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Rodney Hudson Highlights ACC Honorees
Photo - OG Rodney Hudson - Florida St.
Florida State senior left guard Rodney Hudson headlines a list of eight players recognized as the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week, announced Monday by the ACC. Hudson registered two knockdown blocks while not missing an assignment or drawing a penalty in 62 snaps as the Seminoles topped rival Miami, 45-17. He helped FSU rack up 298 rushing yards, which marked the fourth-straight game with at least 200 yards on the ground, a feat not accomplished at FSU since 1995.
Hudson is joined by teammate Greg Reid, the specialist of the week selection. Georgia Tech’s Anthony Allen and NC State’s Russell Wilson were named co-offensive backs of the week. The Wolfpack earned two honors on the week as Brandan Bishop was tabbed defensive back of the week. North Carolina’s Kevin Reddick and Virginia Tech’s Bruce Taylor were this week’s co-defensive line honorees, while Clemson’s DeAndre Hopkins was recognized as the rookie of the week.
Offensive Lineman - Rodney Hudson, Florida St - Sr., 6-2, 282
The Seminoles’ offensive lineman paved the way for another big performance by the FSU offense, which piled up 471 total yards in the 45-17 victory over Miami. Hudson matched his season-high by earning a grade of 94 percent (92 run/96 pass), which included two knockdown blocks. He did not register a missed assignment or draw a penalty in 62 snaps while leading a running attack that piled up 298 yards on just 40 carries (7.4 ypc). It was the fourth consecutive time that the Seminoles racked up 200+ rushing yards. FSU last matched that feat in 1995. In addition to paving the way for the ground attack, Hudson played a significant role in holding Miami’s pass rush in check. Miami came into the game second in the nation in sacks and was held in check for the first time this season.
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1. Rodney Hudson - 6’2” 290 lbs. - Florida St
Athletic senior guard is coming off an outstanding junior season when he displayed fine power and agility on the inside. He will be a three year starter and has been a fine blocker throughout his career grading out consistently high. He is a well develop pass blocker who displays the footwork to slide easily and the power to anchor vs the bull rush. He uses his quickness, bulk and toughness to stop speed rushers with the talent to handle counter moves. He plays with fine strength and nastiness with the ability to bend his knees easily and get fine leverage and power to utilize his size to the fullest. He also projects as a pro center, though few snaps in that role as a collegian.
He has responded with a strong start of his final season and instrumental in the FSU 5-1 record.
Offensive Back of Week - Anthony Allen - Georgia Tech- RB, Sr., 6-0, 229
Allen rushed for a Georgia Tech career-high 195 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries Saturday in the Yellow Jackets’ 33-21 win over Virginia. Allen, who eclipsed 1,000 yards for his two-year Tech career, had the second-most rushing yards in the Paul Johnson era. He helped the Yellow Jackets pile up 477 yards on the ground, which is the sixth-highest mark in conference history, and the most since 1981. Allen has five career touchdowns in two games against the Cavaliers.
Frank Coyle is a longtime consultant for the Senior Bowl. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in college team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards.