Nov. 30, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Florida State junior offensive guard Rodney Hudson, selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s most dominant blocker in a vote by league coaches, has added first-team All-ACC for a second consecutive year to his growing resume.
Hudson led all nominees at the guard position with 54 points from the 40 ballots cast by members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, which was released Monday. He was the lone selection from the ACC’s second-rated offense. The honor came one day after Hudson was named the winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy.
Despite missing the final two games of the season with a knee sprain, Hudson graded out with a season average of 88, did not allow a sack, was penalized twice and had four missed assignments in 10 games.
Senior cornerback Patrick Robinson and senior linebacker Dekoda Watson earned second-team All-ACC honors on defense. Robinson tied for fifth in the league with 11 passes defended and tied for seventh with two forced fumbles. He finished fifth on the team with 47 tackles, including 37 solo stops – both career highs. Watson was FSU’s fourth-leading tackler with 60 stops (32 solos), led the ‘Noles with 4 1/2 sacks and was second with 10 tackles for loss. Both Robinson and Watson were first-time All-ACC selections.
Three other Seminoles – quarterback Christian Ponder, offensive tackle Andrew Datko and return specialist Greg Reid – were honorable mention selections. All three were the top vote-getters at their respective positions, coming up just short of earning second-team distinction.
Ponder, a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award, led the ACC in total offense and passing despite missing the final three games after suffering a seasons-ending shoulder injury. Datko, FSU’s starting left tackle, did not allow a sack in ACC play, including shutout efforts against first-team defensive ends Derrick Morgan (Georgia Tech) and Robert Quinn (North Carolina). Reid led the nation – and the ACC – by averaging 18.4 yards per punt return.