Academic All-Americans(Selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America) First Team 2000 Chris Hope (FS) 1997 Daryl Bush (LB) 1996 Daryl Bush (LB) 1994 Derrick Brooks (OLB) 1980 Keith Jones (DB) 1981 Rohn Stark (P) 1979 Keith Jones (DB), Phil Williams (WR) 1972 Gary Huff (QB) Second Team 1993 Ken Alexander (ILB), Derrick Brooks (OLB) 1989 Dave Roberts (TE) 1985 Martin Mayhew (CB) 1981 Phil Williams (WR) 1957 Ron Schomburger (E)
NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship2000 Chris Weinke (QB) 1997 Daryl Bush (LB) 1995 Danny Kanell (QB) 1994 Derrick Brooks (OLB) 1993 Ken Alexander (ILB) 1990 Dave Roberts (TE) 1987 David Palmer (ILB) 1980 Phil Williams (WR)
FSU's ACC All-Academic Selections2000 OG Justin Amman FS Chris Hope C Jarad Moon QB Chris Weinke 1999 FS Chris Hope TE Ryan Sprague QB Chris Weinke 1998 P Keith Cottrell FS Chris Hope OL Jason Whitaker QB Chris Weinke 1997 WR E.G. Green C Kevin Long DE Andre Wadsworth DT Jerry Johnson LB Daryl Bush FS Dexter Jackson 1996 LB Daryl Bush RB Warrick Dunn C Kevin Long 1995 OL Lewis Tyre LB Daryl Bush LB Todd Rebol 1994 LB Darryl Bush LB Derrick Brooks DB Steve Gilmer 1993 CB Clifton Abraham ILB Ken Alexander OLB Derrick Brooks FS Richard Coes QB Charlie Ward 1992 C Robbie Baker OLB Derrick Brooks OLB Reggie Freeman QB Charlie Ward
Given in memory of Robert E. (Bob) Crenshaw, Florida State football captain and student
leader who was killed in a jet crash in 1958. The plaque’s inscription reads:
“To the Football Player With the Biggest Heart.” The recipient is chosen by his teammates
as the man who best exemplifies the qualities that made Bob Crenshaw an outstanding football
player and person.
Year Player Position 1958 Al Ulmer Guard 1959 Ramon Rogers Center 1960 Abner Bigbie Fullback 1961 Paul Andrews Fullback 1962 Jim Sims Tackle 1964 Larry Brinkley Fullback 1964 Dick Hermann Linebacker 1965 Howard Ehler Defensive Back 1966 Ed Pope Guard 1967 Kim Hammond Quarterback 1968 Billy Gunter Running Back 1969 Stan Walker Guard 1970 Bill Lohse Linebacker 1971 Bill Henson Defensive Tackle 1972 David Snell Defensive Back 1973 Steve Bratton Defensive End 1974 Jeff Gardner Offensive Guard 1975 Lee Nelson Defensive Back 1976 Joe Camps Defensive Back 1977 Aaron Carter Linebacker 1978 Scott Warren Defensive End 1979 Greg Futch Offensive Tackle 1980 Monk Bonasorte Defensive Back 1981 Barry Voltapetti Offensive Tackle 1982 Blair Williams Quarterback 1983 Ken Roe Linebacker 1984 Todd Stroud Noseguard 1985 Pete Panton Tight End 1986 Greg Newell Free Safety 1987 Mark Salva Center 1988 Jason Kuipers Offensive Guard 1989 Tony Yeomans Offensive Guard 1990 Lawrence Dawsey Wide Receiver 1991 Dan Footman Defensive End 1992 Robbie Baker Center 1993 Jon Nance Noseguard 1994 Steve Gilmer Safety 1995 Todd Rebol Outside Linebacker 1996 Connell Spain Defensive Tackle 1997 Greg Spires Defensive End 1998 Troy Saunders Cornerback 1999 Reggie Durden Cornerback 2000 Patrick Newton Defensive Back
Defensive end Jamal Reynolds became just the second Florida State player ever to win the Lombardi Award when he was named the nation’s most outstanding lineman/linebacker following his senior year. A consensus All-American following the 2000 season, Reynolds was another in the prominent line of great defensive linemen for the Seminoles that included 1999 Lombardi runner-up selection Corey Simon. Reynolds joins Seminole star Marvin Jones who won the Lombardi in 1992 from his middle linebacker position. Reynolds led the Seminoles in sacks as a senior with 12 and forced four fumbles for a defense that was among the nation’s best in 2000. He finished the year with 58 tackles including 28 unassisted stops and had two safeties on the year. His 23.5 career quarterback sacks ranks fourth all-time at FSU and his 12 sacks as a senior ties him with Ron Simmons (1977) as the fourth best season ever. Reynolds was the first FSU player selected in the 2001 NFL draft when he was taken in the first round by the Green Bay Packers with the 10th pick. Reynolds’ distinction as a consensus All-American puts him in the company of Peter Boulware (1996), Reinard Wilson (1996) and Andre Wadsworth (1997), who also earned the distinction at defensive end.
