1999 Florida State Seminoles football team

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1999 Florida State Seminoles football
FSU Seminoles.svg
Consensus national champion
ACC champion
Sugar Bowl champion
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 1
1999 record 12–0 (8–0 ACC)
Head coach Bobby Bowden (24th season)
Offensive coordinator Mark Richt (6th season)
Offensive scheme Pro-style
Defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews (16th season)
Base defense 4–3 multiple
Home stadium Doak Campbell Stadium
(Capacity: 80,000)
Seasons
← 1998
2000 →
1999 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 1 Florida State $#   8 0         12 0  
No. 17 Georgia Tech   5 3         8 4  
Virginia   5 3         7 5  
Clemson   5 3         6 6  
Wake Forest   3 5         7 5  
NC State   3 5         6 6  
Duke   3 5         3 8  
Maryland   2 6         5 6  
North Carolina   2 6         3 8  
  • # – BCS National Champion
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1999 Florida State Seminoles football team (variously "Noles" or "FSU") represented Florida State University during the college football season of 1999. Winning the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship and winning the 2000 Sugar Bowl BCS National Championship game, the team was coached by Bobby Bowden and played their home games at Doak Campbell Stadium. The team entered the season with high expectations after losing to Tennessee in the inaugural BCS Championship game. FSU entered the 1999 pre-season ranked No. 1 in all national pre-season polls,[1][2] picked unanimously to win the ACC and expected to contend for a national championship.[3][4] The Seminoles finished 11-2 in 1998, extending their NCAA record to 13 straight seasons with at least 10 victories and ranked among the nation's top four teams.[5][6]

The Seminoles finished the 1999 season with a perfect 12-0 record and was the first in NCAA history to go "wire-to-wire" being ranked continuously as the nation's No. 1 team from the preseason through the bowl season.[7] This marked the 13th consecutive season that the Seminoles will have finished in the Top 5 rankings of both the AP and coaches poll.[5] The 2000 Sugar Bowl BCS National Championship game also marks the 17th consecutive season the Bowden lead Seminoles played in a bowl game.

Before the season[edit]

Pre-season outlook[edit]

The Seminoles ended the 1998 season with a defeat in the inaugural BCS Championship game to Tennessee and finished with a No. 3 ranking in both the AP and Coaches polls and winning their seventh consecutive ACC title. Bowden had two returning Consensus All-Americans[8] and two other All-Americans [9][10] among his 16 starters[11][6] along with 19 fifth-year seniors. "This time a year ago, I said we had a talented football team, but it's the least experience we've had in a long time", Bowden said. "Now we've got most of the same guys back. Most of those guys started. That's the reason for so much preseason optimism." [12] As expected, FSU was at the top of the first Coaches Poll of the season, released August 5, 1999 with 36 of a possible 59 first-place votes; other teams receiving first-place votes were No.2 Tennessee with 13 votes, No. 3 Arizona with 2 votes, and No. 4 Penn State with 8 votes.[1] FSU was also atop the AP poll, released August 14, 1999 with 48 of a possible 70 first-place votes; other teams receiving first-place votes were No. 2 Tennessee with 15 votes, No. 3 Penn State with 4 votes, No. 4 Arizona, No. 5 Florida, and No. 13 Virginia Tech with 1 vote each.[2] Seminoles came into pre-season camp with a healthy Chris Weinke who had to miss the 1999 Fiesta Bowl BCS National championship game due to a season-ending cervical herniated disc sustained during a sack against Virginia.[13][6]

Despite being touted as a top NFL draft pick, Consensus All-American Peter Warrick stated his desire to earn his undergraduate degree and to win a national championship after the Seminoles shared a sad result in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl BCS National Championship game.[14][15][16][6] Warrick would enter the 1999 season as a heisman front runner alongside Drew Brees, Ron Dayne, and Joe Hamilton. On top of being a heisman favorite, Warrick was considered the front-runner for the Fred Biletnikoff award for the nations top wide receiver.[15] The Weinke led offense that scored 31 points a game in 1998 would find himself with a senior talented corp of wide receivers with Warrick, Laveranues Coles, and Ron Dugans.

