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Post-season bios for the 2000 Florida State Football Team

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Linebacker, 6-2, 225, Sr.
Lake City, FL (Columbia)
A semifinalist, along with classmate Tommy Polley, for the Butkus Award…named second team All-ACC this season…one of the captains for the Seminoles this season…tied for the team lead with 102 tackles…had 44 unassisted tackles and 58 assisted tackles this year…broke up 10 passes on the year and had one interception…had a sack and one tackle for loss…recovered two fumbles on the season and forced one…has his best game against Florida with seven solo stops and four assists…also had seven solo tackles along with three assists against Miami…totaled 10 or more tackles in seven of 12 games.

Offensive Guard, 6-4, 305, Sr.
Eustis, FL (Eustis)
The starter at split guard who enters the bowl game with 22 consecutive starts (including last year’s national championship game at the Sugar Bowl)…earned first team All-ACC honors this season…Florida State’s offense leads the nation in total offense and passing offense…opened holes for Seminole running backs who gained 171.8 yards per game on the ground…team leader in intimidations (56) and banks (76.5)…two-time ACC Player of the Week selection…singled-out in the ACC for his outstanding performances in victories over NC State and Clemson…averaged more than five intimidations per game and had five or more in nine of the Seminoles’ 12 games…strong outing against No. 21 NC State (Oct. 28) with a season-high seven intimidation blocks which helped Florida State rush for a season-high 324 yards…the Seminole offensive line helped team score eight touchdowns against the Tar Heels, eight against Duke and four against Virginia…allowed only two sacks during the Seminoles 12-game schedule…one of 16 seniors who has already earned his undergraduate degree.

Flanker, 5-11, 201, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL (Lee)
Had a breakout year with 10 touchdown catches which was second best on the team and is tied for eighth on the FSU single season touchdowns list…played in all 12 games this season…had just four touchdown catches coming into the season …recorded 675 receiving yards which ranked second on the team and more than tripled his total yardage from the two previous years combined (222)…ranked fourth on the team with 37 receptions and averaged 18.2 yards per catch…recorded two games of 100+ yards…best performance was a career-high and team-leading 146 yards at Miami on six catches…also had six receptions for 111 yards in the Clemson game…had three catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns vs. North Carolina…also had two scores in the Maryland and Duke games…had at least one catch in all 12 games and scored touchdowns in seven of them…averaged 56.2 yards per game, good for second on the team and sixth in the ACC…season-long was a 48-yard catch in the Duke game…also had a rushing touchdown.

Defensive Tackle, 6-4, 270, So.
Denver, CO
Appeared in nine games for Florida State this season…recorded two tackles for loss and two quarterback hurries…credited with 24 tackles on the season including 15 unassisted tackles …most productive game of the season came against Duke when he recorded an individual game-high seven total tackles and two tackles for loss…member of an interior defensive front that was a big question mark coming into the season with no seniors among the group and no returning starters.

Wide Receiver, 6-2, 205, So.
Pahokee, FL (Pahokee)
Ranked third on the team with 41 catches and six touchdowns…was also third on the team with 664 receiving yards which was nearly six times the yardage he had in his freshman campaign …played in all 12 games this season…had his first career 100-yard game on three catches against Georgia Tech…had six catches for a career-high 108 yards and two touchdowns at Miami…had a career-high seven receptions for 69 yards in the Florida game…had at least two receptions in all 12 games…averaged 16.2 yards per catch and 55.3 yards receiving per game…scored touchdowns in four games…season-long reception was a 60-yarder in the Virginia game.

Offensive Guard, 6-5, 291, Jr.
Pahokee, FL (Pahokee)
Back-up to Justin Amman at the split guard position as a junior this season…first year with full-time duty on the offensive line after playing mostly special teams as a sophomore…moved over from the defensive line following his freshman season and provided much needed depth on the offensive line…did not allow a quarterback sack…season-high three intimidations against Clemson (Nov. 4) as Florida State won at home 54-7…had at least one intimidation in each game for a season total of 18…cousin of FSU wide receiver Anquan Boldin…one of 16 seniors who have already earned their degrees.

Linebacker, 6-3, 200, Fr.
Columbia, SC (Spring Valley)
A true freshman who proved to be an exceptional special teams player and has coaches excited about his future at Florida State…was FSU’s top tackler on kickoff teams, but suffered an ankle injury early in the season that cut into his playing time…listed at third team at weakside linebacker behind senior Tommy Polley and freshman Kendyll Pope…21st on the team with 21 tackles, including 15 solo…forced two fumbles on the season…had two solo tackles and an assist in his season-high performance against Florida…has speed to cover the backs out of the backfield if needed…brother of former FSU consensus All-American defensive end Peter Boulware, now with the Baltimore Ravens.

Offensive Tackle, 6-8, 310, Sr.
Marietta, GA (Lassiter)
Missed the entire season after undergoing knee surgery during the 1999 season…started the first two games of his junior season (1999) before his injured right knee would not allow him to play any further…had started 25 consecutive games before the injury…earned All-ACC honors following 1998 season…underwent miniscal replacement surgery and continues to rehabilitate from the procedure…doctors took cartilage from a cadaver and placed into his knee…the surgery was likened to the “Tommy John” surgery which is now commonplace on baseball pitchers arms…has applied (and is awaiting word) to the NCAA for a medical redshirt and a sixth-year of eligibility…had started 25 consecutive games before the injury.

Cornerback, 5-10, 185, Fr.
El Paso, TX (Austin)
Backed up Clevan Thomas at cornerback for most of the season before the return of Malcolm Tatum to the lineup…saw action in all 12 games both at cornerback and special teams…earned Victor’s Club honors as well as taking home the Tomahawk Player accolades for the Duke game, in which he returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown…had 17 tackles this season, including a season-high three against both North Carolina and Duke…outstanding student who was freshman academic award winner.

