Jan. 10, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Redshirt freshman cornerback Xavier Rhodes was named Freshman All-America by the Football Writers Association of America which announced its 10th annual Freshman All-America Team on Monday during the association’s annual awards breakfast. First-year coach, Jimbo Fisher claimed the first-year coaching honors.
Rhodes, who was named the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year, finished his first campaign as a Seminole with 58 tackles (49 unassisted, nine assisted), 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, four interceptions and 12 pass breakups. He ranked third in passes defended (16) in league play.
He also was named Rivals.com Freshman All-America, All-ACC Second Team, Phil Steele’s All-ACC Second Team, Rivals.com All-ACC Second Team Defense, College FootballNews Third Team All-America, CFN All-ACC Defense, CFN All-ACC Top Freshman, CFN Defensive Freshman of the Year and CFN All Freshman First Team.
Fisher, taking over for the legendary Bobby Bowden, claimed the first-year coaching honors when his Seminoles finished with a 10-4 record after beating South Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
The team and coach are selected by a 11-person panel of nationally-prominent writers led by Mike Griffith of the Knoxville News Sentinel. Both true freshmen and redshirt freshmen were considered for the team and are so noted.