March 22, 2000 - by
Seminoles Set To Defend National Championship

March 22, 2000


Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden takes his 25th edition of the Seminoles into spring training on March 14 with the goal of making sure that FSU’s unprecedented string of record setting accomplishments stays in tact.

The Seminole coaching staff welcomes back 14 starters for last season’s national championship team including seven starters on defense and six on offense. However, the Tribe lost four first team Associated Press All-Americans in wide receiver Peter Warrick, defensive tackle Corey Simon, offensive guard Jason Whitaker and kicker Sebastian Janikowski.

The 2000 schedule features eight games within the state of Florida, but included in that is the always treacherous visit to the Orange Bowl for the annual game against the Hurricanes. In addition, FSU must travel to Georgia Tech, Maryland, NC State and Wake Forest. The Seminoles will open in Jacksonville in the Pigskin Classic against B.Y.U on August 26th and will host North Carolina, Louisville, Duke, Virginia and Florida.

“We are looking forward to next football season which starts (Tuesday) with spring football practice,” said Bobby Bowden. “Our big goal this spring is to find out who will fill the void created by the players who have graduated.

“Our main emphasis this spring will be on fundamentals. There is no question of what we are looking for on defense and that is two tackles to take the place of Corey (Simon) and Jerry (Johnson). That will be our biggest challenge on defense.

“Offensively, we must find out which receiver, or receivers, can step up and play the main role. We feel like we have excellent talent at receiver, but we have got to find the ones ready to be the go-to guys.

“We will just try and improve at every position and with every player this spring. Our only chance of getting better is to have every man improving, and that is what makes spring practice important.

“What you are always worried about, and what we will be looking for this spring, are any symptoms of complacency. We did not see any evidence of that in the off-season workouts. But it is vital to our success to know how much and how hard our players are willing to work.

“Our ultimate goal now is to defend the national championship. We are the only team in the country who has that opportunity.


Returning at quarterback will be Chris Weinke who could re-write the entire Florida State passing record book. Weinke’s decision to stay for his senior season put him in great company with other FSU stars who have chosen to complete their careers at FSU before going on to the NFL. He joins Peter Warrick, Corey Simon, Andre Wadsworth, Warrick Dunn, Derrick Brooks, Edgar Bennett and Deion Sanders in the group.

Weinke, who has won 20 consecutive games at Florida State, threw for 3,103 yards and 25 touchdowns over the regular season last year, then burned Virginia Tech’s top-ranked defense for 329 yards and four touchdowns in the national championship game. He led the ACC in passing yards per game last year with an average of 282.1 and ranked seventh nationally in passing efficiency (145.1). Weinke already ranks fifth in FSU history with 5,672 passing yards and is just 707 yards away from becoming the Seminoles all-time passing leader.

His leadership and ability to perform under pressure are even more impressive than his considerable stastical assault. Weinke is the unquestioned leader of the FSU squad and his 21-1 career record makes him one of the most successful quarterbacks in college football history.

Working an equal number of snaps with the first team at quarterback during spring drills will be proven starter Marcus Outzen. Pressed into the starting role over the last four games of 1998, Outzen brought FSU from behind to defeat Virginia then won his next two starts against Wake Forest and Florida, before falling short in the 1998 national championship game against Tennessee. Coaches used his great athleticism all last year primarily in running situations, but they are confident in his ability to win for Florida State.

Jared Jones enters a pivotal spring as a junior, but offensive coordinator may choose to redshirt the talented prospect next year. Jones was pressed into action over the next to last game of his true freshman season after Weinke went out with an injury. Freshman Fabian Walker already has FSU followers buzzing with his mobility and strong arm. He orginially signed with the Seminoles last year, but enrolled at FSU in January and will be going through his first spring.

Florida State offensive coaches will emphasize the power running game during the spring with the return of all of their tailbacks. Travis Minor is back for his senior season after rushing for 815 yards and seven touchdowns last year. A nagging ankle sprain slowed Minor some last year, but coaches look for a great year out of him in 200. Jeff Chaney also returns after an excellent junior season including terrific games against Florida and Virginia Tech. Chaney gives the Tribe a bigger back and he can play fullback as well. Davy Ford continues to improve after two knee injuries in 1997 and ?98, and sophomore Nick Maddox was the Tribe’s third leading rusher as a rookie with 111 yards on 29 carries.

The fullback position should be filled by William McCray, who returns after a knee injury cost him the entire 1999 campaign. McCray was running first team at fullback before the injury and coaches feel very confident about his ability. Former walk-on Chad Maeder played well in a reserve role last year although limited by a broken hand midway through the year. Freshman Randy Golightly will get some much needed reps with the first team offense in the spring.

Much of the optimism surrounding the offense centers around the returning veterans on the all important offensive line. The Seminoles welcome back three starters from last year and a fourth would be starter who eased back into the lineup over the course of the national championship season.

Tarlos Thomas returns for his third season as the starter at tight tackle. He earned All-ACC honors in 1999 and played extremely well late in the season. An excellent pass blocker and veteran of two straight national title games, Thomas is listed just ahead of another talented athlete Char-ron Dorsey. Dorsey’s potential is so great that coaches may look at the possibility of redshirt the big senior in 2000.

Returning at split guard is a player selected most improved on offense last year and Justin Amman’s continued success will make him tough to beat out. He started every game last year and is counted on to anchor the position as a senior. Senior Ronald Boldin hopes to use this spring to push for playing time and sophomore Todd Williams is a player coaches are anxious to get a look at in a scrimmage situation.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of last season was how quickly Brett Williams worked himself into an outstanding split tackle. Williams was moved into the starting lineup as a freshman for the fifth game and never let anyone take it from him. By the end of the year, he had shut down hightly touted defensive ends Alex Brown of Florida and Corey Moore of Virginia Tech. His ability to play so well was crucial to FSU’s success as two-year starter and ACC performer Ross Brannon had started there for two years, but had knee surgery early in the year and is still rehabilitating. Behind Williams in the spring will be senior Donald Heaven who can play either guard position as well.

Jerry Carmichael will begin spring at the tight guard position and he is basically a returning starter at the position. Carmichael started in 1998, but suffered knee injury against Tennessee in the Fiesta Bowl. He rehabilitated over the summer and was back to playing form by midseason last year. He is tough and experienced. Pushing for playing time at the tight guard will be sophomore Montrae Holland who was playing great football until an ankle injury sidelined him for the rest of the year against Clemson.

Despite the loss of starter Eric Thomas, the center position also looks promising with a proven player in Jarad Moon leading the way. Moon platooned as the starter at center in 1998 and saw considerable time behind the senior last year. Antoine Mirambeau is just a sophomore but it shapes up as an important spring for the talented player. He hopes to prove to coaches that center is the right position for him. Otis Duhart also hopes for big things in the spring to move up the depth chart at center after playing at tackle last year.

All the tight ends return as well with senior starter Ryan Sprague leading the way. Sprague was voted co-most improved player on offense last year after moving into the starting role in preseason and finishing with five catches and a touchdown against Miami.. Also returning for 2000 is senior Nick Franklin who would have seen a lot of playing time last year, but a preseason knee injury took him out of the year. Patrick Hughes and Carver Donaldson both saw action last year and will be trying to use spring drills to move up the depth chart.

The bad news for receivers coach Jeff Bowden is that Peter Warrick and Ron Dugans have graduated. The good news for the Seminoles is that they return a stable of talented players including emerging starts Marvin Minnis, Anquan Boldin, Robert Morgan and Atrews Bell. Minnis is the Seminole’s top returning receiver with 19 catches for 257 yards and three touchdowns last year. Anquan Boldin is already proving to be a leader and his talent has everyone buzzing. He caught 12 passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman in 1999. Robert Morgan made big catches all last year and has great hands and the toughness to go over the middle. Morgan’s 16 receptions for 245 yards ranks him as FSU’s second leading returning receiver. Atrews Bell made every catch count last year finishing second on the squad with four touchdowns on just 14 receptions. Pushing for playing time in the spring will be talented sophomores Greg Moore and Talman Gardner. Both must prove themselves to move into the rotation. The least known commodity at wide out will be junior college transfer Javon Walker, who could be an immediate star for the Tribe.


The strength of last year’s national championship team on defense was the pair of senior interior lineman. The graduation of Corey Simon and Jerry Johson leaves a void there and filling it is top priority this spring for Mickey Andrews and his staff. As spring begins, the Tribe will trade sophomores for seniors as Tony Benford and Chris Woods are listed at first team defensive tackle and noseguard, respectively.

Woods played impressively down the stretch last year especially in relief at the Sugar Bowl. His 27 tackles last year ranks him fourth among the returning down lineman this spring. However, he must fight off the charge of sophomore Rian Cason and freshman Jeff Womble in the important position.

Beginning the spring behind Benford at defensive tackle will be senior Randy Wilkins. Also competing for the vacant spot will be freshman Kevin Emanuel and sophomore Jerel Hudson, who makes the move from linebacker for the first time this spring.