Defensive Back, 6-1, 210, Fr.
Atlanta, GA (Douglass)
Entered FSU as one of the most highly-recruited defensive backs in the country…appeared in seven games this season seeing most of his action on special teams, collecting six total tackles…earned Victor’s Club accolades for his performance against Duke, in which he had four tackles for his season and career high in tackles…added a tackle against Virginia…plays on FSU kickoff team and punt teams.

Offensive Guard, 6-4, 310, Sr.
Plantation, FL (Plantation)
Missed the entire season after undergoing surgery on his knee…suffered a torn ACL in his right knee at the 1999 Fiesta Bowl (national championship game in 1998)…bounced back from that and was back to his starting position before suffering another knee injury in preseason practice …a starter on both the 1998 Fiesta Bowl (national championship) and 1999 Sugar Bowl (national championship) teams for the Seminoles.

Defensive Tackle, 6-5, 285, So.
College Park, GA (Woodward)
Appeared in five games for a defense that led the ACC in rushing defense (73.9 yds/gm)… registered 17 total tackles on the season including six unassisted tackles…had his best game of the season against North Carolina recording four tackles and two tackles for loss…five total tackles against Louisville marked an individual game high…hampered some by nagging injuries early in the season.

Tailback, 6-0, 200, Sr.
Lake Wales, FL (Lake Wales)
Senior who will not play in the bowl game after tearing his ACL and MCL against Wake Forest in week 11…backed up Travis Minor all season and was FSU’s second leading rusher in 2000 with 346 yards on 71 carries…added three touchdown carries…caught 17 passes for 196 yards and one TD…rushed for a season-high 71 yards on 10 carries against Louisville…was also a valuable special teams performer during his FSU career…actually led FSU in rushing in last year’s Sugar Bowl against Virginia Tech with 43 yards on four carries…also scored a touchdown off a blocked punt in the national title game of last season.

6-4, 220, Placekicker
Zephyrhills, FL (Zephyrhills)
Will handle field goal and extra point duties in the Orange Bowl…will be the second true freshman (other was Scott Bentley in 1993) to handle kicking chores for the Seminoles in an Orange Bowl National Championship game…slowed by a groin injury during the first half of the season…took over as the starting placekicker prior to the Clemson game and immediately responded by hitting on all four field goal attempts and all six extra point attempts…tied an FSU record for points by a kicker (18) against the Tigers…went seven-for-seven on extra point attempts and made his only field goal attempt from 38 yards out at NC State…only missed extra point of the season was against North Carolina in the third game of the year.

Cornerback, 5-11, 180, Sr.
Blakely, GA
(Early County)
FSU coaches feel that he has had as good a senior season as any defensive back in Florida State history…played exceptionally well all year and emerged as one of the strongest leaders on the team…covered so well that teams stayed away from his side of the field over the last half of the season…out-standing open-field tackler and great fundamental man-to-man defender…named to College Football News All-America first team and was a first team All-ACC selection…has started at right corner the past four seasons, after redshirting in 1996…has doubled his career interceptions with six this season, averaging .50 interceptions per game…currently tied for sixth all-time in career interceptions at Florida State with 12…ranks fourth at Florida State in single season interceptions with six…leads the Atlantic Coast Conference this season in interception return yards for a single game with 93 on two interceptions against Florida…named second-team All-American by Football News…has 81 tackles for the season, averaging 6.7 tackles per game for the season, second among all defensive backs at Florida State (Chris Hope)…has 200 return yards off his six interceptions, averaging 16.7 all-purpose yards per game…had a season-long interception return against NC State when he picked off Phillip Rivers and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown…added four pass deflections in that game, as well as six tackles including one for a loss of eight yards…added a single interception against North Carolina, Clemson and Wake Forest…closed out the season with four-straight games with at least one interception…had one sack on the season knocking back Clemson quarterback Woody Dantzler for a nine yard loss…named to the Victor’s Club five times this season, including his last four-straight games…named Tomahawk Player in his final two games against Wake Forest and Florida, as he combined for three interceptions with 113-yards in returns.

Punter, 6-4, 205, Sr.
Orlando, FL (Boone)
Finalist for the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter…averaged 41.3 yards per punt, second-best single-season average during his four-year career as Florida State’s starting punter…his 41.3 yards per punt average ranked him 34th in the nation…marked the third consecutive season that he had averaged more than 40 yards per punt…averaged 43.1 yards (1,207 yards on 28 punts) in eight games against ACC competition…averaged 39 or more yards per punt in eight of Florida State’s 12 games and 40 or more yards in six games…dropped 10 punts inside the 10 yard line, allowed one or less net return yards in five games and pinned the Seminoles opponent to an average starting position below the 25 yard line in six games…the 12 Seminole opponents have scored a total of only four touchdowns on the offensive series directly following a Cottrell punt…Florida State held its opponents to a total of 230 return yards on 48 Cottrell punts (4.79 yards per return)…24 of his 48 punts were not returned (fair catch, touchback or no return) and six more were returned for a total of five yards…only six of his 48 punts were returned for 10 or more yards…zero return yards by Louisville (Sept. 23), Virginia (Oct. 21) and NC State (Oct. 28)…the average starting opponent starting position after a Cottrell punt was the 26.6 yard line…another member of the senior class who has already earned his degree.

Wide Receiver, 6-3, 195, Fr.
Houston, TX (Austin)
Played in four games as a true freshman this year… made two catches for 36 yards and had one touch-down…season-long was a 21-yard reception in the North Carolina game…had a 15-yard touchdown catch in the Maryland game…twin brother Devaughn is a linebacker with the Seminoles.

