Oct. 14, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The ground game has been one of the biggest storylines of the season for Florida State so far and the national press is starting to take notice. On Tuesday Phil Steele released his All-ACC mid season awards. Both Antone Smith and Rodney Hudson were named to the first team while Everette Brown was named second team and Myron Rolle to the third team. Brown and Rolle were the only two members of the Seminoles’ second-ranked defense to make the squad.
Hudson is a two-time ACC Player of the Week and has been FSU’s top ranked lineman in four of five games and graded second-best in the one game he was not first. The true sophomore has 21 pins and five pancake blocks on the season and he has missed only two assignments in over 300 plays. Hudson has not been called for a penalty this year
Smith is the ACC’s leading scorer with 10 TDs on the season. He is averaging 78.8 yards per game and he has rushed for nine touchdowns. Smith scored three touchdowns versus Colorado and then topped that with four the next week versus Miami. He compiled 154 yards on the ground in a win over Colorado, the second-highest single game rushing total of his career. Smith is the ACC’s third-leading rusher and he has boosted the Seminole rushing offense to No. 2 in the conference behind only Georgia Tech’s primarily ground-oriented attack. He has more TDs than any other player in the ACC and he is tied for third nationally in scoring at 12 points per game.
Brown is off to a great start on a defensive line that has been manned by freshmen and walk-ons up until recently. He leads the Seminoles with three sacks and is second on the team with 6.5 TFL. Brown leads all Florida State linemen with 10 tackles and 9 solo tackles. He also has two pass break-ups and a QB pressure on the season on top of being tied for the team lead with one forced fumble.
Myron Rolle is in the midst of the best season of his three-year career. The junior is second on the team in tackles (25) and tied for the team lead in pass break-ups (4). Versus Miami the rover broke up four passes, had a ½ sack, a QB hurry, a tackle for loss, a touchdown saving play and three third down stops. Veteran defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews said it was the best game played by a safety at FSU in his memory.