Wednesday, December 1, 2010
FSU's Hudson a model of consistency
By Heather Dinich
As an offensive lineman, a player whose name never appears anywhere in the final box score other than the starting lineup, Florida State guard Rodney Hudson does not really see much worth bragging about.
“It's kind of easy being a lineman; I don't score the touchdowns and stuff like that,” he said. “So I think it's easy to stay humble, you know?”
FSU quarterback Christian Ponder calls guard Rodney Hudson "the best player on our team the past several years."
This from a two-time All-American, a two-time winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, a four-time recipient of all-conference honors, and a finalist for the Outland Trophy. Hudson has arguably been the most invaluable member on Florida State’s roster this year -- not only in the trenches, but also as a leader. While his inglorious position is not likely to earn him ACC’s Player of the Year honors, which will be announced at 1 p.m. Wednesday, several coaches throughout the conference thought enough of his performance this year to nominate him for it.
“He's been as consistent a player as has been in this league in a long time,” said Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher. “What Rodney does, why he's so good, he truly loves football.
“What I mean is all parts of it -- working out, practicing -- if he has to go over and be the scout team guy. They'll say go grab a bag, he'll run and grab the bag and hold it, be a scout team guy for somebody else. He's a two time All-American.
"This guy loves everything about ball. His work ethic and attitude are unbelievable, and he's such a joy to be around. I don't think he ever looks at practice as practice. I think he looks at it as fun, and he truly loves what he's doing.”
Hudson, who has made 46 career starts at guard, has graded out to 87 percent this year with 44 knockdown blocks. He has been penalized only once in 772 snaps this year. Last year, he was only penalized twice all season and didn’t allow one sack or quarterback pressure.
What makes the Jacobs Blocking Trophy special is that the coaches vote for it, and Hudson received six first-place votes. He was also the only offensive lineman in the conference nominated by the coaches for the ACC’s Player of the Year.
“Yeah, he should definitely be considered for ACC Player of the Year,” said FSU quarterback Christian Ponder. “He's definitely been the best player on our team the past several years. The guy is just so consistent in what he does and never makes mistakes. He’s the most dependable guy on the line and definitely a leader. He makes my job a lot easier with some of the things that he's able to do on that line.”