Florida State Seminoles football

Florida State Seminoles football

TeamName = Florida State Seminoles football

ImageSize = 145px
HeadCoachDisplay = Bobby Bowden
HeadCoachLink = Bobby Bowden
HeadCoachYear = 32nd
HCWins = 300
HCLosses = 85
HCTies = 4
Stadium = Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium
StadCapacity = 82,300
StadSurface = Grass
Location = Tallahassee, Florida
ConferenceDisplay= ACC
ConferenceLink = Atlantic Coast Conference
ConfDivision = Atlantic
FirstYear = 1947
AthlDirectorDisp = Randy Spetman
AthlDirectorLink = Randy Spetman
WebsiteName = Seminoles.com
WebsiteURL = http://seminoles.com
ATWins = 450
ATLosses = 215
ATTies = 17
ATPercentage = .677
BowlWins = 20
BowlLosses = 13
BowlTies = 2
NatlTitles = 2
ConfTitles = 15
Heismans = 2
AllAmericans =
Color1 = Garnet
Color1Hex = 8B0000
Color2 = Gold
Color2Hex = B8860B
FightSong = FSU Fight Song
MascotDisplay = Chief Osceola
MascotLink = Chief Osceola and Renegade
MarchingBand = Marching Chiefs
PagFreeLabel = Outfitter
PagFreeValue = Nike
PagFreeLabel = Rivals
PagFreeValue = Florida Gators
Miami Hurricanes
Clemson Tigers

The Florida State Seminoles football team is a college football program that competes in NCAA Division I-FBS and the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Florida State has won two national championships (1993 and 1999) and finished in the top five of the AP Poll for 14 straight years from 1987 through 2000.

Florida State has produced two Heisman Trophy winners: quarterback Charlie Ward in 1993 and quarterback Chris Weinke in 2000.

The current head coach of the team, Bobby Bowden, has won more games than any other NCAA Division I-A coach except Joe Paterno. The team's defensive coordinator is Mickey Andrews, and its offensive coordinator and head-coach-in-waiting is Jimbo Fisher.

The team plays its home games at Doak Campbell Stadium, located on-campus at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.


Florida State University was established in 1851 as the West Florida Seminary, an all-male institution. Football at FSU started as early, or earlier than 1899 at the West Florida Seminary. In 1901, the school was renamed the Florida State College. In 1904 the football team was declared the champions of the state and competed against Georgia Tech and other schools including the Florida Agricultural College in Lake City, one predecessor of the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.With the passage of the Buckman Act by the Florida Legislature in 1905, the coeducational Florida State College became the female-only Florida Female College, later renamed the Florida State College for Women. All male students, including the fraternity system and the football team, were transferred to the newly created University of Florida. Ironically, the championship team from the Florida State College became at least part of the start of the football program at UF. Even the FSC uniform symbol (the block "F") was apparently adopted by the UF program early on, but is no longer worn by that team today.

The end of World War II brought enormous pressure on the university system in Florida. The Florida Legislature responded by renaming the Florida State College for Women the Florida State University and again allowing men to attend the university for the first time since 1905. Football was again played by the university starting in 1947. The 42 year hiatus from football between 1905 to 1947 did not diminish the passion the school has for the sport.

Calvin Patterson became the first African American player for the Florida State University Seminoles in 1968. [http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/summary_0199-729684_ITM] [http://rmfo-blogs.com/hoss/2005/11/16/calvin-patterson/]


The stadium, named after former Florida State President Doak S. Campbell, hosted its first game against the Randolph-Macon College Yellowjackets on October 7, 1950 with the Seminoles winning the game 40-7. At that time the facility had a seating capacity of 15,000. Florida State first began play at Centennial Field during the team's inaugural 1947 season and would continue to play there for the following two years (1948 and 1949). The stadium has expanded numerous times; from 15,000 seats to 19,000 in 1954, to 25,000 in 1961 and to 40,500 between the years 1960 and 1970. Since that time, the stadium has expanded to almost 83,000, largely in part to the success of the football team under head coach Bobby Bowden coupled with the ever growing student body. It now is the largest football stadium in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Aesthetically, a brick facade surrounding the stadium matches the architectural design of most of the buildings on the university's campus. In addition to the obvious recreational uses, The University Center surrounds the stadium and houses many of the university's offices. The field was officially named Bobby Bowden field on November 20, 2004 as Florida State hosted intrastate rival Florida.