Linebacker, 6-2, 220, Fr.
Houston, TX (Austin)
An outstanding player on FSU special teams as a true freshman…has also seen playing time at strongside linebacker behind seniors Brian Allen and Jean Jeune…27th on the team with 11 tackles including six unassisted…recorded one quarterback hurry during rookie season…had a season-high two solo tackles and an assist in the win over Clemson…twin brother of wide receiver Devard Darling.

Defensive Tackle, 6-4, 260, Fr.
Burtonsville, MD
(Paint Branch)
Earned second team All-ACC as a freshman this season after starting the last 10 games of the year at defensive tackle…won Victor’s Club honors after Louisville and Florida games…tied for the team lead in tackles for loss (19), leading the team in quarterback hurries (18) and third on the team in sacks (7)…recorded 66 total tackles and 32 unassisted tackles in 2000…set individual high for total tackles (7) in games against Louisville, Maryland, Virginia and NC State…recorded at least two tackles in every game this season…recorded sacks against BYU, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Duke, Clemson and NC State (2).

Tight End, 6-6, 245, Jr.
Lakeland, FL (Kathleen)
Played in nine games this season…had one catch for nine yards in the NC State game…saw playing time on short yardage unit as well as on special teams…saw increased playing time over the second half of the year when starting tight end Nick Franklin was lost with a knee injury…backed up Ryan Sprague for most of the season.

Offensive Tackle, 6-7, 325, Sr.
Jacksonville, FL (Bolles)
Earned first team All-ACC honors after beginning the season slated to redshirt…injuries and limited depth forced him into the lineup…did not play in the season opener against Brigham Young (Aug. 26) but decided to come back after injuries began to slow the line…started the final 11 games of the season at tight tackle and will start in the Orange Bowl…came back in a big way in his first game with a season-high seven intimidations against Georgia Tech (Sept. 9) as the offensive line allowed Chris Weinke to throw for 463 yards and two touchdowns…nearly repeated that effort with a six intimidation game against North Carolina (Sept 16) and the Seminoles scored eight touchdowns in winning 63-14 …had six more intimidations against Maryland as the Seminoles won in a nationally televised Thursday night game, 59-7…had 21 intimidations (4.2 per game) against the five teams on the Seminole’s schedule which appeared in the nation’s top-25 during the season…among the team leaders with 43 intimidations…allowed only one sack in 11 starts…his pass protection has been a key to Florida State having the top passing game in the nation.

Offensive Guard, 6-4, 290, So.
Belle Glade, FL (Central)
Started the first six games of the season at tight guard before giving way to Montrae Holland who started the final six games of the regular season…graded out above 83 percent in all 12 games…enjoyed his best game of the season with five intimidations against North Carolina as he helped pave the way for 540 offensive yards and an impressive 7.9 yard per play average…had four intimidations each in victories over NC State and Wake Forest as the Seminoles punched up 519 yards of offense against NC State and 546 against Wake…averaged just over three intimidations per game for the entire season…averaged nearly three intimidations in the Seminoles four games against teams in the final Associated Press Top 20 (Georgia Tech, Miami, Clemson and Florida)…did not allow a sack in 12 games…outstanding student who was the academic achievement winner for the sophomore class at the awards banquet in December.

Defensive Tackle, 6-4, 250, Fr.
Waco, TX (Waco)
Started two games and played in 11 games as a sophomore this season…earned Victor’s Club honors against BYU, Louisville and Florida…was fifth on the team with nine tackles for loss and tied for fifth in sacks (3)…broke up one pass and recorded nine quarterback hurries…finished regular season with 43 total tackles and 21 unassisted tackles…had his most productive game of the season against Virginia with seven total tackles and three tackles for loss…recorded sacks against Virginia, Clemson and Florida.

Tailback, 5-11, 188, Jr.
West Palm Beach, FL (Cardinal Newman)
Status is uncertain after fracturing his clavicle against Wake Forest…team’s fourth leading rusher with 239 yards rushing on 38 carries this season…scored three touchdowns, including a career-long 82-yard run against Clemson…also returned two kickoffs for 27 yards and caught one pass for six yards…carried 12 times for 57 yards and one TD at Maryland…one of the fastest players on the FSU roster (4.25 in the 40 this spring)…has bounced back from knee surgery after tearing his ACL in 1998…was also a kick return specialist for the Seminoles with two returns on the year.

Tight End, 6-3, 255, Sr.
St. Petersburg, FL (SW Miss JC)
FSU’s starting tight end over the first seven games before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the Virginia game…had three catches for 40 yards …averaged 13.3 yards per catch…had a career-long 22 yard reception in the North Carolina game.

Wide Receiver, 6-2, 195, So.
New Orleans, LA (McDonough 35)
Saw action in 11 games…recorded 12 catches and had 198 yards receiving…season-long was a 52-yard reception in the Virginia game…had a season-high three catches for 44 yards at Wake Forest …averaged 16.5 yards per catch and 18.0 yards per game…FSU’s top kick return specialist with a team-high eight returns for 175 yards for an average of 21.9 per game.

Rover, 6-2, 207, Sr.
Miami, FL (Killian)
FSU’s starting rover for every game over the last three seasons…entered the season as a Playboy All-American and was named first team All-ACC in December …averaging 5.8 tackles per game which ranks third among defensive backs this season (Chris Hope, Tay Cody)…has totaled 72 tackles this season, with his season-high (13) coming against the Miami Hurricanes…notched two interceptions this season, including a pick against BYU which he returned 24 yards…had his second interception of the season against Clemson in the Seminoles’ 54-7 win…has three fumble recoveries, with two coming against Virginia, and seven pass deflections…ended the regular season with four tackles for loss named to the Victor’s Club four times, as well as being named kicking game player, against Louisville.

Fullback, 6-2, 237, Fr.
Tallahassee, FL
(N. Florida Christian)
Started two of the last three games of the season after regular starter William McCray injured an ankle against Clemson…carried 16 times for 49 yards on the season…was third on the team with four rushing touchdowns…showed exceptional hands for a fullback with six receptions for 42 yards…carried five times for 19 yards and one TD at NC State…scored a career-high two touchowns in FSU’s 54-7 win over Clemson…redshirted in 1999…played linebacker in high school.

