Florida State’s Roderick Johnson Named ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy Recipient


Sophomore’s honor is the 11th for a Seminole lineman

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Florida State’s Roderick Johnson has been voted the winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, as announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Sunday. 

The Jacobs Blocking Trophy has been awarded annually since 1953 to the player voted the most outstanding blocker in the ACC by a poll of the league’s head coaches and defensive coordinators. With Johnson’s selection, seven Seminole offensive linemen have now claimed the honor a combined 11 times. This marks the third consecutive year that a Florida State student-athlete will receive the award.

“I’m extremely happy for Rod,” Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “He is an outstanding young man who deserves everything he gets. He stands for what’s right about college football. He is a great person, a great student and a tremendous player for us, as well as a team leader. I’m ecstatic for him. It’s a very well-deserved honor.”   

The trophy is given in memory of William P. Jacobs, who served as president of Presbyterian College from 1935 to 1945. The 2015 trophy will be presented at the ACC’s Night of Legends event, which will be held this Friday (5:30 p.m.) at the Charlotte Convention Center as part of festivities surrounding the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game.

Johnson, a 6-foot-7, 323-pound sophomore from Florissant, Missouri,  earned the Jacobs Blocking Trophy in his first full season as a starter on Florida State’s offensive line. After making a strong impression starting the final five games of his freshman season and helping the Seminoles to the ACC championship in 2014, Johnson picked up where he left off this fall. 

The standout left tackle earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors on September 14 for his play in the Seminoles’ win over South Florida. He has played a prominent role throughout the season paving the way for ACC rushing leader Dalvin Cook – who has run for 1,658 yards and 18 touchdowns in 11 games – and protecting the Florida State passers. Johnson is a big reason that Florida State ranks fourth in the ACC in total offense and averages over 32 points per game.

Johnson amassed 20 total points in the coaches’ voting to capture the 62nd ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy (no award was given in 1996). Duke’s Matt Skura and North Carolina’s Landon Turner tied for second place with 14 points each, while Pitt’s Adam Bisnowaty placed fourth with 12. In all, 17 ACC offensive linemen received votes in the balloting. 

Past Florida State winners of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy included four two-time recipients in guard Rodney Hudson (2009 and 2010), tackle Brett Williams (2001 and 2002), center Clay Shiver (1994 and 1995) and tackle/center Cameron Erving (2013 and 2014). Tackles Tra Thomas (1997) and Tarlos Thomas (2000) were each honored once.

Previous Winners of the ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy

1953     Bill Wohrman, FB, South Carolina
1954     Bill Wohrman, FB, South Carolina
1955     Bob Pellegrini, C, Maryland
1956     Hal McElhaney, FB, Duke
1957     Hal McElhaney, FB, Duke
1958     John Saunders, FB, South Carolina
1959     Doug Cline, FB, Clemson
1960     Dwight Bumgarner, T, Duke
1961     Art Gregory, T, Duke
                Jim LeCompte, G, North Carolina
1962     Art Gregory, T, Duke
1963     Chuck Walker,T, Duke
1964     Eddie Kesler, FB, North Carolina
1965     John McNabb, G, Duke
1966     Wayne Mass, T, Clemson
1967     Harry Olszewski, G, Clemson
1968     Greg Shelly, T, Virginia
1969     Ralph Sonntag, T, Maryland
1970     Dan Ryczek, C, Virginia
1971     Geoff Hamlin, FB, North Carolina
1972     Ron Rusnak, G, North Carolina
1973     Bill Yoest, G, NC State
1974     Ken Huff, G, North Carolina
1975     Billy Bryan, C, Duke
1976     Billy Bryan, C, Duke
1977     Joe Bostic, G, Clemson
1978     Jim Ritcher, C, NC State
1979     Jim Ritcher, C, NC State
1980     Ron Wooten, G, North Carolina
1981     Lee Nanney, T, Clemson
1982     Dave Pacella, T, Maryland
1983     James Farr, G, Clemson
1984     Jim Dombrowski, T, Virginia
1985     Jim Dombrowski, T, Virginia
1986     Paul Kiser, G, Wake Forest
1987     John Phillips, G, Clemson
1988     Jeff Garnica, C, North Carolina
1989     Chris Port, T, Duke
1990     Ray Roberts, T, Virginia
1991     Ray Roberts, T, Virginia
1992     Ben Coleman, T, Wake Forest
1993     Mark Dixon, G,  Virginia
1994     Clay Shiver, C, Florida State
1995     Clay Shiver, C, Florida State
1996     no recipient
1997     Tra Thomas, T, Florida State
1998     Craig Page, C, Georgia Tech
1999     John St. Clair, C, Virginia
2000     Tarlos Thomas, T,  Florida State
2001     Brett Williams, T, Florida State
2002     Brett Williams, T, Florida State
2003     Elton Brown, G, Virginia
2004     Elton Brown,  G, Virginia
2005     Eric Winston, T, Miami
2006     Josh Beekman, G-C, Boston College
2007     Steve Justice, C, Wake Forest
2008     Eugene Monroe, T, Virginia
2009     Rodney Hudson, G, Florida State
2010     Rodney Hudson, G, Florida State
2011     Blake DeChristopher, T, Virginia Tech
2012     Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
2013     Cameron Erving, T, Florida State
2014     Cameron Erving, T-C, Florida State
2015     Roderick Johnson, T, Florida State