April 9, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Junior linebacker Bradley Jennings, a two-year starter who tied for the team lead in tackles with 102 during the 2000 season, earned four spring practice football awards as announced by head coach Bobby Bowden during the Seminoles’ annual Garnet and Gold game in Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday. Jennings earned the Hinesman Award as the most dominant defensive player as well as awards for the most outstanding defensive player, the most dependable linebacker and defensive leadership.
Jennings (Miami, Fla.), who is considered to be one of the top linebackers in the nation heading into the 2001 season, was a starter on Florida State’s 1999 national championship and 2000 national championship runner-up teams. He recorded a career-high 102 tackles this past season and has totaled 222 during his three-year Seminole career. He was credited with eight quarterback hurries and recovered two fumbles in 2000. Jennings’ best game of the season came in the victory over Florida when he was credited with seven solo tackles and four assisted tackles for 11 total. (The Seminoles defeated the Gators, 30-7, on Nov. 18 in Tallahassee.)
Sophomore quarterback Anquan Boldin (Pahokee, Fla.) and freshman defensive tackle Darnell Dockett (Burtonsville, Md.) earned two awards each. Boldin, who has moved from wide receiver to quarterback for the upcoming season, earned the co-most improved quarterback and offensive leadership awards. As a quarterback in high school, Boldin was a USA Today All-USA selection and the Florida Player of the Year. In addition, he was the Seminoles’ third-leading receiver last season with 41 catches for 664 yards and six touchdowns. Boldin shared the most improved quarterback award with Chris Rix (Santa Margarita, Calif.). Rix redshirted as a true freshman in 2000 after earning honorable mention All-USA Honors from USA Today as a prep senior. Both Boldin and Rix will compete for the Seminoles’ starting quarterback job entering pre-season practice in August.
Dockett, a freshman All-America selection by Football News and an All-ACC second team selection, started the final 11 games of the 2000 season and is one of two returning starters on the defensive front. He tied for the team lead in tackles for minus yardage (19), led the team in quarterback hurries (18) and was third in quarterback sacks (seven).
Sophomore Joey Kaleikini (Niceville, Fla.), who caught two passes for 71 yards and a touchdown in Wednesday’s final scrimmage of the spring, earned the top offensive non-scholarship player.
Most Improved Quarterback Chris Rix, Anquan Boldin
Most Improved Receiver Talman Gardner
Most Improved Offensive Lineman Antoine Mirambeau
Most Improved Running Back Nick Maddox
Most Improved Tight End Patrick Hughes
Most Improved Linebacker Allen Augustin
Most Improved Defensive Back Stanford Samuels
Most Improved Defensive Linemen Eric Powell, O.J. Jackson
Most Dependable Linebacker Bradley Jennings
Most Dependable Defensive Back Chris Hope
Most Improved Defensive Lineman Alonzo Jackson
King of the Boards Todd Williams (Offense), Darnell Dockett (Defense)
Top Non-Scholarship Player Joey Kaleikini (Offense), Michael Shaw (Defense)
Leadership Ronald Boldin, Anquan Boldin (Offense),
Bradley Jennings (Defense)
Most Outstanding Player Todd Williams (Offense), Bradley Jennings (Defense)
Big Otis Award Darnell Dockett (Defense)
Second Effort Award William McCray (Offense), Kendyll Pope,
Charles Howard (Defense)
Top Newcomers Milford Brown (Offense), Bryant McFadden (Defense)
Big Hitter Claudius Osei, Yohance Buchanan (Defense)
Iron Nole Otis Duhart (Offense), Jerel Hudson (Defense)
Most Dominant Player Bradley Jennings (Defense), Offense did not select