June 14, 2009 - by
Pre-Season Accolades Begin To Roll In For Seminole Football Team

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.

On defense, senior linebacker Dekoda Watson and senior cornerback Patrick Robinson have both been named to the preseason all-conference first 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)

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