Dec. 6, 2007
Tallahassee, FL – The honors keep rolling in for two of Florida State‘s brightest young stars. Thursday center Ryan McMahon and guard Rodney Hudson were each named first team freshman All-Americans by CollegeFootballNews.com. The pair of Seminole linemen were the only two players from the same school to be named to the first team on the offensive side of the ball.
This is the second freshman All-American honor for McMahon, who is the only first-year center in the FBS to take every snap in 2007. Rivals.com has already named McMahon its top freshman in the nation at the position and now CollegeFootballNews.com has seconded that. The Rome, GA native graded out either first or second seven times in 12 games this season and he was the top lineman in games versus Miami, Maryland and Duke. Three times this season McMahon went an entire game without missing an assignment and he was not flagged for a penalty all year despite being on the field for every single offensive snap. The redshirt freshman allowed just two sacks in 875 plays and her recorded 20 knockdowns this year. In a system where a grade of 68% is passing, McMahon graded out at 78% or better seven times in pass blocking this year.
Hudson, who was named All-ACC second team and was also named to two freshmen All-ACC teams, was the Seminoles top offensive lineman in 2007. The true freshman from Mobile, AL started the first game of the season but didn’t fully settle into a starting role until the Alabama game. In his final seven games of the season he graded out either first or second in all of those games. He had the best grade on the team five times (Alabama, Wake, BC, Maryland and Florida). Hudson posted a grade of 80% or better in three of his final seven games including an astonishing grade of 89% versus Florida. The right guard missed only five assignments all season, allowed only one sack and he had 13 knockdowns in the last four games. Hudson was not flagged for a penalty all season and he graded out at 80% or better in passing situations six times in his final seven games.
Both McMahon and Hudson picked up another honor this week when Rivals named them both to the All-ACC freshman team.