Kicker, 5-10, 175, So.
Cairo, GA (Cairo)
Played in seven games for the Seminoles this season, kicking field goals in six of those games… knocked 18 points after touchdowns through the uprights on 20 attempts…saw his first action of the season at Georgia Tech when he went 3-for-3 on extra-points and 1-for-1 in field goal attempts, accounting for six of the Seminoles points…had a season and career high scoring day when he went 4-for-4 against Virginia in extra points as well as going 3-for-3 on field goal attempts, as he accounted for 13 of the Seminoles points…went 9-for-9 in extra points against the Duke Blue Devils…had a career-long field goal of 39-yards against North Carolina …also had a 21- and 36-yard field goal against Georgia Tech and Virginia, respectively.

Offensive Guard, 6-5, 305, Sr.
Miami, FL (Carol City)
Took on an increased role on the offensive line when Tarlos Thomas was lost for the season during the Duke game on Oct. 14…immediately moved into a backup position at the tight tackle spot…played in all 12 games and graded out at 80 percent or better in each outing…top game of the season came against Virginia (Oct. 21) as he recorded a career-high six intimidations…Florida State rushed for two touchdowns and amassed 554 yards against the Cavaliers…performed well over a three-week span against Virginia, NC State (Oct. 28) and Clemson (Nov. 4) with 16 total intimidations and three grades above 85 percent…the Seminole offense collected 1,844 yards of total offense (614.6 yards per game) and scored 17 touchdowns in three victories…Clemson (No. 10) and NC State (No. 21) were nationally ranked at kickoff…allowed only one sack in 12 games and was among the team leaders in total intimidations…earned Football News Freshman All-American honors in 1997.

Offensive Guard, 6-3, 325, So.
Ore City, TX (Jefferson)
Became the starter at tight guard against Duke (Oct. 14) and started the final six games of the season …among the team leaders in intimidations and back cuts…top game of six intimidations came against then No. 10 Clemson as the Seminoles won in Tallahassee 54-7…Florida State rushed for a season-high 250 yards and totaled 521 yards of total offense in winning Bowden Bowl II…added five intimidations in victories against Duke and Wake Forest (Nov. 11)…graded out at a season high 91 percent at Duke (Oct. 14) and 90 percent against Georgia Tech (Sept. 9)…earned grades of 81 percent or better in all 12 games…did not allow a sack in 12 games played …one of the big reasons that FSU’s offense led the nation in passing and scoring.

Free Safety, 6-2, 195, Jr.
Rock Hill, SC (Rock Hill)
Started all 12 games for the Seminoles at free safety…first team Academic All-American in 2000…named to All-ACC second team…closed out the season with two interceptions, including one against Florida…picked off his first pass of the season against Maryland and returned it 11 yards…totaled 83 tackles for the season including 51 unassisted tackles…leads all FSU defensive backs with 6.8 tackles per game…had five tackles for loss and eight pass deflections…had his best performance of the season with 11 tackles, including two for loss against Miami…added two pass deflections against the Canes as well…had a strong performance against North Carolina when he had 10 tackles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown…named to the Victor’s club five times, including earning Tomahawk Player honors against North Carolina…top academic performer among the junior class.

Rover, 6-1, 190, Jr.
Quincy, FL (Shanks)
Saw action in all but the Florida game this season all at rover…totaled 33 tackles for a career high, bettering his career totals to 57…had two tackles-for-loss collecting one against BYU and one against North Carolina…collected his only sack of the season against North Carolina…had his best game of the season against BYU to open the season when he notched five unassisted tackles and one assist, as well as one tackle for loss and a pass deflection…named to Victor’s Club four times this season for his performances against BYU, UNC, Louisville and Duke.

Defensive End, 6-3, 215, Fr.
Lake Butler, FL (Union Co.)
Freshman appeared in 10 games for a unit that leads the ACC in four defensive categories…recovered a fumble off of the opening kick-off against the Hurricanes…had 17 total tackles this season including seven unassisted tackles…individual game-high tackles against the Tar Heels (5)…earned considerable playing time on FSU special teams.

Linebacker, 6-3, 240, So.
Homestead, FL (South Dade)
Emerged as an excellent backup to Bradley Jennings right in the middle of the FSU defense …coaches have moved him to the defensive line, but his speed and agility make him more effective at linebacker…had an excellent preseason and gained confidence as the season went on…ex-cellent run stopper who has been effective dropping into coverage…36 tackles on the season ranks 15th on the team and second only to Kendyll Pope among non-starters…had 12 solo tackles and 24 assists on the year…had season high nine tackles against Maryland, including three unassisted…followed that up with five assists against Virginia…had an interception against BYU which he returned 30 yards…also credited with a pass broken up and three quarterback hurries.

6-5, 245, Junior
Nacogdoches, TX (Nacogdoches)
Suffered a season ending groin injury during preseason drills and did not play this season and won’t be available for the Orange Bowl game…was competing with Nick Franklin for the starting tight end position before suffering the injury…played in all 12 games during FSU’s undefeated 1999 campaign…caught one pass for 13 yards last year.

Defensive End, 6-4, 245, So.
Americus, GA (Americus)
Sophomore who has appeared in every game for the Seminoles over the last two seasons and started four games for FSU in 2000…earned Victor’s Club honors after Georgia Tech, Louisville, Duke and Florida games…ranked fourth in sacks for the FSU defense with five this season…registered sacks in five of 12 games this season…recorded six tackles for loss, two pass break ups, seven quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery…finished the regular season with 37 total tackles including 16 unassisted tackles…six tackles against Virginia marked individual game-high for the season…recorded sacks against BYU, Georgia Tech, Duke, Virginia and Wake Forest.

