August 4, 2004 - by
Florida State Football Position Analysis: Cornerbacks

Aug. 4, 2004


Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews will be able to jump right into the game plan beginning in August as his secondary unit returns all four starters as well as key reserves at all but one of the positions heading into 2004.

Jerome Carter should contend for All-America honors at the rover position as he enters his senior season. He is a ferocious hitter who ranked fourth on the team last year with 78 tackles (45 solo, 33 assisted). He is listed above classmate Kyler Hall who also has starting experience at rover and should get plenty of playing time this year. Claudius Osei rounds out the trio of experienced seniors at the position and he too has played a lot of snaps for the Seminoles.

Junior Pat Watkins (6-4, 204) used the spring to move ahead of senior returning starter B.J. Ward, so there should be a good battle for starting honors at free safety in August. Watkin’s speed and athletic ability have been a practice field legend since he arrived, and he was able to transition that to the game field last year finishing fifthth on the team with 62 tackles (45 solo) and his three interceptions tied for the team lead. Ward, who has tied the school record for blocked kicks with seven, is an outstanding athlete who is the more physical of the two. Freshman Roger Williams will find playing time behind the two veterans at the free safety spot.

FSU coaches were forced to play without All-America candidate Bryant McFadden at cornerback over the final two games of last season against Florida and in the Orange Bowl against Miami and it showed. McFadden’s groin injury has healed and he gives FSU coaches the outstanding one-on-one cover guy they must have for the system to work. Gerard Ross is a junior behind him and has made steady progress and should be ready for playing time this season. Freshman Jhermaine McAroy made plays on the practice field while redshirting last year and will get a chance to push for playing time based on his performance in preseason practices.

The depth is also solid at right cornerback where Leroy Smith returns to his starting role as a junior. Smith tied Watkins for the team lead with three interceptions and he returned one of them 90 yards for a touchdown at Notre Dame. He has excellent coverage skills and is a sure tackler. Sophomore Antonio Cromartie will enter the season as the backup at right cornerback. He is as physically talented as any Seminole defensive back in years. He and wide receiver Craphonso Thorpe are the fastest players on the team and Cromartie normally starts with a height advantage before the ball is snapped as he stands 6-3. He is also one of the nation’s top kickoff returners.

FSU history has shown that an experienced secondary means a successful defense. If that recipe continues to work in 2004, the Seminole stoppers could be among the nation’s best.


LC 8 Bryant McFadden 6-0 186 SR
11 Gerard Ross 6-2 190 JR
33 Jhermaine McAroy 6-1 168 FR

FS 22 Pat Watkins 6-4 204 JR
24 B.J. Ward 6-3 208 SR
31 Roger Williams 6-1 192 FR

RV 23 Jerome Carter 6-0 219 SR
41 Kyler Hall 6-1 194 SR
27 Claudius Osei 6-0 197 SR

RC 32 Leroy Smith 5-10 190 JR
13 Antonio Cromartie 6-3 197 SO


#14 Anthony Bredwood
5-10, 185, Cornerback, Senior
Palm Bay, FL (Palm Bay)

At Florida State: Senior who will provide depth at cornerback…a member of an FSU secondary that should rank among the nation’s top groups…also expected to see significant playing time on special teams…a walk-on who has seen increased playing time over his career…has played in 29 games, including all 13 last season as a junior.

Junior Year (2003): Played in all 13 games…recorded a career-high five tackles (four solo) on the season…had two solo tackles against Notre Dame and also had two against NC State…other tackle came against Maryland.

Sophomore Year (2002): Saw action in 10 games on special teams and as a reserve defensive back…recorded two solo tackles on the year with one against Maryland and one against Miami.

Freshman Year (2001): Played in six games as a back-up defensive back…earned playing time in home victories against Wake Forest and Maryland and in road games against North Carolina, Virginia, Clemson and Florida.

2000: Redshirted as a true freshman.

High School:Graduated from Palm Bay High School in 2000…earned all-league first team honors as a cornerback as a senior…recorded 86 total tackles (41 solo) during his senior season…returned three kickoffs for touchdowns…an honor roll student with a 3.5 grade point average.

Personal: Born January 26, 1982…has already graduated with a degree in business.



YEAR SOLO AT TT TFL QS PBU FC FR INT TD
2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 4 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
CAREER 6 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Bredwood Facts
Games Started: None
Tackles: 2 vs. 2 teams
Unassisted Tackles: 2 vs. Notre Dame, 2003
Assisted Tackles: 1 vs. NC State, 2003
Season Tackles: 5 in 2003



#23 Jerome Carter
Rover, 6-0, 219 , Sr.
Lake City, Fla. (Columbia)

At Florida State: Should contend for All-America and All-ACC honors as a senior rover in 2004…returns to his starting role where he has earned a reputation as a fierce tackler…an honorable mention All-ACC selection in 2003… has played in 30 games over his first three years…has recorded 7.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 quarterback sacks during his three-year career…Florida State’s leading returning career tackler with 183 career stops…has played two consecutive BCS Bowl games (Sugar in 2002 and Orange in 2003) and was a starter in the Orange Bowl…shared the defensive big hitter award following spring practice in 2001…won the leadership award for the defense following spring practice in 2004…turned in the highlight of the 2004 spring game with an 88-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Junior Year (2003): All-ACC Honorable Mention selection…started all 13 games for the Seminoles including the Orange Bowl against Miami…finished fourth on the team and second among defensive backs with 78 tackles…recorded his season-high of nine tackles against both Miami (during the regular season) and Virginia…had eight tackles against Clemson and seven each against North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest…first career interception came against Clemson in Death Valley…a first quarter interception of Miami’s Brock Berlin set up Florida State’s first touchdown of the Orange Bowl against the Hurricanes…returned the interception 30 yards.

