Dalvin Cook: It’s rare to see anyone get 36 touches in a Jimbo Fisher offense, let alone a true freshman. And the true freshman averaged 5.7 yards per carry on his way to 177 rushing yards and added another five catches for 43 yards. In addition, Jameis Winston was not sacked once despite an aggressive Georgia Tech defense blitzing and stunting all game, testifying to Cook’s outstanding work in blitz pickup.
Rashad Greene: It’s amazing what Rashad Greene is able to accomplish in the past four years. He passed Connor Vernon for most receiving yards in ACC history with 3,771 yards with his 123 yard, two touchdown performance.
Jameis Winston: After throwing four interceptions against Florida, Winston played arguably his best game of the season. Winston went 21-30 with 309 yards and three touchdowns. More importantly for Florida State, no interceptions.
Derrick Nnadi: Another true freshman grew up on a national stage on Saturday night after starting defensive tackle Eddie Goldman went down with an ankle injury. Nnadi was terrific all evening, beating blocks, clogging the interior, and showing great effort in pursuit down the line in addition.
Nick O’Leary: O’Leary played a big part in getting the Florida State offense going tonight. When it looked like the Seminole offense was going to falter after Georgia Tech had ran down the field for their first touchdown, O’Leary and his gloveless hands were there. He hauled in two big catches on that drive and finished with three catches for 97 yards and a touchdown.
Trey Marshall: A third true freshman was instrumental to Florida State’s success, as Marshall replaced Jalen Ramsey at the star position when Ramsey moved outside to replace the injured Ronald Darby. Marshall was consistently in the right position and made several outstanding plays in pursuit, at least once preventing Georgia Tech from getting a key first down.
Nate Andrews: Andrews had at least three touchdown-saving tackles on the evening and was able to cut off angles as the last line of defense on several other occasions.