Making a case for Datko

Last week, College Football News released their All-Freshman Team for the 2008 football season. One name that was notably absent from the list was true freshman OL Andrew Datko . NoleDigest makes a case for Datko.




10 reasons



* Andrew Datko started 10 of Florida State's 12 regular season football games this season. He played in every single game for the Seminoles.

* He started Florida State's single season high rushing yardage game (310) against the Miami Hurricanes.

* Datko played multiple positions on the offensive line based on injuries or a change in the lineup. He was versatile enough to play left tackle and right guard.

*Datko played one of the hardest positions on the offensive line at left tackle where he was responsible for protecting QB Christian Ponder's blind side.

*He didn't give up many sacks this year.

*He played at least two games with an arm injury (showed toughness).

*His offensive line coach who is regarded as one of the top line coaches in the country has praised him numerous times during the season.

*Datko was part of an FSU offense and offensive line that has been one of the youngest & most improved in the country. Florida State finished the first time in ten years in the top 25 in total rushing yardage.

*He has a very bright future and still has a lot of room for improvement which is scary.

*Lastly, Datko has a better case than at least two offensive lineman on the Freshman All-American Team ( Mason Cloy, Cordy Glenn).




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