Florida State reached a comfortable three-man rotation among their defensive ends last year that allowed them to minimize the impact of an injury-limited Roland Seymour. However, coaches won’t have that luxury in the spring as Seymour will miss all the workouts and is questionable at the start of fall after undergoing surgery to repair a knee injury suffered in the Sugar Bowl win. Listed behind Seymour is senior David Warren who started five games last season including the national title game. Warren is one of the most productive players on the field finishing tied for first place with three fumbles caused last year and leading the entire defensive front with four passes broken up. Sophomore Alonzo Jackson was impressive in a limited role last year and he’ll work behind Warren. Jamal Reynolds is back for his senior season at right end after finishing as FSU’s sack leader last year with seven. All FSU’s defensive ends will need to step up early next season to allow younger inside players to mature. Backing up Reynolds will be sophomore O.J. Jackson, who saw considerable action last year.

The starting linebacking corps returns in tact, but will be coached by a new face for the first time in four years. Joe Kines replaced Chuck Amato, who left to become head coach at NC State and he welcomes back starters Tommy Polley, Bradley Jennings and Brian Allen.

Coaches will have a nervous preseason next year waiting to see when Polley will be full speed after undergoing surgery on his knee following the Sugar Bowl. Polley was the tribe’s top tackler last year with 190 stops (67 solo). Working at his weakside linebacker position in spring will be sophomore Cornelius Collier, who should benefit from the scrimmage time.

Brian Allen returns for what should be a spectacular senior season. One of the leaders of the entire FSU team, Allen had a tremendous junior year finishing second on the team with 101 tackles. Behind Allen in the spring will be sophomore walk-on Lee Weaver, who caught the coach’s attention during fall drills.

Solid middle linebacker Bradley Jennings also returns and he is a proven run-stopper. He finished third on the team with 92 total tackles during the national championship campaign. Lining up behind the veteran this spring will be true freshman Kendyll Pope who brings impressive credentials into his first spring in Tallahassee.

While the secondary lost a pair of frequent starters in cornerback Mario Edwards and safety Sean Key, FSU’s practice of always playing a lot of players eases the transition every year. In fact, the Seminoles return all four of the starters from the last two games of the season against Florida and Virginia Tech.

Tay Cody had another solid year at cornerback and should emerge as one of the countries best as a senior in 2000. A three-year starter, Cody’s coverage skills had teams looking the other way over the last half of last year and he has turned himself into a punishing tackler as well. Behind Cody at right corner will be freshman Stanford Samuels who missed last year with a knee injury. He was impressive in spring drills before the injury and should get a lot of practice time in during spring. Also competing for the spot will be Rufus Brown, who also comes off a redshirt true freshman year in 1999.

Returning at left cornerback will be senior Clevan Thomas who emerged as the top starter during his junior season and may have been the best cover man in the secondary last year. Malcolm Tatum saw cosiderable action at corner as a freshman last season and he hopes to use the spring to prove to coaches that he is ready to take a spot in the rotation.

Derrick Gibson returns for his senior season at rover where he should contend for All-America honors. A fierce hitter and experienced player, Gibson and Chris Hope led the Seminoles with four interceptions a year ago and he will be counted on to make the big plays again in 2000. Jean Jeune is also back at rover for his senior season where he has seen considerable playing time and is a mainstay on FSU special teams. True freshman B.J. Ward will get a long look in the spring and if he’s ready to play, he should be in the mix at rover this fall.

Stepping in as the full time starter at free safety is the veteran Chris Hope, who has already proven to coaches that he is ready to go. Great size and speed make Hope and ideal free safety and he led the team in interceptions with four along with Gibson. Junior Abdual Howard playing time has been limited only by injuries. A good solid spring should mean lots of playing time in the fall for Howard.


While it will be awfully difficult for Bobby Bowden to top a year in which he won his second national title, celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary, played his son Tommy’s Clemson team and beat them for his 300th win, it is the fact that he can’t wait for spring practice to get started that makes him so successful.

1999 was indeed a great year for Florida State and it’s legendary head coach, but the potential for 2000 is just as bright. Chris Weinke’s decision to return for his senior year at quarterback, along with 13 other starters (six on offense, seven on defense) should put the coach and his team in contention for a title run again next season.

Florida State completed the first-ever wire to wire No. 1 run in the 49-year history of the Associated Press Poll. The 46-29 win over Virginia Tech in the Nokia Sugar Bowl continued FSU’s historic run as the only school in the history of college football to finish among the AP Top Four for 13 straight seasons. The Tribe also extended their college football record of 10-win seasons to 13 straight.

No team in college football history has accomplished what Bowden’s Seminoles have. No team has been more successful than Bowden’s in the bowls where the ?Noles are 13-2 over the last 15 years, including an NCAA record 11 straight wins.

The Seminoles are the winningest college football program in the 1990’s, and won more games this decade (109) than any team has over any previous decade in NCAA history.

Bobby Bowden is a man so closely tied with the phenomenal success of his program that he, as much as Renegade and the war chant, is Florida State football. Gracious in both victory and defeat, Bowden is a man at peace with himself, a man with rock-solid character and firm coaching principles that date back more than 46 years. It?s not enough that his coaching numbers have reached legendary proportions. Bowden also gives Florida State University a proud moral leader, a family man of the first order, a caring disciplinarian, and a calming voice in the face of the turbulence surrounding college football.

Perhaps the best tribute to the man is that he is not afraid to change with the times adapting brilliantly to new ways of winning games, as well as dealing with young student-athletes. From a sense of discipline and control, to a bold switch to the Fast Break offense, Bowden proves you?re only as old as you feel.

If there was any question that Bowden has created something special in Tallahassee perhaps the most tangible evidence would be the startling number of potential NFL draft picks who have chosen to stay for their senior years and play one more year for Florida State. Weinke made the call to return just after leading the Seminoles to the win in the Sugar Bowl. Peter Warrick and Corey Simon put literally millions of dollars on hold two years ago to return to FSU. Andre Wadsworth, Warrick Dunn, Derrick Brooks, Edgar Bennett and Deion Sanders all stayed for their senior years.

Like few other coaches before him, Bowden has created something of a monster that sits squarely on his shoulders. He has coached his Florida State teams so very close to perfection that the fans expect the moon. He has won 141 games over the last 13 seasons, including monumental wins over Miami, Notre Dame, Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State, North Carolina, Florida and others.

In the fickle world of “big-time” college sports, some forget what it is all about. Sure, Bobby Bowden is proud of his national championships, his in the history of the game, and a chance at a third national title in 200. But as Bowden well understands at this stage of his career, there are things more important in life.

He has time for charity and to give to his church. He has never walked past an admiring child without a wink and a smile. He greets total strangers, he listens and he cares. He is a father figure in the traditional sense.

One of Bowden’s greatest coaching achievements revolves around bowl games and his team’s success in them. Bowden’s 17-5-1 record and .761 bowl winning percentage rank first all-time. Only Joe Paterno (20) has won more bowl games.

Only four names remain ahead of Bowden on the all-time Division 1-A coaching list – Bryant, Stagg, Warner, Paterno. Indeed, Florida State’s eighth head coach has inked his name on the list of legends over 35 seasons at Samford, West Virginia and FSU.

When Bowden first arrived in Tallahassee in 1976, he described his relationship with the school as “a marriage” and was determined to let “no man put it asunder.” True to his word, he completed his 24th season at FSU with the Sugar Bowl.

What Bobby Bowden means to Florida State University off the playing field cannot be measured. Respect, sincerity, class, honesty, charisma, charm and humor. Those are the words that describe and define this man – not wins, losses, or coaching records.

As if his character isn’t enough, his coaching style draws admirers nationwide. A wide-open, gambling style makes Bowden teams a treat to watch, a pleasure to play on and a delight to cover. Reverses, flea-flickers, laterals – you name it, here it comes.

A look at the record shows he’s done it both ways. The flashy wins may get all the attention, but for every one of those, there are dozens of others spawned from sound fundamental football.

By now it’s been well-chronicled how the Birmingham native left the snow of West Virginia to come to Florida State and save the program. Three seasons after he walked on campus, he had taken one of the worst football teams in the country to within one game of a national championship.

Bowden’s record at Florida State is 231-52-4. That includes a 122-16-2 record in Tallahassee and a 109-36-2 mark away from home. He has built those numbers against some of the nation’s toughest teams, earning respect for his team, attracting top players to his program and establishing his reputation as a competitor in the process.

Bowden achieved impressive numbers in his previous coaching stops (31-6 at Samford University in Birmingham between 1959 and 1962, and 42-26 at West Virginia from 1970-75), but what he has done at FSU is simply phenomenal. 16 times in 25 years, his Seminoles have won 10 or more games in a season. Florida State had been to just eight bowls in the 29 years before him. This year, the Seminoles played their 21st bowl game since his arrival, including a string of 18 in a row and 14 “New Year’s Day” trips. He is, by far, the winningest coach ever at Florida State as his win total is greater than the
previous seven Seminole head coaches combined.