Sophomore Year (2002): Started 11 games while playing in all 14 including in the Sugar Bowl against Georgia…third on the team in tackles with a career-high 94 stops…the only defensive back to record double figure tackles in a game and he accomplished the feat three times – against Louisville, Georgia Tech and NC State…had a career-high 13 stops against Georgia Tech, 11 against NC State and 10 against Louisville…also the only defensive back to record a quarterback sack…single-game career high seven unassisted tackles against Louisville and NC State…top assisted tackle total of seven came at Georgia Tech that helped him gain his career-high of 13 total tackles.

Freshman Year (2001): Played in six games on both special teams and at the safety/rover position…was one of 12 true freshman to earn playing time…missed the final five games of the regular season and the Seminoles’ Gator Bowl victory over Virginia Tech because of a knee injury…underwent surgery to repair his right knee in December of 2001…credited with 11 total tackles (seven unassisted) while recording one pass break-up…four tackles came in Florida State’s victory over Wake Forest…blocked a punt by Duke in first career game and returned it for 12-yards for a touchdown… recorded his season-high of six total tackles and his season-high of four unassisted tackles against Duke.

High School: Graduated from Columbia High School in 2001…two-time all-state first-team selection as a junior and senior…named the Class 5A Player of the Year as a senior by the Florida Association of Coaches…named as one of the nation’s top 25 players by Max Emfinger who also included him on his national Nifty 150 list…named as the third best prep safety in the nation by BorderWars.com…named the top prep player in the state of Florida by the Gainesville Sun…named to the Super 75 by the Florida Times Union…named to the Super Southern 100 by the Atlanta Journal Constitution…of the top 100 players in the nation by Rivals100.com…recorded 77 total tackles (50 unassisted) on defense his senior season…rushed for 811 yards on 83 carries (9.8 yards per carry) scored 11 touchdowns and caught 29 passes for 601 yards and seven touchdowns on offense his senior season…credited with 119 total tackles while rushing for 777 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior.

Personal: Born Oct. 25, 1982…major is social science.


Carter’s Statistics – Tackles
Year UT AT TT TFL QS PBU FC FR INT TD
2001 7 4 11 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2002 60 34 94 1.5 1 3 0 0 0 0
2003 45 33 78 6 0.5 2 1 0 2 0
Totals 112 71 183 7.5 1.5 6 1 0 2 0

Carter’s Facts
Games Started: 13 in 2003
Tackles: 13, against Georgia Tech, 2002
Unassisted Tackles: 7, Georgia Tech, 2002
Assisted Tackles: 6, Georgia Tech, 2002
Interceptions: 1, against Clemson, Miami (OB), 2003
Season Tackles: 94 in 2002
Season Interceptions: 2 in 2003



#39 Marcello Church
Linebacker, 6-1, 233, Junior
St. Petersburg, FL (Lakewood)

At Florida State: Experienced linebacker who is listed second on the depth chart behind A.J. Nicholson at weakside linebacker…can play both outside linebacking positions as he spent last season behind Michael Boulware at strongside linebacker…worked at weakside linebacker his first two years at FSU…valuable special teams performer…had a huge punt block that led to a touchdown in the 2002 Gator Bowl win against Virginia Tech.

Sophomore Year (2003): Played behind All-ACC selection Michael Boulware at strongside linebacker…played in all 13 games, including the Orange Bowl, at linebacker and on special teams…finished the season with 13 total tackles, nine of which were solo stops…recorded a career-high three tackles at Notre Dame…had one or more tackles in nine games…recognized as the Kicking Game Player of the Week by coaching staff following the win over NC State…was named the most improved linebacker following 2003 spring practice.

2002: Redshirted after an injury kept him from practice time early in the season…was expected to see considerable playing time after performing well as a true freshman in 2001.

Freshman Year (2001): Blocked a punt that led to a touchdown against Virginia Tech in the Gator Bowl…appeared in all but one game as a true freshman…finished 23rd on the team with 14 tackles…best outing came at Duke with two unassisted tackles …had three intimidations with two at Clemson and one against Alabama-Birmingham.

High School: Regarded as one of the top linebackers in the state…member of Max Emfinger’s Top 100…had an impressive senior season at Lakewood High in St. Petersburg…also played running back and rushed for 1,089 yards as a senior.

Personal: Majoring in social science…born March 24, 1982.


YEAR SOLO AT TT TFL QS PBU FC FR INT TD
2001 8 6 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 Redshirted
2003 9 4 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
CAREER 17 10 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Church Facts
Games Started: None
Tackles: 3 at Notre Dame, 2003
Unassisted Tackles: 2 vs. Duke, 2001
Assisted Tackles: 2 at Notre Dame, 2003
Season Tackles: 14 in 2001


#13 Antonio Cromartie
6-3, 197, Sophomore, Cornerback
Tallahassee, Fla. (Lincoln)

At Florida State: Should challenge Leroy Smith for the starting spot at the right cornerback position, and both will see plenty of playing time no matter who wins the job… named the most improved defensive back during spring practice in 2004…one of only five true freshmen to earn playing time during the 2003 season…one of the fastest players on the team…showed the knack for making the big plays right away in practice as a true freshman…participated in spring practice prior while also running competitively as a member of the Seminoles’ track and field team – often participating in both sports on the same day…a member of the Seminoles’ indoor track team which won the ACC Championship in 2004.

