Burns Named First Team All-ACC

Burns Named First Team All-ACC
Burns Named First Team All-ACC
Posted at 12:30 AM, Nov 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 00:30:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Junior defensive end Brian Burns was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team Monday in a vote of the league’s coaches and media members. The Fort Lauderdale native led Florida State with 15.5 tackles for loss and 10.0 sacks, both career highs. Burns’ ranks ninth nationally in sacks and 25th in tackles for loss.

Senior wide receiver Nyqwan Murray and redshirt senior defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas earned third-team recognition. Redshirt freshman wide receiver Tamorrion Terry and sophomore defensive tackle Marvin Wilson earned honorable mention status.

Along with his team-high sack and tackle-for-loss totals, Burns added three pass breakups, forced three fumbles and recovered one fumble. Burns ranks fifth in FSU history with 24.0 sacks and eighth with 39.5 tackles for loss. It is Burns’ first All-ACC recognition from the league.

Burns was the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week against Wake Forest, posting four tackles, 2.0 sacks and 2.0 tackles for loss.

Murray led FSU with 54 catches and his 744 receiving yards tied with Terry for the team lead. Murray caught a pass in the final 30 games of his career, dating back to 2016, and led FSU in receptions each of the past two seasons. Murray caught the game-winning touchdown at Louisville, a 58-yard catch-and-run with less than two minutes remaining. Murray caught two touchdowns and had 114 receiving yards against the Cardinals. He added a season-high eight catches for 131 yards against Wake Forest.

Christmas started 38 games in his career and finished 2018 with 28 tackles and 3.0 tackles for loss. He spearheaded a defensive interior that helped hold nine opponents under its season average in yards per carry. He closes his Seminole career with 105 tackles in 51 appearances.

Christmas earned honorable mention All-ACC honors in 2016.

Terry was the breakout star among Florida State’s freshmen in 2018, catching 35 passes for 744 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns. Terry started the final 11 games of the season after redshirting in 2017 and averaged 21.3 yards per catch, fourth most in the country. Terry averaged 39.1 yards per touchdown catch and he became the first Seminole with two 70-yard touchdown catches in a season since Peter Warrick in 1998.

Terry was a two-time ACC Wide Receiver of the Week in 2018. Against NC State, Terry had a career-high 142 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Against No. 22 Boston College, Terry caught a 74-yard touchdown from Deondre Francois with less than two minutes remaining to give FSU a 22-21 victory over the Eagles. Terry also earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors against Boston College.

Terry’s 744 receiving yards are the most for a freshman in FSU history. His 142 yards at NC State were the second-most among FSU freshmen and his two 100-yard receiving games tied a freshman record.

Wilson led FSU’s defensive tackles with 3.5 sacks and 42 tackles in 2018. He added 4.5 tackles for loss, two pass breakups and forced a fumble. At Miami, Wilson notched 2.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks and he set a career-high with seven tackles against No. 22 Boston College and tied that in the season finale against No. 13 Florida.

Since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1992, Florida State players have won 322 All-ACC honors.