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FSU’s Jermaine Johnson, Miami’s Tyler Van Dyke earn ACC honors

Johnson had the best season of an FSU defensive lineman since DeMarcus Walker in 2016.
Florida State's Jermaine Johnson, seen here hitting Syracuse's quarterback, was named the ACC's defensive player of the year.
Florida State's Jermaine Johnson, seen here hitting Syracuse's quarterback, was named the ACC's defensive player of the year. [ PHIL SEARS | AP ]
Published Dec. 1, 2021

Florida State defensive end Jermaine Johnson and Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke both received all-ACC honors Wednesday morning.

Johnson was named the conference’s defensive player of the year, earning 53 of the 64 votes for the award. The Minnesota native and transfer from Georgia led the ACC with 18 tackles for a loss and 12 sacks — the most by an FSU player since DeMarcus Walker in 2016.

Johnson’s 70 tackles are the most among Power Five defensive linemen. His highlights included forcing and recovering a fumble for a touchdown at Clemson. His five tackles for a loss in the thrilling win over the Hurricanes were the most by any player in the storied history of the FSU-Miami rivalry.

Van Dyke was named the ACC’s rookie of the year and the league’s offensive rookie of the year.

Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke was named the ACC's rookie of the year.
Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke was named the ACC's rookie of the year. [ CHRIS SEWARD | Associated Press (2021) ]

The freshman from Connecticut appeared in two games in 2020 but had a breakout 2021 after starter D’Eriq King sustained a season-ending shoulder injury. Van Dyke ended the season by throwing for more than 300 yards and at least three touchdowns in each of his final six games (five wins). In top-20 upsets over Pitt and North Carolina State, he combined for 751 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception.

His emergence might have been enough to save embattled coach Manny Diaz’s job. Van Dyke finished with 2,931 passing yards, 25 touchdowns and a 62.3 completion percentage.

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