2009 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - OGs
Florida State OG Rodney Hudson
Florida State OG Rodney Hudson
Posted Aug 11, 2009

CFN 2009 All-Americans and Top 25 Players - Offensive Guards

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2009 1st Team All-Americans

Rodney Hudson, Jr., Florida State
The anchor of the Nole line for a third straight season will be the 6-2, 285-pound Hudson, an All-ACC first-teamer at left guard. Versatile and fundamentally crisp, he's the unit's best run blocker and pass protector. He rarely allows sacks or makes mistakes, going 20 games without a penalty before being flagged for a false start last October..

Sergio Render, Sr., Virginia Tech
Render, a senior, is coming off a second team All-ACC season, his third straight one in the starting lineup. At 6-3 and 313 pounds, he's a mauler, with the strong base and heavy hands to engulf defenders and dominate as a run blocker. A successful career in the NFL awaits.

25 Best Offensive Guards
1. Rodney Hudson, Jr. Florida State
2. Sergio Render, Sr. Virginia Tech
3. Thomas Austin, Sr. Clemson
4. Justin Boren, Jr. Ohio State
5. Mike Johnson, Sr. Alabama
6. Jeff Byers, Sr. USC
7. Mike Pouncey, Jr. Florida
8. Jon Asamoah, Sr. Illinois
9. Eric Olsen, Sr. Notre Dame
10. Brandon Carter, Sr. Texas Tech (OT)
11. Brad Bustle, Sr. UL Lafayette
12. Josh Jenkins, Soph. West Virginia 13. Caleb Schlauderaff, Jr. Utah
14. Shelley Smith, Sr. Colorado State
15. Nick Charles, Sr. Air Force
16. Michael Switzer, Jr. Ball State
17. Zach Hermann, Jr. USF
18. Brian Simmons, Sr. Oklahoma
19. Cord Howard, Jr. Georgia Tech
20. Phillip Swanson, Jr. Western Michigan
21. Mike Iupati, Sr. Idaho
22. Doug Palmer, Sr. East Carolina
23. Andrew Jackson, Jr. Fresno State
24. Mitch Petrus, Sr. Arkansas
25. Ben Lamaak, Jr. Iowa State
2009 2nd Team

Thomas Austin, Sr., Clemson

Anchoring the Tiger line will be the 6-3, 315-pound senior , who's moving to left guard after earning All-ACC honors as a part-time center. The toughest drive blocker of the unit, he's led the team in knockdowns the last two seasons and has proven he can play multiple positions equally well. A future in the NFL awaits.

Justin Boren, Jr. Ohio State
The line was talented but soft last season, and it's in desperate need of an attitude upgrade. Enter Boren, the one-time Michigan Wolverine who famously left the program because it didn't have a family atmosphere under Rich Rodriguez. The 6-3, 315-pound junior is just plain nasty, and he's exactly what the the line needs. A bear of a run blocker, he was dominant throughout the offseason and should immediately be the one the offense works behind at left guard. He'll be making a ton of money very soon at the next level.

Honorable Mention

Jon Asamoah, Sr. Illinois
Returning to his spot at right guard is Asaoah, a rock for the line who has started 25 straight games. The 6-5, 315-pound senior has bulked up in a big way over the last few years after coming to the Illini as an athletic 265-pounder. He's a strong run blocker who's good on the move. At his size and with his quickness, he's a near-perfect spread offense guard.

Jeff Byers, Sr. USC

The 6-3, 290-pound Byers is a sixth-year senior enjoying a rebirth at the tail end of his career. After missing the 2005 and 2006 seasons to injuries, he’s regrouped nicely to earn all-conference honors the last two seasons. A tireless technician and the most cerebral member of the line, he’s an inspiration and a role model, especially for the younger Trojans.

Brandon Carter, Sr. Texas Tech
If Chris Olson stays at tackle, it'll be up to Carter to take over for Louis Vasquez at left guard. A massive 6-7, 340-pound veteran, he started every game at right guard, could move to tackle if needed, and will likely settle in to a spot on the left side where he'll use his bulk as a devastating run blocker. He has earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors, and can move well for his size. Now he has to stay healthy after having problems with his knee.

Mike Johnson, Sr. Alabama

Johnson is an inside blocker by nature but could play tackle if needed. He started two times at left tackle for Andre Smith, and while he's great at run blocking, he'll be exposed if he's at tackle by any pass rusher with speed. At 6-6 and 305 pounds he's big and experienced, and now he'll be the top blocker to work behind on. key downs.

Eric Olsen, Sr. Notre Dame
Back again at left guard will be the 6-4, 303-pound Olsen, a rock up front as the starter for the last 19 games, the 2006 New York Gatorade Player of the Year, has great feet, big-time toughness, and a nasty disposition when he locks on to a lineman. While he hasn't been as good as he probably should be for the ground game, his pass protection has been a major plus.

Mike Pouncey, Jr. Florida
While Maurkice Pouncey will move around, maybe, his twin brother, Mike, will be a fixture at right guard again after starting every game last year. The 6-5, 320-pound junior was originally considered the better of the two brothers as an offensive prospect, but he moved to the defensive side early on to boost the depth. He was a rock last year at guard and should be an all-star.