2009 Florida State Seminoles football team

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2009 Florida State Seminoles football
FSU Seminoles.svg
Gator Bowl Champions
Gator Bowl vs. West Virginia, W 33–21
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division
2009 record 7–6 (4–4 ACC)
Head coach Bobby Bowden (34th year)
Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher
Offensive scheme Pro Style
Defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews
Base defense 4-3
Captain Christian Ponder (junior)
Jamie Robinson (senior)
Recardo Wright (senior)
Home stadium Doak Campbell Stadium
(Capacity: 82,300)
Seasons
« 2008 2010 »
2009 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic
#24 Clemson x   6 2         9 5  
Boston College   5 3         8 5  
Florida State   4 4         7 6  
Wake Forest   3 5         5 7  
NC State   2 6         5 7  
Maryland   1 7         2 10  
Coastal
#13 Georgia Tech* x   7 1         10 1  
#10 Virginia Tech   6 2         10 3  
#19 Miami   5 3         9 4  
North Carolina*   0 4         0 5  
Duke   3 5         5 7  
Virginia   2 6         3 9  
Championship: Georgia Tech 39, Clemson 34
December 5, 2009
(vacated)
† – BCS representative as conference champion
  • North Carolina vacated 8 wins, including 4 ACC wins.
    Also, Georgia Tech's ACC Championship Game victory was vacated by the NCAA on July 14, 2011.
    Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009 Florida State Seminoles football team represented Florida State University during the 2009 college football season. The Seminoles finished the season 7–6, 4–4 in ACC play and won the Gator Bowl 33–21 over West Virginia.

Legendary head coach Bobby Bowden retired at the end of the 2009 season after 34 seasons at the helm for Florida State (and 33 consecutive winning seasons). Offensive Coordinator Jimbo Fisher was named the new head coach for the 2010 season.

Previous Season[edit]

Florida State entered the 2009 season coming off a 2008 season that ended with a 9–4 record (5–3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) and a Champs Sports Bowl victory over Wisconsin. Florida State also won a share of the ACC Atlantic Division, but due to the head-to-head record versus Boston College, the Eagles represented the Atlantic Division in the Championship Game held in Tampa.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP[citation needed] 18 NR NR 18 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
Coaches'[citation needed] 19 NR NR 25 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
Harris[citation needed] Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released 
BCS[citation needed] Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released


Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 7 8:00 PM Miami (FL) #18 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL (Rivalry) ESPN L 34–38   81,077
September 12 6:00 PM (FCS) Jacksonville State* Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, FL ESPN360 W 19–9   71,420
September 19 7:00 PM at #9 BYU* LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT Versus W 54–28   64,209
September 26 12:00 PM South Florida* #18 Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, FL ESPNU L 7–17   83,524
October 3 3:30 PM at Boston College Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA ABC L 21–28   40,029
October 10 8:00 PM #23 Georgia Tech Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, FL ESPN2 L 44–49   76,292
October 22 8:00 PM at North Carolina Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC ESPN W 30–27   58,000
October 31 12:00 PM NC Statedagger Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, FL Raycom W 45–42   67,712
November 7 7:45 PM at Clemson Memorial StadiumClemson, SC (Rivalry) ESPN L 24–40   76,656
November 14 12:00 PM at Wake Forest BB&T FieldWinston-Salem, NC ESPNU W 41–28   33,411
November 21 12:00 PM Maryland Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, FL Raycom W 29–26   66,042
November 28 3:30 PM at #1 Florida* Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL (Rivalry) CBS L 10–37   90,907
January 1 1:00 PM vs. #17 West Virginia* EverBank FieldJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) CBS W 33–21   84,129
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Recruits[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Justin Bright
DB
Duncan, SC Byrnes HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 184 lb (83 kg) 4.5 May 20, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 75
Gerald Demps
DB
Valdosta, GA Lowndes HS 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 4.6 Apr 9, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 82
Willie Downs
ATH
Tallahassee, FL Godby HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 192 lb (87 kg) N/A Feb 11, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Jajuan Harley
DB
Tallahassee, FL Rickards HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 4.4 Feb 13, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 76
Willie Haulstead
WR
Titusville, FL Titusville HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 4.5 May 15, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
Dan Hicks
TE
Oxford, MS Oxford HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 242 lb (110 kg) 4.6 Feb 4, 2009 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 76
Dustin Hopkins
K
Houston, TX Clear Lake HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 4.6 Jun 25, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Brandon Jenkins
DE
Tallahassee, FL Florida State University School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 4.7 Mar 1, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Demonte McAllister
DE
Tampa, FL Alonso HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 263 lb (119 kg) N/A Jul 20, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 83
Jacobbi McDaniel
DT
Greenville, FL Madison HS 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 267 lb (121 kg) 4.8 Feb 7, 2008 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
C.J. Mizell
LB
Tallahassee, FL Leon HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 212 lb (96 kg) 4.5 Feb 20, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
Henry Orelus
OL
Belle Glade, FL Glades Central HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 292 lb (132 kg) 5.5 Jul 25, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 76
Aubrey Phillips
OL
Olive Branch, MS Olive Branch HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 310 lb (140 kg) 5.1 Feb 3, 2009 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 75
John Prior
OL
Portsmouth, OH Portsmouth HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 283 lb (128 kg) N/A Jul 12, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 76
Lonnie Pryor
RB
Okeechobee, FL Okeechobee HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 4.5 Jul 26, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
Greg Reid
DB
Valdosta, GA Lowndes HS 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 4.5 Feb 3, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 85
Xavier Rhodes
WR
Miami, FL Miami Norland HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 4.47 Jul 26, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 77
Will Secord
QB
Frisco, TX Wakeland HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 4.7 Feb 3, 2009 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 75
Rodney Smith
WR
Miami, FL Archbishop Carroll HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 4.53 Jul 26, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Bryan Stork
TE
Vero Beach, FL Vero Beach HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 260 lb (120 kg) 5.0 May 23, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 76
Chris Thompson
RB
Greenville, FL Madison HS 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 4.4 Feb 28, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Game Capsules[edit]