Over his 24-year career at Florida State, Bowden has made the Seminoles a mainstay in the Associated Press polls. FSU has been ranked in the Top 25 in each of the last 203 polls dating back to the second week of the 1989 season. The Seminoles have been among the Top 10 for 86 consecutive polls and have spent 53 weeks at No. 1 since 1991.

Florida State is the only school to finish among the Associated Press Top Four for 13 consecutive seasons. The Seminoles have finished first twice (1993, 1999), second twice (1987, 92), third four times (1988, 89, 97, 99), and fourth five times (1990, 91, 94, 95, 96). No team in college football history can match the run.

Over the past eight years, the coach and his teams have adjusted to life as a conference member with Florida State’s addition to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Over eight seasons, FSU is 62-2 and has claimed eight ACC championships and set the league record for consecutive victories. Bowden picked up ACC Coach of the Year titles in 1993 and 1997.

Above all, Bowden’s coaching accomplishments, though, are his credentials as a man. Friendly and outgoing, he is a devoted Christian and family man. He loves people. His personality and charm are bigger than life. He has become somewhat of a folk hero in the south. A polished speaker, Bowden is constantly in demand. His busy coaching schedule curtails many speaking engagements, but any free evening will find him on the speaking circuit. His off-season travel schedule would exhaust anyone. Every free Sunday morning
will find him in the pulpit of a church somewhere in the south.

Outside of football, Bowden has an intense interest in World War II history and reads countless books and articles on the subject. He traced his ancestry to parts of Germany and has visited the country several times.

Bowden was an outstanding football player at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Ala., and went on to Alabama as a freshman quarterback, fulfilling a lifelong dream to play for the Crimson Tide. He last only one semester in Tuscaloosa because his high school
sweetheart, Ann Estock, lured him back to Birmingham. They soon married and Bobby transferred to Howard College (now Samford University) in Birmingham.

Bowden’s family has always been most important to him. Most of the nation can follow Tommy’s career at Clemson as well as Terry, who was head coach at Samford and Auburn, and is now ABC’s top college football analyst. The Bowden’s oldest son, Steve, is in private business in Birmingham. Youngest son, Jeff, is in his fifth season on the FSU staff. The four boys, daughters Robyn Hines and Ginger Madden, and their families make up the Bowden clan. And as dependable as an FSU Top 4 finish has been lately, have been the playful sounds of 21 Bowden grandchildren in the team hotel at bowl games.


Offense              6
Defense              7
Kicker/Punter      1

Offense: OG-Justin Amman, TB-Travis Minor, TE-Ryan Sprague, OT-Tarlos Thomas, QB-Chris Weinke, OT-Brett Williams.

Defense: SLB-Brian Allen, CB-Tay Cody, RV-Derrick Gibson, MLB-Bradley Jennings, WLB-Tommy Polley, DE-Jamal Reynolds, DE-Roland Seymour.

Specialists: P-Keith Cottrell

Offense          5
Defense          4
Kicker/Punter  1

Offense: SE-Ron Dugans, FB-Dan Kendra, C-Eric Thomas, WR-Peter Warrick, OG-Jason Whitaker.

Defense: CB-Mario Edwards, DT-Jerry Johnson, FS-Sean Key, NG-Corey Simon.

Specialists: PK-Sebastian Janikowski

Offense             34
Defense             26
Specialists          1

Offense: OG-Justin Amman, OL-Josh Baggs, WR-Atrews Bell, WR Anquan Boldin, OT Ronald Boldin, OT Ross Brannon, OG-Jerry Carmichael, RB-Jeff Chaney, TE-Carver Donaldson, OT-Char-ron Dorsey, TB-Davy Ford, TE-Nick Franklin*, WR-Talman Gardner, OG-Donald Heaven, OG-Montrae Holland, TE-Patrick Hughes, WR-Gennaro Jackson, QB-Jared Jones, TB-Nick Maddox, FB-Chad Maeder, FB-William McCray*, WR-Marvin Minnis, TB-Travis Minor, C-Antoine Mirambeau, C-Jarad Moon, WR-Greg Moore, WR-Robert Morgan, QB-Marcus Outzen, RB-Lemar Parrish, TE-Ryan Sprague, OT-Tarlos Thomas, QB-Chris Weinke, OT-Brett Williams, OT-Todd Williams.

Defense: LB-Brian Allen, DT-Tony Benford, DB-Rufus Brown, DT-Rian Cason, CB-Tay Cody, DL-Darnell Dockett, RV-Derrick Gibson, FS-Chris Hope, RV-Abdual Howard, LB-Jerel Hudson, DE-Alonzo Jackson, DE-O.J. Jackson, LB-Bradley Jennings, RV-Jean Jeune, DB-Brandon Myers, LB-Tommy Polley, DE-Jamal Reynolds, CB-Stanford Samuels*, DE-Roland Seymour, CB-Malcolm Tatum, CB-Clevan Thomas, DE-David Warren, LB-Lee Weaver, NG-Randy Wilkins, DL-Jeff Womble, NG Chris Woods.

Specialists: P-Keith Cottrell

Offense             8
Defense            11
Punter/Placekicker  1

Offense: WR-Ron Dugans, FB-Dan Kendra, QB-Rich Maher, , OT-W.D. Rodeffer, FLK-Germaine Stringer, C-Eric Thomas, WR-Peter Warrick, OG-Jason Whitaker.

Defense: CB-Reggie Durden, DB-Mario Edwards, FS-Todd Frier, DB-Pete Henderson, C-Clay Ingram, DT-Jerry Johnson, FS-Sean Key, LB-Theon Rackley, LB-Bobby Rhodes, NG-Corey Simon, DE-Chris Walker.

Specialists: PK-Sebastian Janikowski.

*-Missed all or most of last season with injury.


#55 Brian Allen

Linebacker, 6-2, 225, Sr.

Lake City, FL (Columbia)

One of the leaders of the Seminole defense who should contend for post-season honors in 2000…excellent against the run and has the speed to cover backs out of the backfield… started all but one game at strongside linebacker during FSU’s undefeated national championship season…second on the team with a career-high 101 tackles…totaled four tackles, three solo, and one tackle for loss in the Seminoles win over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl…48 of his regular season tackles were unassisted…named second team All-ACC…had an interception against Duke and three tackles for loss in 1999…had sacks against Georgia Tech, UNC, Wake Forest, Clemson and Virginia… had a season-high 14 tackles against the Gators and recorded two pass break-ups…credited with 10 third-down stops and seven pressures… named a ACC Defensive Back of the Week after recording
10 tackles and a sack in FSU’s win over Clemson.

1997      10   16  26   1  0   0  0  0   0
1998      31   26  57   6  3   5  0  2   2
1999      48   53 101   8  5   2  1  0   1
TOTAL     89   95 184  15  8   7  1  2   3

#64 Justin Amman

Offensive Guard, 6-4, 305, Sr.

Eustis, FL (Eustis)

Won starting honors at split guard in preseason drills and went on to start all 12 games at the position…improved every week and had a very solid first year as a starter…named the offense’s most improved player along with tight end Ryan Sprague…excellent run blocker who improved his pass blocking throughout the season…played exceptionally well over last five games of the year…father, Richard, played football at Florida State from 1969-71 and played two seasons with the Baltimore Colts.

#76 Ross Brannon

Offensive Tackle, 6-8, 300, Jr.

Marietta, GA (Lassiter)

Unsure of when he can return to playing after knee surgery ended his 1999 season just two games into the year…has started 25 games for the Seminoles at tackle and earned All-ACC honors in 1998 as a sophomore…was one of four offensive starters (FB William McCray, TE Nick Franklin, WR Laveranues Coles) who were first team players the week before the season began, but who ultimately would miss most of the season.

#71 Jerry Carmichael

Offensive Guard, 6-4, 310, Sr.

Plantation, FL (Plantation)

Did not start most of last season, but recovered faster than coaches could have hoped from a knee injury suffered in 1998’s national title game against Tennessee…started all 13 games in 1998 and would have started in 1999 had he not been injured…played sparingly early in the 1999 season as he eased into playing time, but saw considerable action over the second half of the season at both guard spots…tough hard-nosed player who will play a lot as a senior in 2000.

#27 Tay Cody

Cornerback, 5-11, 180, Sr.

Blakely, GA (Early Co.)

Excellent cover corner who also plays very physical game…played extremely well late in the the season after starting eight of the 12 games at right cornerback in 1999…had three solo tackles and a pass broken up in the Sugar Bowl win over Virginia Tech… punishing tackler for a defensive back as displayed in the national title game…earned honorable mention All-ACC as a junior in 1999…had two of FSU’s 22 interceptions which led the nation in 1999…had a pass deflection in the endzone in fourth quarter of the Florida game to save a touchdown…recorded a season-high five unassisted tackles against Clemson…22 of 29 tackles were unassisted…second among FSU cornerbacks with six third down tackles…named ACC Specialist of the Week against Clemson after blocking a
field goal that would have tied the game with under two minutes remaining…recorded one of two tackles for loss by an FSU cornerback on the season (Clevan Thomas had the other)…had six tackles in 1998 National Championship game against Tennessee…started every game as a sophomore at right cornerback…earned Football News Freshman All-American in 1997.

