Florida State Seminoles: Awards Tracker

FSU Awards Tracker: Week 8

October, 23, 2012
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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.

RISING
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.

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FSU Awards Tracker: Week 7

October, 16, 2012
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Florida State got a handful of impressive performances in its bounce-back win over Boston College, which won't go too far in erasing the damage done in a loss the previous week, but should help bolster the cases for a number of Seminoles still in the hunt for postseason awards.

RISING

DE Cornellius Carradine, Sr. (Bednarik)
Carradine didn't record a sack, but he did have two QB hurries and racked up five tackles.

K Dustin Hopkins, Sr. (Groza)
Hopkins connected on all three of his field-goal tries and was perfect on PATs, giving him 15 points for the game to establish a new Florida State and ACC record for career scoring.

DT Timmy Jernigan, So. (Outland)
Jernigan was in on his first sack of the season and recorded 1.5 tackles-for-loss in the win over Boston College. He had three tackles overall. His 41 tackles this season ranked second among defensive linemen in the ACC.

LB Christian Jones, Jr. (Butkus)
For the second straight game, Jones was Florida State's leading tackler. He made eight tackles, giving him 39 for the season -- just two behind Carradine for the team lead. More importantly, Jones and the linebacking corps handled BC's short passing game far better than it did a week earlier against NC State.

S Lamarcus Joyner, Jr. (Bednarik, Nagurski, Thorpe)
Joyner's interception of a Chase Rettig pass at the end of the second quarter likely sealed the win for FSU. Boston College had driven to the Seminoles' 21-yard line and was aiming to trim the FSU lead to 14 when Joyner picked off the pass, returned it 33 yards and set up a last-second field goal for Florida State.

QB EJ Manuel, Sr. (Heisman, Maxwell, O’Brien, Unitas)
It probably wasn't enough to make anyone forget his struggles against NC State, but on a Saturday when Heisman favorite Geno Smith came up short, Manuel did his best to get back into the discussion, passing for a career high 439 yards and four TDs.

DE Bjoern Werner, Jr. (Bednarik, Lombardi, Nagurski)
For the fourth straight game, Werner was held without a sack, but his impact was nevertheless felt. On BC's opening drive, Werner was at the center of three of FSU's four stops from inside its own 1-yard line.

HOLDING STEADY

DT Everett Dawkins, Sr. (Outland)
Dawkins had two tackles in the game and was part of a solid pass rush from the middle of the FSU line. Boston College's 75 yards rushing in the first half did keep the Eagles in the game and was one of the more unimpressive efforts by the usually stout FSU run defense.

CB Xavier Rhodes, Jr. (Bednarik, Nagurski, Thorpe)
BC's leading receiver, Alex Amidon, had just 44 yards in the game, including a 22-yarder that represented the Eagles' longest passing play of the day. Rhodes finished with just one tackle, but he was largely effective in keeping Rettig from finding any big plays downfield as BC played catch-up in the second half.

FALLING

WR Willie Haulstead, Jr. (Biletnikoff)
Nine different receivers caught passes Saturday, but Haulstead wasn't one of them.

DE Brandon Jenkins, Sr. (Bednarik)
Jenkins is out for the season with a foot injury.

LB Nick Moody, Sr. (Butkus)
Moody assisted on one tackle, but he saw only limited playing time as Boston College fell behind early and FSU spent much of the game in nickel packages.

FSU Awards Tracker: Week 6

October, 9, 2012
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There's little in the way of awards talk this week other than a few remaining rumblings about how far the Seminoles have fallen. It's all about dishing out blame right now, which means there are few players rising up the ranks in this week's awards watch.

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Kim Klement/US PresswireChristian Jones had 14 tackles to lead the Seminoles defense Saturday against NC State.
RISING
K Dustin Hopkins, Sr. (Groza)
Hopkins connected on three field goals for the second straight week, pushing him ever closer to the school and conference scoring titles. But what he'll remember about Saturday's game is the two field goals he never got a chance to try -- the 52-yard attempt early in the fourth quarter in which Jimbo Fisher decided to punt and a potential game winner as time expired that never came to fruition.

