FSU's Christian Jones and Nick Moody included on the Butkus Award Watch List while Brandon Jenkins and Bjoern featured on Lombardi Award Watch List.
The breakdown of FSU football players in each class continues as Seminoles.com's Brandon Mellor takes a look at the 19 scholarship juniors entering the 2012 season.
Nick Moody has made the move from safety to linebacker for his final season as Florida State has to replace the productive shoes of three-year starter Nigel Bradham when spring practices start Monday.
As part of an ongoing series of articles, Seminoles.com Senior Writer Brandon Mellor looks at each member of Florida State's vaunted 2012 recruiting class. Next on the list is linebacker Reggie Northrup.
Seminoles.com's Brandon Mellor takes a look at the defensive transformation by the Florida State football team over the past two seasons.
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The Hudson File
Greg Hudson is in his 22nd season of collegiate coaching and third as Florida State's assistant head coach and linebackers coach. He is one of the architects of Florida State's rapidly improving defense. In particular, the Seminoles' linebackers were considered to be one of Florida State's most improved units in 2010 and took the next step in 2011 as FSU ranked fourth nationally in total defense.
Hudson's linebacker corps has played a pivotal role in FSU's climb as one of the nation's top defensive units in two short seasons. Two of Hudson's linebackers were among the top three tacklers for FSU in 2011, Nigel Bradham and Christian Jones. Bradham became the first Seminole in 20 years - since All-American Marvin Jones - to lead the team in tackles for three consecutive years. He was chosen in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills. Jones excelled in his first year as a starter at strongside linebacker finishing with 56 tackles playing behind one of the top defensive lines in the country. He takes over for Bradham at weakside linebacker in 2012. Overall in 2011, Hudson's group accounted for 32 percent of FSU's tackles for loss which helped FSU finish eighth nationally in that category.
Florida State's defense in 2010 was rated as the 42nd best out of 120 Division I teams after ranking 108th the season before Hudson's arrival in Tallahassee. The Seminoles ranked 20th in the nation in scoring defense in 2010 after ranking 94th nationally in 2009. The Seminoles allowed more than 80 fewer yards defensively in 2010 than it did in 2009. Hudson coached two of the team's three leading tacklers in Nigel Bradham (98 tackles) and Kendall Smith (97 tackles). Bradhman returns in 2011 as Hudson will be challenged in grooming a very talented corps of linebackers with limited playing experience in Vince Williams, Christian Jones, Telvin Smith, Nigel Terrell, Jeff Luc and Holmes Onwukaife.
During his tenure at East Carolina, where he worked for one-time FSU graduate assistant Skip Holtz, the Pirates set new standards for excellence. ECU posted four consecutive winning seasons for the first time in 30 years and made four consecutive bowl appearances for the first time in school history. The Pirates also became the first team to win consecutive Conference USA championship games, pulling off the feat in 2008 and 2009 and knocking off two of the nation's top rated offenses in Tulsa (2008) and Houston (2009).
Hudson's ECU defenses earned a reputation for turning over opponents, coming up with 145 takeaways in five seasons - an average of 29 per season - which ranks among the top 10 of all FBS programs in that stretch
The Pirates finished in the top 10 nationally in four defensive categories in 2009 - fumbles recovered (3rd, 17), red zone defense (7th, 0.71 pct), turnovers gained (4th, 34) and turnover margin (10th, +0.79). They also led CUSA in scoring defense (21.93) and turnover margin.
In 2008, Hudson's ECU defense led CUSA in total defense and scoring defense, despite losing several key players to injury. He earned national recognition for his work when the Pirates shut down No. 8 West Virginia's spread offense, led by quarterback Pat White, in a 24-3 victory. ECU also defeated eventual ACC champion Virginia Tech to open the 2008 season.
Hudson has coached on both sides of the football over the course of his career, which began at the University of Redlands (Cal.) with the linebackers in 1991. He worked with the offensive line as a graduate assistant at Notre Dame in 1993 and was on the sideline for the historical "Game of the Century," when the Fighting Irish hosted Florida State. Hudson's first full-time post in the major college ranks came at Connecticut, where he had oversight of the offensive line. He held the same position during his first season at Cincinnati. Hudson returned to defense and worked with linebackers at both Cincinnati and Minnesota.
A product of the legendary high school powerhouse Cincinnati Moeller, he was inducted into the Moeller Sports Hall of Fame in February 2011. Hudson attended Notre Dame and played linebacker for the Irish. He was also a catcher on the Notre Dame baseball team.
Hudson's Coaching Ledger