1997      30    16   46    3    0     4    0   0    3
1998      24     9   33    0    0     8    0   1    1
1999      22     7   29    1    0     5    0   0    2
TOTAL     76    32  108    4    0    17    0   1    6

#47 Keith Cottrell

Punter, 6-4, 205, Jr.

Orlando, FL (Boone)

Senior who has handled all the Seminole punting chores for the last three years…averaged a career-high 42.8 yards per punt this season which ranked second in the ACC and 26th in the nation…averaged 45 yards per punt over the last five games of the season…had an great game against Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl averaging 44.3 yards on seven pressure packed punts…best statistical game came against Maryland, where he booted a season-long 59 yarder and finished with a 48.3 yard average in the contest… punted extremely well in the win over Florida particularly with several efforts coming from deep within his own endzone…averaged at least 40 yards per kick in eight of 12 games… was named the ACC Specialist of the Week after averaging 47.8 yards on six punts against Virginia…had no blocked punts in 1999.

1997     58  2227  38.4      1       54
1998     62  2558  41.3      1       69
1999     44  1885  42.8      0       59
Career  164  6670  40.7      2       69

# 6 Derrick Gibson

Rover, 6-2, 200, Sr.

Miami, FL (Killian)

An outstanding performer in 1999 who started every game at rover position…second team All-ACC selection…fifth on the team in tackles with 73, including 45 solo stops…played exceptional game in the national title matchup against Virginia Tech…totalled six tackles (five solo) and a tackle for loss against the Hokies…made one of the key plays in the game when he sacked Michael Vick inside the five on the opening drive and caused him to fumble into the endzone…tied for the team lead with four interceptions helping the Seminoles lead the nation with 22 interceptions…had three tackles for loss and two quarterback sacks…only Mario Edwards (nine) broke up more passes on the season.

1997      14    9    23   0    0    0  0  0   0
1998      29   17    46   2    0    1  0  0   1
1999      45   28    73   3    2    8  0  0   4
Career    88   54   142   5    2    9  0  0   5

#28 Chris Hope

Free Safety, 6-2, 195, Jr.

Rock Hill, SC (Rock Hill)

Started the last three games of the season, including the national championship game in the Sugar Bowl, at free safety…regarded as a co-starter all year at the position along with departed senior Sean Key…finished 10th on the team in tackles with 41, including 28 solo…co-leader on the team with four interceptions…credited with four solo tackles in the win over Virginia Tech…had two tackles for loss and caused a fumble…excellent student who was a candidate for academic All-America honors.

1998    24   10    34   0    0    2  1  1   0
1999    28   13    41   2    0    0  1  0   4
 TOT    52   23    75   2    0    2  2  1   4

#44 Bradley Jennings

Linebacker, 6-3, 230, Jr.

Miami, FL (Carol City)

Started all 12 games last season at the middle linebacker position…third on the team with 94 tackles in 1999…40 of his tackles were unassisted…had two tackles for loss for a total of seven yards…led all Seminoles in the national championship game with eight tackles (six solo) and two sacks of Virginia Tech’s Michael Vick…earned Victor’s Club honors after the Miami, Maryland, Georgia Tech, NC State, UNC, Louisiana Tech, Clemson, Virginia and Wake Forest…had a third-down stop and tackle for loss against Wake Forest…recorded a sack for a loss of six yards against North Carolina and
an interception against Florida…credited with eight knock ’em backs and
one intimidation on the regular season.

1998    14   12  26   2  0   0  0  0   1
1999    40   52  94   2  1   1  0  0   1
TOTAL   54   64 120   4  1   1  0  0   2

#36 William McCray

Fullback, 6-0, 225, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL (Bolles)

The starter at fullback heading into last season, but was forced to redshirt and missed the entire year after suffering a fractured lower right leg after the first week…had successful surgery with a plate and five screws inserted to support the ankle…rushed three times for eight yards and a touchdown in the opener…should be back to full strength and ready to compete at fullback during the spring.

Year  Carries  Yards  Avg. TD Long
1997      6      22   3.7   0   10
1998     22      73   3.3   2   30
1999      3       8   2.7   1    5
Career   31     103   3.3   3   30

#23 Travis Minor

Tailback, 6-1, 190, Sr.

Baton Rouge, LA (Catholic)

FSU’s top rusher for the third straight season…finished the 1999 regular season with 815 yards and seven touchdowns on 180 rushing attempts…moved up to fifth on the FSU all-time rushing list with 2,295 yards…has also moved to fifth on the school’s career rushing touchdown chart with 23…caught 16 passes out of the backfield for 102 yards…suffered an ankle sprain at Florida and was forced to miss most of the second half…rushed for 35 yards on nine carries in the Sugar Bowl win over Virginia Tech…rushed for 122 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries in FSU’s 41-35 win over Georgia Tech…had the second-best rushing day of his career against Miami with 146 yards and one TD on 25 attempts…scored twice at North Carolina as the Seminoles opened up a 28-0 lead in the first quarter…rushed 29 times for 100 yards and a score in a hard fought 17-14 win at Clemson…three 100-yard rushing games came in three of the five closest games of the season…totaled 83 yards on 15 attempts in 1998’s national championship game against Tennessee.


Year  Carries Yards  Avg. TD  Long
1997    112     623  5.6   9   87
1998    191     857  4.5   7   38
1999    180     815  4.5   7   47
Career  483    2295  4.8  23   87


Year  Receptions Yards  Avg.  TD  Long
1997      27      207   7.7    2   42
1998      21      189   9.0    1   31
1999      16      102   6.4    0   16
Career    64      498   7.8    3   42

#29 Tommy Polley

Linebacker, 6-5, 233, Sr.

Baltimore, MD (Dunbar)

Florida State’s leading tackler in 1999 with a career-high 109 tackles…was having an outstanding game in the Sugar Bowl against Virginia Tech with three tackles, a tackle for loss and a blocked punt that was recovered for a touchdown, but had to leave the game in the first half with a knee injury…underwent reconstructive knee surgery in late January and hopes to be ready to play early in the 2000 season…an All-ACC first team selection in 1999…named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week after recording eight tackles and recovering a fumble against Wake Forest…67 of his 109 tackles were unassisted…six tackles for a loss of 22 yards…had a season-high 16 tackles against Maryland…named the Tomahawk Player of the Game by the defensive coaches after performances against Miami, Duke and Louisiana Tech…earned Victor’s Club distinction against Miami, Duke, Maryland, UNC, Louisiana Tech, Wake Forest and Virginia…blocked a field goal against Miami and Florida…stopped the Yellow Jackets on fourth down in the 41-35 win…recovered a fumble against Wake Forest…recorded seven intimidations and 12 third-down stops on the season…registered a sack in games against Louisiana Tech, Miami, Duke and Virginia for a total 24 yards…caused two fumbles against Louisiana Tech and one against NC State…deflected passes against Duke, NC State (2), UNC and Louisiana Tech.

1997    13    8  21   1  1   0  0  0   0
1998    37   22  59   5  1   2  0  1   1
1999    67   42 109   6  3   5  3  2   0
TOTAL  117   72 189  12  5   7  3  3   1

#58 Jamal Reynolds

Defensive End, 6-4, 254, Sr.

Aiken, SC (Aiken)

Comes into senior season after recording three sacks of Michael Vick in the national championship game against Virginia Tech…had five solo stops and one assist in the Sugar Bowl…started all 12 games at right defensive end as a junior and should be even more productive as a senior…one of the Seminoles who chose to return for his senior season after NFL predicitions suggested he would be an early pick this year… second team All-ACC selection in 1999…led the Seminoles in quarterback sacks with seven, which does not include his impressive performance in the Sugar Bowl…second on the team with 11 tackles for loss… eighth on the team with 57 total tackles, including 33 solo stops… had best games against Clemson and Maryland with eight tackles in both games… sacked Georgia Tech’s Joe Hamilton twice and had four tackles against the Yellow Jackets… had season-high three tackles for loss in Miami game… recorded a sack in win over Florida… has two pass break-ups and two fumble recoveries to his credit this season… earned Victor’s Club honors six times.

Reynolds’ Career Stats

Year  Tackles Assists Total TFL   QS PBU INT
1997      5      7      12    0    0   0   0
1998     27     15      42    7  4.5   0   0
1999     33     24      57   11    7   2   0
Career   65     46     111   18 11.5   2   0

#56 Roland Seymour

Defensive End, 6-4, 264, Sr.

