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FSU receiver Travis Rudolph wins the weekly Sunshine State Award

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In the FSU offensive huddle, there are a lot of stars.

There is Dalvin Cook, a Heisman favorite. There is Deondre Francois, the tough quarterback.

But don’t forget about Travis Rudolph, the wide receiver who has stardom written all over him.

On Saturday against Wake Forest, Rudolph caught 13 passes for 258 yards, winning the Sunshine State Player of the Week award. In the past, quarterbacks and running backs have dominated the award, but this week, the memories of Rudoph snaking through the Wake Forest secondary cannot be ignored.

“I feel like I can do that any week,” Rudolph told the Orlando Sentinel. “When my number is called, I’ve got to make the best of it.”

Other candidates for the award include FSU teammates Francois (319 yards passing) and Cook (115 yards rushing); Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis, who had eight tackles; Florida running backs Lemical Perine (106 yards rushing) and Jordan Scarlett (101 yards); Miami defensive back Corn Elder (14 tackles); USF quarterback Quinton Flowers (370 yards of combined offense and five touchdowns); USF linebacker Augie Sanchez (11 tackles and three sacks); USF running back Marlon Mack (107 yards rushing); UCF receiver Tre-Quann Smith (three catches for 103 yards); FIU quarterback Alex McGough (319 yards passing); FIU receiver Thomas Owens (11 catches for 148 yards); FAU running backs Devin Singletary (111 yards rushing) and Greg Howell Jr. (109 yards); and FAU receiver Kalib Woods (five catches for 100 yards).

The Sunshine State award is presented each week by the SaintPetersblog.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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