Please Note:

  • The records in parenthesis indicates the opposing team's record at the time Florida State played them, NOT Florida State's record.
  • The USA Today Coaches Poll rankings are used through Week 7. Starting with Week 8 (the UNC game), the BCS Rankings are used.
  • All pregame lines are based on what the game opened at and does not include any betting influence.

Miami (0–0)[edit]

Pregame Line: FSU −4

1 2 3 4 Total
Miami 7 7 3 21 38
#19 Florida State 7 3 13 11 34

Miami's defense stops Florida St. to back up Harris' final TD drive


Jacksonville State (0–1)[edit]

Pregame Line: Lines are not released when an FCS team plays an FBS team.

1 2 3 4 Total
Jacksonville State 6 3 0 0 9
Florida State 7 0 0 12 19

Florida State steals win from lower-division Jacksonville State


#9 BYU (2–0)[edit]

Pregame Line: BYU −6.5

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida State 7 23 14 10 54
#9 BYU 0 14 7 7 28

Ponder drives Seminoles to decisive win over No. 7 Cougars

South Florida (3–0)[edit]

Pregame Line: FSU −12

1 2 3 4 Total
South Florida 0 14 0 3 17
#25 Florida State 0 0 0 7 7

Daniels steps in for injured Grothe, lifts USF to first ever win over FSU.

Boston College (3–1)[edit]

Pregame Line: FSU −5

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida State 3 3 7 8 21
Boston College 7 14 0 7 28

BC blows 18-point lead, barely holds off FSU.

#23 Georgia Tech (4–1)[edit]

Pregame Line: FSU −2.5

1 2 3 4 Total
#23 Georgia Tech 14 14 14 7 49
Florida State 14 21 3 6 44

Nesbitt, Yellow Jackets hand third straight loss to Bowden's Seminoles.

North Carolina (4–2)[edit]

Pregame Line: UNC −2.5

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida State 3 3 14 10 30
North Carolina 14 3 7 3 27

Ponder rallies Seminoles from deficit to knock off North Carolina.

NC State (3–4)[edit]

Pregame Line: FSU −7

1 2 3 4 Total
NC State 7 14 7 14 42
Florida State 7 14 10 14 45

Florida St. edges NC State late in barnburner

Clemson (5–3)[edit]

Pregame Line: Clemson −8

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida State 17 0 7 0 24
Clemson 6 8 7 19 40

Spiller rushes for 165 yards, touchdown as Clemson routs Florida St.

  • FSU quarterback, Christian Ponder, was injured in the 4th quarter. He undergwent season ending surgery and was back for non contact drills in the spring of 2010.
  • Redshirt Freshman, E.J. Manuel, took over for Christian Ponder and got his first start at Wake Forest the following week.


