NC State's Wilson earns AP award as ACC's top defensive player ::

NC State’s Wilson earns AP award as ACC’s top defensive player ::

Rewritten: Written by sports journalist, AARON BEARD from the Associated Press.

Jordan Travis, the quarterback for Florida State, has been named The Associated Press’ offensive player of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference. North Carolina State’s linebacker, Payton Wilson, has been unanimously chosen as the top defensive player in the league for the 2023 season.

The fourth-ranked Seminoles received multiple accolades, including head coach Mike Norvell being named coach of the year and Michigan State transfer receiver Keon Coleman being recognized as the top newcomer in the conference. Additionally, 13 FSU players were selected for the AP’s All-ACC first and second teams by a panel of 14 media members covering the conference.

Wilson and Travis were selected as the honorees in All-ACC voting by the league.

After winning their first ACC championship since 2014, the Seminoles (13-0) were not selected for the four-team College Football Playoff due to Travis’ injury in the late season.

Last year, Travis was chosen as the second-string quarterback, with North Carolina’s Drake Maye receiving the offensive player of the year award. This year, their positions have been switched, with Travis being unanimously selected as the first-string quarterback and Maye being chosen as the second-string on all 14 ballots.

Travis, who scored 27 touchdowns, was selected as a unanimous first-team pick alongside Wilson, a running back from North Carolina, and Washington, a receiver from Virginia. Wilson had the fifth highest number of tackles per game in the Bowl Subdivision with an average of 11.5. Hampton ranked fifth in rushing with 120.2 yards and Washington ranked second in receiving with 118.8 yards.

The number of All-ACC selections for FSU, which included Coleman being chosen as both a receiver and an all-purpose player, was more than double the number for UNC and Miami (six each), the teams with the next highest totals.

Both No. 16 Louisville and Duke received four All-ACC selections, despite Louisville’s loss to FSU in the ACC championship.


In 2023, a group of 14 sports writers who regularly report on the Atlantic Coast Conference chose the Associated Press All-ACC team. The players are listed in alphabetical order by name, school, height, weight, class, and hometown. A “*” indicates a unanimous selection.

First team


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

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

Jawhar Jordan is a redshirt junior from Louisville, standing at 5 feet 10 inches and weighing 185 pounds. He hails from Long Island, New York.

*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

Darius Washington from Florida State is a 6-foot-4, 306-pound redshirt junior from 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

Christian Mahogany from Boston College is a 6-foot-3, 322-pound graduate from Elmwood Park, New Jersey.

Bryan Hudson, a redshirt senior from Louisville, is 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 305 pounds. He attended Georgetown, Kentucky.

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Keon Coleman, a junior from Opelousas, Louisiana, stands at 6 feet 4 inches and weighs 215 pounds. He attends Florida State University and is known for his versatility on the field.


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 is a redshirt senior from Pickerington, Ohio. He stands at 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 305 pounds. He attended Duke University.

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

Jeremiah Trotter Jr., a junior from Hainesport, New Jersey, stands at 6 feet tall and weighs 230 pounds. He plays linebacker for Clemson University.

Cedric Gray, a senior from Charlotte, North Carolina, is listed as LB on the North Carolina team roster. He stands at 6 feet 2 inches and weighs 235 pounds.

Elijah Jones, a 6-foot-2, 184-pound graduate from Boston College, hails from Harlem, New York.

Cornerback Nate Wiggins from Clemson, who stands at 6 feet 2 inches and weighs 185 pounds, hails from Atlanta and is a junior.

S – Kamren Kinchens, a junior from Miami, is 6 feet tall and weighs 205 pounds.

Name: Jonas Sanker
State: Virginia
Height: 6-1
Weight: 210
Year: Junior
Hometown: Charlottesville, Virginia

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

Second team


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

Trey Benson, a redshirt junior from Greenville, Mississippi, stands at 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 223 pounds. He attends Florida State University and plays as a running back.

LeQuint Allen, RB from Syracuse, is 6 feet tall and weighs 195 pounds. He is a sophomore from Millville, New Jersey.

Xavier Restrepo, a junior from Coconut Creek, Florida, stands at 5’10” and weighs 198 pounds. He hails from Miami and is listed as WR on the team.

“Jamari Thrash, a redshirt junior from LaGrange, Georgia, measures 6 feet 1 inch and weighs 185 pounds. He plays for the University of Louisville.”

Jaheim Bell from Florida State, a redshirt junior from Lake City, Florida, is 6’3″ and weighs 239 pounds.

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

“Jalen Rivers, a redshirt sophomore from Jacksonville, Florida, stands at 6 feet 5 inches and weighs 325 pounds. He plays for the University of Miami.”

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


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

Kaimon Rucker from North Carolina is a senior student from Hartwell, Georgia, standing at 6 feet and weighing 265 pounds.

Braden Fiske, a redshirt senior from Michigan City, Indiana, stands at 6 feet and 5 inches tall and weighs 297 pounds. He plays defensive tackle for the Florida State team.

Defensive tackle Joshua Farmer, hailing from Port St. Joe, Florida, stands at 6 feet 3 inches and weighs 311 pounds. He is a redshirt sophomore and attended Florida State University.

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

Linebacker Marlowe Wax from Syracuse is a Baltimore native, standing at 6 feet 1 inch and weighing 230 pounds. He is currently a junior.

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

Cornerback M.J. Devonshire from Pittsburgh is a redshirt senior standing at 5 feet 11 inches and weighing 190 pounds. He hails from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.

Cornerback Renardo Green from Florida State is a redshirt senior standing at 6 feet tall and weighing 186 pounds. He hails from Orlando, Florida.

Malik Mustapha, a junior from Charlotte, North Carolina, is 5’11” and weighs 207 pounds. He attends Wake Forest University.

Jaylon King, a redshirt senior from La Vergne, Tennessee, stands at 6 feet 1 inch and weighs 193 pounds. He attends Georgia Tech.

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


The recipient of the Coach of the Year award is Mike Norvell from Florida State University.

Jordan Travis has been named Offensive Player of the Year for Florida State.

“Payton Wilson from N.C. State is the recipient of the Defensive Player of the Year award.”

Keon Coleman from Florida State was named Newcomer of the Year.


Voting panel:

Rodd Baxley from Fayetteville (North Carolina) Observer/USA Today Network, Chad Bishop from Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Rick Bozich from WDRB-TV in Louisville, Kentucky, Jerry DiPaola from Tribune Total Media in Pittsburgh, Chapel Fowler from The State in Columbia, South Carolina, Trevor Hass from The Boston Globe/, Emily Leiker from Post-Standard in Syracuse, New York, Adam Lichtenstein from South Florida Sun Sentinel, Greg Madia from The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Virginia, Brian Murphy from in Raleigh, North Carolina, Kate Rogerson from WTVD/ABC-11 in Durham, North Carolina, David Teel from Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch, Jack Williams from Tallahassee (Florida) Democrat, and Steve Wiseman from The Herald-Sun in Durham, North Carolina/The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina.