March 4, 1999
School Florida State University
Location Tallahassee, FL
Stadium (Capacity) Doak S. Cambell (80,000)
Head Coach: Bobby Bowden
219-53-4 over 23 seasons at Florida State
292-85-4 over 33 years of coaching
Record and Ranking Last Season
11-2, 3rd in AP and ESPN/USA Today
Lettermen Returning: Offense 30; Defense 22
Lettermen Lost: Offense 5, Defense 10
Number of Returning Starters
Defense: Tay Cody, CB, 5-11, 180, JR
Mario Edwards, CB, 6-2, 195, SR
Derrick Gibson, RV, 6-2, 190, JR
Jerry Johnson, DT, 6-2, 280, SR
Tommy Polley, LB, 6-5, 233, JR
Roland Seymour, DE, 6-4, 264, JR
Corey Simon, DT, 6-4, 275, SR
Offense: Ross Brannon, ST, 6-8, 280, JR
Jerry Carmichael, TG, 6-4, 310, JR
Ron Dugans, WR, 6-3, 190, SR
Travis Minor, RB, 6-1, 190, JR
Eric Thomas, C, 6-3, 295, JR
Tarlos Thomas, TT, 6-5, 310, JR
Peter Warrick, WR, 6-0, 190, SR
Chris Weinke, QB, 6-5, 225, JR
Jason Whitaker, SG, 6-5, 300, SR
Specialists: Keith Cottrell, P, 6-4, 205, JR
Clay Ingram, SN, 6-1, 265, SR
Sebastian Janikowski, PK, 6-2, 255, JR
Marcus Outzen, HO, 6-2, 220, JR
DE-Tony Bryant; FB-Lamarr Glenn; LB-Lamont Green; FS-Dexter Jackson; DT-Billy Rhodes; DT-Larry Smith; LB-Demetro Stephens.
Offense: With nine of 11 starters returning, the biggest question for Seminole fans will be at quarterback and they must wait until well after spring practice to be assured of Chris Weinke’s recovery. Although ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation from neck surgery, Weinke will not practice this spring but should be cleared to throw by mid-summer. A battle between late-season hero Marcus Outzen, rising sophomore Jared Jones and walk-on Rich Maher for positioning heading into fall should keep everyone’s attention. One things for sure, FSU quarterbacks will be dealing with an exceptionally talented group. FSU’s entire receiving corps returns in tact including All-American Peter Warrick, Ron Dugans and Laveranues Coles. They have a chance to be FSU’s finest group of receivers ever. Another all-star candidate Travis Minor returns at running back and all five offensive linemen return from last year’s squad, including All-American guard Jason Whitaker and All-ACC tackle Ross Brannon.
Defense: Graduation and the NFL draft impacted the defensive side of the football more than offense, but the Seminoles still return seven starters from last year’s unit which ranked No. 1 in the nation. All-American Corey Simon returns at defensive tackle and teams with Jerry Johnson to give the Tribe a superb inside game. Roland Seymour is back at left defensive end and will book-end with either Jamal Reynolds or David Warren to give FSU a formidable defensive front – again. The linebackers will be young and talented. Tommy Polley is the lone returner, but coaches are high on Brian Allen, Bradley Jennings and Theon Rackley along with several young players. The secondary looks extremely tough with All-America candidates at both corners in Mario Edwards and Tay Cody teaming with big hitters Derrick Gibson, Sean Key and Chris Hope at the safeties. In addition, the secondary is a legit two-deep at every spot.
Special Teams: Another reason for the great optimism surrounding the 1999 season is the fact that the special team units return for the third straight season. Lou Groza Award winner Sebastian Janikowski’s powerful leg should be even more reliable as junior. Keith Cottrell punted well as a sophomore last year and they both took snaps from returning center Clay Ingram, with Marcus Outzen returning to hold as well.
Even the returners are back for the Seminoles. Superstar Peter Warrick and Reggie Durden will likely alternate on the punt returns, while Durden and Laveranues Coles are back as the primary kick returners.