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FSU NOTEBOOK: Terry, Wilson Earn Maxwell Award Recognition

Tamorrion Terry

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Redshirt junior wide receiver Tamorrion Terry and senior defensive tackle Marvin Wilson were named to the Maxwell Award Watch List Friday. The award is given to the college player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club.

Terry, from Ashburn, Georgia, was also named to the Biletnikoff Watch List for the best receiver. Terry enters 2020 with 95 career receptions for 1,932 yards and 17 touchdowns, ranking 15th in FSU history in both yards and touchdowns. He holds the FSU record with five career receiving touchdowns of at least 70 yards, including a career-high 91-yard score against Arizona State in the 2019 Sun Bowl.

Nationally, Terry’s 49.06 yards per touchdown reception is the second-highest among players with at least 15 touchdowns over the past decade.

In 2019, Terry led FSU with 60 catches for 1,188 yards and nine touchdowns while earning second-team All-ACC honors. He posted the 13th 1,000-yard receiving season in program history, ranking seventh in single-season receiving yards. He led the country with 57.89 yards per touchdown catch, the highest average in the last 15 years among players with at least nine touchdowns.

Wilson, from Houston, has also been named to the watch lists for the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy, given to the nation’s top defensive player, and the Outland Trophy, presented to the country’s best interior lineman. He is also part of the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List. Wilson is a consensus Preseason All-American with first-team recognition by Phil Steele, Sporting News and Walter Camp.

He was an All-American and first-team All-ACC performer last season despite a season-ending injury in the ninth game of the year. In those nine games, Wilson recorded 44 tackles, including 8.5 for loss with a team-high 5.0 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, four pass breakups and two quarterback hurries. He was one of only four defensive tackles in the nation, and the only one from the ACC, with multiple 3.0 tackle-for-loss games in 2019.

In his career, Wilson has started 14 of his 33 games played and compiled 93 tackles, 13.5 for loss with 8.5 sacks, seven quarterback hurries, six pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. His sacks and tackles for loss totals are tops among current Seminoles.

The Maxwell Award has been presented since 1937 and will name its 84th winner in 2020. FSU quarterback Charlie Ward won the Maxwell Award in 1993, the only Seminole to take home the prize.

Seminoles on 2020 Watch Lists:
Bednarik Award (Defensive player) – Hamsah Nasirildeen, Marvin Wilson
Doak Walker Award (Running back) – Jashaun Corbin
Biletnikoff Award (Receiver) – Tamorrion Terry
Thorpe Award (Defensive back) – Hamsah Nasirildeen
Nagurski Trophy (Defensive player) – Hamsah Nasirildeen, Marvin Wilson
Outland Trophy (Interior lineman) – Marvin Wilson
Wuerffel Award (Community service) – Jaiden Lars-Woodbey
Maxwell Award (Best player) – Tamorrion Terry, Marvin Wilson

Jones And Lovett Granted Immediate Eligibility

Jarrian Jones and Fabien Lovett, who both transferred to Florida State from Mississippi State this offseason, have each been granted a transfer waiver allowing for immediate eligibility in the 2020 season.

“We are fired up for Jarrian and Fabien to have this opportunity to compete this season,” head coach Mike Norvell said. “The entire Florida State family is grateful to the NCAA committee for their time considering these appeals for two great young men. Jarrian and Fabien are tremendous football players who have already had a positive impact on our program, and I’m looking forward to seeing that impact continue to grow.”

Jones, a sophomore defensive back, appeared in 11 games with one start and recorded 12 tackles, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery last season as a true freshman. The Magee, Mississippi, native was rated as a four-star prospect and No. 13 overall in Mississippi coming out of Northwest Rankin High School. He was named to the Clarion Ledger Dandy Dozen and was invited to the Under Armour All-America Game and the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game following his senior season. Jones made five interceptions in his prep career, returning three for touchdowns, and also caught 82 passes for 1,772 yards and 26 touchdowns.

“I was happy to get the news that I’m eligible to play this season,” Jones said. “Thank you to everyone at the NCAA for considering my appeal, and a special thank you to the compliance staff and coaches here at FSU for their support. I also want to thank God for his everlasting love. Nole Family, let’s get ready.”

Lovett, a redshirt sophomore defensive tackle, made 13 starts in 15 games played at Mississippi State and recorded 19 tackles, including 2.5 for loss and 1.0 sack. He started all 13 games as a redshirt freshman in 2019 and made a career-high four tackles at Tennessee. In 2018, he earned recognition on the First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll. The Vicksburg, Mississippi, native was ranked as the No. 6 prospect in the state by 247Sports after recording 247 tackles, including 55.5 for loss, during his career at Olive Branch High School. He was named to the Clarion Ledger Dandy Dozen and played in the 2017 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to play this season, and I appreciate the committee’s time reviewing my appeal,” Lovett said. “I’d like to thank Florida State’s compliance staff as well as my coaches for their support throughout this process. I’m ready to play ball.”

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