January 8, 2003 - by
Boulware Returns for Senior Season; Boldin Enters NFL Draft Early

Jan. 8, 2003

Tallahassee, Fla. — Florida State junior wide receiver Anquan Boldin informed FSU coaches on Wednesday that he was foregoing his senior season and entering the NFL draft. Linebacker Michael Boulware confirmed through the schools sports information office on Wednesday that he would remain at FSU for his final year of eligibility.

“It was a decision that my family and I made after talking about it,” said Boldin. “It came down to the pros and cons and what was the best decision for me. I had a great experience at Florida State and I loved playing for Coach Bowden. But the time has come for me to move on.”

“Anquan called me and said he and his family decided that they would petition for the draft,” said FSU head coach Bobby Bowden. “I talked to him about it and after talking for a while I felt like he made the right decision. I wish him the very best. He has been an inspiration for our football team. We will miss him, but that gives someone an opportunity to step in there.”

Florida State offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Jeff Bowden must now replace both starting wide receivers from last year’s ACC championship team. “First, I’m extremely proud of the way Anquan came back this year. The outstanding season he had following the knee injury is a direct result of the hard work he put in both on the practice fields and in the weight room. I hate to lose him, but we all wish him the best and I’m sure he’ll be successful in the NFL.”

Boldin becomes the first FSU underclassman to leave early for the NFL since the 1999 season and only the third over the last five seasons. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski left following his junior year in 1999 and defensive tackle Larry Smith left early following the 1998 season. Prior to that, defensive end Peter Boulware and offensive tackle Walter Jones left early following the 1996 season.

Boldin led FSU in receiving this season with 65 receptions for 1,011 yards and 13 touchdowns. His touchdown total led the ACC this season and ranks second all-time in Florida State receiving records. Boldin, who played quarterback in high school, took snaps at quarterback for the Seminoles in the Sugar Bowl game against Georgia and led the team in receiving yards, passing yards and came just short of leading in rushing as well.

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