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Phil Steele All-American (Third Team)
Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist
All-ACC (First Team)
Coaches All-ACC (First Team)
Phil Steele Postseason All-ACC (First Team)
College Football News All-ACC (First Team)


One of the top cover corners in the country…the only player from the ACC to be named a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award…started all 14 games at corner…started 38 of 43 games in the secondary in his distinguished FSU career…defended 10 passes on the season, placing 11th in the ACC…his three interceptions tied for 8th in the ACC…led all FSU players with 10 passes defensed and tied for the team lead with three interceptions… also added seven pass break-ups which tied for third on the team…recorded 39 tackles (27 unassisted) and 2.0 tackles for loss…third interception and eighth career pick came in the ACC Championship Game versus Georgia Tech…two other picks came against Murray State and at USF…forced and recovered a fumble in the Orange Bowl against Northern Illinois…registered a season-high seven tackles at NC State…anchored an FSU secondary that held nine of the top 10 receivers in the ACC at the time they faced them to a combined 22 catches for 244 yards…In the last 12 games, was targeted 47 times and allowed just 13 completions for 88 yards with two interceptions and seven pass break-ups… helped Florida State’s defense lead the nation in yards allowed per play (3.86), rank second nationally in total defense (254.14 ypg) and rank in the top six nationally in scoring defense (14.71 ppg), rushing defense (92.29 ypg), pass defense (161.86 ypg), pass efficiency defense (95.43) and opponent three-and-outs (6.29 per game)…earned the Mr. Dependable Skill Award at the team’s annual banquet for the second straight year.


Second-year starter at cornerback who was part of a three-man starting rotation with Mike Harris and Greg Reid…registered 43 stops (36 solo) on the season with 1.5 tackles for loss, one INT and four pass-breakups…made five tackles at Clemson, at Wake Forest and Duke…tallied a season-high six tackles against Maryland…intercepted his first pass of the season against NC State…finished with four tackles in the win over Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl…selected as the Mr. Dependable Skill Award winner at the team’s annual banquet.


Redshirt freshman who started all 14 games at the boundary cornerback position and emerged as a promising young star for FSU’s vastly improved defense…a consensus Freshman All-American, Rhodes was voted the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year…also earned National Defensive Freshman of the Year honors from…tall and rangy, he used those physical attributes to record 12 pass breakups and four interceptions, good for a share of the team lead…his pass breakups and 16 passes defended led all freshmen nationally…credited with three pass breakups in pivotal Atlantic Division wins over Boston College and Clemson…also intercepted a pass in the end zone against the Tigers which proved to swing the momentum in the Seminoles’ 16-13 victory…previous interceptions came against BYU and NC State…a sure tackler, the Miami native ranked seventh on the team with 58 stops and his 49 solo tackles ranked fourth…Rhodes’ ability to play close to the line of scrimmage in coverage enabled him to collect 3.5 tackles for loss on the season and two sacks…recovered the first two fumbles of his career in FSU’s home finale against Florida in a 31-7 rout…named one of the top newcomers on defense at the annual Florida State football banquet.


Appeared in two games – Boston College and Georgia Tech – on special teams before suffering a hand injury that sidelined him for the balance of the season.


Excelled on both sides of the football in high school…led Miami Norland in both rushing and receiving as a senior, earned¬†Miami Herald¬†All-Dade honors as an all-purpose back…also earned All-Dade honors on the defensive side of the ball…played in the 12th annual Nike South Florida All-Star game…as a junior recorded more than 1,000 all-purpose yards…chose FSU over offers from West Virginia, Auburn and FIU…born June 19, 1990.