Recruiting class[edit]

Due to FSU having 74 scholarship players on the roster and the maximum per NCAA is 85, FSU was only able to sign 13 players on National Signing Day.[17][18] Despite only signing 13 players, this stellar recruiting class was highlighted by four highly touted recruites that made USA Today's All-USA high school football team: Nick Maddox (RB), Kendyll Pope (LB), Darnell Dockett (DL), and the top prospect in the country, Anquan Boldin (QB) who selected FSU over Florida and Miami.[17][18] During preseason football practice, Anquan Boldin would move from QB to WR at his request, a move that would eventually pay big career dividends.[19] The move surprised Bowden who stated ``I told him he'd be a great quarterback, (His decision) surprised all of us. He is an excellent prospect wherever he lines up.[20]

The recruiting class of 13[17][18][21]

Name Position Hometown High School Height Weight
Anquan Boldin QB Pahokee, Florida Pahokee HS 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) 205 lb (93 kg)
Rufus Brown DB El Paso, Texas Austin HS 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) 185 lb (84 kg)
Cornelius Collier LB Miami, Florida Palmetto HS 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) 220 lb (100 kg)
Darnell Dockett DL Burtonsville, Maryland Paint Branch HS 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) 260 lb (120 kg)
Kevin Emanuel DL Waco, Texas Waco HS 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) 240 lb (110 kg)
Randy Golightly FB/LB Tallahassee, Florida North Florida Christian 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) 237 lb (108 kg)
Alonzo Jackson DL Americus, Georgia Americus HS 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) 245 lb (111 kg)
Nick Maddox RB Kannapolis, North Carolina A.L. Brown HS 6 ft 0 in (183 cm) 190 lb (86 kg)
Kendyll Pope LB Lake City, Florida Columbia HS 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) 212 lb (96 kg)
Fabian Walker QB Americus, Georgia Americus HS 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) 205 lb (93 kg)
B.J. Ward DB Dallas, Texas Kimball HS 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) 200 lb (91 kg)
Corey Whitaker OL Pace, Florida Pace HS 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) 290 lb (130 kg)
Jeff Womble DL Dunwoody, Georgia Dunwoody HS 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) 295 lb (134 kg)

Offseason news[edit]

On November 12, 1998, Chris Weinke underwent surgery at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital to repair damage to his C6 vertebrae.[22] The surgery repaired ligament damage, corrected a ruptured disc and removed a bone chip which was lodged against a nerve in his neck.[6] There was much uncertainty as to whether or not Weinke would be fully healthy for the 1999 season as there was a 6-month recovery period and much weight loss.[6]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 28 5:00 P.M. Louisiana Tech* No. 1 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida ESPN2 W 41–7   72,702
September 11 8:00 P.M. at No. 10 Georgia Tech No. 1 Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, Florida ABC W 41–35   80,187
September 18 3:30 P.M. No. 20 North Carolina State No. 1 Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, Florida ABC W 42–11   80,040
September 25 3:30 P.M. at North Carolina No. 1 Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, North Carolina ABC W 42–10   60,000
October 2 12:00 P.M. vs. Duke No. 1 Alltel StadiumJacksonville, Florida JP W 51–23   37,310
October 9 12:00 P.M. No. 19 Miami* No. 1 Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, Florida (Miami–Florida State rivalry) ABC W 31–21   80,976
October 16 7:00 P.M. Wake Forest No. 1 Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, Florida PPV W 33–10   78,105
October 23 7:00 P.M. at Clemson No. 1 Memorial StadiumClemson, South Carolina (Rivalry / Bowden Bowl) ESPN W 17–14   86,092
November 30 7:00 P.M. at Virginia No. 1 Scott StadiumCharlottesville, Virginia (Jefferson–Eppes Trophy) ESPN W 35–10   47,900
November 13 3:30 P.M. Maryland No. 1 Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, Florida ABC W 49–10   80,340
November 20 8:00 P.M. at No. 4 Florida* No. 1 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida (Battle for the Governor's Cup) CBS W 30–23   85,747
January 4 8:00 P.M. vs. No. 2 Virginia Tech* No. 1 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans (Sugar Bowl) ABC W 46–29   79,280
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.

