- David M. Hale, College football
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With two-thirds of the season finished, the opportunities for Florida State players to showcase themselves for postseason awards are diminishing. Last week's win over Miami provided only small steps forward for a handful of Seminoles stars. Here's how the awards races stack up through eight games.
DE Cornellius Carradine, Sr. (Bednarik)
Carradine recorded his first sack in three weeks and added seven tackles in the win over Miami. For the season, Carradine leads all FSU tacklers with 48, and only Miami's Shayon Green has more among ACC defensive linemen.
K Dustin Hopkins, Sr. (Groza)
Hopkins connected on four of five field goal tries Saturday, with his lone miss coming by mere inches. Two of his kicks were from 40 yards or more, and he's now third in the nation -- and tops among BCS automatic qualifier schools -- in field goals for the season with 16.
QB EJ Manuel, Sr. (Heisman, Maxwell, O’Brien, Unitas)
Saturday was a relatively mundane performance by Manuel's standards -- 211-of-31 passing for 229 yards and no touchdowns -- but he wasn't asked to do much. Three potentially big passes were called back due to offensive pass interference calls, and he did connect with Kelvin Benjamin on a 39-yard bomb that set up a game-securing touchdown. He was named one of 16 finalists for the O'Brien Award this week.
CB Xavier Rhodes, Jr. (Bednarik, Nagurski, Thorpe)
Despite being in significant pain with an ankle injury he continued to reaggravate, Rhodes turned in a stellar performance against Miami, helping out in the run game and finishing with two tackles, including one for a loss, and a pass break-up.
DE Bjoern Werner, Jr. (Bednarik, Lombardi, Nagurski)
After four straight games without a sack, Werner finally got back on the board Saturday, dumping Stephen Morris twice in the backfield. He finished with three tackles in the game, and his eight sacks for the season is tied for fourth nationally.
DT Everett Dawkins, Sr. (Outland)
It was a quiet game for Dawkins, who recorded just one tackle. But Miami's running game went nowhere, and once again the middle of the defensive line set the tone.
DT Timmy Jernigan, So. (Outland)
Jernigan was held without a tackle against Miami, but his presence was felt nevertheless. In a game that was particularly physical at the line of scrimmage, Jernigan may have been the toughest man on the line. His efforts forced Miami to look for yards off the corners, with virtually no running room up the middle.
LB Christian Jones, Jr. (Butkus)
Jones had a solid game against Miami, picking up five tackles and recovering a key fumble in the first quarter that helped to swing momentum after the Hurricanes jumped out to a 10-0 lead.
S Lamarcus Joyner, Jr. (Bednarik, Nagurski, Thorpe)
Joyner had three tackles in a relatively quiet performance, but his presence in the secondary helped limit Morris to just 223 yards and only one long passing play.
WR Willie Haulstead, Jr. (Biletnikoff)
Haulstead has just one reception this season.
DE Brandon Jenkins, Sr. (Bednarik)
Jenkins is out for the season with a foot injury.
LB Nick Moody, Sr. (Butkus)
Moody has made a solid adjustment to linebacker, but his role has been small most weeks and he has just eight tackles this season.
With two-thirds of the season finished, the opportunities for Florida State players to showcase themselves for postseason awards are diminishing. Last week's win over Miami provided only small steps forward for a handful of Seminoles stars.