors in the same week. FSU won six in 2013 after the win at No. 3 Clemson and five in 2016 after beating No. 12 Ole Miss.
Above portion from FSU Release
The complete release from the ACC is below:
The Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week have been recognized following their performances in Week 12 of the 2018 season. The selections are determined by a vote of a 15-member media panel. The following are this week’s honorees:
QUARTERBACK – Kenny Pickett, Pitt, So.; Oakhurst, N.J.
Pickett’s career game lifted Pitt past host Wake Forest, 34-13, clinching the Panthers’ first Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game berth • Completed 23-of-30 passes for a career-high 316 yards and three touchdowns • Each of his TD passes came in the second half to help Pitt erase a 10-6 halftime deficit • After Wake Forest kicked a field goal to close within 20-13 early in the fourth quarter, Pitt responded with an 11-play, 78-yard drive capped by Pickett’s 23-yard touchdown pass to Maurice Ffrench, boosting the lead to 27-13 with 7:27 to play and putting the Panthers back in control.
RUNNING BACK – Cam Akers, Florida State, So., RB; Clinton, Miss.
Akers notched his first 100-yard rushing game of the season, running for 110 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown in Saturday’s 22-21 win over No. 20 Boston College • Scored his sixth touchdown of the year on a four-yard run to give FSU a second-quarter lead • Added a 55-yard run in the fourth quarter • It was Akers’ fifth 100-yard rushing game of his career and led the Seminoles to a season-high 156 rushing yards as a team.
RECEIVER & ROOKIE – Tamorrion Terry, Florida State, R-Fr., WR; Ashburn, Ga.
Second ACC Receiver of the Week honor and first ACC Rookie honor for the Seminole wideout • Caught three passes for 112 yards, including the game-winning 74-yard touchdown with 1:49remaining in FSU’s 22-21 win over No. 20 Boston College • It was Terry’s second touchdown catch of over 70 yards this season, and he is tied for the national lead with a pair of 70-yard catches • Terry’s eight touchdown catches are tied for the ACC lead, while his 20.8 yards per reception is fifth-best nationally • Now ranks second in the country among freshmen with eight touchdowns, and his 666 receiving yards on the season are an FSU freshman record.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Garrett Bradbury, NC State, Gr., C; Charlotte, N.C.
Graded out 97 percent in the Wolfpack’s 52-10 road win at Louisville, the highest grade for a member of the NC State offensive line during position coach Dwayne Ledford’s tenure • Tallied a pair of knockdown blocks while helping pave the way for 518 yards of total offense • Outland Trophy semifinalist did not allow a sack or a pressure while in for 67 snaps.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Zach Allen, Boston College, Sr., DE; New Canaan, Conn.
Second ACC weekly honor of the season for Allen, who made multiple big plays for Boston College in the 22-21 loss at Florida State • Finished with six tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss, one pass breakup, one quarterback hurry and a field goal attempt • The blocked kick was Allen’s second of the season.
LINEBACKER – Dontavious Jackson, Florida State, Jr., LB; Alief, Texas
Jackson led Florida State with 14 tackles in Saturday’s 22-21 win over No. 20 Boston College, including his first sack of the season • Jackson’s 14 tackles tied his season and career highs and were one shy of the FSU team high in 2018 • Spearheaded a defense that held the Eagles’ prolific rushing attack to 2.6 yards per carry, 1.7 yards less than BC’s average yards per carry coming into the game.
DEFENSIVE BACK – Stanford Samuels III, Florida State, So., CB; Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Samuels recorded a career-high nine tackles and his team-high fourth interception of the season in FSU’s 22-21 win over No. 20 Boston College • Samuels’ four interceptions are the second-most for a Seminole in the past 10 seasons, trailing only Tarvarus McFadden’s eight in 2016 • Samuels has registered an interception in each of the Seminoles last two games.
SPECIALIST – Wesley Wells, Georgia Tech, Fr., PK; Dahlonega, Ga.
Wells, a walk-on true freshman, continued his perfect season by making 4-of-4 field goals (28, 28, 48 and 40 yards) and 6-of-6 kicks overall in Georgia Tech’s 30-27 overtime win over Virginia • Became only the eighth player Georgia Tech history and the first freshman to make four field goals in a game • Career-long 48-yarder with 1:04 remaining in regulation temporarily gave Georgia Tech a 27-24 lead • Wells then made the 40-yard, game-winning kick in overtime • Since winning the job as Georgia Tech’s placekicker five games into the season, Wells is a perfect 43-for-43 on kick attempts (8-for-8 on field goals, 35-for-35 on PATs).