Freshman Year (2003): Played in all 13 games including the Orange Bowl game against Miami…one of five true freshmen in 2003…earned substantial playing time at left cornerback…had single-game career-high four tackles against both Duke and Wake Forest …total against Duke came as career-high four solo stops while he had three solo stops and a assisted stop against Wake Forest…had an interception return for a touchdown against Duke…led the team in kickoff return yards and ranked fifth in the ACC with 568 yards on 24 returns…was 43rd overall and eighth among freshmen nationally in yards per kickoff return with his 23.7 yards per return average…single-game career-high of four returns (for 66 yards) came at home during the regular season against Miami… totaled a single-game career-high 92 yards on three returns in the overtime victory over NC State…totaled 89 yards on three punt returns against Georgia Tech and had seven games of 50 yards or more on punt returns…longest return of 62 yards came against Duke.

High School: Graduated from Lincoln High School in Tallahassee in 2003…named USA Today’s National Defensive Player of the Year…earned Parade All-American honors as a defensive back his senior season…led Lincoln to a 12-1-1 record as a senior and to the state Class 4A state championship as a junior…a four-star player by Rivals.com and rated as the sixth best prep cornerback in the nation…also named to their Southeast Top 100 and Florida Top 100…named to the All-Southern Team and as one of Florida’s top 100 players by the Orlando Sentinel…voted as one of the state of Florida’s top 100 players by the Florida Times Union… as a senior he had 30 pass receptions for 642 yards and six touchdowns to go along with 13 rushing attempts for 242 yards and three touchdowns on offense…also had 53 total tackles and six interceptions as a cornerback and returned two kickoffs and two punts for touchdowns on special teams…as a junior he caught 28 passes for 483 yards and seven touchdowns and had 53 rushing attempts for 586 yards and six touchdowns…had four interceptions and returned one for a touchdown his junior season…as a forward on the basketball team he averaged 14 points and nine rebounds per game…also a star on the track team and was a standout in the 110 meter dash (career-best time of 14.1 seconds) and as a member of the 4X100 meter relay team…selected Florida State over Florida, Auburn, Alabama and Michigan.

Personal: Born April 15, 1984…majoring in sport management.


Career Tackles
Year UT AT TT TFL QS PBU FC FR INT TD
2003 17 2 19 1 0 2 0 0 1 1
Totals 17 2 19 1 0 2 0 0 1 1

Career Kickoff Returns
Year Returns Yards Average TD Long
2003 24 568 23.7 0 62
Totals 24 568 23.7 0 62

Cromartie’s Facts
Games Started: 0
Tackles: 4, against Duke and Wake Forest, 2003
Unassisted Tackles: 4, against Duke, 2003
Assisted Tackles: 1, against Wake Forest and Miami (OB), 2003
Interceptions: 1, against Duke, 2003
Season Tackles: 19 in 2003
Season Interceptions: 1 in 2003



#41 Kyler Hall
6-0, 194, Senior, Rover
Live Oak, Fla. (Suwanee)


At Florida State: Will compete with Jerome Carter and Claudius Osei for playing time at the rover position…listed second on the depth chart at the position going into August…grew up less than 30 miles from Carter and are close friends…has played the rover position in 2003 and 2004 after concentrating on the free safety position as a freshman and sophomore…a hard hitter who plays the run very well…has improved his pass coverage dramatically during his career…has played in 39 consecutive career games while earning six career starting assignments…all his starts came as a sophomore…was limited during spring practice in 2004 because of a concussion…earned the award for the player most committed to physical development following spring practice in 2004… shared the defensive big hitter award with fellow rover Jerome Carter and earned the award as the most dependable defensive back following spring practice in 2001.

Junior Year (2003): Played in all 13 games including the Orange Bowl appearance against Miami…totaled 28 tackles (18 unassisted and 10 assisted)…tied his career-high with four unassisted tackles against Maryland and added five total tackles in the victory over Duke…also had four tackles against Miami in the Orange Bowl…among the team leaders in pass break-ups with four including two in the victory over Notre Dame.

Sophomore Year (2002): Played in all 14 games including the Seminoles’ Sugar Bowl game against Georgia…was a co-starter along with B.J. Ward at the free safety position…started six games during the season…ranked 15th on the team and fifth among defensive backs with a single-season career-high 36 tackles…registered a four solo tackles and established his single-game career-high with seven total tackles against Florida…three unassisted tackles came against Louisville and Florida…second career interception came at home against …was one of five defensive backs with at least one interception as the group recorded …tied for second on the team with two fumble recoveries…was tied with Kamerion Wimbley with two recoveries and ranked just behind team leader Jeff Womble with three…first career fumble recovery came against Maryland in the first quarter of the Seminoles win in College Park… also recovered a fumble against Georgia in the Sugar Bowl…first career start came in the second game of the season against Virginia.

