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FSU football rakes in AP All-ACC football honors

Quarterback Jordan Travis, receiver Keon Coleman and coach Mike Norvell take three of the top categories.
 
Florida State head coach Mike Norvell, left, talks with quarterback Jordan Travis (13) during a game against Wake Forest.
Florida State head coach Mike Norvell, left, talks with quarterback Jordan Travis (13) during a game against Wake Forest. [ CHUCK BURTON | AP ]
Published Dec. 5, 2023

Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis is The Associated Press offensive player of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while North Carolina State linebacker Payton Wilson is the unanimous choice as the league’s top defensive player for the 2023 season.

Travis’ selection in voting by 14 media members who cover the conference headlined a haul of honors for the fourth-ranked Seminoles. That included Mike Norvell as coach of the year, Michigan State transfer receiver Keon Coleman as the league’s top newcomer and FSU claiming 13 positions on the AP’s All-ACC first and second teams.

That comes after the Seminoles (13-0) won their first ACC championship since the 2014 season, though they were snubbed for the four-team College Football Playoff after losing Travis to a late-season injury.

Travis was a second-team pick at quarterback last year behind North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye, who was the offensive player of the year. They flipped positions this year, with Travis the unanimous first-team pick while Maye was the second-team pick on all 14 ballots.

Travis — who accounted for 27 touchdowns — was joined by Wilson, North Carolina running back Omarion Hampton and Virginia receiver Malik Washington as unanimous first-team picks. Wilson ranked fifth in the Bowl Subdivision with 11.5 tackles per game, Hampton was No. 5 in rushing (120.2 yards) and Washington was No. 2 in receiving (118.8).

FSU’s 13 All-ACC picks, including Coleman being voted at both receiver and as an all-purpose player, were more than twice the totals by UNC and Miami (six each) as the next-closest teams.

No. 16 Louisville, which lost to FSU in the ACC title game, and Duke each had four All-ACC picks.

All-conference team

The 2023 Associated Press All-Atlantic Coast Conference team, as selected by a panel of 14 sports writers who regularly cover the league. Players at all positions are listed alphabetically with name, school, height, weight, class and hometown; “u-” denotes unanimous selections:

First team

Offense

Florida State wide receiver Keon Coleman (4) runs past Wake Forest defensive back Evan Slocum (14) for a touchdown.
Florida State wide receiver Keon Coleman (4) runs past Wake Forest defensive back Evan Slocum (14) for a touchdown. [ CHUCK BURTON | AP ]

u–QB — Jordan Travis, Florida State, 6-1, 212, R-Sr., West Palm Beach, Florida

u–RB — Omarion Hampton, North Carolina, 6-0, 220, So., Clayton, North Carolina

RB — Jawhar Jordan, Louisville, 5-10, 185, R-Jr., Long Island, New York

u–WR — Malik Washington, Virginia, 5-8, 194, grad., Lawrenceville, Georgia

WR — Keon Coleman, Florida State, 6-4, 215, Jr., Opelousas, Louisiana

TE — Bryson Nesbit, North Carolina, 6-5, 235, Jr., Charlotte, North Carolina

OT — Darius Washington, Florida State, 6-4, 306, R-Jr., Pensacola, Florida

OT — Graham Barton, Duke, 6-5, 314, Sr., Brentwood, Tennessee

OG — D’Mitri Emmanuel, Florida State, 6-2, 309, R-Sr., Charlotte, North Carolina

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OG — Christian Mahogany, Boston College, 6-3, 322, grad., Elmwood Park, New Jersey

C — Bryan Hudson, Louisville, 6-5, 305, R-Sr., Georgetown, Kentucky

PK — Andres Borregales, Miami, 5-11, 170, Jr., Miami

All-purpose — Keon Coleman, Florida State, 6-4, 215, Jr., Opelousas, Louisiana

Defense

Miami safety James Williams (20) reacts after a play against Texas A&M back in September.
Miami safety James Williams (20) reacts after a play against Texas A&M back in September. [ DAVID SANTIAGO | Miami Herald ]