New Orleans, LA (St. Augustine)

Primary starter at left defensive end for 1999, but battled nagging injuries all year… missed three games with a shoulder injury and had to leave the Sugar Bowl with a knee injury…underwent reconstructive knee surgery in late January and plans to be ready to play early in 2000 season… honorable mention All ACC selection in 1999… had 40 total tackles, including 22 solo stops… also recorded four tackles for loss and two sacks… tied for team honors with seven tackles in season-opener vs. Louisiana Tech… had season-high eight tackles, one for loss, and a sack in Georgia Tech win… also recorded seven tackles, including two for loss and a sack against Wake Forest… earned Victor’s Club honors three times.

1997     8   20    28   7     6   0   0
1998    27   29    56  12   3.5   2   0

Year Tackles Assists Total TFL QS PBU INT 1997 8 20 28 7 6 0 0 1998 27 30 57 12 3.5 2 0 1999 22 18 40 4 2 1 0 Career 57 68 125 23 11.5 3 0

#85 Ryan Sprague

Tight End

6-5, 260, Sr.

Augusta, GA (Lakeside)

Named co-most improved player of the offense in 1999 along with Justin Amman… earned the starting tight end job in preseason practice and never relinquished it… former walk-on who played sparringly throughout his first two seasons…finished the season with five receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown…season-long catch of 26 yards came in the season-opener against Louisiana Tech…touchdown reception was an 18-yarder from Chris Weinke that tied the Miami game at 21…the touchdown was his first at any level of football…had one catch for 16 yards against NC State…also had a seven-yarder against Georgia Tech and a nine-yarder at Virginia…excellent blocker.

Year  Receptions Yards  Avg. TD Long
1999      5        76  15.2   1   26

#8 Clevan Thomas

Cornerback, 6-0, 175, Sr.

Miami, FL (Miami Senior)

Started seven games as a junior last year including the national championship game against Virginia Tech…emerged as perhaps the Seminoles best cover cornerback…started three games at left cornerback and four at right cornerback, in 1999…recorded five tackles (three solo) and had a tackle for loss in the Sugar Bowl win…three interceptions on the season were the second most on the team…key member of the FSU secondary that led the nation with 22 interceptions…nine of his 20 tackles were on third down…his seven pass breakups were the third most on the team…had two tackles and two pass breakups in regular season finale against Florida…forced a fumble near the goaline in the season opener
against Louisiana Tech with the scored tied at 7-7 in the second quarter… had an intimidation against N.C. State, UNC, Duke, Wake Forest and Virginia…had one of two tackles for a loss by FSU cornerbacks on the season (Tay Cody had the other).

YEAR   SOLO   ASST   TOT    TFL     QS     PBU     FC     FR     INT
1997      2      0     2      0      0       0      0      0       0
1998      6      4    10      1      0       1      0      0       0
1999     13      5    16      1      0       7      1      1       3
TOTAL    21      9    28      2      0       8      1      1       3

#60 Tarlos Thomas

Offensive Tackle, 6-5, 310, Jr.

Monticello, FL (Jefferson County)

First team All-ACC selection at offensive tackle in 1999…started every game at tight tackle over the last two seasons…teamed with other offensive tackle Brett Williams to hold heralded Corey Moore of Virginia Tech to just one tackle over the entire Sugar Bowl…often called on to block opponents top pass rusher…very athletic and experienced with 24 straight starts under his belt…earned ACC Player of the Week for his blocking against Maryland.

#16 Chris Weinke

Quarterback, 6-5, 240, Sr.

St. Paul, MN (Cretin-Derham)

One of the finest quarterbacks in Florida State history who has a chance to set virtually every offensive record in the Seminole books…joined the impressive ranks of FSU stars like Corey Simon, Peter Warrick, Andre Wadsworth, Warrick Dunn, Derrick Brooks, Edgar Bennett, and Deion Sanders who chose to stay for their senior year rather than move to the NFL early…emerged as one of the country’s elite quarterbacks in his second season as a full-time starter in 1999…owns a 21-1 record as the Seminole starter…led the ACC in passing yards per game (282.1) and ranked seventh nationally in passing efficiency (145.1)…completed 232 of 377 passes for 3,103 yards and 25 touchdowns…numbers do not reflect his performance in leading the Seminoles to the Sugar Bowl win when he completed 20-of-34 passes for 329 yards and four touchdowns…leader of an FSU offense that averaged 37.5 points per game, which ranked fourth in the country…winner of the ACC’s Brian Piccolo Award after recovering from a severe neck injury suffered in the 1998 Virginia game…a Davey O’Brien finalist and a second team All-ACC selection…broke Charlie Ward’s school record for 200-yard passing games last season and now has 21 in his FSU career…ranks fifth in FSU history with 5,672 passing yards and is tied for fourth with 46 career TD passes…set an ACC record with 237 consecutive passes without an interception (dating back to the 1998 NC State game) against Louisiana Tech…had back-to-back 300-yard passing games against Miami and Wake Forest when Peter Warrick and Laveranues Coles were out of the lineup…in those two games, he completed 23-of-34 passes for 332 yards and two scores vs. Miami and 19-of-36 for a career-high 354 yards against Wake Forest…threw for five scores against Duke, finishing 19-of-27 for 290 yards…just missed the 300-yard mark at Virginia as he threw for 297 yards and three touchdowns on 24-of-35 passing…tied the ACC and FSU record for TD passes in a game with six in the final home game of the season against Maryland…completed 23-of-33 passes for 304 yards in the record setting day against the Terps…bounced back from an interception that was returned for a score at Florida in the third quarter by leading FSU to back-to-back scoring drives…27-yard TD pass to Marvin Minnis put the Tribe up 30-16 with 6:03 left…completed 24-of-36 passes for 263 yards in his first career win over the Gators.

Year Att.-Comp.-Int. Pct. Yards TD Long
1997 13-7-1 .538 82 2 25
1998 286-145-6 .507 2487 19 79
1999 377-232-14 .615 3103 25 84
Career 676-377-21 .558 5672 46 84

#72 Brett Williams

Offensive Tackle, 6-6, 320, So.

Kissimmee, FL (Osceola)

Had a tremendous freshman season at offensive tackles…may believe he has a chance to be one of the finest linemen in FSU history…earned freshman All-America honors by Football News …answered the bell this season when two-year starter Ross Brannon was lost for the year with a knee injury just two games into the campaign…started the last seven games of the season at split tackle and earned second team All-ACC honors…improved dramatically over the season…found himself blocking highly touted Corey Moore of Virginia Tech for most of the Sugar Bowl and teamed with Tarlos Thomas to limit Moore to just one tackle in the game…credited with keeping Florida’s Alex Brown out of the FSU backfield virtually all day in the Tribe’s win at Florida…very mature player who exceeded coaches expectations of a first year starter.


Brian Allen, LB

ACC Defensive Back of the Week vs. Clemson

2nd Team All-ACC

Keith Cottrell, P

ACC Specialist of the Week vs. Virginia

Honorable Mention All-ACC

Tay Cody, CB
ACC Specialist of the Week vs. Clemson
Honorable Mention All-ACC

Mario Edwards, CB

Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist

1st Team All-ACC

Derrick Gibson, S

2nd Team All-ACC

1st Team Football News All-ACC

Chris Hope, S

ACC All-Academic Team

GTE All-District III Academic Team

Jerry Johnson, DT

1st Team All-ACC

Sebastian Janikowski, PK

1999 Lou Groza Award Winner

1st Team Walter Camp All-American

1st Team Football Writers of America All-American

1st Team Football News All-American

1st Team Football News All-ACC

1st Team Sporting News All-American

1st Team AFCA/Burger King Coaches All-American

1st Team All-ACC

Sean Key, S

Honorable Mention All-ACC

Travis Minor, TB

2nd Team All-ACC

Tommy Polley, LB

ACC Defensive Back of the Week vs. Wake Forest, Maryland

1st Team All-ACC

1st Team Football News All-ACC

Jamal Reynolds, DE

2nd Team All-ACC

Roland Seymour, DE

Honorable Mention All-ACC

Corey Simon, NG

Lombardi Award Finalist

Outland Trophy Finalist

Bronko Nagurski Award Finalist

1st Team Walter Camp All-American

1st Team Football Writers of America All-American

1st Team Sporting News All-American

1st Team AFCA/Burger King Coaches All-American

Football News Defensive Player of the Year Finalist

2nd Team Football News All-American

1st Team Football News All-ACC

ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week vs. Virginia

1st Team All-ACC

Ryan Sprague, TE

ACC All-Academic Team

Eric Thomas, C

ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week vs. Georgia Tech

2nd Team All-ACC

Tarlos Thomas, OT

ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week vs. Maryland

1st Team All-ACC

Peter Warrick, WR

1999 Nokia Sugar Bowl MVP

1st Team Walter Camp All-American

1st Team Football Wrtiers of America All-American

1st Team Football News All-American

1st Team Football News All-ACC

1st Team Sporting News All-American

1st Team AFCA/Burger King Coaches All-American

Football News Offensive Player of the Year Semifinalist

ACC Specialist of the Week vs. UNC

1st Team All-ACC (WR and Specialist)