Defensive Back, 6-1, 190, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL (Raines)
After walking on in 1997, Jackson moved from the split end position to the defensive backfield this year…saw action in all 12 games, including the Florida game in which he collected a season and career-high eight tackles…ended the season with 28 total tackles including 22 solo tackles as well as one quarterback hurry and one pass deflection…had a strong performance earlier in the season when he tallied five tackles against Duke…earned Victor’s Club honors with his performance against Florida.

Defensive End, 6-2, 255, So.
Miami, FL (Carol City)
Appeared in nine games for the nation’s second-ranked rushing defense…has played in 21 games over the past two seasons…posted multiple tackles in three games this year (BYU, North Carolina and Duke)…finished the regular season with nine total tackles and six unassisted tackles.

Middle Linebacker, 6-3, 230, Jr.
Miami, FL (Carol City)
The prototype middle linebacker…very tough, physical player who concentrates on stopping the run…tied for the team lead in tackles with 102 on the season…had 38 unassisted and 64 assists on the season…also credited with three passes broken up and eight quarterback hurries…recovered two fumbles on the year…teammates call him Monster…had his best game against Florida in the season finale with seven solo stops and four assists…had a total of 12 tackles, six solo, in the win over Georgia Tech…totaled 10 or more tackles in seven games…had five solo and nine assists against Louisville.

Linebacker, 5-10, 195, Sr.
Boynton Beach, FL (Atlantic)
Former walk-on who earned a scholarship and served as special teams captain for the Seminoles this year…ranked 17th on the team with 28 tackles on the season…had 14 solo and 14 assists…re-corded a tackle for loss on the year…had four tackles, including three unassisted in four games this year…got his first career start against Clemson as Brian Allen was slowed by a calf injury…had four tackles in the win over Florida, two were solo…served as FSU’s rep-resentative to the NCAA council last year…excellent student who won a special award for academic excellence at the awards banquet in December.

Tailback, 6-1, 225, Fr.
Beaufort, SC (Battery Creek)
True freshman who made an immediate impact at tailback and on special teams…a big, bruising back who also has excellent speed…ranks third on the team with 266 rushing yards on 41 carries…has scored two touchdowns on the ground and caught two passes for 16 yards…top game was a seven carry, 78-yard performance at NC State…had at least 30 yards rushing in five of FSU’s 12 games…will be in the battle for the starting tailback job next season.

Quarterback, 6-5, 235, Jr.
Walla Walla, WA (Walla Walla)
Junior who took a redshirt this season…will compete with Chris Rix for the starting quarterback job next season…has backed up Chris Weinke and Marcus Outzen the last two years…forced into action as a true freshman after moving to the No. 2 quarterback spot following Weinke’s injury in 1998…played in just one game against Wake Forest…saw action in four games that season as a sophomore.

WR/RB, 6-0, 190, So.
Kannapolis, NC (A.L. Brown)
Versatile player who saw action in all 12 games at receiver, tailback or as a kickoff and punt return man…started his career as highly-touted tailback but asked to move to wide receiver in the preseason …moved back to running back when FSU lost four tailbacks to injury during the Wake Forest game…will work at both running back and wide receiver during bowl preparation…recorded one touchdown, seven catches and 135 yards receiving…averaged 19.3 yards per catch and 11.2 yards receiving per game…season-long reception was a 39-yarder in the North Carolina game…had two catches for 63 yards and a touchdown vs. North Carolina …also had seven carries for 70 yards had a career-long rush of 41 yards in the Wake Forest game…averaged 5.8 yards per carry…led the team with 18 punt returns, including one for 24 yards, and recorded 190 yards…averaged 10.6 yards per punt return…also returned three kickoffs for 61 yards including one for 28 yards.

Fullback, 6-3, 240, Jr.
Brooksville, FL (Central)
Former walk-on who is one of the best blockers on the roster…was slated for considerable playing time until a knee injury which required surgery sidelined him in the preseason…should be close to full speed by the time the Orange Bowl is played …made his first career start at fullback in the 30-7 win over Florida…will see action in all goal line and short yardage situations…carried just once for two yards this season and caught one pass for five yards…lone carry came at NC State with only catch coming against Florida…also contributes on special teams.

Fullback, 6-0, 225, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL (Bolles)
Started the first nine games of the season at fullback before spraining an ankle prior the Clemson game…versatile player who spent some practice time at tailback following series of injuries to the position in the Wake Forest game…led the team with eight rushing touchdowns this season and ranked fifth with 131 rushing yards…added four catches for 22 yards…scored two touchdowns against Maryland and Virginia…scored in four other games (Georgia Tech, UNC, Duke and Florida)…ran for 25 yards on five carries against BYU and 30 yards on 10 carries against Maryland…took a medical redshirt in 1999 following an ankle injury.

Flanker, 6-1, 185, Sr.
Miami, FL (Northwestern)
FSU’s leading receiver who capped off a stellar senior season with eight catches for a career-high 187 yards and two touchdowns in FSU’s win over Florida…a finalist for the 2000 Biletnikoff Award …named to Football Writers and Football News All-America teams…named first team All-ACC…had a team-high 63 receptions which ranks ninth on the FSU single season receptions list …enjoyed his first career 1,000-yard season with 1,340 yards which ranks second on the FSU single season receiving yardage chart…had 2,098 career receiving yards which ranks ninth all time at FSU…his team-leading 11 touchdowns this season ranked tied for fifth on the FSU single season touchdown catches list…recorded 17 career touchdowns which ranks tied for ninth all time at FSU…had more receptions this season than he has recorded the previous three seasons combined (52)…his 115 career receptions ranks 12th on the FSU career receptions chart…leads the ACC and is third in the nation with a 111.7 receiving yards per game average…was on the receiving end of FSU’s longest pass in history when he caught a 98-yard touchdown pass from Chris Weinke in the Clemson game which also tied the ACC record…averaged 5.25 catches per game this season which ranks third in the ACC and ranks 13th best on the FSU all-time single season chart…had seven, 100+ yard games this season, including 163 yards off of four catches in the Clemson game…snagged a career-high nine receptions for 137 yards in the season-opener vs. BYU…had five catches for 132 yards and two scores vs. North Carolina…caught seven passes for 145 yards in Miami game…recorded four catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns against Virginia…had six catches for 122 yards and a personal single-game career-high three touchdowns at Wake Forest…had at least three catches in all 12 games and scored touchdowns in six contests…scored multiple touchdowns in four games …was FSU’s reception leader in eight games and led FSU in receiving yards in eight games.