LB Christian Jones, Jr. (Butkus)
It wasn't a perfect game for Jones, and the linebackers share a significant chunk of the blame for allowing NC State to effectively use all those dink-and-dunk crossing patterns to great success in the second half. But Jones also defended those throws as well as anyone, breaking up two passes, and he finished with a game-high 14 tackles.

S Lamarcus Joyner, Jr. (Bednarik, Nagurski, Thorpe)
If Saturday's game had ended with a win, Joyner would be hailed as a hero. Because it ended with a loss, the best of his contributions will be forgotten. Joyner made a handful of huge plays in the second half, including stripping a catch near the goal line and making a game-saving open-field tackle to force an NC State punt in the fourth quarter -- but it was all for naught. He finished with seven tackles in the game.

HOLDING STEADY
DT Everett Dawkins, Sr. (Outland)
The goal entering Saturday's game was to get Mike Glennon out of the pocket. That never happened, and part of the reason was the lack of push by the big men up front. But Dawkins was stout in the running game once again -- NC State averaged just 2.4 yards per carry -- and he had three tackles. It wasn't his best game, but there was plenty of blame to go around.

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FSU awards tracker: Week 5

October, 2, 2012
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Florida State's ugly road win at USF wasn't the type of game that will build many awards campaigns for the stars, but it was a solid overall effort with a handful of standout performers. Here's how the Seminoles' awards hopes stack up after five games:

RISING
DE Cornellius Carradine, Sr. (Bednarik)
Added to the Bednarik watch list last week, Carradine quickly added to his campaign against USF. The senior, who is replacing Brandon Jenkins in the starting lineup, finished with a team-high nine tackles, including 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble that led to a touchdown. Carradine earned ACC defensive lineman of the week honors and is FSU's leading tackler this season.

DT Everett Dawkins, Sr. (Outland)
Dawkins had another strong game and has been one of FSU's most impressive, if altogether unheralded, performers so far this season. Dawkins had three tackles and helped out on a sack while controlling the middle of the line of scrimmage. QB B.J. Daniels found little room to maneuver, and Dawkins stuffed the run game up the middle.

K Dustin Hopkins, Sr. (Groza)
The ACC's specialist of the week had a nice rebound after an ugly game against Clemson. Hopkins converted three of four field goal chances, including a long of 43 yards. His lone miss was from 48. USF also spent the first half with a long field thanks to Hopkins' leg. Its average starting field position in the first half was its own 19.

CB Xavier Rhodes, Jr. (Bednarik, Nagurski, Thorpe)
Rhodes made three tackles against USF and had a crucial interception of Daniels late in the first half, setting up an FSU field goal with just a few seconds left before the break. Rhodes also blanketed USF's top receiver, Andre Davis, holding him to just one catch for three yards.

HOLDING STEADY
QB EJ Manuel, Sr. (Heisman, Maxwell, O’Brien)
It's hard to fault Manuel for his performance against USF. He completed 73 percent of his passes for 242 yards and converted three big third downs in a road win over an in-state rival. The problem, of course, is that Heisman front-runner Geno Smith threw eight TDs and dismantled the record books. Manuel's game was good, but as Jimbo Fisher continues to say, he's the hunting dog when the awards tend to honor the show dogs.

DT Timmy Jernigan, So. (Outland)
Another solid game from Jernigan, who was exceptional against the run once again, helping to control the line of scrimmage against a USF team aiming to negate the pass rush with quick passes and lateral runs. Jernigan finished with two tackles, including one for a loss, and helped stifle the Bulls running game, which managed just 43 yards on the ground after the first quarter.

LB Christian Jones, Jr. (Butkus)
The big tackle numbers needed to win the Butkus simply haven't materialized for Jones, but he had a strong game against USF. He was routinely in good position on misdirections and option runs -- something that wasn't always the case a week earlier against Clemson -- and he scooped up a fumble for FSU's first defensive touchdown of the year.