Chris Weinke, QB

ACC Brian Piccolo Award Winner

Davey O’Brien Award Finalist

ACC All-Academic Team

ACC Offensive Back of the Week vs. Maryland

2nd Team All-ACC

Football News Honorable Mention All-American

Jason Whitaker, OG

1st Team Walter Camp All-American

1st Team Football News All-American

1st Team Football News All-ACC

1st Team AFCA/Burger King Coaches All-American

2nd Team Sporting News All-American

ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week vs. NC State, Duke, Miami

1st Team All-ACC

Brett Williams, OT

ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week vs. Florida

2nd Team All-ACC

1st Team Football News Freshman All-American

Bobby Bowden, Head Coach

Football News Coach of the Year Finalist

Chuck Amato, Asst. Head Coach

Broyles Award Semifinalist

AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Semifinalist


Name                Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Hometown/ High School
Alex Barron          OL  6-6  290  Orangeburg, SC (Wilkinson)
Michael Boulware     WR  6-3  200  Columbia, SC (Spring Valley)
Yohance Buchanan     DB  6-1  210  Atlanta, GA (Douglass)
David Castillo       OL  6-2  285  Palm Beach, FL (Palm Bch. Gardens)
Brett Cimorelli      PK  6-4  220  Zephyrhills, FL  (Zephyrhills)
Devard Darling       WR  6-3  195  Houston, TX (Austin)
Devaughn Darling     LB  6-2  220  Houston, TX (Austin)
Nate Hardage         LB  6-2  225  Sylvester, GA (Worth County)
Charles Howard       DE  6-3  215  Lake Butler, FL (Union Co.)
Travis Johnson       DL  6-5  240  Sherman Oaks, CA (Notre Dame)
Greg Jones           TB  6-1  225  Beaufort, SC (Battery Creek)
Chad Mascoe          LB  6-2  225  Kissimmee, FL (Osceola)
Bryant McFadden      DB  6-1  180  Hollywood, FL (McArthur)
Bobby Meeks          OL  6-3  285  Aldine, TX (Nimitz)
Eric Moore           LB  6-5  228  Pahokee, FL (Pahokee)
Claudius Osei        DB  6-1  190  Tallahassee, FL (N. Fla Christian)
Kendyll Pope*        LB  6-2  212  Lake City, FL (Columbia)
Eric Powell          DL  6-4  275  SW Miss. JC (Orlando Boone)
Chris Rix            QB  6-4  200  Santa Margarita, CA (Rancho)
Leroy Smith          DB  5-11 170  Quincy, FL (Shanks)
Fabian Walker *      QB  6-2  205  Americus, GA (Americus)
Javon Walker *       WR  6-3  190  Lafayette, LA (Jones J.C.)
B.J. Ward *          DB  6-4  200  Dallas, TX (Kimball)
Ray Willis           OL  6-6  256  Angleton, TX (Angleton)

* - already enrolled at Florida State

Alex Barron

6-8, 297, Offensive Line

Orangeburg, SC (Wilkinson)

A standout offensive lineman with both size and quickness…PrepStar and
Football News All-American…named to PrepStar’s 1999 Top 100 (No. 3
offensive lineman) Dream Team…listed as the No. 5 prospect in the
Atlantic Region by PrepStar…named to the Orlando Sentinel’s All-South
team…SuperPrep’s No. 15 offensive lineman…rated as the No. 19 offensive
lineman in the nation by…G&W’s No. 3 ACC-area
prospect…Jeff Whitaker’s Deep South Football Recruiting Guide South
Carolina Player of the Year…Fox Sports Net selected him to first team all-south…
Orlando Sentinel listed him among top 100 national prospects…graded out at better than 92 percent and had 61 pancake blocks as a senior…also played basketball in high
school…reported a 320-pound bench press and a time of 5.1 in the 40-yard
dash…chose FSU over Notre Dame, South Carolina, Georgia Tech and Georgia.

Michael Boulware

6-3, 200, Wide Receiver

Columbia, SC (Spring Valley)

South Carolina’s Gatorade Player of the Year…a versatile athelte who can
play both offense and defense…expected to play wide receiver at Florida
State…caught 56 passes for 1,028 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushed 31
times for 362 yards and three touchdowns on offense as a senior at Spring
Valley….as a linebacker, cornerback and safety during senior year he
recorded 91 tackles (71 solo), had 17 tackles for loss, six sacks, one
interception, three caused fumbles, one fumble recovery for a touchdown and
three blocked kicks…a USA Today All-USA honorable mention
selection…member of the Orlando Sentinel ‘s All-South team…an all-state
selection in South Carolina as a senior…named High School Sporting
Report’s South Carolina Player of the Year…member of the South Carolina
all-decade team…rated SuperPrep’s No. 6 “skill athlete”…listed as the
No. 12 prospect (No. 2 linebacker) in the Atlantic Region by PrepStar
…listed on Orlando Sentinels nation’s top 100 list…’s No. 33 linebacker nationally…G&W’s No. 5 ACC-area prospect…selected to play in the North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl…reported speed of 4.44 in the 40…younger brother of former Seminole all-american and current Baltimore Raven All-Pro Peter
Boulware…chose FSU over Clemson and Georgia Tech.

Yohance Buchanan

6-1, 210, Defensive Back

Atlanta, GA (Douglass)

One of the most highly regarded defensive backs in the country…rated the
best safety prospect in the entire Southern Region by PrepStar…one of
four (Johnson, McFadden and Moore) Seminole signings to be named Parade
All-American…named a PrepStar and Football News All-American….named to
the PrepStar and Orlando Sentinel Top 100 (No. 3 defensive back) Dream Team….a
second-teamUSA Today All-USA selection…rated the No. 4 defensive back in
the nation by SuperPrep…member of Fox Sports Net all-south team…a St. Pete Times “Blue Chipper”…’s No. 1 safety prospect in the
country…had 10 interceptions as a junior…still managed 65 tackles and
four interceptions as a senior when teams stayed away from after junior
year performance… clocked a 4.4 40…speed and size has led some to
compare him to former NFL greats Ronnie Lott and Steve Atwater…selected
FSU over Clemson, Michigan and Alabama.

David Castillo

6-2, 285, Offensive Line

Palm Beach, FL (Palm Beach Gardens)

Named District Player of the Year as an offensive lineman….a dominant
run-blocker in high school who projects to be a guard or center at Florida
State…recorded 77 pancakes and helped Palm Beach Gardens rush for over
2,700 yards in 1999…bench press reported to be over 350 lbs…selected to
play in the Florida-Georgia All-Star Game…competed in weightlifting and
wrestling at Palm Beach Gardens…selected FSU over Kansas State, Colorado
State, Indiana and Marshall.

Brett Cimorelli

6-4, 220, Placekicker

Zephyrills, FL (Zephyrills)

A dual-sport star who may remind some of Sebastian Janikowski with his
size…plans to play both baseball and football at FSU…made field goals
from 55 and 54 yards and 9-of-14 field goals on the year as a
senior…three of his five missed attempts were from beyond 52 yards…sent
26 of 28 kickoffs into or out of the endzone (from 40-yard line)…63 of 67
on extra points throughout career…a first-team all-state selection at
Zephyrills High…selected to play in the Florida-Georgia All-Star
Game…also punted for an average of 41 yards per punt….carried a 4.0
GPA….selected Florida State over Notre Dame, Clemson and Duke.

Devard Darling

6-3, 195, Wide Receiver

Houston, TX (Austin)

One of the top prospects in the state of Texas at wide
receiver…possessess excellent size and speed…played in a run-oriented
offense at Austin…clocked by high school coaches at 4.4 in the 40-yard
dash…… named to the all-district team…regarded as the nation’s No. 24
wide receiver and the No. 28 prospect in Texas by SuperPrep…listed as the
No. 51 wide receiver in the nation by… missed three games
during senior season with turf-toe…twin brother Devaughn is a linebacker
in the FSU 2000 signing class….the two selected FSU over Texas A&M.

Devaughn Darling

6-2, 220, Linebacker

Houston, TX (Austin)

Among the nation’s best at linebacker…twin brother, Devard, also signed
with FSU as a wide receiver…earned District MVP honors as a
senior…recorded 143 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior…exceptional
athlete with great speed for a linebacker…ran a 4.5 in the 40 in high
school…rated the No. 27 prospect in Texas and the No. 23 linebacking
prospect in the country by SuperPrep’s No. 26 linebacker
nationally…ranked as the No. 6 linebacking prospect in the Midlands
Region by PrepStar….chose FSU over Texas A&M.

Nate Hardage

6-2, 225, Linebacker

Sylvester, GA (Worth County)

A hardworker who projects to be another outstanding outside linebacker in
the long line of great linebackers at Florida State…a first-team
all-state selection in class 3A (Georgia’s second largest) as a
senior…made Orlando Sentinel’s list of Top 100 players nationally…SuperPrep’s No. 35 linebacker prospect nationally…made 144 tackles and had 16 sacks as a senior…selected Florida State over Georgia, Auburn and Memphis.