DE — Ashton Gillotte, Louisville, 6-3, 270, Jr., Boca Raton, Florida

DE — Antwaun Powell-Ryland, Virginia Tech, 6-3, 244, Jr., Portsmouth, Virginia

DT — Tyler Davis, Clemson, 6-2, 300, Sr., Apopka, Florida

DT — DeWayne Carter, Duke, 6-3, 305, R-Sr., Pickerington, Ohio

u–LB — Payton Wilson, North Carolina State, 6-4, 238, grad., Hillsborough, North Carolina

LB — Jeremiah Trotter Jr., Clemson, 6-0, 230, Jr., Hainesport, New Jersey

LB — Cedric Gray, North Carolina, 6-2, 235, Sr., Charlotte, North Carolina

CB — Elijah Jones, Boston College, 6-2, 184, grad., Harlem, New York

CB — Nate Wiggins, Clemson, 6-2, 185, Jr., Atlanta

S — Kamren Kinchens, Miami, 6-0, 205, Jr., Miami

S — Jonas Sanker, Virginia, 6-1, 210, Jr., Charlottesville, Virginia

P — Porter Wilson, Duke, 6-5, 231, grad., Akron, Ohio

Second team

Offense

Florida state running back Trey Benson (3) celebrates after a touchdown with tight end Jaheim Bell (6) against Pittsburgh.
Florida state running back Trey Benson (3) celebrates after a touchdown with tight end Jaheim Bell (6) against Pittsburgh. [ MATT FREED | AP ]

QB — Drake Maye, North Carolina, 6-4, 230, So., Huntersville, North Carolina

RB — Trey Benson, Florida State, 6-1, 223, R-Jr., Greenville, Mississippi

RB — LeQuint Allen, Syracuse, 6-0, 195, So., Millville, New Jersey

WR — Xavier Restrepo, Miami, 5-10, 198, Jr., Coconut Creek, Florida

WR — Jamari Thrash, Louisville, 6-1, 185, R-Jr., LaGrange, Georgia

TE — Jaheim Bell, Florida State, 6-3, 239, R-Jr., Lake City, Florida

OT — Ozzy Trapilo, Boston College, 6-8, 313, R-Jr., Norwell, Massachusetts

OT — Jalen Rivers, Miami, 6-5, 325, R-So., Jacksonville, Florida

OG — Michael Jurgens, Wake Forest, 6-4, 311, R-Sr., Damascus, Maryland

OG — Jacob Monk, Duke, 6-3, 320, grad., Clayton, North Carolina

C — Matt Lee, Miami, 6-4, 295, R-Jr., Oviedo, Florida

PK — Noah Burnette, North Carolina, 5-10, 175, Jr., Raleigh, North Carolina

All-purpose — Kevin “KC” Concepcion, North Carolina State, 5-11, 187, Fr., Charlotte, North Carolina

Defense

Florida State defensive lineman Jared Verse reacts after a play during the second half of the ACC title game.
Florida State defensive lineman Jared Verse reacts after a play during the second half of the ACC title game. [ ERIK VERDUZCO | AP ]

DE — Jared Verse, Florida State, 6-4, 260, R-Jr., Dayton, Ohio

DE — Kaimon Rucker, North Carolina, 6-1, 265, Sr., Hartwell, Georgia

DT — Braden Fiske, Florida State, 6-5, 297, R-Sr., Michigan City, Indiana

DT — Joshua Farmer, Florida State, 6-3, 311, R-So., Port St. Joe, Florida

LB — Kalen DeLoach, Florida State, 6-1, 212, R-Sr., Savannah, Georgia

LB — Marlowe Wax, Syracuse, 6-1, 230, Jr., Baltimore

LB — Francisco Mauigoa, Miami, 6-3, 230, Jr., Ili’ili, American Samoa

CB — M.J. Devonshire, Pittsburgh, 5-11, 190, R-Sr., Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

CB — Renardo Green, Florida State, 6-0, 186, R-Sr., Orlando, Florida

S — Malik Mustapha, Wake Forest, 5-11, 207, Jr., Charlotte, North Carolina

S — Jaylon King, Georgia Tech, 6-1, 193, R-Sr., La Vergne, Tennessee

P — Alex Mastromanno, Florida State, 6-1, 235, R-Jr., Melbourne, Australia

Coach of the Year

Mike Norvell, Florida State

Offensive Player of the Year

Jordan Travis, Florida State

Defensive Player of the Year

Payton Wilson, N.C. State

Newcomer of the Year

Keon Coleman, Florida State

By AARON BEARD, Associated Press