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Sept. 14, 2000
Susan Painter, Softball
Susan Painter was one of the finest players in the history of Lady
Seminole softball. Her career spanned Florida State’s move from their
highly successful stint in slow pitch softball to the current fast pitch
A letterwinner from 1981-84, Painter led Florida State to a
197-33-2 record and two slowpitch national championships during her four
seasons. The Plantation, Fla., native was the starting pitcher for the
Lady Seminoles for three seasons and then switched to first base for her
senior year when the program went to fastpitch. Setting the ground work
for an outstanding career, Painter went 31-4 and batted .455 with 39 RBI as
a rookie. She earned All-American honors and was named Most Valuable
Player of the 1982 National Championship team. A co-captain in 1983, she
earned FAIAW All-State first team honors for the third straight year and
was selected to the AIAW National All Championship Team for the second time
in her career. She was also named to numerous all-tournament and regional
teams throughout her career.
Paul Wilson, Baseball
Paul Wilson was one of the most dominating pitchers in Seminole
baseball history. His blazing fastball and command of the game from the
mound made him one of college baseball’s most intimidating pitchers. Over
his three year career he led Florida State to some of it’s greatest wins
and capped his career with his selection as the first pick of the 1994
Major League Baseball Draft.
Wilson was selected to the Baseball America and National Collegiate
Baseball Writers Association All-American teams, in addition to being
tagged All-ACC following an outstanding junior season in 1994. The Orlando
native capped his FSU career by being named one of nine finalists for the
Golden Spikes Award, presented annually to the top amateur baseball player
in the country. Wilson led the 1994 Seminole pitching staff to the College
World Series with a 13-5 record and 2.08 ERA in 143.0 innings pitched. He
struck out 161 batters while walking just 32. During his three-year career
(1992-94), Wilson compiled a 27-11 record with a 2.77 ERA. Along the way
he struck out 299 in 304.2 innings of work. Wilson established himself as
the ace of the 1993 Team USA pitching staff, starting in nine games.
Wilson made more Florida State history by becoming the highest
Seminole ever chosen in any professional sport draft, when the righthander
was named the first overall pick in the 1994 draft by the New York Mets.
Derrick Brooks, Football
Derrick Brooks came to Florida State as one of the most heralded
recruits ever and left FSU having set a new standard for his outside
A two-time consensus All-American and an NFL first round draft
choice in 1995, Brooks was a dominating linebacker who was named the
Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year as a junior in 1993 and was a
three-time All-ACC first team selection during his career. His ability to
run like a receiver and make plays like a defensive back made him one of
the most exciting players in all of college football.
Brooks earned four varsity letters (1991-94) and was the defensive
leader on Florida State’s first national championship team in 1993. He
recorded 274 career tackles and was a finalist for the Butkus, Lombardi and
Football Writer’s National Defensive Player of the Year as a junior
Brooks was also a top scholar-athlete who won an NCAA post-graduate
scholarship and earned Academic All-America honors following his senior
season. He was a GTE Academic All-America second team selection and named
the ACC All-Academic team as a junior.
Marvin Jones, Football
Marvin Jones was one of the finest linebackers in the history of
college football. In 1992, Jones became the first Florida State player to
capture two national awards in the same year when he earned both the Butkus
Award as the nation’s top linebacker and the Lombardi Award signifying the
nation’s top linemen.
A stunning combination of speed, strenght and instinct, Jones
terrorized FSU opponents. He was called the finest linebacker in college
football history by a number of experts over his FSU career. Nicknamed
“Shade Tree” after resting under one following an early FSU practice his
freshman year, Jones went on to become such an intense competitor that
opposing offenses all but conceded running the ball up the middle on the
Jones tallied 111 tackles and seven tackles for a loss as a junior
in 1992, while leading the Seminoles to an 11-1 record. He made 10 or more
tackles in nine games and finished fourth in the balloting for the 1992
Heisman Trophy. Jones finished his career a two-time Consensus All-American
and a first-team All-ACC choice in 1992.
Jones was selected with the fourth pick of the 1992 draft following
his junior season by the New York Jets. At the time, it was the highest an
FSU player had ever been selected in the NFL draft.
Dr. Joe Camps, Moore Stone Award Winner
Joe Camps, one of the first great defensive backs of the Bobby
Bowden era at Florida State, proved to be as valuable to the Seminole
athletic program after graduation as he was on the field. Dr. Camps’
achievements as a citizen, in his profession and as a supporter of FSU
athletics have made him a role model.
Camps was a starting strong safety on the Seminoles’ 1975 team
which ranked second in the nation against the pass, allowing only 63.5
yards passing per game. He was one of the hardest and most instinctive
hitters of his time. Camps tied for the team lead with three fumble
recoveries as a junior.
Camps earned three varsity letters (1974-76) as a member of
Bowden’s first Seminole teams. He earned the Bob Crenshaw award, which is
given annually to the “player with the biggest heart” as voted on by the
members of the team, as a senior in 1976.
Camps was Bowden’s first player to become a doctor. He has been
active in the Seminole boosters and with the Seminole student-athletes as
an educator and lecturer since his graduation as he has continued his close
affiliation with the university.