Wake Forest (4–6)[edit]

Pregame Line: Wake −5

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida State 14 17 3 7 41
Wake Forest 7 7 7 7 28

Thomas, Manuel help Florida State roll past Wake

Maryland (2–8)[edit]

Pregame Line: FSU −17

1 2 3 4 Total
Maryland 0 13 0 13 26
Florida State 7 7 0 15 29

Florida State edges Maryland on last-minute TD to become bowl eligible

#1 Florida (11–0)[edit]

Pregame Line: Florida −21

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida State 0 0 3 7 10
#1 Florida 7 17 6 7 37

Tebow accounts for five TDs in final home game as a Gator

Gator Bowl: #16 West Virginia (9–3)[edit]

Pregame Line: WVU −3

1 2 3 4 Total
#16 West Virginia 14 0 0 7 21
Florida State 3 10 10 10 33
  • The final game for Bobby Bowden, Mickey Andrews and Chuck Amato.

Bowden goes out a winner as Seminoles dispatch Mountaineers

Statistics[edit]

Team[edit]

Team Opp
Scoring 338 332
Points per Game 30.73 30.18
First Downs    
Rushing    
Passing    
Penalty    
Total Offense    
Avg per Play    
Avg per Game    
Fumbles-Lost    
Penalties-Yards    
Avg per Game    
Team Opp
Punts-Yards    
Avg per Punt    
Time of Possession/Game    
3rd Down Conversions    
4th Down Conversions    
Touchdowns Scored    
Field Goals-Attempts-Long    
PAT-Attempts    
Attendance    
Games/Avg per Game    

Scores by quarter[edit]

  • Updated after the November 21st, 2009 Maryland game.
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida State 86 81 71 100 338
Opponents 68 111 52 101 332

Offense[edit]

Passing[edit]

Name GP-GS Effic Att-Cmp-Int Pct Yds TD Lng YPA
Christian Ponder 9–9 147.70 330–227–7 68.8% 2717 14 98 8.23
E.J. Manuel 7–4 124.7 106–69–6 65.1% 817 2 43 8.11
Total 13–13 141.8 437–296–13 67.7% 3147 16 98 8.22
Opponents

Rushing[edit]

Name Games Played Carries Yards Fumbles Lost YPC TD Long Avg/Game
Jermaine Thomas 11 163 832 0 5.1 9 54 62.73
Ty Jones 6 51 251 0 4.9 5 47 41.83
E.J. Manuel 7 44 195 0 4.4 2 24 19.8
Christian Ponder 9 72 179 0 2.5 2 30 19.89
Lonnie Pryor 9 27 156 0 5.8 4 50 15.11
Chris Thompson 8 23 120 0 5.2 2 49 12.5
Bert Reed 11 18 94 0 5.2 2 42 6.82
Louis Givens 6 8 58 0 7.3 1 15 9
Tavares Pressley 3 9 40 0 4.4 0 12 13.33
Rodney Hudson 11 1 9 0 9 0 9 0.82
Taiwan Easterling 10 2 8 0 4 0 7 0.10
Jarmon Fortson 11 1 4 0 4 0 4 0.36
Rod Owens 11 1 3 0 3 0 3 0.27
Total 11 352 1635 0 4.6 24 54 148.64
Opponents                

Receiving[edit]

Name GP-GS Rec Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Rod Owens              
Bert Reed              
Jarmon Fortson              
Taiwan Easterling              
Richard Goodman              
Caz Piurowski              
Lonnie Pryor              
Jermaine Thomas              
Beau Reliford              
Louis Givens              
Ty Jones              
Chris Thompson              
Willie Haulstead              
Rodney Smith              
Ja'Baris Little              
Total              
Opponents              

Defense[edit]

Name GP Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Interceptions Fumbles Blkd
Kick
Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds BrUp QBH No.-Yds Avg TD Long Rcv-Yds FF
Total

Special teams[edit]

Name Punting Kickoffs
No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 Blkd No. Yds Avg TB OB
Dustin Hopkins
Name
Total
Name Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
Name
Total

Projected 2009 Depth Chart[edit]

Offensive
  • QB – Christian Ponder Jr
  • TB – Jermaine Thomas So
  • FB – Marcus Sims Sr
  • WR – Corey Surrency Sr
  • WR – Taiwan Easterling So
  • TE – Caz Piurowski Sr
  • LT – Evan Bellamy So
  • LG – Rodney Hudson Jr
  • C – Ryan McMahon Jr
  • RG – David Spurlock So
  • RT – Zebrie Sanders So
Defense
  • DE – Kevin McNeil Sr
  • DE – Markus White Jr
  • DT – Kendrick Stewart Sr
  • DT – Budd Thacker Sr
  • DT - Nick Cuming Sr
  • LB – Dekoda Watson Sr
  • LB – Nigel Bradham So
  • LB – Kendall Smith Jr
  • CB – Ochuko Jenije Jr
  • CB – Patrick Robinson Sr
  • S – Jamie Robinson Sr
  • S – Korey Mangum Sr
Special Teams

References[edit]

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/teams/stats?teamId=52