Freshman Year (2001): Played in all 12 games including the Seminoles’ Gator Bowl victory against Virginia Tech…one of 12 true freshmen to earn playing time during the season as a special teams standout and as a reserve safety…biggest play of the year came in the third quarter of his first career game against Duke when he blocked a punt and it was recovered in the endzone for a touchdown…also returned a punt for eight yards against Duke…totaled nine tackles on the season with a season-high two stops coming against North Carolina, Virginia and Clemson…season-high one unassisted stop against North Carolina, Virginia and Clemson and a season-high two unassisted stops against NC State…first career interception came against Virginia in the Seminoles 43-7 victory in Charlottesville.

High School: Graduated from Suwanee High School in 2001…Florida Class 3A Player of the Year…Class 3A all-state first-team selection…named to the Florida Times Union Super 75 as a senior…credited with 95 total tackles (51 unassisted), four tackles for lost yardage, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a senior safety…completed 127 of 208 passes (.610 completion percentage) for 1,733 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior quarterback…also rushed for 169 yards and four touchdowns…played in CaliFlorida Bowl II in Santa Barbara in June of 2001…selected Florida State over Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia Tech and Cincinnati…earned academic honors throughout his high school career

Personal: Born Jan. 12, 1983…majoring in physical education.


Hall’s Statistics – Tackles
Year UT AT TT TFL QS PBU FC FR INT TD
2001 3 6 9 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2002 23 13 36 0 0 1 0 2 1 0
2003 18 10 28 1 0 4 0 0 0 0
Totals 44 29 73 1 0 5 0 2 2 0

Hall’s Facts
Games Started: 6, all in 2002
Tackles: 7, against Florida, 2002
Unassisted Tackles: 4, against Florida, 2002
Assisted Tackles: 3, against 3 teams
Interceptions: 1, against Virginia, 2001, 1 against Miami in 2002
Season Tackles: 36 in 2002
Season Interceptions: 1 in 2001, 1 in 2002




16 Mikhal Kornegay
5-8, 172, Sophomore, Cornerback
Greenville, Fla. (Madison County)

At Florida State: A transfer from Tennessee Tech University who will compete for playing time at the cornerback position…enrolled at Florida State during the spring of 2003 and has participated in spring practices in both 2003 and 2004.

2003: A redshirt season after transferring from Tennessee Tech.

At Tennessee Tech: Played in eight games as a running back for the Golden Eagles…gained 59 yards on 23 carries as a running back for 2.6 yards per carry average…also caught three passes and returned one kickoff for 15 yards…scored his first career touchdown against Valparaiso on a four-yard rush during a 62-10 Tennessee Tech victory on Sept. 21.

High School: Graduated from Madison County High School in 2002…played both cornerback and running back as a prep standout…lettered four years in football and track and field and earned all-state honors in both sports…led Madison to a 12-2 record in 2002 as a senior…totaled 89 tackles, six interceptions, and six blocked kicks (four punts and two field goals)…blocked a total of 12 kicks in his final three years as a member of the Madison varsity…competed in the FHSAA weightlifting championships during his senior season…also competed in the long jump and the 110 meter hurdles at the FHSAA track and field championship during his senior season.

Personal: Born Dec. 12, 1983…first name is pronounced Michael…majoring in education.



#33 Jhermaine McAroy
6-1, 168, Freshman, Cornerback
Pensacola, Fla. (Pensacola)

At Florida State: Will compete with Bryant McFadden and Gerard Ross for playing time at the left cornerback position…is listed third on the depth chart at the position entering fall practice in 2004… missed the entire 2003 season after suffering a shoulder injury that required surgery early during his first preseason practice at Florida State…one of four Pensacola area players on the Seminoles’ roster (defensive end D.J. Norris, linebacker Barry Wright and fullback Sean Compton).

2003: Redshirted along with most of his signing class.

High School: Graduated from Pensacola High School in 2003…a three-star player by Rivals.com and one of their top 50 prep cornerbacks in the nation…one of Florida’s Top 100 players according to the Orlando Sentinel and Rivals.com…recorded 62 tackles, five interceptions and did not allow a touchdown as a senior…only six passes were completed against him as a senior and only three against him as a junior…selected Florida State over Florida, Clemson, Louisiana State and South Carolina.

Personal: Born Sept. 22, 1983…majoring in social science.



#8 Bryant McFadden
6-0, 186, Senior, Cornerback
Hollywood, Fla. (McArthur)

At Florida State: Should contend for All-America and All-ACC honors as he returns to his starting role at left cornerback…missed the last two games of last season with a groin injury…perhaps the Seminoles’ best corner in man-to-man coverage…has played in 37 games and started nine over the first three years of his career…all nine starts came as a junior last year (2003)…FSU’s defensive backfield allowed only 12 passing touchdowns in 13 games (0.92 per game) in 2003…a back injury forced him to miss his true freshman season and he was slowed by various injuries as a sophomore in 2001…improved confidence has been a key to his development…has worked diligently on his technique during his career and earned the starting job at left cornerback during spring 2003…biggest improvement may have come in the weight room and with the Seminoles’ conditioning coaches… earned the award for the most dependable defensive back during spring practice in 2004.

Junior Year (2003): Played in 12 of Florida State’s 13 games with his only missed game coming against NC State…started nine games…played sparingly and did not start Florida State’s game against Miami in the Orange Bowl because of a groin injury…broke up a career-high nine passes which ranked second on the team…ranked 17th on the team in tackles with a career-high 28 stops…had a career-high 23 unassisted and a career-high five assisted tackles during the season…four tackles (all unassisted) in wins over Georgia Tech and Virginia tied his single-game career-high…caused a career-high three fumbles during the season…forced fumbles in three consecutive games (Wake Forest and Notre Dame and against Clemson)…season-high five tackles came at Notre Dame.

