January 3, 2000 - by
Travis Minor: Seminoles Unheralded Tailback

Jan. 3, 2000

By BRENT KALLESTAD

Associated Press Writer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Travis Minor is often overlooked by opponents. After all,
the Florida State tailback certainly isn’t a star – he doesn’t even have a
1,000-yard season yet.

What he does have is something most players only dream about: a shot at the
national championship.

“A lot of guys out there with 1,500 yards are going to be watching us on
the 4th,” said Minor, who has averaged about 770 yards rushing in three
seasons.

Although his carries have been limited with the pass-happy Seminoles, Minor
has run for enough yards to rank fifth on Florida State’s career list and his
26 touchdowns rank sixth.

And he’s usually at the top of his game when it counts the most.

Minor averaged 100 yards in three games against rival Florida and 98 yards
in seven games against Top 10 teams in his career.

“It’s a matter of whenever the coaches call your number, you’d better be
ready for it,” he said. “We’ve all got roles.”

The 6-foot, 190-pound Minor is also an excellent blocker and receiver,
catching 64 passes in his career. Running backs coach Bill Sexton says Minor
has few flaws on the field.

“He’s got strong marks across the board in all areas,” Sexton said. “He’s
extremely tough, very intelligent and a student of the game.”

Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster says it’s critical that the
Hokies control the Florida State running game, which ranked 83rd nationally
this season.

“If you can’t, that’s when they like toying with you,” Foster said. “If
they have success running the football, then for sure you’ll have to crowd
eight guys around the football.”

While Minor isn’t that well known to fans, opposing coaches don’t need an
introduction.

“He’s right there with some of the best we’ve played: (Virginia’s) Thomas
Jones, the kids from Miami and any other backs we’ve faced,” Foster said.

“There is a lot of focus on Peter Warrick. If you put all your attention on
one individual, they have other guys that can exploit you.”

For the second time in three years, Minor will be playing in the Sugar Bowl,
about an hour’s drive from his home in Baton Rouge. He was recruited out of
Baton Rouge Catholic High School, the same school as former Seminoles great
Warrick Dunn.

Minor’s biggest challenge in the week leading up to the national title game
has been finding tickets for family and friends.

“Anytime you get a chance to come back home it’s great,” he said. “Except
for tickets. They’re so hard to come by that I had to quit doing that.”

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