One of the bookends on the offensive line for Florida State at left tackle, who brings 36 career starts into the season. A preseason All-ACC pick by several publications who is considered one of the top tackles in the country. Candidate for the Lombardi and Outland Trophies given to the nation's top lineman. Bulked up in the offseason despite missing spring practice with a shoulder injury. Very intelligent player who spent the spring mentoring the younger offensive linemen along with fellow tackle Zebrie Sanders. Excels in both the running and passing game. Earned the Matt Schmauch Academic Award at the end of spring practice, which is given to the player who is dedicated to getting a degree, is accountable and responsible in the classroom and works everyday to be a better student. Earned one of six community service awards given out at the end of spring practice.
Fourth-year starting left tackle who returned from offseason shouldersurgery...a preseason candidate for a number of national awards, Datko started the first four games before recurring shoulder issues forced him to shut it down...underwent shoulder surgery in late November, ending his season...played 252 snaps and posted a season average grade of 75.8... allowed just one sack...posted a season-high grade of 84 percent in the opener against Louisiana Monroe...has 40 career starts to his credit, which still ranks third overall among current Seminoles.
Third-year starter as a true junior, he missed three games after suffering a shoulder injury late in the Oklahoma game, which snapped a streak of 27 consecutive starts...played his entire career at left tackle, where he has been responsible for protecting the quarterbacks' blind side and excels in that area...relinquished just one sack in 11 games (all starts) on the season, stifling heralded pass rushers from Oklahoma, Miami, Clemson, Florida and Virginia Tech...penalized just three times and issued five missed assignments in 691 snaps...Datko's season average grade of 87 was second only to Rodney Hudson on the team...presented the Bob Crenshaw Award by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club as the "Most Courageous" Seminole.
Started every game at the left tackle position and boasted a season average grade of 79 percent...allowed two sacks all season, shutting out Georgia Tech All-American Derrick Morgan and All-ACC standouts Robert Quinn (UNC) and Willie Young (NC State)... made his 25th consecutive start in the Gator Bowl...earned ACC Lineman of the Week honors following dominating performance in come-from-behind win at North Carolina...was penalized just three times on the season.
Named a first team freshman All-American by The Sporting News and a freshman All-American by the FWAA, Rivals and Phil Steel...becomes the first offensive tackle to garner freshman All-America honors since Brett Williams in 1999...named to the ACC All-Academic team...following in the footsteps of All-America candidate Rodney Hudson. Datko has started 12 straight games as a true freshman and is the third freshman All-American on the line since Rick Trickett was hired...named the offense's top newcomer at the football awards dinner...also the freshman class academic award winner for the offense...started more games than any true freshman at any position making 12 starts and playing in all 13 games...was named a mid-season All-America by Rivals...played 852 snaps, more than any freshman on the line. Had a top-two overall grade three times this season...received either the top grade or the second-best grade in run or pass blocking eight times...recorded 21 knockdowns...added depth to the offensive line where he can play center or guard.
Three-star recruit by Rivals and Scout.com...the 35th-best guard in America according to Rivals...Scout lists him as the 44th-best tackle prospect in this class...rated 50th among offensive tackles this year by ESPN...disciplined player who understands technique, leverage and balance according to Scout.com...Scout considers Datko one of the top offensive line prospects in Broward County...PrepStar All-Region Team...FSWAA All-State 5A First Team offense...Miami Herald and South Florida Sun Sentinel All-Broward County...ran the 40 in a time of 5.3...played on St. Thomas' 14-1 State Championship squad...played for the state title every year of his high school career...chose FSU over UCF and FIU.
Born August 15, 1990...named to the 2008 ACC All-Academic team...major is business.
- With recently released Chad Clifton out of the picture at left tackle, McCarthy made it known Saturday that right tackle Bryan Bulaga isn't under consideration to switch sides. "I don't see any reason to go down that road," McCarthy said. "I think Bryan's on the verge of being a Pro Bowler at right tackle. I look for him to have that type of season." The Packers made Bulaga their first-round draft pick in 2010 with the idea he would take over for Clifton at some point. Bulaga, though, replaced an injured Mark Tauscher at right tackle early that season and has stayed there. Marshall Newhouse, who started 11 games when Clifton was hurt last season, is the favorite to take over as Rodgers' blind-side protector. McCarthy said Derek Sherrod, a natural left tackle who was Green Bay's first-round pick in last year's draft, is on track to be ready for training camp. Sherrod suffered a season-ending broken leg Dec. 18. The 6-6 Datko also could be in the mix at left tackle, provided his oft-injured left shoulder doesn't hinder him again. He's had multiple surgeries on the shoulder, the latest of which was in November after his senior season at Florida State ended after only four games. The Packers cut Clifton, 35, on April 23 after he failed a physical. Clifton, a starter with the team since his rookie season in 2000, had reportedly been participating at the start of Green Bay's offseason program after he recovered from back surgery following last season. - The Sports Xchange
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