Sophomore Year (2002): Saw substantial action in all 14 games…tied for the team lead in interceptions with three which ranked seventh in the ACC…played the best game of the season against Maryland when he broke up two passes and recorded two interceptions as the Seminoles defeated the Peach Bowl Bound Terps in College Park… recorded 21 total tackles including 18 solo hits…was one of only two Seminoles to record a multi-interception games…a third interception came in Florida State’s victory over North Carolina…credited with four pass break-ups during the season, including one against Georgia in the Sugar Bowl…recovered a fumble in Florida State’s victory at Wake Forest.

Freshman Year (2001): Earned playing time in all 11 regular season games and recorded 22 tackles (19 unassisted and three assisted)…his 19 unassisted tackles ranked ninth on the team among all defensive players while his 22 total stops ranked fourth among the Seminoles’ defensive backs…the only non-starter to record 19 or more unassisted tackles…single-game career-high six tackles came against Clemson as the Seminoles won on the road…credited with his career-high of four unassisted tackles against Clemson…first career fumble recovery came against Virginia in the Seminoles’ 43-7 victory…credited with two pass break-ups with one each coming against Duke and North Carolina…missed the Gator Bowl after fracturing his right foot while practicing in Jacksonville with the team prior to the Jan. 1 game.

2000: Redshirted along with most of his recruiting class.

High School: Graduated from McArthur High School in 2000…regarded by most experts as the top prep cornerback in the nation….a USA Today All-USA first-team selection as a senior…the No. 1 defensive back in the nation and the top overall prospect in the state of Florida by SuperPrep…a Parade Magazine All-America first team selection…one of three current Florida State players (Travis Johnson and Eric Moore) who earned Parade Magazine All-America honors in 2000…selected to the Super Southern 100 Team by the Atlanta Journal Constitution …an All-South selection by the Orlando Sentinel…the No. 1 prospect in the state of Florida by the St. Petersburg Times…the No. 1 cornerback in the nation by Rivals100.com…All-America first-team by PrepStar and Football News…The No. 1 defensive back and No. 3 overall prospect in the Southeast by PrepStar…G&W All-America selection…credited with 150 total tackles (75 in each season) during his junior and senior seasons combined…recorded two interceptions and returned one for a touchdown as a senior and two interceptions as a junior…selected Florida State over Miami, Georgia, Tennessee and Michigan…

Personal: Born Nov. 21, 1981…majoring in studio art…grew up in South Carolina as a Clemson fan before moving to south Florida in 1985.


Year UT AT TT TFL QS PBU FC FR INT TD
2001 19 3 22 0 0 2 0 1 0 0
2002 18 3 21 0 0 4 0 1 3 0
2003 23 5 28 1 0 9 3 1 0 0
Totals 60 11 77 1 0 15 3 3 3 0

McFadden’s Facts
Games Started: 0
Tackles: 4, against 3 teams
Unassisted Tackles: 4, against 3 teams
Assisted Tackles: 4, against Clemson, 2001
Interceptions: 2, at Maryland, 2002
Season Tackles: 28 in 2003
Season Interceptions: 3 in 2002



#27 Claudius Osei
6-0, 197, Senior, Rover
Tallahassee, Fla. (North Florida Christian)

At Florida State: Enters the season battling for playing time at rover behind Jerome Carter and Kyler Hall…has played in 34 career games during his first three seasons including three bowl games – the Orange in 2003, Sugar in 2002 and Gator in 2001…three career starts came in the first three games of the 2002 season against Iowa State, Virginia and Maryland…fully recovered from ankle surgery which limited his availability during spring workouts in 2003…won the big Hitter Award on Defense following spring practice in 2002.

Junior Year (2003): Appeared in all 13 games including the Orange Bowl…recorded a single-season, career-high 20 unassisted tackles and 25 total stops from his rover position…recorded at least one tackle in 12 of 13 games with at least two tackles coming eight times…tied his single-game career-high with four unassisted tackles against Clemson to match his best of four against Iowa State in the 2002 season opener…also had four total tackles (three unassisted) against Maryland…had three unassisted tackles against Miami in the Orange Bowl…credited with a single-game career-high two pass deflections in Florida State’s victory over Wake Forest.

Sophomore Year (2002): Played in 11 of 14 games including the Sugar Bowl…ranked 11th on the team with a single-season career-high 41 total tackles…had 22 unassisted and 19 assisted tackles…gained his first career start in the season opener against Iowa State…had a career-high seven tackles against Georgia Tech…also had three unassisted tackles against North Carolina…missed the final three games of the month of September (Maryland, Duke and Louisville) after straining an Achilles’ tendon against Virginia.

Freshman Year (2001): Played in 11 regular season games and in the Sugar Bowl…recorded 15 total tackles including 12 solo hits…credited with a season-high three total tackles against Wake Forest, Miami and NC State…first career interception and three tackles came against NC State…credited with one pass break up during the season and had two intimidations against Clemson.

2000: Redshirted along with most of his class.

High School: Graduated from North Florida Christian in 2000…a highly recruited player who excelled at defensive back and wide receiver…recorded 100 total tackles (77 unassisted), 22 for minus yardage, four sacks and one interception (one interception returned for a touchdown), forced three fumbles and had one fumble recovery as a senior defensive back…caught 10 passes for 267 yards and five touchdowns as a receiver during his senior season…helped his team to the Class 2A state championship his senior season…selected Florida State over Georgia Tech and Tennessee.

