Three Seminoles were named to the 2016 Walter Camp All-America First Team, tied for the most in the country, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced Thursday night. Running back Dalvin Cook, defensive end DeMarcus Walker and offensive tackle Roderick Johnson earned First-Team honors, while Tarvarus McFadden was recognized as a Second Team cornerback.
Additionally, Cook was a First Teamer from The Sporting News, Pro Football Focus and USA Today, and a Second Team pick from Sports Illustrated. Walker was a First Team selection from The Sporting News and USA Today, and a second teamer from Sports Illustrated. Johnson was a second team choice of Sports Illustrated.
Florida State’s three First Team Walter Camp selections tied Alabama and the Seminoles’ Orange Bowl opponent, Michigan, for the most in the country.
Cook, a finalist for the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back, has rushed for 1,620 yards and 18 touchdowns this season, becoming the Noles’ all-time leading rusher along the way. He enters the Orange Bowl just 72 yards from breaking the school’s single-season rushing mark, a record he set last season.
Cook is the lone First-Team All-American that was a WCFF All-American in 2015 (Second Team).
Johnson, Cook’s lead blocker for nearly all of his 4,319 career yards, was also named the Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s top blocker for the second straight season.
Walker, the national co-leader in sacks with 15, was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year by both the media and coaches. His sack total ranks third in single-season history at FSU and his 27.5 career sacks are third all-time among Seminoles. He was a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation’s top defensive end.
Walker has accounted for nearly one-third of FSU’s 47 sacks, which ranks No. 1 in the country.
McFadden tallied eight interceptions in 2016, the second-most in FSU history and the most since Terrell Buckley had 12 in 1991. His interception total leads the country, and McFadden was named the Jack Tatum Award winner as the country’s top defensive back. He was a First Team All-ACC selection by both the coaches and media.
A Seminole has been named a First or Second-Team Walter Camp All-American in each of Jimbo Fisher’s seven seasons as head coach, tied with Texas A&M for the longest active streak in the country. It is the second time in three years that three Seminoles are First Team selections.
The 2016 Walter Camp All-America team will be honored at the 50th annual national awards banquet on January 14, 2017, in New Haven, Conn. The Foundation will also recognize former Florida State running back Warrick Dunn as the organization’s Man of the Year.
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