Charles Howard

6-3, 215, Defensive Line

Lake Butler, FL (Union County)

Played just five games as a senior after suffering a broken fibula…injury
may have cost him a blue chip reputation, but was still one of the most
highly recruited players in the state…had seven sacks and 30 tackles in
those five games in 1999…had 17 sacks and 100 tackles as a
junior….reported bench press of 355 pounds and a 40-yard dash time of
4.6….started all four years at Union County, a school that produced
Bennie Alexander (Florida), Gerard Warren (Florida) and Andrew Zow
(Alabama)…selected Florida State over Alabama, Florida, Maryland and
Virginia Tech.

Travis Johnson

6-5, 240, Defensive Line

Sherman Oaks, CA (Notre Dame)

Regarded by many as the best player in the country…had 104 tackles, 32
tackles for loss and 17 sacks as a senior as well as eight blocked kicks (4
punts, 2 FG’s and 2 PAT’s)….one of four Parade All-Americans in this
year’s signing class (Buchanan, McFadden and Moore)….rushed for six
touchdowns in short yardage situations in 1999…a USA Today All-USA
first-team selection…named to PrepStar’s 1999 Top 100 (No. 1 defensive
linemen) Dream Team….listed as the No. 2 prospect in the West Region by
PrepStar…selected a PrepStar and Football News
All-American…listed 23rd on Orlando Sentinel Top 100 list…a St. Pete Times “Blue Chipper”…’s No. 2 defensive end…SuperPrep’s No. 2
defensive lineman….ranked the No. 2 defensive lineman in the nation by
G&W…set a school record for career sacks (40), tackles for loss (77),
forced fumbles (14) and blocked punts (5)…reported bench press of 325
pounds…runs on school’s 4 x 100 relay team, reported best time in the
100m is 11.2…chose FSU over Michigan, UCLA, Tennessee and USC.

Greg Jones

6-1, 225, Tailback

Beaufort, SC (Battery Creek)

Outstanding two-way player in high school who will play running back at
Florida State… rushed for over 1,600 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior
at Battery Creek…registered seven sacks in limited action on defense as a
senior……named All-State as a senior…reported a 4.5 in the 40 and a
365-pound bench press…SuperPrep’s No. 12 running back nationally and No.
3 prospect in South Carolina…listed as the No. 8 prospect (No. 1
linebacker) in the Atlantic Region by PrepStar…all-south selection by Fox Sports Net…listed 36th on Orlando Sentinel’s national Top 100…a St. Pete Times “Blue Chipper”…’s No. 6
running back….G&W’s No. 6 ACC-area prospect…Atlanta Journal
Constitution SuperSouthern 100 selection…competes in sprints for high
school track team…cousin of former boxing champion Joe
Frazier….selected FSU over Clemson, Michigan, South Carolina, Ohio State
and Tennessee.

Chad Mascoe

6-3, 225, Linebacker

Kissimmee, FL (Osceola)

An outstanding athlete who played numerous positions in high school…a
four-year starter at Osceola who projects to be a linebacker in college
after playing quarterback, running back and receiver as a senior in high
school…tabbed as the No. 7 linebacker prospect in the country by…SuperPrep’s No. 5 “skilled athlete” in the nation…an
Atlanta Journal Constitution SuperSouthern 100 selection…named to the
Orlando Sentinel’s All-Southern team…a Florida Times-Union Super 75
selection…all-south Fox Sports Net selection…a St. Pete Times “Blue Chipper”…46-7 career record and one 5A state title at Osceola…bench
presses over 300 pounds….played with current Seminole Brett Williams in
high school…picked FSU over Maryland and Alabama.

Bryant McFadden

6-1, 180, Defensive Back

Hollywood, FL (McArthur)

A highly sought after recruit who is regarded by many as the best
cornerback in the nation…a USA Today All-USA first-team selection…
SuperPrep’s No. 1 defensive back in the country and its No. 1 prospect in
the state of Florida…one of four Seminole 2000 signings to be named to
the Parade All-American team (Buchanan, Johnson and Moore)…selected to
the Atlanta Journal Constitution SuperSouthern 100 team…an Orlando
Sentinel All-South selection… No. 1 prospect in Florida according to the
St. Petersburg Times…’s No. 1 cornerback
nationally….PrepStar and Football News All-American…PrepStar’s No. 3
prospect in the Southeast and No. 1 defensive back prospect…G&W
All-American…had 75 tackles each of the last two seasons…intercepted
three passes and returned one for a touchdown as a senior and had two
interceptions as a junior…picked Florida State over Miami, Georgia,
Tennessee and Michigan.

Bobby Meeks

6-3, 285, Offensive Line

Aldine, TX (Nimitz)

One of the top offensive line prospects in Texas…a three-year starter at
Nimitz, a school that has sent 73 players to Division I or I-AA football
programs over the past five years…reported to have benched 380 pounds,
squat 550 pounds and run a 4.9, 40-yard dash…earned all-district honors
as a senior…selected to the 1999 Top 100 Dream Team by PrepStar …
regarded as the No. 18 offensive lineman in the nation by PrepStar
…ranked No. 17 on the Super 30 All-Midlands Region team by
PrepStar….ranks 47th on the Austin American-Statesman’s list of Texas’
top 100 prospects…member of Texas’ “Super Team” as one of the states top
five linemen according to Dave Campbell…No. 65 offensive lineman in the
country according to…chose FSU over Texas A&M, Texas Tech
and Oklahoma.

Eric Moore

6-4, 225, Linebacker

Pahokee, FL (Pahokee)

Considered by many to be one of the top linebackers in the nation and the
best linebacker prospect in Florida this year…has the ability to play all
three linebacking positions….one of four Seminole 2000 signings to be
honored as a Parade All-American (Buchanan, Johnson and McFadden)…a
PrepStar and Football News All-American…named to PrepStar’s 1999 Top 100
(No. 2 linebacker) Dream Team…listed as the No. 6 prospect in the
Southeast Region by PrepStar…a USAToday All-USA second-team
selection….Jeff Whitaker’s Deep South Football Recruiting Guide Florida
Player of the Year…25th best player in the country according to Orlando Sentinel…St. Pete Times “Blue Chipper”…all-south selection by Fox Sports Net…SuperPrep’s No. 7 linebacker…’s No. 4 linebacker…G&W’s No. 3 linebacker…helped lead team to state finals as a junior with current Seminole Anquan Boldin…had 123 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior…reported time in the 40 was 4.7….also plays basketball in
high school…chose Florida State over Tennessee, Miami, West Virginia and
North Carolina.

Claudius Osei

6-1, 190, Defensive Back

Tallahassee, FL (North Florida Christian)

Highly recruited as a defensive back and a wide receiver at North Florida
Christian…will play defensive back at Florida State…a German exchange
student who arrived in the United States in 1999…played receiver for
German club teams…had 100 tackles (77 solo), 22 tackles for loss, four
sacks, one interception (returned 21 yards for a touchdown), three forced
fumbles, one fumble recovery as a senior defensive back…made 10 catches
for 267 yards and five touchdowns as a receiver in 1999…helped lead team
to class 2A state title as a senior…speed reported at 4.4 in the
40…chose FSU over Georgia Tech and Tennessee.

Kendyll Pope

6-2, 212, Linebacker

Lake City, FL (Columbia)

One of four spring enrollees along with B.J. Ward, Fabian Walker and Javon
Walker…regarded by many as the best defensive player in the state of
Florida and one of the top linebackers in the nation last year…original
member of the 1999 signing class…a first-team USA Today All-American and
Parade All-American…earned first-team 6A All-State honors…recognized as
one of the top five players in Florida by Bill Buchalter in 1999…listed
as the No. 14 prospect in Florida and No. 63 nationally by the Tampa
Tribune…No. 32 prospect in the nation according to The Sporting
News…the No. 5 linebacker in the country by SuperPrep…named to the the
Super 27 by the Orlando Sentinel…member of the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100…ranked the No. 3 prospect in the
state by the Gainesville Sun…rated as one of the Super 75 prospects in
Florida by the Florida Times-Union…named to the PrepStar Dream Team and
rated the No. 3 linebacker in the country…recorded 175 tackles, seven
sacks and four caused fumbles as a senior…hails from the same high school
as current FSU player Brian Allen and former FSU All-American Reinard
Wilson…selected FSU over Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Ohio State.