Personal: Born June 20, 1980…a management major with a minor in real estate…a German exchange student who arrived in the United States in 1999…has participated in the NFL Futures program sponsored by NFL Europe…played in the Global Junior Football Championship – a four-nation tournament that was played as part of the celebration of Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans.


Osei’s Statistics – Tackles
Year UT AT TT TFL QS PBU FC FR INT TD
2001 12 3 15 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
2002 19 22 41 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2003 20 5 25 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Totals 51 30 81 0 0 4 0 0 1 0

Osei’s Facts
Games Started: 0
Tackles: 7, against Georgia Tech, 2002
Unassisted Tackles: 4, against Iowa State, 2002 and Clemson, 2003
Assisted Tackles: 5, against Georgia Tech, 2002
Interceptions: 1, against NC State, 2001
Season Tackles: 41 in 2002
Season Interceptions: 1 in 2001



#11 Gerard Ross
6-2, 190, Junior, Cornerback
Jacksonville, Fla. (Trinity Christian)

At Florida State: Will battle Leroy Smith for playing time at the right cornerback position…moved to cornerback after spending his first two seasons at safety…has played in 22 consecutive games entering the 2004 season with much of his playing time coming on special teams…a solid player for the Seminoles in both 2002 and 2003 after battling injuries during his redshirt freshman season…a knee injury in 2001 (his redshirt season) required surgery in late November to repair a small cartilage tear in his left knee…a member of Florida State’s No. 1 ranked recruiting class in 2001.

Sophomore Year (2003): Played in all 13 games including the Orange Bowl…tied his single-season career high with two total tackles and recorded his first career pass break-up…had solo tackles in Florida State’s victories over Duke and Maryland…pass break-up came against Maryland in Florida State’s victory at home.

Freshman Year (2002): Played in 11 of 14 games with most of his playing time coming on special teams… recorded two tackles – with one each coming in Seminole victories over Georgia Tech and North Carolina…first career tackle came in Florida State’s victory over the Yellow Jackets…earned playing time for the first time in the Seminoles’ victory over Virginia at home…played in each of the final nine games of the season after playing in only two of the first five.

2001: Redshirted along with most of the recruiting class.

High School: Graduated from Trinity Christian High School in Jacksonville in 2001…recorded eight interceptions, 71 tackles and two quarterback sacks from his safety position…passed for over 1,700 yards and 29 touchdowns as a quarterback during his junior season…also rushed for over 900 yards and scored 11 touchdowns from the quarterback position…named player of the year by Jacksonville Quarterback Club…member of USA Today Super 16 Combo All-America Team…also named All-America by Prep Star and Super Prep…made Sunshine Network’s Gridiron Team…named to the All-Southern Team by the Orlando Sentinel…named to Max Emfinger’s Nifty 150 nationally…BoarderWars.com and Rivals.com selected him among their top 100 national prospects…a member of the Florida Times Union’s Super 75 and their player of the year…a Super-Southern selection by the Atlanta Journal and Constitution…selected Florida State over Georgia, Florida, Notre Dame, Auburn, Alabama and Miami.

Personal: Born. 27, 1982…Majoring in sport management…cousin of Lamar Lewis who signed with the Seminoles as a running back and is a freshman in 2004.


Year UT AT TT TFL QS PBU FC FR INT TD
2002 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Totals 4 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

Ross’ Facts
Games Started: 0
Tackles: 1 against 4 teams
Unassisted Tackles: 1 against 4 teams
Assisted Tackles: 0
Interceptions: 0
Season Tackles: 2 in 2002 and 2003
Season Interceptions: 0



#32 Leroy Smith
5-10, 190, Senior, Cornerback
Quincy, Fla. (Shanks)

At Florida State: Returns as the starter at right cornerback…one of the more experienced Seminoles on the defense…has played in 34 career games and earned five starting assignments…tied for fifth in the ACC in interceptions per game in 2003 and has four career interceptions to lead all returning Seminole players…earned ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors after recording two tackles, two pass-break-ups, one interception (returned for a touchdown) and one third down stop against Notre Dame during the 2003 season…his efforts helped the Seminole defense shut out Notre Dame in South Bend for the first time in 25 years.

Junior Year (2003): Played in all 13 games including the Orange Bowl against Miami…had three starts at the right cornerback position (Wake Forest, Notre Dame and Clemson) in place of senior Stanford Samuels…tied for first among the team leaders with a single-season career-high three interceptions…tied with teammate Pat Watkins and four other ACC players for fifth in the conference in interceptions per game…ranked first on the team with 120 interception return yards and returned an interception 90 yards against Notre Dame for a touchdown…his return was the fifth longest in school history …earned ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors for his outstanding performance against the Irish…also recorded interceptions against Maryland and Miami during the regular season…ranked fourth on the team with seven pass break-ups…single-game career-high three pass break-ups against Notre Dame and he had two each against Maryland and Miami…ranked 15th on the team and fifth among the Seminoles’ defensive backs with a single-season career-high 32 tackles…included in his total were a single-season career-high 25 unassisted stops…career-high four tackles against both Virginia and Wake Forest with career-high three unassisted stops coming against Duke, Virginia, Wake Forest and NC State.

