June 21, 1999 - by
Dan Kendra Announces He Will Likely Miss 1998 Season

July 2, 1998

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State junior quarterback Dan Kendra held a
press conference in Tallahassee Thursday afternoon to announce that he has
decided his knee injury (reconstructive surgery to a torn ACL in his right
knee) will not allow him to play football for the Seminoles in 1998.

“I’ve made a decision that I want to take the full time to allow my knee
to heal to 100 percent,” said Kendra. “I just do not feel that I could
heal the knee back to where I could perform like Dan Kendra can perform. I
don’t think I could operate to my full potential, and I don’t think it
would be fair to the team because I think I would be holding back.

“No one hurts more than me that it came down to this, but I think it’s a
smart decision and a right decision for me and the team. The worst thing I
would want to do is re-injure it and go back to square one.”

Kendra emerged from spring drills as the first team quarterback after a
heated battle with sophomores Chris Weinke and Marcus Outzen. Kendra, who
redshirted as a true freshman in 1995, played in seven games behind starter
Thad Busby last year. He completed 20-of-37 passes for 341 yards and three
touchdowns. Kendra started the 1996 Wake Forest game as a freshman in
place of an injured Busby leading FSU to a 44-7 win. As a freshman he
completed 46-of-89 passes for 665 yards and nine touchdowns with two
interceptions.

“This was Dan’s decision and I’m sorry that it is happening to him, but I
think it’s the right decision,” said offensive coordinator and quarterback
coach Mark Richt. “We’ve got a history of great players in our program
alone who have come back to further their careers after this kind of
injury. Just last year Sam Cowart was an All-American, Dan Footman and
Corey Fuller are just a few that returned to have great careers.

“A half-speed Dan Kendra is not want anyone wants. We are concerned with
getting him healthy and ready to play again whenever that is. That’s all
we’ve asked for all along. I’m still confident he’ll be back. This is by
no means an ending to anything.”

The loss of Kendra elevates Weinke, a 25-year-old sophomore, to the first
team with Outzen running second team and incoming freshman Jared Jones at
third team.

The Seminoles open the season August 31st against Texas A&M in the
Kickoff Classic at The Meadowlands.

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