S Lamarcus Joyner, Jr. (Bednarik, Nagurski, Thorpe)
Offenses are staying away from Joyner's side of the field, which is a strong sign of respect, but also won't help much come awards season. Joyner had three tackles, and both of USF's long passing plays went to the other side of the field.

LB Nick Moody, Sr. (Butkus)
Moody saw more playing time than he did a week earlier against Clemson, and he finished with two tackles in a solid effort.

DE Bjoern Werner, Jr. (Bednarik, Lombardi, Nagurski)
USF attacked Carradine in part because Werner has commanded so much attention on film. The junior mustered just two tackles, but he broke up a pass and was consistently in the face of Daniels.

FALLING
WR Willie Haulstead, Jr. (Biletnikoff)
Haulstead remains buried on FSU's receiver depth chart.

DE Brandon Jenkins, Sr. (Bednarik)
Fisher said Jenkins is making progress in his rehab, but they haven't discussed the possibility of the senior taking a medical redshirt and returning for 2013.

FSU awards tracker: Week 4

September, 25, 2012
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EJ Manuel Cal Sport Media via AP ImagesEJ Manuel became the first Seminoles quarterback in 20 years to pass for over 300 yards and rush for over 100 in the same game this weekend, vaulting him into serious Heisman Trophy consideration.
Florida State was tested for the first time this season against Clemson, and the Tigers exposed a few flaws in the Seminoles' attack. But while the mistakes led to a an early deficit, FSU roared back for the win behind some star-making performances that should be remembered fondly come postseason awards time.

RISING

DT Timmy Jernigan, So. (Outland)
Jernigan had two tackles, including one for a loss, but was a force up the middle in the second half. As Clemson's offensive line wore down, Jernigan turned up the heat, and the pressure he got on Tajh Boyd in the second half helped turn the tide for FSU's defense.

S Lamarcus Joyner, Jr. (Bednarik, Nagurski, Thorpe)
His biggest impact came on special teams -- where his 90-yard kick return in the third quarter helped swing the momentum of the game in Florida State's favor -- but Joyner was also solid on defense. He finished with just three tackles, but it was obvious Clemson had identified Joyner as the biggest danger in FSU's secondary, and the Tigers' passing attack worked to avoid him. He was crucial in keeping Sammy Watkins to just 24 receiving yards on the day.

QB EJ Manuel, Sr. (Heisman, Maxwell, O’Brien)
Manuel turned in the best game of his career on perhaps the biggest stage of his career. His 380 yards passing and 102 yards rushing were both career highs, and it marked the first time since 1992 that an FSU quarterback topped 300 passing yards and 100 on the ground in the same game. For the season, he has eight passing TDs, one rushing, just one interception (on a drop by a receiver) and is completing better than 73 percent of his passes. Manuel was named the national offensive backfield player of the week and the Davey O'Brien player of the week for his performance, and he's vaulted to the forefront of the Heisman race.

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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.

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FSU Awards Tracker: Week 2

September, 11, 2012
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The cupcake games to open a season usually give stars a chance to pad their resumes for postseason awards. That wasn't the case for Florida State's marquee players, who have seen only about three quarters of work through two games. Here's how their postseason awards chances were effected by FSU's 55-0 win over Savannah State.

RISING

QB EJ Manuel, Sr. (Maxwell, O'Brien): It was a ho-hum first week for Manuel, who took a backseat to Florida State's running game. It took just two plays in the Seminoles' second game for the senior to step up. Manuel set a career mark with a 61-yard touchdown throw to Rodney Smith for FSU's first score, and despite playing just the first quarter, he notched his second career three-touchdown game.

DE Bjoern Werner, Jr. (Lombardi, Nagurski): Another game, another sack for Werner. Despite playing just 12 snaps against Savannah State, Werner added another 1.5 tackles for loss, meaning all seven of his tackles this season have been behind the line of scrimmage.

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