November 26, 2007 - by
Five Seminoles Honored As All-ACC Selections

Nov. 26, 2007

Greensboro, NC – Five Seminoles were honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference when the All-ACC football team was announced today. Linebacker Geno Hayes led the way as he was the lone Seminole named to the All-ACC first team. Kicker Gary Cismesia and guard Rodney Hudson were named second team selections. Hudson was the only true freshman to receive an All-ACC honor. Cornerback Patrick Robinson and punter Graham Gano were named honorable mention selections.


Hayes’ selection to the first team marks the third straight year and the fourth time in the last five years that the Seminoles have placed a linebacker in the first team. He follows Buster Davis (2006), A.J. Nicholson (2005) and Michael Boulware (2003). This is the first All-ACC selection of Hayes’ career and he is the only FSU defender on the first or second team. Hayes is tied for 14th in the NCAA in tackles for loss.


Hudson‘s selection puts the Alabama freshman among a select group of Seminoles. Only five FSU players have ever been named to the ACC’s first or second team as a true freshman. The guard joins Gregg Carr (2005), Xavier Beitia (2001), Travis Minor (1997) and Tamarick Vanover (1992) among that small but select group. Hudson is the only true freshman on the team and he is one of only two freshmen to be named to receive any All-ACC honor.


Cismesia, who has tied the ACC record for field goals in a season and who set the record for the longest field goal in ACC history versus Florida, is the first Seminole place kicker to receive first or second team honors since Beitia did it as a true freshman in 2001. No kicker in the NCAA has more field goals this season than Cismesia and he is nearing 300 points in his illustrious career.


Punter Gano is having the finest season of his career. The junior has boomed a 50-yard punt in 10 straight games this season and is averaging almost 43 yards per punt. He has dropped 19 punts inside the 20 and had a career-long punt of 64 yards this season.


Robinson burst onto the national stage this year and is currently tied for 10th in the nation in interceptions per game. The sophomore is just two picks shy of the national lead for total interceptions. He has six pass break-ups to go with his six interceptions. Earlier this season he set the FSU regular season record with an INT in five straight games.

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