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Florida State Football All-Jimbo Fisher Team: Cornerback


Tomahawk Nation readers are voting on the All-Jimbo Fisher Team (Florida State edition). To be eligible, a player must have played for head coach Jimbo Fisher (2010-2013). The qualifications are completely up to you. Do you value overall numbers, or fleeting greatness?

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We are picking two cornerbacks. This will likely be the toughest vote FSU fans have had to make in this poll. So tough, in fact, that only three will be considered. FSU fans can vote for Greg Reid when the punt returner is picked.

Xavier Rhodes 2009-12

Phil Steele All-American (Third Team)
Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist
All-ACC (First Team)
Coaches All-ACC (First Team)
Phil Steele Postseason All-ACC (First Team)
College Football News All-ACC (First Team)

2012: One of the top cover corners in the country...the only player from the ACC to be named a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award...started all 14 games at corner...started 38 of 43 games in the secondary in his distinguished FSU career...defended 10 passes on the season, placing 11th in the ACC...his three interceptions tied for 8th in the ACC...led all FSU players with 10 passes defensed and tied for the team lead with three interceptions... also added seven pass break-ups which tied for third on the team...recorded 39 tackles (27 unassisted) and 2.0 tackles for loss...third interception and eighth career pick came in the ACC Championship Game versus Georgia Tech...two other picks came against Murray State and at USF...forced and recovered a fumble in the Orange Bowl against Northern Illinois...registered a season-high seven tackles at NC State...anchored an FSU secondary that held nine of the top 10 receivers in the ACC at the time they faced them to a combined 22 catches for 244 yards...In the last 12 games, was targeted 47 times and allowed just 13 completions for 88 yards with two interceptions and seven pass break-ups... helped Florida State's defense lead the nation in yards allowed per play (3.86), rank second nationally in total defense (254.14 ypg) and rank in the top six nationally in scoring defense (14.71 ppg), rushing defense (92.29 ypg), pass defense (161.86 ypg), pass efficiency defense (95.43) and opponent three-and-outs (6.29 per game)...earned the Mr. Dependable Skill Award at the team's annual banquet for the second straight year.

Ronald Darby 2012-present

The ACC's 2012 Defensive Rookie of the Year had another strong season in 2013...the shutdown cornerback made nine starts and played in all 14 games as a key member of the nation's No. 1 pass defense (156.6 ypg)...recovered Florida State's first fumble of 2013 and also recorded a tackle against Maryland...made the first interception of his career in the third quarter at Clemson...grabbed an interception for the second straight game against NC State...finished with one tackle and tied a career high with two pass break-ups against the Wolfpack...had a season-high three tackles against Syracuse...had two tackles and a pass break-up in the BCS National Championship Game...totaled 14 tackles, two interceptions and four pass break-ups on the season...vital cog in FSU defense that led the nation in scoring defense (12.1 ppg) and interceptions (26) and ranked third in total defense (281.4 ypg).

P.J. Williams 2012-present

All-ACC Honorable Mention
College Football News Sophomore All-America Second Team
2013: Starting cornerback blossomed into one of ACC's best defensive backs in his second season...captured Defensive MVP honors in BCS National Championship Game versus Auburn after making a career-high seven tackles, including a half-tackle for loss and interception on consecutive plays at the start of the fourth quarter when the Seminoles trailed 21-13...his pick of Tigers' quarterback Nick Marshall provided a spark and led to an FSU touchdown...missed first game of the season, but played in 13 contests, while starting final 11...led Florida State with seven pass break-ups and total passes defended (10) - a mark that placed him 14th in the conference...ranked 10th on Noles with 35 tackles and tied for second with three interceptions...set a then-career high with five tackles - all solo - at Florida...recorded his first career interception and tied a career high with four tackles at Boston College...had a pass breakup and a tackle against Bethune-Cookman...posted three tackles at Clemson...made two tackles, intercepted a pass and broke up another against Miami...had two tackles, 1.0 TFL and a pass break-up against Idaho...key member of nation's No. 1-ranked pass defense (156.6 ypg) and third-ranked total defense (281.4 ypg)...FSU also led the nation in interceptions (26) and scoring defense (12.1 ppg).