Season recap[edit]

Louisiana Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 7 0 0 7
Seminoles 7 7 17 10 41

Georgia Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Yellow Jackets 7 14 7 7 35
Seminoles 7 21 10 3 41

N.C. State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wolfpack 3 0 8 0 11
Seminoles 3 15 14 10 42

North Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Seminoles 28 7 7 0 42
Tar Heels 0 3 7 0 10

Duke[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Devils 0 0 13 10 23
Seminoles 21 23 0 7 51

Miami[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hurricanes 14 7 0 0 21
Seminoles 14 7 3 7 31

Wake Forest[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Demon Deacons 3 0 0 7 10
Seminoles 6 3 14 10 33

Clemson[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Seminoles 3 0 11 3 17
Tigers 0 14 0 0 14

Virginia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Seminoles 0 7 14 14 35
Cavaliers 0 10 0 0 10

Maryland[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Terrapins 0 3 0 7 10
Seminoles 7 21 14 7 49

Florida[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Seminoles 7 6 10 7 30
Gators 0 6 10 7 23

Sugar Bowl vs. Virginia Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hokies 7 7 15 0 29
Seminoles 14 14 0 18 46

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons at
Florida State
Alma Mater
Bobby Bowden Head coach 24 Howard College (1953)
Chuck Amato Assistant Head Coach, Linebackers 19 NC State (1968)
Mickey Andrews Defensive coordinator, Defensive backs 16 Alabama (1964)
Jeff Bowden Receivers 6 Florida State (1983)
Chris Demarest Graduate assistant, Defensive backs 1 Northeastern (1988)
Steve Gabbard Graduate assistant 2 Florida State (1988)
Jim Gladden Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Ends 25 William Jewell College (1962)
Odell Haggins Defensive Line 6 Florida State (1993)
Jimmy Heggins Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Line 14 Florida State (1978)
John Lilly Tight Ends, Recruiting Coordinator 4 Guilford College (1990)
Mark Richt Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks 10 Miami (1982)
Billy Sexton Running Backs 22 Florida State (1974)
Dave Van Halanger Strength and Conditioning 17 West Virginia (1976)
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Roster[edit]

1999 Florida State Seminoles roster

Quarterbacks

  • 6 Anquan Boldin – Freshman
  • 10 Rich Maher – Junior
  • 11 Jared Jones – Sophomore
  • 14 Marcus Outzen – Redshirt Junior
  • 16 Chris Weinke – Junior

Running Backs

  • 20 Raymont Skaggs – Senior
  • 22 Davy Ford – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 23 Travis Minor – Junior
  • 20 Nick Maddox – Freshman
  • 24 Jeff Chaney – Junior
  • 36 William McCray – Junior

Fullback

  • 10 Dan Kendra – Redshirt Senior
  • 39 Chad Maeder – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 43 Randy Golightly – Freshman

Wide Receivers

  • 7 Laveranues Coles – Senior
  • 21 Talman Gardner – Redshirt Freshman
  • 80 Ron Dugans – Redshirt Senior
  • 84 Gennaro Jackson – Junior
  • 87 Robert Morgan – Sophomore
  • 9 Peter Warrick – Redshirt Senior
  • 13 Marvin Minnis – Redshirt Junior
  • 19 Greg Moore – Redshirt Freshman
  • 26 Atrews Bell – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 86 Germaine Stringer – Redshirt Senior

Tight Ends

  • 81 Nick Franklin – Senior
  • 82 Patrick Hughes – Sophomore
  • 85 Ryan Sprague – Redshirt Junior
  • 88 Carver Donaldson – Redshirt Sophomore
 

Offensive Line

  • 52 Antoine Mirambeau – Redshirt Freshman
  • 54 Jarad Moon – Redshirt Junior
  • 57 Eric Thomas – Redshirt Senior
  • 67 Josh Baggs – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 61 Montrae Holland – Redshirt Freshman
  • 28 Chris Hope – Sophomore
  • 51 Ronald Boldin – Junior
  • 64 Justin Amman – Redshirt Junior
  • 68 Jason Whitaker – Redshirt Senior
  • 70 Corey Whitaker – Freshman
  • 71 Jerry Carmichael – Redshirt Junior
  • 78 Donald Heaven – Redshirt Junior
  • 60 Tarlos Thomas – Redshirt Junior
  • 72 Brett Williams – Redshirt Freshman
  • 74 Otis Duhart – Sophomore
  • 75 Char-ron Dorsey – Junior
  • 76 Ross Brannon – Redshirt Junior
  • 79 Todd Williams – Redshirt Freshman
  • 77 Jeremy Brett – Redshirt Senior

