November 30, 2003 - by
From The Desk of Rob Wilson


From The Desk of Rob Wilson

Craphonso Thorpe joins Alex Barron, Michael Boulware, Darnell Dockett, and Stanford Samuels on All-ACC first team

Craphonso Thorpe joins Alex Barron, Michael Boulware, Darnell Dockett, and Stanford Samuels on All-ACC first team


Nov. 30, 2003


Florida State got good news and bad news on recent All-America football team announcements. Junior offensive tackle Alex Barron was named to the Football Writers All-America team over the past week, but defensive tackle Darnell Dockett and linebacker Michael Boulware missed the first team by just one vote each.

The news was better on the All-ACC front with five Seminoles earning first team honors. In addition to Barron, Boulware and Dockett, the Seminoles placed senior cornerback Stanford Samuels and junior receiver Craphonso Thorpe to the first team list. It should be noted that Dockett received the most first place votes of any defensive player on the list, which should mean he is the leading contender for defensive player of the year in the ACC. NC State senior quarterback Philip Rivers was the only unanimous selection to the All-ACC team.

In case you missed it, a few of the ACC’s bowl tie-ins have already been filled as we wait to see which BCS bowl will select the Seminoles. The Peach Bowl has already invited Clemson, the Gator Bowl has chosen Maryland and the Tangerine Bowl will host NC State.

Florida State’s all-time record at home is 232-73-4. This number includes an 8-4 record at Centennial field over the first two years. One special fan, Clyde Spencer, has been to all but one of the home games. Go to the Florida Times Union’s website to read a terrific article about this 88-year-old FSU fan.

By the way, ESPN Gameday’s visit to the FSU/Florida game marked their 100th “road” show for the popular show. Which means that the Seminoles were featured on the first ever road show (FSU at Notre Dame) and the 100th road show.

Hope everyone has kept up with FSU’s startling run in women’s soccer over the last few years. Patrick Baker is doing his best Bobby Bowden imitation by taking a young program with some success and building himself a dynasty. FSU has reached the NCAA Sweet 16 (just like basketball folks) in three of the last four years.

On the golfing front, we mentioned in this communiqu? a couple of weeks ago that our women’s team has won at least one tournament in each of the last four years. Well, recent signees to the men’s team have hopes up that the men are poised to make a run. First-year coach Trey Jones turned a lot of heads this month when a pair of highly regarded players signed to join the FSU team in 2004. Brevard Community College’s Jacob Davis led his team to a sixth place finish in the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament last May. He is considered one of the top junior college golfers in the country. Song Jeon attends St. John Lutheran High in Ocala, FL, and is ranked 33rd in the country by Golfweek Magazine and is considered one of the top prep players in the country.

I also hope you didn’t miss the fine showing by our men’s and women’s cross country teams at the NCAA national championships last week. The two teams earned the trip to the national finals together for the first time. Vicky Gill and Natalie Hughes earned All-America honors on the women’s side, leading the Seminoles to an 18th place finish. The men finished 29th despite the disqualification of their top runner who was bumped off the course and then disqualified for leaving the course. The temperature at the start of the race in Waterloo, Iowa was negative seven degrees with wind chill factored in.

The women’s basketball team took exactly one game this season to set a new NCAA record. The Seminoles hosted Savannah State last week and led them 54-3 at halftime. That’s right 54-3. The final score was 107-28. Don’t forget that Florida State will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament in Tallahassee this year, so we are hoping support for women’s basketball will be at an all-time high.

More on all our sports in our next edition of the Seminole Dispatch. By the way, if you have a question you would like to have answered in the Dispatch just email the address given for feedback and I’ll address it in an upcoming column.


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