Tuesday, October 16, 2012
FSU Awards Tracker: Week 7
By David M. Hale
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.
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.
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.
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.