June 14, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Lindy’s Football has released its Preseason Top 25 poll, predicted conference finishes and preseason all-conference first and second teams and Florida State is well represented.
The Seminoles are ranked at No. 18 in Lindy’s 2009 Preseason Top 25 and are joined by Virginia Tech (five), Georgia Tech (16) and North Carolina (19) as the Atlantic Coast Conference programs that made the early rankings. Additionally, the Seminoles are set to face Florida and Brigham Young (25th) during the season.
No. 18 is the highest preseason ranking given to FSU by Lindy’s since the Seminoles were ranked No. 12 prior to the start of the 2006 season. Florida State was ranked preseason No. 25 by the publication last year and No. 21 the season prior in 2007.
In addition to a top-25 overall ranking, Lindy’s expects Florida State to have a lot of success in the ACC this season as the publication has predicted the Seminoles to finish first in the Atlantic Division.
That success will have a lot to do with Florida State’s student-athletes and five of them have been placed on Lindy’s Preseason All-Conference Teams.
The Seminoles return all five starters to an offensive line that could be one of the best in the country and three have been recognized by Lindy’s. Junior All-America candidate Rodney Hudson and redshirt junior center Ryan McMahon (a preseason candidate for the Remington Award) are both on the offensive first team while sophomore Andrew Datko finds himself on the offensive second team.
Lindy's 2009 ACC Predicted finish:
ATLANTIC 1. Florida State 2. Wake Forest 3. Clemson 4. NC State 5. Boston College 6. Maryland
COASTAL 1. Virginia Tech 2. Georgia Tech 3. North Carolina 4. Miami 5. Virginia 6. Duke
Lindy's 2009 ACC Preseason All-Conference Team:
Offense First Team QB Riley Skinner Sr. Wake Forest RB Jonathan Dwyer Jr. Georgia Tech RB C.J. Spiller Sr. Clemson WR Jacoby Ford Sr. Clemson WR Demaryius Thomas Jr. Georgia Tech TE Greg Boone Sr. Virginia Tech C Ryan McMahon Jr. Florida State OL Rodney Hudson Jr. Florida State OL Thomas Austin Sr. Clemson OL Chris DeGeare Sr. Wake Forest OL Jason Fox Sr. Miami AP T.J. Graham So. NC State PK Matt Bosher Jr. Miami
Defense First Team DL Jason Worilds Jr. Virginia Tech DL Derrick Morgan Jr. Georgia Tech DL Vince Oghobaase Sr. Duke DL Marvin Austin Jr. North Carolina LB Quan Sturdivant Jr. North Carolina LB Nate Irving Jr. NC State LB Dekoda Watson Sr. Florida State DB Ras-I Dowling Jr. Virginia DB Patrick Robinson Sr. Florida State DB Kam Chancellor Sr. Virginia Tech DB Morgan Burnett Jr. Georgia Tech P Travis Baltz Jr. Maryland
Offense Second Team QB Russell Wilson So. NC State RB Da'Rel Scott Jr. Maryland RB Darren Evans So. Virginia Tech WR Rich Gunnell Sr. Boston College WR Owen Spencer Jr. NC State TE Zack Pianalto Jr. North Carolina C Matt Tenant Sr. Boston College OL Cord Howard Sr. Georgia Tech OL Sergio Render Sr. Virginia Tech OL Andrew Datko So. Florida State OL Anthony Castonzo Jr. Boston College AP Torrey Smith So. Maryland PK Josh Czajkowski Jr. NC State
Defense Second Team DL Willie Young Sr. NC State DL Ricky Sapp Sr. Clemson DL Alan-Michael Cash Sr. NC State DL John Graves Jr. Virginia Tech LB Alex Wujciak Jr. Maryland LB Mike McLaughlin Sr. Boston College LB Vincent Rey Sr. Duke DB Kendrick Burney Jr. North Carolina DB Stephan Virgil Sr. Virginia Tech DB Deunta Williams Jr. North Carolina DB Wes Davis Jr. Boston College P Kevin Jones Jr. Duke
Lindy's 2009 Preseason Top 25: 1. Florida (vs. Florida State, Nov. 28) 2. Texas 3. Oklahoma 4. USC 5. Virginia Tech 6. LSU 7. Alabama 8. Ohio State 9. Ole Miss 10. Oklahoma State 11. Penn State 12. California 13. Boise State 14. TCU 15. Oregon 16. Georgia Tech (vs. Florida State, Oct. 10) 17. Georgia 18. Florida State 19. North Carolina (vs. Florida State, Oct. 22) 20. West Virginia 21. Kansas 22. Nebraska 23. Utah 24. Michigan State 25. BYU (vs. Florida State, Sept. 19)