Tailback, 6-1, 190, Sr.
Baton Rouge, LA (Catholic)
The only player in FSU history to lead the team in rushing for four straight years…recorded a team-high 923 yards on 181 carries and scored five touchdowns this season…finished second on the team with 42 total catches (333 yards)…rushed for 100 or more yards in four games this season (North Carolina, Louisville, NC State and Clemson)…top game this year was a 129-yard, two-touchdown effort at NC State…despite a slightly sprained ankle, rushed for 88 yards in FSU’s 30-7 win over Florida…has more career carries than any back in school history and ranks third all-time at FSU with 3,218 career rushing yards…fourth at FSU with 28 career rushing TDs…has 14 career 100-yard rushing games with nine of those coming against AP Top 25 teams…equally effective in passing situations as a receiver out of the backfield and as a blocker…named second team All-ACC this season.

Center, 6-4, 280, So.
Miami, FL (Miami Beach)
The backup to Jarad Moon at center who has played in all 12 games…played on the defensive line early in his career but has been earning repetitions at the center position since the middle of the 1999 national championship season…graded out well throughout the season with his top performance of 88 percent coming against Maryland (Sept. 28) and Wake Forest (Nov. 11).

Center, 6-4, 300, Sr.
Panama City, FL (Bay)
Earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors twice during the season and was named second team All-ACC this year…talented artist who illustrated the front cover of this postseason guide…earned ACC honors following his performances in victories over North Carolina and Virginia…started all 12 games this season and has 16 career starts to his credit…among the team leaders in intimidation blocks and banks…an offensive general who calls the blocking schemes for the offensive line…consistently graded out in the 80s and earned a season-high grade of 91 percent against NC State…a leader on the offensive line which allowed quarterbacks Chris Weinke and Marcus Outzen to throw for a single-season school record 4,608 yards and a single-season school-record 36 touchdowns…Florida State also rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and averaged 4.4 yards per rush in 12 regular season games…helped the Seminole signal callers complete .618 percent of their passes…a season high seven intimidation blocks against North Carolina (Sept. 16) and Clemson (Nov. 4)…Florida State totaled 117 points against the Tar Heels and the Tigers…allowed only one sack in 12 games and cemented the line with allowed less than two sacks per game for the entire regular season.

WR, 6-1, 185, So.
Bartow, FL (Bartow)
Status for the Orange Bowl game is questionable as a knee injury has prevented him from playing this season…underwent surgery on the knee, but has not been able to play over the second half of the season…very talented player with great speed…nagging injuries have slowed his progress.

Split End, 6-0, 180, Jr.
East Point, GA (Tri-Cities)
Appeared in nine games before injuring his toe in practice which sidelined him for the last three regular-season games…should be back for the Orange Bowl game…had 19 catches for 366 yards and three touchdowns, the first scores of his FSU career…very tough receiver who was FSU’s best at catching in traffic over the middle…recorded a career-high 103 yards on three catches and had a score at Maryland…had another strong outing with four catches for 98 yards and a touchdown in the Duke game… snagged four catches for 71 yards and a touchdown at Georgia Tech…had at least two receptions in six games…averaged 19.3 yards per reception and 40.7 yards per game…recorded a career-long catch of 71 yards in the Duke game…had more receiving yards this season than the two previous seasons combined.

5-10, 185, Placekicker
Panama City, FL (Rutherford)
Sophomore placekicker spent the first seven games as the Seminoles primary field goal kicker..kicked the longest field goal of the season for FSU when he connected on a 44 yarder against Maryland …earned Victors Club honors for kicking against North Carolina and Clemson|..he is the only Seminole kicker to connect from beyond 40 yards this season..Seminole’seighth leading scorer this season with 27 points…Took over as FSU’s regular on kickoffs in game three…probably has the strongest leg on the team.

Linebacker, 5-11, 190, So.
Tallahassee, FL (Lincoln)
A mainstay on FSU special teams who has been slowed by injuries this season…should be full speed by the Orange Bowl…a walk-on who has seen a lot of playing time on special teams over the last two years…totaled four tackles on the season.

Defensive Back, 5-11, 185, So.
St. Petersburg, FL (Shorecrest)
Played in 11 games this season for the Seminoles, playing on the special teams unit…notched 20 tackles this season, including 16 unassisted…had a season- and career-high five tackles against Maryland and Florida…ended the season with an impressive five unassisted tackles against a strong Florida special teams unit.

Quarterback, 6-2, 220, Sr.
Ft. Walton Beach, FL
(Ft. Walton)
Senior who will back up Chris Weinke at quarter-back…completed 24-of-35 passes for 441 yards and threw for three touchdowns this season…saw action in seven games this year…completed 7-of-12 passes for 119 yards and a TD at Maryland and threw for 152 yards on 6-of-7 passing against Virginia…has also played in short yardage situations…member of the most successful 2000 senior class in school history that owns a record of 56-5 and has played in three straight national championship games…stepped in for an injured Chris Weinke in 1998 and led the Seminoles to wins over Virginia, Wake Forest and Florida, and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl…played for former FSU graduate assistant coach Mike Owens at Ft. Walton Beach High.

