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Week Two Offensive and Defensive MVP’s

Florida State improved to 2-0 on Saturday after decimating Charleston Southern 52-8. The Noles played a little sloppy at times and looked like a team that hadn’t had a full week of practice. Thankfully they’ll have a full week of preparation and rest before the trip to Louisville this upcoming weekend. Let’s take a look at this week’s offensive and defensive MVP’s!

Offensive MVP: Travis Rudolph

Travis Rudolph played pretty well in the season opener against Ole Miss (6 catches, 74 yards, 1 TD) and continued to dominate against the Buccaneers. Rudolph put together a stat line of 7 catches for 105 yards, with two touchdown catches.

He started by putting the exclamation mark on an impressive opening drive. With 9:26 left in the first quarter, Rudolph ran a deep route across the left side of the field and beat the safety as a beautiful ball from Deondre Francois sailed into his outstretched hands.

Later in the quarter, after FSU recovered a fumble that DeMarcus Walker forced, Travis Rudolph and Deondre Francois would hook up for another touchdown to extend the lead to 21-0. This time, Francois surveyed the field before hitting Rudolph inside the five near the right sideline. Rudolph shook off a tackler and strolled into the endzone, scoring for the second time in the game.

He was by far the most productive in the WR corps against Charleston Southern, as the second leading receiver was Jesus Wilson with 53 yards. Rudolph is the clear number one option and safety net on this team, the quarterbacks trust his ability to consistently make plays and that’s one reason he might be playing on Sundays after this season.

Rudolph has put himself in position for a big junior season as he has already amassed 179 yards and three touchdowns on 13 catches.

Defensive MVP: Brian Burns

The true freshman (!!!) defensive end stepped up and had a big game this week. Jimbo Fisher consistently raved about Brian Burns during camp, and Burns showed why on Saturday. He recorded 5 tackles, 3 for loss, 2 sacks, and forced a fumble.

It all started towards the end of the third quarter, Burns came off the edge and hit the Charleston Southern quarterback, who promptly fumbled. The Buccaneers recovered the fumble, but it was still a big moment for Burns as it was the first sack of his young career.

On the next Charleston Southern offensive possession, Burns would strike again. 6 plays into the drive, Brian Burns once again came off the edge and sacked the quarterback for a loss of 8 yards. He was quickly showing that he is ready to help this team as a true freshman.

Burns has shown a knack to get to the pass rusher early in his career, which could set him up for more snaps during the rest of the games this season. If the coaches feel like they can rely on him to produce then I’m sure we’ll get to see more of this talented freshman. It certainly looks like Brian Burns has a bright future ahead of him.

 


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