April 16, 2009
Tallahassee, Fla. – Seminole junior Rodney Hudson has been one of the most decorated Florida State players over the last two seasons and that trend continued on Thursday when the guard was named a preseason first team All-American by NationalChamps.net. Hudson is the only ACC player on the offensive side of the ball to be named to the first team and he joins Texas Tech’s Brandon Carter as the two first team guards.
In 2008 Hudson was an ACSMA/AP All-ACC first team selection, named first team All-ACC by Rivals.com and Phil Steele and a three-time ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week. Hudson garnered that honor more than any other offensive lineman in the ACC last season. He has now garnered an ACC Player of the Week honor four times in his first two seasons at FSU. Last year the Alabama native was named a Rivals mid-season All-American, the winner of the leadership award for the offense at the team award dinner and also the sophomore class academic award winner for the offense.
Last season Hudson received the top overall grade on the offensive line five times and graded out second on the line four other times giving him a top two grade in nine of 13 games. He received the top grade overall or in run or pass blocking 16 times as a sophomore and ranked as the team’s best run blocker or pass blocker 11 times. Hudson led the team with seven pins and 64 knockdowns. During the 13-game season he missed just eight assignments, the lowest number on the team missing just one assignment per 112 plays. As a sophomore he led all linemen in plays with 893 and was whistled for the first penalty of his career (false start) versus Virginia Tech. That penalty ended a streak that covered 1,024 snaps and 20 games from his true freshman season. He also went sixteen games between allowing a sack as he allowed a sack in the first start of his true freshman season in 2007 versus Clemson (9/3) and then allowed ½ a sack versus Virginia Tech on October 25, 2008.
Hudson and the Seminoles will open the 2009 season on September 7, 2009 versus the University of Miami in a nationally televised game.