The Daily Sauce — Dec. 1, 2022: FSU Football’s Payton Named ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year
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The Daily Sauce — Dec. 1, 2022: FSU Football’s Payton Named ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year

It’s Thursday, Florida State fans.

As you try to kick off the month of December on the right foot, see what’s in The Daily Sauce.

Lead Story

Florida State football defensive end Patrick Payton burst onto the scene in 2022. People took notice.

On Wednesday, the redshirt freshman was named the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year. A slender end from Miami, Payton tallied 29 total tackles, five for loss and four sacks this season. Only Jared Verse tallied more sacks for FSU. Payton also had a forced fumble.

Payton was a key piece for a defense that ranked in the top 20 nationally in total and scoring defense. The Seminoles also ranked in the top 20 in total sacks with 34.

Payton becomes the third FSU player to win ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year, which was introduced in 2007, and the first defensive lineman. Cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes (2010) and Ronald Darby (2012) are the two prior winners.

Between the Lines for Nov. 30, 2022

Men’s basketball: (5) Purdue 79, FSU 69 (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)

On the Agenda for Dec. 1, 2022

Women’s basketball at Wisconsin, 7:30 p.m. ET (ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Big Ten Network+)

Rolling News and Notes

FSU soccer midfielder Jenna Nighswonger was named a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy. The award annually goes to the nation’s top player.

FSU football safety Jammie Robinson and defensive end Jared Verse each plan to play in the Seminoles’ upcoming bowl game. FSU will learn its bowl destination this weekend.

Mike Ferguson is the lead writer for Double Fries No Slaw. Be sure to follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeWFerguson. Follow all of Mike’s work by liking his Facebook page.

Mike Ferguson

Mike Ferguson is the lead writer for Double Fries No Slaw and has more than 10 years of experience in online and print journalism. Mike graduated from Florida State University in 2009 and has had his work featured at numerous prominent publications such as Fox Sports, the Associated Press, Athlon Sports, Yahoo Sports and Sports Illustrated among others. Prior to joining Double Fries No Slaw, Mike was the founder and editor of The Daily Nole. He also serves as the managing editor for Fifth Quarter and is a contributor for Athlon Sports, Fish Stripes and Orlando Pinstriped Post. Mike and his wife Jennifer reside in Haines City, Fla. and have two daughters.