Defensive Line

  • 53 Corey Simon – Redshirt Senior
  • 96 Randy Wilkins – Redshirt Junior
  • 98 Chris Woods – Redshirt Freshman
  • 56 Roland Seymour – Redshirt Junior
  • 58 Jamal Reynolds – Junior
  • 90 Kevin Emanual – Freshman
  • 93 Chris Walker – Redshirt Senior
  • 94 Octavis Jackson – Redshirt Freshman
  • 99 David Warren – Junior
  • 45 Darnell Dockett – Freshman
  • 69 WD Rodeffer – Junior
  • 89 Alonzo Jackson – Freshman
  • 91 Jeff Womble – Freshman
  • 92 Jerry Johnson – Redshirt Senior
  • 95 Rian Cason – Redshirt Freshman
  • 97 Tony Benford – Redshirt Freshman
 

Linebackers

  • 6 Derrick Gibson – Junior
  • 12 Abdual Howard – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 32 Jean Jeune – Redshirt Junior
  • 5 Theon Rackley – Redshirt Senior
  • 5 Cornelius Collier – Freshman
  • 29 Tommy Polley – Redshirt Junior
  • 42 Jerel Hudson – Redshirt Freshman
  • 44 Bradley Jennings – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 46 Michael Hamilton – Redshirt Freshman
  • 49 Bobby Rhodes – Redshirt Senior
  • 55 Brian Allen – Redshirt Junior
  • 41 Lee Weaver – Redshirt Freshman

Defensive Backs

  • 1 Reggie Durden – Senior
  • 3 Malcolm Tatum – Redshirt Freshman
  • 8 Clevan Thomas – Junior
  • 15 Mario Edwards – Redshirt Senior
  • 27 Tay Cody – Redshirt Junior
  • 30 Stanford Samuels – Redshirt Freshman
  • 7 Rufus Brown – Freshman
  • 28 BJ Ward – Freshman

Free Safety

  • 18 Sean Key – Redshirt Senior
  • 35 Todd Frier – Redshirt Senior

Punters

  • 47 Keith Cottrell – Junior
  • 37 Chance Gwaltney – Redshirt Freshman

Kickers

  • 38 Sebastian Janikowski – Junior

Long snapper

  • 73 Clay Ingram – Senior

Starting lineup[edit]

Offense[edit]

Pos Number Name Class
QB 16 Chris Weinke JR
RB 23 Travis Minor JR
FB 10 Dan Kendra SR
WR 9 Peter Warrick SR
WR 80 Ron Dugans SR
TE 85 Ryan Sprague JR
LT 72 Brett Williams FR
LG 68 Jason Whitaker SR
C 57 Eric Thomas SR
RG 64 Justin Amman JR
RT 60 Tarlos Thomas JR

Defense[edit]

Pos Number Name Class
DE 58 Jamal Reynolds JR
NT 53 Corey Simon SR
DT 92 Jerry Johnson SR
DE 56 Roland Seymour JR
WLB 29 Tommy Polley JR
MLB 44 Bradley Jennings SO
SLB 55 Brian Allen JR
CB 27 Tay Cody JR
ROV 6 Derrick Gibson JR
FS 18 Sean Key SR
CB 15 Mario Edwards SR

Special Teams[edit]

Pos. Number Name Class
K 38 Sebastian Janikowski JR
P 47 Keith Cottrell JR
KR 28 Travis Minor JR
PR 9 Peter Warrick SR

Statistics[edit]

  • QB Chris Weinke: 232/377 (61.5%) for 3,103 yards (8.23) with 25 TD vs. 14 INT (3.71%).
  • RB Travis Minor: 180 carries for 815 yards (4.53) with 7 TD. 16 catches for 102 yards and 0 TD.
  • WR Peter Warrick: 71 catches for 934 yards (13.15) with 8 TD. 16 carries for 96 yards (6.00) and 3 TD.
  • WR Ron Dugans: 43 catches for 644 yards (14.98) with 3 TD.
  • WR Marvin Minnis: 19 catches for 257 yards (13.53) with 3 TD.
  • WR Laveranues Coles: 12 catches for 179 yards (14.92) with 1 TD.
  • WR Anquan Boldin: 12 catches for 115 yards (9.58) with 2 TD. 4 carries for 33 yards (8.25) and 0 TD.
  • K Sebastian Janikowski: 23 FGM and 47 XPM.
  • P Austin Haywood: 1 punt for 73 yards
  • First team in history to go wire to wire #1 in all three major polls.

Awards and honors[edit]

First Team All-Americans[edit]

Individual Award Winners[edit]

References[edit]

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