NEW YORK — Florida State offensive lineman Rodney Hudson and Florida punter Chas Henry were named to the All-America team.
They were the only players from Florida schools who garnered first-team honors Tuesday. Hudson was one of three players from the ACC named to the team, and Henry was one of four from the SEC.
A finalist for the Outland Trophy as the nation's most outstanding lineman, Hudson becomes FSU's first All-American since offensive tackle Alex Barron in 2004.
Florida safety Ahmad Black was a second-team selection.
No. 1 Auburn will have an All-American anchoring both sides of the ball in the BCS title game.
Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton and defensive tackle Nick Fairley were voted to the team along with Oregon running back LaMichael James, who will face Auburn in Glendale, Ariz., on Jan. 10.
Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Nebraska also had two All-Americans each.
Golden gets started
CORAL GABLES — Miami coach Al Golden was to be picked up for his first day in the football office at 8:15 a.m.
He was ready at 8:14.
That might have been the only unscheduled minute of his first full day with the Hurricanes.
Golden woke up Sunday as Temple's football coach; when his day started Tuesday, his wife was looking for a new South Florida home, he was trying to figure out which of his new keys fit into what lock, and he was hammering out final details of his five-year contract.
"I'm here now and I'm ready," Golden said in a rare quiet moment in his new office, where the sounds of football players clanging iron in the weight room below could be clearly heard. "But there's a million things that have to be done."
He did a few interviews, met with athletic and academic staff and got a briefing from Corey Bell, the director of football operations, about where certain things stand. There were little details — getting his wife directions to the bookstore so she could pick up some Miami gear for their kids — to tend to, along with big ones, like a long list of human-resources requirements.
"I brought three bags on the plane and have got everything I need for now," Golden said. "I'm here. And I'm excited."
penn state in clearwater: The Nittany Lions, who play the Gators in the Outback Bowl in Tampa on Jan. 1, will open practice Sunday at Bright House Field in Clearwater, the spring training home of the Phillies. Practices in Clearwater will last through Dec. 24, then players and coaches will move to the team hotel in Tampa.
PONDER AILING: FSU returned to practice, but without quarterback Christian Ponder. Coach Jimbo Fisher said Ponder would resume practice Dec. 26 for the Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl against South Carolina. Ponder had an arm injury during the season, and was held out of the Dec. 4 ACC Championship Game.
BYU: The Cougars will play in the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego.
NORTH CAROLINA: Starting linebacker Bruce Carter (torn left ACL) and offensive lineman Alan Pelc (left shoulder surgery) will miss the Dec. 30 Music City Bowl against Tennessee.
VANDERBILT: Vice chancellor David Williams said the school is talking with Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin about the coaching job.