Eric Powell

6-4, 275, Defensive Line

SW Mississippi JC (Orlando, FL)

One of the most sought after junior college players in America… a strong interior defensive lineman…a first-team junior college All-American by…a PrepStar
Super Juco Top 75 selection…SuperPrep’s No. 63 junior college
prospect….went to high school with current Seminole Chris Woods at
Orlando Jones High School…chose FSU over LSU, Tennessee, Auburn and

Chris Rix

6-4, 210, Quarterback

Santa Margarita, CA (Santa Margarita)

One of the top quarterback prospects in the country…a mobile quarterback
who threw for over 900 yards and rushed for over 550 yards and six
touchdowns as a senior…was second on the team in receiving yards with 288
and led the team in touchdown receptions with three…caught just 10 passes
as a senior but was recognized as a second team All-Serra League at wide
receiver…named to PrepStar’s 1999 Top 100 (No. 7 quarterback) Dream Team
and rated the No. 15 prospect in the Western Region by the same
publication…earned honorable mention All-USA honors from USA
Today…listed as the No. 5 quarterback prospect in the nation by…named the MVP of the Nike Combine at USC in May of
1999…participated in the “Elite 11” QB clinic along with other national
level QB prospects and was considered to have the strongest arm in the
group…threw a football over 70 yards at one of Florida State’s summer
camps…clocked in at 4.5 in the 40…one of three pre-season All-Americans
to ever come out of Rancho Santa Margarita (Carson Palmer, 1997, USC) and
(Sean O’Brien, 1992, Arizona)…chose FSU over Southern California,
Washington and Arizona State.

Leroy Smith

6-0, 180, Defensive Back

Quincy, FL (Shanks)

Shanks career record-holder for interceptions with 16…a great open-field
tackler who excels at bump-and-run coverage….had 71 tackles and five
interceptions last year as a senior…an All-Big Bend selection in
1999…listed as SuperPrep’s No. 81 prospect in the state of Florida…ran
a 4.4 40 in front of his high school coaches…played at same high school
as former Seminole and current Tampa Bay Bucanneer Dexter Jackson and
current Seminole safety Abdual Howard…. also played wide receiver at
Shanks…a three-time state qualifier in the 400m…selected FSU over Notre
Dame, Georgia, North Carolina State and Clemson.

Fabian Walker

6-2, 205, Quarterback

Americus, GA (Americus)

Joins Kendyll Pope, B.J. Ward and Javon Walker as a spring enrollee after
meeting academic standards…talented quarterback who last year stacked up
among the best in the country…set the Georgia state record for career
passing yards (8,281 yards) and touchdowns (81)…a USA Today All-USA
honorable mention selection…earned Georgia high school player of the year
as well as class 2A all-state honors following his senior year…member of
the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Super Southern 100 and Georgia Top 50
teams…selected to the Orlando Sentinel’s All-Southern team…rated the
No. 16 player in the Southeast and No. 43 nationwide by Tom
Lemming…listed as the state of Georgia’s No. 3 prospect by Bill
Buchalter…ranked the No. 66 recruit nationally by theTampa
Tribune….finished his senior season with 3,187 yards passing and 30
touchdowns…totaled over 8,100 yards and 80 TD over his career…speed
reported at 4.6 in the 40… former teammate at Americus of current
Seminole defensive end Alonzo Jackson…selected FSU over Georgia and
Central Florida.

Javon Walker

6-3, 190, Wide Receiver

Lafeyette, LA (Jones MS J.C.)

Already enrolled at Florida State and will participate in spring
practice…considered by many the top junior college receiver in the
country…caught 96 passes for 1,556 yards and 14 touchdowns in two years
at Jones…listed as the No. 5 junior college prospect by SuperPrep…a
PrepStar Super Juco Top 75 selection.

B.J. Ward

6-4, 200, Defensive Back

Dallas, TX (Kimball)

Already enrolled at Florida State along with three others members of
recruiting class…hard-hitting safety who emerged as one of the best
players in the state of Texas…frame would allow for an additional 20-30
lbs… named to PrepStar’s Big 12 region Super 30…rated the No. 3
defensive back prospect in that region by PrepStar…named to Bill
Buchalter’s All-Southern team…recorded 72 tackles and took all three of
his interceptions back for touchdowns during senior season…picked off six
passes as a junior…reported 40-yard dash times in the 4.4 range…also
played basketball and ran track at Kimball…high school has produced
college standouts Delon Washington (USC) and Allen Wilbon
(Colorado)…brother of Miami Hurricane cornerback Nick Ward…had pick of
almost any school in the country last year, choosing FSU over Nebraska,
Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan.

Ray Willis

6-6, 275, Offensive Line

Angelton, TX (Angelton)

Another highly recruited offensive lineman out of the state of Texas…will
improve with time in the weight room as frame would allow for an additional
15-20 pounds…an intense player with quick feet for an offensive
lineman…high school team ran a west coast style offense…an all-district
selection as a senior… an honorable mention 5A all-state
selection….SuperPrep’s No. 28 offensive lineman and No. 36 prospect in
Texas….listed as the No. 34 offensive lineman by… a
Midlands Region honorable mention selection by PrepStar…high school
coaches clocked him at 4.95 in the 40 with a bench press of 350 lbs…has
been compared in Texas to former NFL lineman Terry Tausch who played at
UT…chose FSU over Texas A&M, Purdue, Tulane, Arkansas and Oklahoma.




SE    87 Robert Morgan 6-0 180 Jr.
   or  4 Anquan Boldin 6-2 205 So.
      19 Greg Moore 6-1 185 So.
         Javon Walker 6-3 190 Jr.

ST 72 BRETT WILLIAMS 6-6 315 So. 78 Donald Heaven 6-5 305 Sr.

SG 64 JUSTIN AMMAN 6-4 305 Sr. 51 Ronald Boldin 6-5 291 Sr. 79 Todd Williams 6-6 300 So.

C 54 Jarad Moon 6-4 300 Sr. 52 Antoine Mirambeau 6-4 280 So. or 74 Otis Duhart 6-4 290 So.

TG 71 JERRRY CARMICHAEL* 6-4 310 Sr. or 61 Montrae Holland 6-3 325 So.

TT 60 TARLOS THOMAS 6-5 320 Sr. 75 Char-ron Dorsey 6-7 325 Sr.

TE 85 RYAN SPRAGUE 6-5 260 Sr. 81 Nick Franklin 6-3 255 Sr. 82 Patrick Hughes 6-5 245 Jr. or 88 Carver Donaldson 6-6 245 Jr.

QB 16 CHRIS WEINKE 6-5 240 Sr. 14 Marcus Outzen 6-2 220 Sr. 11 Jared Jones 6-5 235 Jr. Fabian Walker 6-2 205 Fr.

FB 36 WILLIAM McCRAY* 6-0 225 Jr. 39 Chad Maeder 6-3 240 Jr. 43 Randy Golightly 6-2 237 Fr. TB 23 Travis Minor 6-1 190 Sr. or 1 Jeff Chaney 6-0 200 Sr. 22 Davy Ford 5-11 188 Jr. or 20 Nick Maddox 6-0 190 So. 33 Lemar Parrish 6-1 190 So.

FL 13 Marvin Minnis 6-1 186 Sr. or 26 Atrews Bell 5-11 201 Jr. 21 Talman Gardner 6-2 195 So.


* – Was starter leading into 1999 but injured in preseason and missed the year.

Missing Spring with injuries — OT Ross Brannon, LB Tommy Polley, DE Roland Seymour.


RE    58 JAMAL REYNOLDS 6-4 254 Sr.
      94 O.J. Jackson 6-2 255 So.

DT 97 Tony Benford 6-4 270 So. 96 Randy Wilkins 6-3 245 Sr. 90 Kevin Emanuel 6-4 250 Fr. 42 Jerel Hudson 6-3 260 So.

NG 98 Chris Woods 6-3 250 So. 95 Rian Cason 6-5 285 So. 91 Jeff Womble 6-3 295 Fr.

LE 56 ROLAND SEYMOUR 6-4 264 Sr. or 99 David Warren 6-5 250 Sr. 48 Alonzo Jackson 6-4 245 So.

WLB 29 TOMMY POLLEY 6-5 233 Sr. 40 Cornelius Collier 6-1 220 So.

MLB 44 BRADLEY JENNINGS 6-3 230 Jr. Kendyll Pope 6-2 212 Fr. SLB 55 BRIAN ALLEN 6-2 225 Sr. 41 Lee Weaver 6-3 220 So.

LC 8 CLEVAN THOMAS 6-0 175 Sr. 3 Malcolm Tatum 6-1 170 So.

FS 28 Chris Hope 6-2 195 Jr. 12 Abdual Howard 6-1 190 Jr.

RV 6 DERRICK GIBSON 6-2 207 Sr. 32 Jean Jeune 5-9 195 Sr. 24 B.J. Ward 6-4 200 Fr.

RC 27 Tay Cody 5-11 180 Sr. 30 Stanford Samuels 5-10 180 Fr. 7 Rufus Brown 5-10 185 Fr.


KS    43 Chance Gwaltney 5-10 165 Jr.
P     47 Keith Cottrell 6-4 205 Sr.
HO    14 Marcus Outzen 6-2 220 Sr.
KR    21 TALMAN GARDNER 6-2 195 So.
       4 ANQUAN BOLDIN 6-2 205 So.
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