May 22, 2006
Jacksonville, FL – Postseason play is just days away and the awards are starting to roll out and roll in for FSU players. Earlier today at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville three Seminoles received All-ACC honors. Bryan Henry and Shane Robinson each repeated as All-ACC first team selections and Tyler Chambliss pulled off the unique honor of being an All-ACC reliever in 2005 and an All-ACC starter in 2006 as he was named to the second team. Robinson was also named a semifinalist for the Brooks Wallace Award today as one of the top players in the nation.
Robinson’s selection as an All-ACC first teamer makes him the first back-to-back all conference first team outfielder from Florida State since J.D. Drew was named first team in 1996 and 1997. Robinson has already been named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and is now one of the final 30 members of the group vying for the Brooks Wallace Award as well which goes to the National Player of the Year awards. Robinson is fifth in the nation in runs scored and he is in the top 10 in the ACC for hits, runs and steals.
Henry’s back-to-back first team selection may be the most amazing for a few reasons. First of all it wasn’t that long ago he was FSU’s starting third baseman and not even pitching for the Seminoles. Then he went to a weekday starter to the weekend to the Seminole ace. That’s nothing compared to this. With his selection today Henry is the first Seminole pitcher to ever receive two first team All-ACC honors. Paul Wilson, Jonathan Johnson, Randy Choate and Chris Chavez are just a few of the Seminole pitchers who have been named All-ACC first team but none have won the award twice. Henry is also the only starting pitcher in the entire conference to win the honor in 2005 and 2006.
Chambliss joins elite company as well with his second team selection. The junior made the rare jump from All-ACC closer to All-ACC starter. The ACC record book only started distinguishing between starters and relievers in 2000 but in that time Chambliss is the only pitcher to go from an All-ACC reliever role to an All-ACC starter. Last year he was one of the nation’s leaders for saves and in 2006 he is just one victory away from sharing the national lead in that category as well.
Florida State opens ACC Tournament play Wednesday in Jacksonville. The sixth-seeded Seminoles will play the first game of the tournament at 10:00 a.m. As always a free live radio broadcast will be available at Seminoles.com as will Game Tracker. The ACC will be offering a free video webcast of the game available exclusively at theacc.com.