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FSU Awards Tracker: Week 1

9/3/2012

A quick look how Week 1's performances for Florida State's top competition for postseason awards:

RISING

K Dustin Hopkins, Sr. (Groza): The odds-on favorite to win the Groza award had a solid start to the season, connecting on two short field goals, converting all eight PATs and booting five touchbacks.

CB Xavier Rhodes, Jr. (Bednarik, Nagurski, Thorpe): Playing opposite two newcomers at corner, Rhodes finished with five tackles and an interception, as Murray State failed to complete a pass for more than 16 yards.

DE Bjoern Werner, Jr. (Lombardi, Nagurski): It was a dominant performance for FSU on Saturday, but no one was more dominant than Werner, who racked up four sacks, five tackles for a loss and one forced fumble. The slimmed-down Werner stepped to the forefront of an impressive group of D-linemen for postseason awards.

HOLDING STEADY

DT Everett Dawkins, Sr. (Outland): Dawkins didn't record a tackle against Murray State, but he was an anchor on a defensive line that utterly dominated the Racers, including stuffing the running game to the tune of 1.2 yards per carry.

LB Christian Jones, Jr. (Butkus): Jones had just one tackle in his new role as the weakside linebacker, but it came when he sniffed out a screen pass and brought the receiver down in the backfield.

S Lamarcus Joyner, Jr. (Bednarik, Nagurski, Thorpe): Joyner finished with five solo tackles against Murray State in limited duty.

DT Timmy Jernigan, So. (Outland): Getting his first career start in place of injured Anthony McCloud, Jernigan stoned Murray State's running game and picked up two tackles, including one for a loss.

FALLING

WR Willie Haulstead, Jr. (Biletnikoff): Haulstead's selection to this watch list was a bit perplexing to begin with considering he missed all of last season with a concussion. He did see action Saturday -- his first since 2010 -- but didn't record a catch.

QB EJ Manuel, Sr. (Maxwell, O'Brien): It's not that Manuel didn't play well in the opener, but his stat line -- 16-for-22 for 188 yards and one TD -- won't compare to the gaudy numbers some other quarterbacks posted against lower-tier Week 1 opponents.

DE Brandon Jenkins, Sr. (Bednarik, Camp, Lombardi/Rotary, Nagurski): Jenkins picked up his first sack of the season in the first quarter against Murray State, then left with a foot injury. Jimbo Fisher said the injury isn't serious, but reports Monday night indicated Jenkins could miss the season.

LB Nick Moody, Sr. (Butkus): Moody chipped in on one tackle for loss in Saturday's opener, but Fisher was less than complimentary of his senior following his first start at strongside linebacker.