FSU awards tracker: Week 3

September, 18, 2012
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It was a big week for the bulk of Florida State's starters as the Seminoles cruised to their third straight blowout victory. Here's how the dominant win may affect several of FSU's stars at the end of the season.

RISING

DT Everett Dawkins, Sr. (Outland)
Dawkins was a monster in the middle of the line against Wake Forest. A first-quarter 34-yard run by Josh Harris accounted for nearly 80 percent of Wake's ground gains for the day, and Dawkins finished with three tackles, including one for a loss.

K Dustin Hopkins, Sr. (Groza)
Hopkins connected on a short field goal and all seven of his PATs while burying Wake Forest with one exceptional kickoff after another. The Deacons average starting field position was its own 19.

LB Christian Jones, Jr. (Butkus)
Jones had an exceptional game, tying for the team lead with six tackles and helping to stunt Wake's running game. Against a team that pounces on missed assignments, Jones looked right at home in his new position on the weak side.

S Lamarcus Joyner, Jr. (Bednarik, Nagurski, Thorpe)
The junior finished with four tackles and was a force all over the field, teaming with Rhodes to defend several deep balls and helping shut down slot receiver Michael Campanaro.

DT Timmy Jernigan, So. (Outland)
Jernigan split time with Anthony McCloud but still managed to tie for the team lead in tackles with six. He was a force in the run game, too, as Wake found no room to roam up the middle.

CB Xavier Rhodes, Jr. (Bednarik, Nagurski, Thorpe)
Rhodes broke up two passes, including a bomb on Wake's first drive of the game, and he helped hold the reigning ACC quarterback of the week to just 8-of-22 passing for 82 yards.

DE Bjoern Werner, Jr. (Lombardi, Nagurski)
In the defensive line's first real test without Brandon Jenkins, the pass rush didn't miss a beat thanks to another dominant performance from Werner, who added 1.5 more sacks to his season tally. He leads the nation in sacks (6.5) and TFLs (9).

HOLDING STEADY

QB EJ Manuel, Sr. (Maxwell, O'Brien)
The first half was ugly for Manuel, who completed just 5-of-11 passes behind a shaky offensive line. But he did damage with his legs early and found success with his arm in the second half, finishing with three TDs.

LB Nick Moody, Sr. (Butkus)
With Wake playing from behind, Moody didn't get a ton of playing time as FSU worked in a lot of nickel and dime packages. He did finish with one tackle and made a strong play on special teams.

FALLING

WR Willie Haulstead, Jr. (Biletnikoff)
Haulstead saw virtually no playing time as Florida State opened its ACC slate.

DE Brandon Jenkins, Sr. (Bednarik)
The senior defensive end is out for the year with a foot injury.

ON THE HORIZON

RB Chris Thompson, Sr.
He didn't touch the football in the second half, but still racked up 220 yards of offense, including two long touchdown runs of 74 an 80 yards.

PR Rashad Greene, So.
Florida State hasn't missed Greg Reid on special teams, as Greene has filled in nicely. He took a punt to the end zone for the second time this season, and in just three games he's already more than halfway to Reid's total punt-return yardage from all of last season.

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