The first three-year starter at quarterback for the Seminoles under Bobby Bowden, Chris Weinke became the second FSU player to win the Heisman Trophy when he was named the nation’s best football player in December 2000. Weinke led the nation in passing as a senior with 4,167 yards and averaged 347.3 yards per game. Weinke led the Seminoles to an undefeated season and the national championship as a junior in 1999 and compiled a remarkable 32-3 record as a starter at FSU, which is the seventh best winning percentage in NCAA history. Weinke set both the Florida State and Atlantic Coast Conference record for career passing with 9,839 career passing yards and would set 26 school records during his career. His 79 career touchdown passes ranks as the 12th best performance in the NCAA history and his career passing yards place him at 18th on the NCAA’s all-time list. Weinke owns the first, second and fourth best passing games in FSU history headlined by a school record 536 passing yards against Duke in 2000. Weinke also won the Davey O’Brien and Johnny Unitas trophies as a senior signifying his selection as the nation’s best quarterback. Weinke’s jersey No. 16 was retired at a ceremony during halftime of the 2001 spring football game.
Heisman Trophy Winner
Davey O’Brien Winner
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Winner
College Football News Player of the Year
Football News All-America First Team
College Football News All-American First Team
College Football News ACC Player of the Year
Chevrolet Player of the Year
ESPY Winner as College Player of the Year
Finalist – Football News Offensive Player of the Year
Finalist Maxwell Award Player of the Year
ACC Player of the Year
ACC Offensive Player of the Year
First Team All-ACC
All-ACC Academic Team
ACC Post Graduate Scholarship Winner
NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship Winner
Academic All-Region Selection
Set 26 School Records Over His Career At FSU
Set ACC and FSU Record for Career Passing Yards
Wide Receiver, 1962-64
1988 NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame
1991 College Football Hall of Fame
Fred Biletnikoff started catching passes in high school in Erie, Pa., continued at
Florida State, and went on to star with the Oakland Raiders.
In 1964, Biletnikoff ranked fourth in the nation with 57 receptions for 11 touchdowns.
The Seminoles’ first consensus All-American, he capped a super year with four touchdown
catches in the Gator Bowl.
Biletnikoff was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the 1965 draft.
He went on to make the AFL all-star team twice and was selected to four AFC-NFC Pro Bowls
in five years. He played in nine AFL/AFC title games, two Super Bowls and was the MVP of
Super Bowl XI.
When his 14-year professional career came to an end after the 1978 season, Biletnikoff
had caught 589 passes for 8,974 yards and 76 touchdowns. The Raiders never had a losing
season during Biletnikoff’s tenure. He caught 40 or more passes in 10 straight years.
In 1988, he became the first Seminole inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame.
Three years later, he joined Ron Sellers, as the only Florida State alumni in the College
Football Hall of Fame.
In December of 1988, former Seminole great and 1968 consensus All-American Ron Sellers
became the first FSU player inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
The Jacksonville, Fla., native owned the NCAA receiving records for over 20 years. From
1966-68, Sellers caught 212 passes for 3,598 yards for Florida State. He averaged 119.9
yards per game and caught passes in a record 30 consecutive games. He had 18 100-yard
receiving days and five 200-yard games. He still owns nearly every Florida State receiving record. Sellers caught 13 or more passes in a game seven times during his career.
The Seminoles played in three bowl games during the Sellers’ era. A player labeled “can’t
play, too fragile” by Coach Bill Peterson at first, Sellers was later called “simply the
best college receiver I ever saw.”