Linebacker, 6-5, 233, Sr.
Baltimore, MD (Dunbar)
Joined teammate Brian Allen as a semifinalist for the Butkus Award…first team All-ACC selection …named to Football News All-America third team…candidate for ACC’s Brian Piccolo Award after returning from reconstructive knee surgery after an injury suffered in the Sugar Bowl win last year…remarkable athlete who is always around the football…totaled 100 tackles on the season giving the Seminoles starting linebacker trio all over 100 tackles…had 53 solo tackles and 47 assists…had seven tackles for loss and two quarterback sacks…broke up seven passes, intercepted one and had eight quarterback hurries…recovered a team-high three fumbles and forced one… posted a season high nine solo tackles and six assists against Miami…also had nine solo (three assists) against Wake Forest…had 12 tackles (eight solo) in the win at Georgia Tech…had 10 or more tackles in five games this year.

Linebacker, 6-2, 212, Fr.
Lake City, FL (Columbia)
Spent his rookie season backing up Tommy Polley at weakside linebacker…proved a quick study as he picked up the FSU system quickly and plays a great deal in regular rotation system…also a standout on FSU special teams…the top non-starter in tackles with 52 on the season…20 unassisted and 32 assists on the year…had two tackles for loss and two passes broken up…also had an interception on the season…had eight tackles (four solo, four assists) against Virginia and four solo tackles and three assists against Clemson.

Defensive Tackle, 6-4, 275, Jr.
Orlando, FL (SW Miss JC)
Appeared in 10 games for Florida State this sea-son…recorded 21 total tackles and six unassisted tackles…individual game-high tackles against Georgia Tech (4)…registered a sack and three tackles in win over Duke…had four quarterback hurries on the season including two against Clemson.

Defensive End, 6-4, 254, Sr.
Aiken, SC (Aiken)
Winner of the Lombardi Award and a finalist for Football News Defensive Player of the Year award …Walter Camp All-American…named first team All-America by the Football Writers Association of America…only Seminole defensive lineman to garner ACC Player of the Week honors after recording three sacks and five tackles for loss in a victory over Louisville…named Tomahawk Player after BYU and Georgia Tech games…earned Victor’s Club honors following BYU, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Duke and Florida wins…team leader in sacks (12) and forced fumbles (4)…his 12 sacks is tied for the fourth most sacks in a season by a Seminole…ranks third in the Atlantic Coast Conference in sacks…recorded 15 tackles for loss, 11 quarterback hurries and a pass break up…tied for most sacks in a game this season with three against Louisville…finished the regular season with 58 tackles including 28 unassisted tackles…recorded safeties against Georgia Tech and Maryland…set an individual game high for total tackles against Virginia with eight…recorded two tackles for loss and two sacks against BYU in the season-opener…multi-sack games against BYU (2), Georgia Tech (2) and Louisville (2)…should be a consensus All-America this season…currently considered one of the top five picks for the NFL draft according to the experts.

Cornerback, 5-10, 180, Fr.
Miami, FL (Carol City)
Has come on strong, playing in 11 of the Seminoles 12 games this season, after rebounding from a season-ending knee-injury last season…backed up Tay Cody at right corner and saw action on special teams…also FSU’s nickel back in certain coverages…notched 22 tackles for the season, along with four pass deflections…blocked a kick against North Carolina State in the Seminoles 58-14 win…closed out the season with Victor’s Club honors in three of his last four games.

Deep Snapper 6-2, 245, So.
Cordell, GA (Crisp Co.)
Has done an outstanding job as the snapper on all FSU special teams in his first season…entered the year with a great deal of pressure as he was replacing a four-year starter (Clay Ingram) at the position…very strong delivery and very reliable …played in every game this season and made every special teams snap…managed four tackles on the season including two unassisted.

Defensive End, 6-4, 264, Sr.
New Orleans, LA
(St. Augustine)
Appeared in only one game during the 2000 campaign after off-season reconstructive knee surgery…he battled back from his knee injury and returned to the field for the Miami game…entered the season second among returning linemen in total tackles…earned honorable mention All-ACC in 1999…considered an excellent NFL prospect…injured his knee in the Sugar Bowl against Virginia Tech last year.

Tight End, 6-5, 260, Sr.
Augusta, GA (Lakeside)
Had an excellent senior season playing in 10 games …moved into the starting role at tight end when Nick Franklin suffered a season-ending knee injury against Virginia…started the last five games of the season…more than doubled his previous totals with 12 catches for 212 yards…had a career-best 29-yard catch in the Virginia game…had his best game against the Cavaliers connecting with Chris Weinke on four passes for a career-high 87 yards…had three receptions for 50 yards against NC State…averaged 17.7 yards per catch and 21.2 yards per game.

Cornerback, 6-1, 170, So.
Miami, FL (Killian)
Saw action in the Seminoles opening two games against BYU and Georgia Tech before suffering a mid-season injury which kept him out of action until his return against Duke…an exceptional special teams player who is currently second on the depth chart behind Clevan Thomas at left corner-back…ended the season playing in both the Wake Forest and Florida games…collected two tackles on the season, both coming against BYU in the opening game of the season…could work back into considerable playing time with extensive pre-bowl practices…should contend for playing time at nickel back in the Orange Bowl.

Cornerback, 6-0, 175, Sr.
Miami, FL (Miami Senior)
Excellent cover corner who played in all 12 games for the Seminoles this season…one of the Seminoles seven returning starters on defense…closed out the season with 42 tackles including 28 unassisted…had two interceptions on the season, including a pick against BYU to open the season, which he returned 13 yards…added a pick and two pass deflections against North Carolina State in the Seminoles 58-14 win…totaled nine pass deflections on the season earned Victor’s Club accolades four times this season, including the season opener against BYU and the final regular season game against Florida…teamed with Tay Cody and other secondary mates to not allow opposing teams top receiver to score a touchdown all season long.