Sophomore Year (2002): Appeared in 13 of Florida State’s 14 games including the Sugar Bowl…earned the first two starts of his career against Wake Forest and Georgia Tech…recorded 22 tackles, 20 of which were unassisted…ranked second on the team with a career-high nine pass break-ups…was one of nine Seminoles with at least one interception…recorded his first career interception in the Seminoles’ victory over Duke…forced his first career fumble against North Carolina in the season opener…recorded his season-high of three unassisted tackles against Georgia in the Sugar Bowl…also had three tackles against Wake Forest and NC State.


Freshman Year (2001): Earned playing time in eight games at the right cornerback position and on special teams…credited with five total tackles on the season (all unassisted hits)…among the team leader with three pass break-ups with one each coming against Duke, NC State and Florida…missed three games (North Carolina, Wake Forest and Miami) after undergoing surgery Sept. 19 to repair a torn lateral cartilage in his right knee…Smith was injured in practice prior to Florida State’s game against North Carolina.

2000: Redshirted along with most of his recruiting class.


High School: Graduated from Shanks High School in nearby Quincy, Fla. in 2000…earned All-Big Bend First-Team honors as a junior in 1999…set Shanks’ school record with 16 career interceptions…totaled 71 tackles and five interceptions as s senior…also played wide receiver and was a three-time state championship meet qualifier in the 400-meter run.

Personal: Born Dec. 26, 1981…majoring in sociology…graduated from the same high school as former Seminole and Super Bowl XXXVI Most Valuable Player Dexter Jackson and former FSU safety Abdul Howard…grew up watching games from the stands of Doak Campbell Stadium as new graduate assistant coach, James Colzie, starred for the Seminoles in the defensive backfield.



Smith’s Statistics – Tackles
Year UT AT TT TFL QS PBU FC FR INT TD
2001 5 0 5 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
2002 20 2 22 0 0 9 1 0 1 0
2003 25 7 32 0 0 7 0 2 3 1
Totals 50 9 59 0 0 19 1 2 4 1

Smith’s Facts
Games Started: 3 in 2003
Tackles: 4, against Virginia and Wake Forest, 2003
Unassisted Tackles: 3, against 5 teams
Assisted Tackles: 2, against North Carolina, 2003
Interceptions: 1, against 3 teams
Season Tackles: 32 in 2003
Season Interceptions: 3 in 2003



#24 B.J. Ward
6-3, 208, Senior, Free Safety
Dallas, TX (Kimball)

At Florida State: Will compete with Pat Watkins for the starting spot at the free safety position…tied for Florida State’s all-time lead with seven blocked kicks during his career…the school’s all-time leader with seven blocked field goals during his career – no other player has blocked more than two field goals as a Seminole…tied the NCAA Record for field goals blocked in a single game with two against Duke in 2002… accounted for seven of Florida State’s 10 blocked kicks in the last two years…seven blocked field goals is more than the Seminoles recorded as a team during the decade of the 1990’s when the team totaled 28 total blocked kicks including six blocked field goals…Florida State’s leading returning tackler from last season and second leading returning career tackler overall… moved from wide receiver after his redshirt freshman season to defensive back in 2002…has undergone shoulder and thumb surgery since arriving at Florida State.

Junior Year (2003): Started 12 of Florida State’s 13 games (only non-start came in the Orange Bowl against Miami) at free safety…blocked three field goals (two against Duke and one against Notre Dame) to move into a tie for first in school history with seven blocked kicks during his career…he remained the all-time leader in field goals blocked and moved his career total to seven…Ranked third on the team (and first among defensive backs) with a single-season career-high 80 tackles…his tackle total included a career-high 40 unassisted stops and 40 assisted stops…blocked a single-game career-high two field goals in Florida State’s 56-9 victory over Duke…became only the second player in school history to block two field goals in one game – he tied J.T. Thomas who blocked two field goals against Louisville Sept. 12, 1970…first career interception came against Virginia…recorded a single-game career-high 12 tackles against Miami during the regular season…had a single-game career-high six unassisted tackles against Miami and Florida…his 12 tackles against Miami were tied for the fourth most in a single game by a Seminole player last season…recorded a single-season career-high six pass deflections including a single-game career-high two in the victory over Virginia…also ranked among the team leaders in fumble recoveries with two…most important fumble recovery came against NC State with the game tied at 37 and 2:25 left in regulation…also recovered a fumble against Miami during the regular season.

Sophomore Year (2002): Played in 14 games while starting seven at the free safety position…split the starting assignments with Kyler Hall…finished eighth on the team in tackles with 51 stops…his tackle total included 26 unassisted and 25 assisted tackles…season-high seven tackles came against Wake Forest …blocked field goals came against Iowa State, Maryland, Duke and Wake Forest…his four blocked kicks (field goal or punt) brought him to within one of tying the single-season school record of five by Joe Wessell during the 1984 season…also forced two fumbles.

Freshman Year (2001): Played in nine of Florida State’s 11 regular season games as one of the team’s most improved wide receivers…finished seventh on the team with six receptions, seventh with 81 receiving yards and sixth with a 13.5 yards per reception average…was one of nine Seminole receivers who caught at least one touchdown pass…first collegiate catch against Wake Forest from quarterback Chris Rix went for a 31-yard touchdown…finished with a career-high three catches for a career-high 66 yards…also had two receptions for 10 yards against Florida and one catch for five yards against NC State…was also a steady special teams performer who recorded four total tackles.