Calling the Butkus Award for linebackers, “the Heisman of the Bad Guys,” FSU inside
linebacker Paul McGowan accepted the award from Dick Butkus himself in December of 1987.
The 6-1, 230-pound McGowan won the award by a one-point margin over Ohio State’s Chris
Spielman. McGowan won the award based on a senior season in which he totalled 150
tackles, including 97 solo stops and 11 behind the line of scrimmage. He was named to
the Associated Press, Sporting News and Football News first team All-America squads.
One of the best athletes ever to wear a Florida State uniform,
cornerback Deion Sanders won the Jim Thorpe Award as the top defensive back of 1988.
Sanders collected the prize after a career which saw him gather 14 career interceptions,
not including three in bowl games. In his junior and senior seasons, FSU went 11-1 with a
pair of New Year’s Day bowl wins. In 1988, Sanders ranked in the top 10 nationally with
five interceptions in nine games. He was the nation’s top punt returner, averaging 15.2
yards per return.
The Ft. Myers, Fla., native ranks third on the FSU career interceptions chart and holds most
of the school’s punt return records.
A three-sport star in football, baseball and track at Florida State, Sanders was the fifth
pick in the 1989 NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He became a successful two-sport pro
– elected to the Pro Bowl twice in football and has started in centerfield for the Atlanta
Braves and the Cincinnati Reds.
In 1991, Terrell Buckley capped the best season ever by a Florida State cornerback
by becoming the second Seminole ever to win the Jim Thorpe Award.
A junior, Buckley blew away the Florida State record for interceptions with 12 in
1991. He intercepted passes in eight of FSU’s 12 regular season contests to lead the
country in pickoffs. Against Michigan in Ann Arbor, his interception and 40-yard
return for a touchdown on the game’s first play set the stage for a 51-31 Florida State win.
A native of Pascagoula, Miss., Buckley also demolished the Florida State career record with
21 INTs in just three seasons. His 470 career return yards broke an NCAA record that had
stood since 1974. Following the year, Buckley entered the NFL draft and was selected
by the Green Bay Packers with the fifth pick in the first round.
The top player in the nation in 1992, Marvin Jones became the first Seminole to capture
two national awards in the same year when he earned both the Butkus Award for linebackers
and the Lombardi Award for linemen and linebackers following his junior season.
Florida State’s third two-time consensus All-American, Jones tallied 111 tackles and
seven tackles for a loss in 1992 while leading the Seminoles to an 11-1 record. He made
10 or more tackles in nine games and finished fourth in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy.
He finished his career seventh on FSU’s career tackle chart with 369, and third on the
all-time list with 28 tackles for loss. A first team All-ACC choice out of Miami, Fla.,
Florida State tailored its nationally-ranked defense to Jones’ strength in 1992.
Jones left Tallahassee after his junior season for the NFL, and became the highest Seminole
draft choice ever when he was selected fourth overall by the New York Jets. However, Peter
Boulware tied him this year.
1991 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Winner Quarterback Casey Weldon capped a great
senior season with the 1991 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
Weldon, who was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, completed 189-of-313 passes for
2,527 yards and 22 touchdowns in leading the Seminoles to a 11-2 record and 4th-place
finish in the Associated Press poll.
A native of Tallahassee, Weldon was truly a hometown hero who won over fans with a
combination of exceptional talent and great desire. He led the Seminoles to a 10-2 win
over powerful Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl as a senior.
Heisman Trophy Winner
AAU Sullivan Award Winner
Davey O’Brien Award Winner
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Winner
Walter Camp Player of the Year
Chevrolet Offensive Player of the Year
Scripps Howard Player of the Year
ACC Player of the Year
Toyota Leader of the Year
The Sporting News Player of the Year
UPI Player of the Year
ACC Offensive Player of the Year
Football News Offensive Player of the Year
The most decorated player in the history of college football, Charlie Ward won literally
every award he was eligible for as a senior signal caller. Ward, who led the Seminoles to
their first national championship, became Florida State’s first Heisman Trophy winner in 1993.
A native of nearby Thomasville, Ga., Ward waited for his turn at quarterback and overcame a
rough start as a junior to become the finest player in Florida State history.
In addition to the trophies listed above, Ward saw his jersey number 17 retired and,
remarkably, is now playing with the New York Knicks of the NBA. He is only the second
football player in history to win the prestigious Sullivan Award.