Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Spring shoes to fill: Florida State
By Heather Dinich
Biggest shoes to fill: Offensive guard Rodney Hudson
The four-year starter finished his career as the most decorated lineman in ACC history. He was chosen 55th overall in the second round of the NFL draft, becoming Florida State’s first offensive lineman drafted since 2007. He started all 14 games at left guard in 2010, pushing his career total to 48. He played 904 snaps and posted a team-leading grade of 88 percent and also led the team with 48 knockdown blocks. Hudson was penalized once (11 games ago) and tagged for only four missed assignments in 2010. He was the only FSU lineman not to relinquish a sack last season, and posted a career-high 10 knockdown blocks in the win against BYU.
Spring replacement: Jacob Fahrenkrug was supposed to take over at left guard, but finished the spring starting at center because of injuries. Jacob Stanley, a walk-on backup, started the spring game.
Stanley earned the team’s Iron Man award for the spring, and has earned a reputation for being a team player willing to contribute wherever needed. He was Ryan McMahon’s backup at center last season, but saw most of his playing time on special teams.
Summer outlook: David Spurlock or Bryan Stork will be the eventual replacement, as they’re interchangeable guards. Fahrenkrug will likely stay at center. Spurlock, who started the first seven games of 2010 before suffering a concussion, was only about 50 percent this spring because of a hand/wrist injury.
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