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Florida State 2015 Season Awards

Giving out awards for Florida State's 2015 season.

Team & Offensive MVP- Dalvin Cook

This is an easy one. Dalvin Cook had the most prolific rushing season in Florida State history with 1,691 yards and 19 touchdowns. He averaged 7.38 yards per carry this season, and carried the Seminoles through the season.

Defensive MVP- Demarcus Walker

Walker dominated this season at defensive end. He led the team in sacks (10.5), tackles for loss (15.5), and forced fumbles (4) to go along with his 58 tackles. He was much improved from the 2014 season, and was a key piece to the Seminoles defensive turnaround. 

Special Teams MVP- Cason Beatty

Beatty had an exceptional year punting for Florida State. He averaged 45.18 yards per punt, and 23 of more than 50 yards. He dropped 21 punts inside the 20 yard line. 

Rookie Of The Year- Derwin James

James came in to Florida State with high expectations, and he exceeded them. He finished the season second on the team in tackles (91), tackles for loss (9.5), sacks (4.5), and forced fumbles (2). James was all over the field for the Seminoles as a safety, pass rusher, and spy. 

Most Improved- Kermit Whitfield

Whitfield was a non-factor as a receiver his first two years at Florida State, but he exploded this year. He was the Seminoles most reliable receiver and finished second on the team in receiving yards (798) and touchdowns (6). Whitfield has always had elite spped, but he became a more complete receiver this season.

Hardest To Replace- Jalen Ramsey

Ramsey hasn't declared for the NFL Draft yet, but it's only a matter of time. He is projected as a Top-10 pick and the top defensive back off the board for the 2016 NFL Draft. Ramsey has played three positions during his career at Florida State, and his abilty, and leadership, will be tough for the Seminoles to replace in 2016. 

Most Upside- Josh Sweat

Sweat would have been the rookie of the year if not for Derwin James. He was a dominant run defender and a good pass rusher despite suffering a major knee injury his senior year. Sweat wasn't expected to make a recovery in time for the start of the season, but his work ethic paid off and he played every game for the Seminoles.

Defensive Breakout Candidate For 2016- Tarvarus McFadden

McFadden didn't play much this season, but he is the most likely candidate to take over Ramsey's spot in 2016. At 6-foot-2, 200-pounds McFadden has the size and athleticism to make a big impact for the Seminoles next season.

Offensive Breakout Candidate For 2016- Cole Minshew

Minshew was held down by injuries this season, but with a full offseason under his belt he will likely find his way into the starting lineup on the offensive line. He can play any of the three interior positions, and has the size and attitude that coaches covet for the offensive line.

Best Win- Florida 27-2

Florida State went into the game against 10-1 Florida an underdog, but dominated the game on the defensive side of the ball. The Seminoles broke the game open in the second half and held the Gators to their lowest point total in the history of the rivalry. 

Best Moment- Final Defensive Stand Against Miami

Florida State led most of the game, but Miami had a chance to drive the field and beat the Seminoles for the first time in six years this season. The Florida State defense batted down three passes on Miami's final possession, and preserved the victory against the Hurricanes. 


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