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Seminoles Hudson, Watson Grab Preseason All-ACC Honors

July 30, 2009




Florida State senior linebacker Dekoda Watson and junior guard Rodney Hudson earned preseason All-ACC football honors, following Monday’s vote by media members attending the league’s football kickoff at Grandover Resort.

The Seminoles’ lone representatives on the 24-member team, Watson and Hudson were the top vote-getters at their respective positions.

Watson finished fourth on the team with 46 tackles in 2008, despite missing three games and suffering an elbow injury against Colorado in his first appearance of the season. The injury, which required offseason surgery, did not prevent him from posting a career-high 10 tackles and blocking a punt for a safety in the win over the Buffaloes. He closed the season with 28 tackles over the final four games and added a 51-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the Seminoles’ Champs Sports Bowl rout of Wisconsin.

Hudson followed up his Freshman All-American campaign in 2007 with an equally-impressive sophomore season, earning first-team All-ACC honors in 2008 as he established himself as one of the top guards in the nation. He participated in a team-high 893 snaps, was penalized only once and allowed one sack while leading all FSU linemen with the top passing or running grade 16 times. Hudson was selected ACC Offensive Linemen of the Week a league-high, three times.

The 2008 Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year and four members of the defending champion Virginia Tech Hokies were among the 24 players named to the preseason All-ACC football team Monday. Media members attending the 2009 ACC Football Kickoff at the Grandover Resort, cast 44 ballots for the teams.

Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer, who is seeking to become the league’s first two-time Player of the Year since 1992 and ’93, led all candidates with 41 votes. Dwyer averaged 107 rushing yards per game as the Yellow Jackets quickly adapted to coach Paul Johnson’s triple-option spread offense last season.

C.J. Spiller of Clemson appears twice on the chart. He’s Dwyer’s running mate in the backfield and the media’s choice at specialist. In 2008, he placed 14th nationally in kickoff-return average at 27 yards an attempt.

NC State’s Russell Wilson, who threw 249 consecutive passes without an interception over his final nine games as a redshirt freshman a year ago and became the first freshman in league history to earn first-team All-ACC honors as a quarterback, was the top vote-getter among signal callers.

Virginia Tech led the way with four selections: tight end Greg Boone; defensive end Jason Worilds, who made 18.5 tackles for loss in 2008; safety Kam Chancellor; and offensive guard Sergio Render.

Three teams – North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Clemson – had three selections.

In all, 17 players who earned first or second-team or Honorable Mention All-ACC honors in 2008 were chosen for the 2009 pre-season team including 2009 first-team honorees Wilson, Dwyer, Spiller (as specialist), Hudson and Maryland punter Travis Baltz.

OFFENSE

PosNameSchool#In 2008 unless otherwise noted
QBRussell WilsonNC State312008 1st-team All-ACC, ACC Rookie of the Year
RBJonathan DwyerGeorgia Tech412008 ACC Player of the Year, 2009 Pre-Season Player of the Year
RBC.J. SpillerClemson38Needs 921 all-purpose yards for ACC record
WRDemaryius ThomasGeorgia Tech15Had more than half of Tech’s catches
WRJacoby FordClemson312nd among active ACC platers in yards, catches
TEGreg BooneVirginia Tech3222 catches for 278 yards
OTJason FoxMiami32Graded out at 97% for the year
OTAnthony CastonzoBoston College262008 second-team All-ACC
OGSergio RenderVirginia Tech252008 second-team All-ACC, 39 career starts
OGRodney HudsonFlorida State32Named to 2009 Lombardi Trophy watch list
CMatt TennantBoston College23On 2009 watch list for Rimington Trophy
PKMatt BosherMiami34Made 18-of-20 FGAs; 2008 2nd Team All-ACC

DEFENSE

PosNameSchool#In 2008 unless otherwise nothed
DEJason WorildsVirginia Tech25Recorded 18.5 tackles for loss, 2008 2nd-team All-ACC
DEWillie YoungNC State21Credited with 65 QB pressures in his career
DTVince OghobaaseDuke34Lott Trophy finalist has started 36 straight games
DTMarvin AustinNorth Carolina25Interception return for a TD and blocked PAT
LBDekoda WatsonFlorida State3428 tackles in final four regular-season games
LBQuan SturdivantNorth Carolina28Led the nation in unassisted tackles (87)
LBAlex WujciakMaryland1813th nationally in total tackles (10.2 per game)
CBRas-I DowlingVirginia21T-11 nationally in passes defensed per game (1.27)
CBKendric BurneyNorth Carolina13Credited with 78 tackles
SMorgan BurnettGeorgia Tech34Preseason All-American by 3 sources
SKam ChancellorVirginia Tech312 fumble recoveries, 2 INT
PTravis BaltzMaryland20Led ACC in punting average (41.1)

Specialist: C.J. Spiller, Clemson

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