#55? Brian Allen
6-2, 225, Sr.
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.
#64? Justin Amman
Offensive Guard, 6-4, 305, Sr.
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.
#26? Atrews Bell
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.
#97? Tony Benford
Defensive Tackle, 6-4, 270, So.
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.
#4? Anquan Boldin
Receiver, 6-2, 205, So.
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
#51? Ronald Boldin
Offensive Guard, 6-5, 291, Jr.
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
#57? Michael Boulware
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.
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.
#7? Rufus Brown
5-10, 185, Fr.
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.
#18? Yohance Buchanan
Back, 6-1,? 210, Fr.
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.
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
#95? Rian Cason
Defensive Tackle, 6-5, 285, So.
College Park, GA (Woodward)
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.
#1? Jeff Chaney
6-0, 200, Sr.
Lake Wales, FL (Lake Wales)
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.
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.
#27? Tay Cody
5-11, 180, Sr.
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
6-4, 205, Sr.
Orlando, FL (Boone)
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.
Receiver, 6-3, 195, Fr.
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.
#53? Devaughn Darling
6-2, 220, Fr.
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
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).
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.
#75? Char-ron Dorsey
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.
#74? Otis Duhart
Offensive Guard, 6-4, 290, So.
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.
#90? Kevin Emanuel
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.
#22? Davy Ford
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
#81? Nick Franklin
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.
#21? Talman Gardner
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.
#6? Derrick Gibson
6-2, 207, Sr.
Miami, FL (Killian)
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.
#43? Randy Golightly
6-2, 237, Fr.
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.
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,
#78? Donald Heaven
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.
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.
#28? Chris Hope
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.
#12? Abdual Howard
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.
#59? Charles Howard
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.
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.
#82? Patrick Hughes
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.
#48? Alonzo Jackson
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
#46? Gennaro Jackson
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
#94? O.J. Jackson
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
#44? Bradley Jennings
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.
#32? Jean Jeune
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.
#38? Greg Jones
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.
#11? Jared Jones
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.
#20? Nick Maddox
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.
#39? Chad Maeder
6-3, 240, Jr.
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.
#36? William McCray
6-0, 225, Jr.
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.
#13? Marvin ?Snoop?
6-1, 185, Sr.
Miami, FL (Northwestern)
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.
#23? Travis Minor
6-1, 190, Sr.
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.
#52? Antoine Mirambeau
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).
#54? Jarad Moon
6-4, 300, Sr.
City, FL (Bay)
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.
#19? Greg Moore
6-1, 185, So.
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.
End, 6-0, 180, Jr.
East Point, GA (Tri-Cities)
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
City, FL (Rutherford)
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.
#35? Brandon Myers
Linebacker, 5-11, 190, So.
Tallahassee, FL (Lincoln)
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
#30? Patrick Newton
Defensive Back, 5-11, 185, So.
St. Petersburg, FL (Shorecrest)
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.
#14? Marcus Outzen
6-2, 220, Sr.
Ft. Walton Beach, FL
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.
#29? Tommy Polley
6-5, 233, Sr.
Baltimore, MD (Dunbar)
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.
#9? Kendyll Pope
6-2, 212, Fr.
Lake City, FL (Columbia)
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.
#93? Eric Powell
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
#58? Jamal Reynolds
End, 6-4, 254, Sr.
Aiken, SC (Aiken)
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.
#10? Stanford Samuels
5-10, 180, Fr.
Miami, FL (Carol City)
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.
#89? Brian Sawyer
Snapper 6-2, 245, So.
GA (Crisp Co.)
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.
#56? Roland Seymour
End, 6-4, 264, Sr.
New Orleans, LA
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.
#85? Ryan Sprague
End, 6-5, 260, Sr.
Augusta, GA (Lakeside)
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
#3? Malcolm Tatum
6-1, 170, So.
Miami, FL (Killian)
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.
#8? Clevan Thomas
6-0, 175, Sr.
Miami, FL (Miami Senior)
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
#60? Tarlos Thomas
Offensive Tackle, 6-5, 320, Sr.
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.
#80? Javon Walker
Receiver, 6-3, 190, Jr.
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.
#99? David Warren
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.
#41? Lee Weaver
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.
#16? Chris Weinke
6-5, 228, Sr.
St. Paul, MN (Cretin-Derham)
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.
#96? Randy Wilkins
End, 6-3, 245, Sr.
Jacksonville, FL (Nease)
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.