TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher put the final touches on the 2010 season Sunday night at the University Center, recognizing the most outstanding Seminoles during the annual awards banquet.
Unanimous All-American senior guard Rodney Hudson and sophomore defensive end Brandon Jenkins claimed the evening’s top honors as the Most Valuable Players on offense and defense, respectively. Sophomore kicker Dustin Hopkins and junior punter Shawn Powell were selected as the Most Valuable Players on special teams.
Among the many awards presented during the two-hour program, Fisher announced the permanent captains for 2010 were seniors Christian Ponder, Hudson, Kendall Smith, Mark White and Ochuko Jenije.
Fisher capped the evening by recognizing the senior class, which played a significant role in delivering the Seminoles their first 10-win season since 2003, their first sweep of Miami and Florida since 1999, an ACC Atlantic Division title and a Chick-fil-A Bowl victory over South Carolina.
In his closing comments, Fisher commended the seniors for setting the standard that the future players should aspire and issuing a challenge.
“The future begins now,” Fisher said, adding that the work that will be done between today and August will determine the level of success the Seminoles can have in 2011.
Master of ceremonies Tom Block finished the night by noting that the spring game was just three months away and the 2011 season opener, only 229 days out.
The 2010 Florida State football award winner recognized in the banquet were:
Bob Crenshaw Award
Don Powell Award
Bill McGrotha Award
DeVaughn Darling Award
Top Conditioned Athlete
Offensive Scout Team Players of the Year
Daniel Monroe and Jonathan Wallace
Defensive Scout Team Players of the Year
Neil Goldsmith and Holmes Onwukaife
Special Teams Newcomers of the Year
Telvin Smith and Lamarcus Joyner
Special Teams Most Valuable Players
Dustin Hopkins and Shawn Powell
Top Newcomer - Offense
Top Newcomer – Defense
Xavier Rhodes and Mike Harris
Most Improved Player - Offense
Most Improved Player - Defense
Kendall Smith and Anthony McCloud
Attitude Award - Offense
Attitude Award - Defense
Leadership Award - Offense
Leadership Award - Defense
Skill Blocker Award
Taiwan Easterling and Lonnie Pryor
Most Valuable Player - Offense
Most Valuable Player - Defense
2010 Permanent Captains