January 4, 2000 - by
Seminoles In Position To Reload Yet Again

Jan. 4, 2000


Associated Press Writer

NEW ORLEANS – It doesn’t seem to matter what year it is for the Florida
State Seminoles. They keep coming back season after season to challenge for the
national championship.

The 2000 season should be no different.

“That’s our goal every year,” coach Bobby Bowden said before the national
title game against Virginia Tech on Tuesday.

Nonetheless, Florida State will lose star receiver Peter Warrick and could
be without quarterback Chris Weinke, a junior.

Weinke, who would be 28 when the 2000 season begins, must make a decision on
his future by Friday, the deadline for underclassmen declaring themselves
eligible for the NFL draft.

In addition to Warrick, Florida State loses three other All-Americans:
two-time Groza Award winning placekicker Sebastian Janikowski, guard Jason
Whitaker and tackle Corey Simon.

But as usual Bowden has talent waiting for its chance to add to the school’s
string of 13 straight seasons with 10 or more victories.

For starters, Florida State could line up with its most talented offensive
line and three linebackers unmatched by earlier teams.

“The potential is there,” Bowden said.

Florida State will be after a ninth straight Atlantic Coast Conference title
and has nonconference dates with intrastate rivals Miami and Florida in
addition to Louisville and Brigham Young.

The Seminoles might have to rely more on a running game early in the year if
Weinke leaves.

Jeff Chaney and Travis Minor, who has gained 2,295 yards in his three-year
college career, are back, giving the Seminoles two top runners. Highly
recruited Nick Maddox is also expected to be a key contributor next fall.

If Weinke turns pro, fifth-year senior Marcus Outzen would have to be beaten
out of the quarterback job. Jared Jones and possibly Anquan Boldin, who played
wide receiver this season, could also be in the mix.

While Warrick and dependable Ron Dugans take their pass-catching skills to
the pros, Florida State is loaded at the position with underclassmen Marvin
Minnis, Robert Morgan, Talman Gardner, Atrews Bell and Boldin.

With linebackers Brian Allen, Bradley Jennings and Tommy Polley sitting
behind defensive ends Jamal Reynolds, David Warren and possibly Roland Seymour,
the defense should again rank among the country’s best. Even so, replacing
Simon and Jerry Johnson at tackle will be a challenge.

Seymour and junior safety Derrick Gibson will both be impact players if they
don’t leave early for the NFL.Punter Keith Cottrell also returns.

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