Offensive Tackle, 6-5, 320, Sr.
Monticello, FL
(Jefferson Co.)
Could return for the Bowl Game after injuring his right knee against Duke on Oct. 14…original thought was he had completely damaged the ACL and the MCL as he was hit while run blocking against the Blue Devils…damage was found to be minimal during surgery clearing the way for his potential return in a bowl game…named ACC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner signifying the league’s top blocker…earned Walter Camp All-America honors this season…started every game at tackle as a sophomore and junior…started the first game of the year against Brigham Young (Aug. 26) at tight tackle…earned five starts at the split tackle position (Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Louisville, Maryland and Duke) before being injured…became one of the most valuable Seminoles following game one as the starter split and tight tackle position…his value to the team was immense, allowing the coaching staff to insert a fresh, knowledgeable player at both positions at any time…graded out at a season-high 92 percent against Duke in the game…an All-ACC first-team selection as a junior at the tight tackle position…has 26 career starts to his credit including a pair of national championship games (Fiesta in 1998 and Sugar in 1999)…season-high five intimidation blocks against Louisville in helping the Seminoles score 31 points and 509 yards of total offense.

Wide Receiver, 6-3, 190, Jr.
Lafayette, LA
(Jones Miss JC)
Played in the first two games of the season but suffered an ankle injury in the Georgia Tech game and missed the next three games…appeared in nine games total…had three touchdowns, 20 receptions and 313 yards …made a solid Seminole debut with eight catches for 70 yards and a touchdown in the season-opener vs. BYU…season-long was a 63-yarder for a score in the Georgia Tech game and it was on that play that he injured the ankle…reached the 100-yard mark with a career-high 109 yards off of six receptions against Clemson…averaged 15.6 yards per catch and 34.8 yards per game.

Defensive End, 6-5, 250, Sr.
Tyler, TX (John Tyler)
The senior from Texas posted his third straight season with 30 or more tackles (41) after appearing in all 12 games in 2000…earned Victor’s Club honors after Louisville, Duke and Florida victories…surpassed his career sack total (6) with nine this season…tied for most sacks in a game this season with three against NC State…tied for the team lead in tackles for loss (19 for 71 yards) and second in quarterback hurries (13)…third most tackles for a loss by a Seminole in a season…credited with two pass break-ups and also returned an interception for 34 yards…recorded an individual season high in unassisted tackles with six against NC State.

Linebacker, 6-3, 220, So.
Live Oak, FL (Suwannee)
Another walk-on who has made his mark on the special teams…totaled three tackles on the season and is one of the top performers on the kickoff team.

Quarterback, 6-5, 228, Sr.
St. Paul, MN (Cretin-Derham)
The 2000 Heisman Trophy winner…the first three-year starter at quarterback for the Seminoles under Bobby Bowden…the nation’s top passer (4,167 yards/347.3 yards per game) this season…winner of the 2000 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given to the top senior quarterback in college football…winner of the Davey O’Brien trophy and Football News Offensive Player of the Year…will enter the bowl game with a career record of 32-2 as a starter, the seventh best winning percentage in NCAA Division IA history…has the Seminoles ranked No. 1 nationally in total offense and passing offense…only the second QB in NCAA history to pass for more than 9,500 career yards and win a national championship…pass efficiency rating of 163.1 is the best in FSU history, ranked second in the country and is the third best single season rating in ACC history…leads the nation with an average of 8.83 yards per play and is second nationally with an average of 9.67 yards per pass attempt…ranks sixth all-time in the NCAA record books with a career average of 8.89 yards per attempt…finished 12th in NCAA history with 79 TD passes and 18th in career passing yardage…2000 season passing total ranks 11th in NCAA Division IA history…has averaged 456.7 yards passing in three games against Top 10 opponents (Miami, Clemson & Florida) with eight touch-downs…a first team Football News All-American and one of five finalists for that publication’s Offensive Player of the Year Award…recorded seven 300-yard passing games this season and has 13 in his career…ACC and FSU career record holder for career passing yardage (9,839) and career touchdown passes (79)…named one of six NCAA Division IA Scholar-Athletes ($18,000 postgraduate scholarship) and is an All-District Academic All-American…graduated in December (in just three and a half years) with a degree in sports management and carried a 3.5 GPA over the last year…offensive team captain and a six-time ACC Player of the Week this season…owns the first, second and fourth best passing games in FSU history (536 yards vs. Duke, 521 yards vs. Clemson and 496 yards vs. Miami)…established a new FSU record and tied the ACC mark with a 98-yard touchdown pass to Marvin “Snoop” Minnis on a well-executed play action pass from the endzone against Clemson…during 12-0 national championship season in 1999, was 42-of-54 (77.8 %) for 461 yards and five TDs (leading FSU to seven TDs, two FGs) in drives following opponent scores that tied the game or put FSU behind, including the Sugar Bowl…with FSU trailing at Georgia Tech earlier this year, Weinke went 7-of-7 for 156 yards in the fourth quarter (two TD drives) to lead FSU to a 26-21 come-from-behind victory…went 19-of-32 for 299 yards and three TDs in the second half at Miami and actually put the Seminoles ahead 24-20 with 1:37 remaining before the Hurricanes drove down the field for the winning touchdown…did bring FSU back down the field for a long field goal attempt that slipped wide right at the end of the game.

Defensive End, 6-3, 245, Sr.
Jacksonville, FL (Nease)
Appeared in eight games for the ACCs No. 1 defensive unit…registered eight tackles on the season…individual game high tackles with four against Duke…also recorded tackles against BYU, Georgia Tech, Louisville and NC State…former walk-on who earned a scholarship…part of the most successful senior class in FSU history with a record of 56-5 and playing in their third straight national title game.

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