2000: Redshirted along with most of his class.

High School: Graduated from Kimball High School in December of 1999 and enrolled at Florida State in the spring of 2000…named to PrepStar’s Big 12 region Super 30…the No. 3 rated defensive back in the Big 12 region by PrepStar…named to Bill Buchalter’s All-Southern Team…considered to be one of the top prep players in the state of Texas during his career…recorded 72 tackles and had three interceptions as a senior…returned all three interceptions for touchdowns…intercepted six passes during his junior season…also earned varsity letters in basketball and track and field…was recruited by nearly every school in the nation and selected Florida State over Nebraska, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan.

Personal: Born Nov. 4, 1981…major is social science…had the nickname “superfreak” because of his athleticism…brother of former Miami Hurricane defensive back Nick Ward.


Ward’s Statistics – Tackles
Year UT AT TT TFL QS PBU FC FR INT BLKD
2002 26 25 51 0 0 2 0 0 0 4
2003 40 40 80 3 1 6 0 2 1 3
Totals 66 65 131 3 1 8 0 2 1 7

Ward’s Facts
Games Started: 12 in 2003
Tackles: 12, against Miami (RS), 2003
Unassisted Tackles: 6, against Miami (RS) and Florida, 2003
Assisted Tackles: 6, Miami (RS), 2003
Interceptions: 1, Virginia, 2003
Season Tackles: 80 in 2003
Season Interceptions: 1 in 2003



#22 Pat Watkins
6-4, 204, Junior, Free Safety
Tallahassee, Fla. (Lincoln)

At Florida State: The starter at free safety after earning considerable playing time at the position as both a freshman and sophomore…extremely talented pass defender who appears ready for a break-out season…started in place of B.J. Ward against Miami in the Orange Bowl and recorded a career-high nine tackles including a career-high seven solo stops…exceptional athlete who was one of the nation’s top high school long jumpers during his track and field career…one of three Seminoles who were a member of the USA Today All-USA First Team in 2001…joined on the All-America team by teammates Lorenzo Booker and Buster Davis.

Sophomore Year (2003): Played in all 13 games and earned first career start against Miami in the Orange Bowl…tied for the team lead along with cornerback Leroy Smith with a single-season career-high three interceptions…tied with Smith and four others for fifth in the ACC in interceptions per game…his interceptions came against North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Miami…had a career-high nine total tackles, including a career-high seven solo tackles, against Miami in the Orange Bowl during his first career start…recorded eight total tackles in the season opener against North Carolina…second career defensive touchdown – a 25-yard fumble recovery – came in win at Florida.

Freshman Year (2002): Played in 11 of Florida State’s 14 games including the Seminoles’ Sugar Bowl game against Georgia…earned playing time in each of the Seminoles’ final 11 games after seeing his first action against Duke…seven of his 10 tackles on the season came in the last five games of the season as he quickly picked up the Seminoles’ defensive scheme…forced his first career fumble against Wake Forest.

High School: Graduated from Lincoln High School in 2002…a first-team USA Today All-American…a Parade Magazine All-America first team selection…the No. 1 rated prep safety in the nation by TheInsiders.com and Max Emfinger…the No. 2 safety prospect in the nation and the No. 19 overall prospect by Rivals100.com…ranked as the 19th best prep player in the SuperPrep Elite 50 list…named to Bill Buchalter’s Super 26 List of the top players in the state of Florida…ranked No. 21 nationally on Tom Lemming’s list of the nation’s top 100 players…the No. 1 safety and the No. 1 overall player in the state of Florida by Florida Kids Magazine…named to Lindy’s top 102 for 2002 list of the nation’s top players…named to the Florida Times Union Super 75…played in the Califorida All-Star game prior to his arrival at Florida State…credited with 140 tackles, six interceptions and two fumble recoveries and added six kickoff returns for touchdowns during his senior season…selected Florida State over Miami, Florida, Georgia and USC.

Personal: Born Dec. 18, 1982…major is sport management.


Year UT AT TT TFL QS PBU FC FR INT TD
2002 4 6 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2003 45 17 62 0 0 8 1 1 3 1
Totals 49 23 72 0 0 8 2 1 3 1

Watkins’ Facts
Games Started: 1, against Miami (OB), 2003
Tackles: 9, against Miami (OB), 2003
Unassisted Tackles: 7, against Miami (OB), 2003
Assisted Tackles: 4, against North Carolina, 2003
Interceptions: 1, against North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Miami
Season Tackles: 62 in 2003
Season Interceptions: 3 in 2003



#31 Roger Williams
6-1, 192, Freshman, Free Safety
Warner Robins, Ga. (Northside)

At Florida State: Will compete for playing time at the free safety position behind Pat Watkins and B.J. Ward…enrolled at Florida State during the spring of 2003 and participated in spring drills…enters the 2004 season with two spring practice sessions (2003 and 2004) under his belt…played well during spring practice in 2004 and earned the top newcomer award on the defense.

2003: Redshirted along with all but five members of his class.

High School: Graduated from Northside High School in 2002…middle Georgia regional first-team selection…had three interceptions and returned one of those for touchdowns as a senior…record a team-high 125 tackles including a team-high 85 unassisted stops…also earned playing time at tight end his senior season…suffered a broken left ankle as a junior and missed all of that season…selected Florida State over Mississippi State, Mississippi, and Louisiana State.

Personal: Born Nov. 13, 1983…majoring in education.

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