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Offensive tackle’s honor is the ninth for a Seminole lineman
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Florida State’s Cameron Erving has been voted the 2013 Jacobs Blocking Trophy, Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced Sunday. With Erving’s selection, six Seminole offensive linemen have now claimed the honor a combined nine times.
The Jacobs Blocking Trophy has been awarded annually since 1953 to the player voted the most outstanding blocker in the ACC by a poll of the league’s head coaches and defensive coordinators. The trophy is given in memory of William P. Jacobs, who served as president of Presbyterian College from 1935 to 1945. The trophy will be presented at the ACC’s Night of Legends event, which will be held this Friday (6 p.m.) at the Charlotte Convention Center as part of festivities held around the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game.
Erving, a 6-6, 320-pound redshirt junior from Moultrie, Ga., earned this year’s honor in only his second season playing on the offensive line. Erving played on the defensive line in 2011 before switching to the offensive side of the ball last season. Erving amassed 16 total points in the coaches’ voting, edging out teammate Bryan Stork (13), Virginia’s Morgan Moses (10) and North Carolina’s James Hurst (8) to capture the 60th ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy. No trophy was given in 1996. In all, 14 different ACC offensive linemen received votes in the balloting.
“I’m very happy for Cam,” Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “He’s really developed into a fine offensive lineman. He’s put in a lot of hard work and is a true team player. He has a bright future playing there, and I’m very proud of him for what he’s contributed to our success.”
Erving has started all 12 games for the unbeaten Seminoles this season and has made 26 consecutive starts on the offensive line dating back to 2012. He has consistently graded out among the Seminoles’ top offensive lineman this fall and was named the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his play in FSU’s 51-14 win over fellow top-five Atlantic Division foe Clemson on Oct. 19.
Erving has played a prominent role on a Florida State line which has paved the way for an offensive unit that has scored an ACC-record 644 points. FSU ranks second nationally in scoring offense at 53.7 points per game and scored more than 40 points in 11 of 12 regular-season games. The Seminoles rank seventh nationally in total offense, averaging 526.1 yards a game.
He becomes the sixth Florida State player to be named a recipient of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, and the first since guard Rodney Hudson earned back-to-back honors in 2009 and 2010. Other past FSU winners include center Clay Shiver (1994 and 1995), tackle Tra Thomas (1997), tackle Tarlos Thomas (2000) and tackle Brett Williams (2001 and 2002).