Head Coaches

*"Records are through the end of the 2008 Season"


National Championships

Conference Championships

Divisional Championships

Divisional play began in the Atlantic Coast Conference at the start of the 2005 football season following the addition of Boston College.

Conference Championship Games

Florida State has appeared in the ACC Championship Game as the winner of the Atlantic Division once, defeating Virginia Tech of the Coastal Division in the inaugural game in 2005.

Records and Results

Year-by-Year Results

"*Through the end of the 2008 season."

All-time bowl record

Florida State has played in 35 bowl games in its history and owns a 20-13-2 record in those games. Florida State's two most common opponents in bowl play have been Oklahoma and Nebraska. The Seminoles are 1-3 against Oklahoma in bowl games and 4-0 against Nebraska. Florida State's most common bowl destination has been the Orange Bowl (8 trips). Its second most common bowl destinations have been the Sugar Bowl and the Gator Bowl (6 trips each).


Florida State's traditional rivals have been the University of Florida Gators and the University of Miami Hurricanes.

Since 2002, the Florida Cup has been awarded to the team that finishes the best head-to-head record in years where Florida State, Florida, and Miami all play each other. Three Florida Cups have been awarded, and Miami has won all three.


Florida State and Florida have played each other 51 times. The Gators hold a 30-19-2 all-time lead against the Seminoles.

With head coach Bobby Bowden, the Florida State Seminoles have a winning record 17-16-1.


The Miami-Florida State rivalry dates to 1951, when the Hurricanes defeated the Seminoles 35-13 in their inaugural meeting. The schools have played uninterrupted since 1966, with Miami holding the all-time advantage, 30-21.

During the 1980s and 90s, the series emerged as perhaps the premier rivalry in college football. Between 1983 and 2002, the Hurricanes and Seminoles combined to win 7 national championships (5 for Miami, 2 for Florida State) and play in a whopping 15 national championship games (83, 85, 86, 87, 89, 91, 92, 93, 96, 98, 99, 00, 01, and 02, 03). The rivalry has been popular not only because of its profound national championship implications and the competitiveness of the games but also because of the immense NFL-caliber talent typically present on the field when the two teams meet. The famous 1987 matchup featured over 50 future NFL players on both rosters combined.

The games have been characterized by remarkable team speed, big plays, hard hitting, and missed field goals (see: Wide Right). In 2004, the intensity of the rivalry was dialed up another notch when Miami joined the Atlantic Coast Conference and the teams became intra-conference rivals.

The rivalry was a television ratings bonanza, accounting for the two highest rated college football telecasts in ESPN history. The 2006 game between Miami and FSU was the most-viewed college football game, regular season or bowl, in the history of ESPN, averaging 6,330,000 million households in viewership (6.9 rating). It was also the second-highest rated game in ESPN history, behind only the 1994 game between Miami and FSU, which notched a 7.7 rating. [cite web | url=2006-11-29 | url=http://www.theacc.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/090706aag.html | title=FSU-Miami Game Grabs ESPN's Largest Audience | author=Associated Press | date=2006-09-06 | publisher=TheACC.com]


Bobby is not the only member of his family to coach Division I-A football. His son Tommy Bowden is the head coach at Clemson University; another son, Terry Bowden, was the head coach at Auburn University where he was the 1993 Coach of the Year; and a third son, Jeff Bowden, was the offensive coordinator at Florida State. All three Bowden men who were head coaches have achieved an undefeated season: Terry in 1993 at Auburn; Tommy in 1998 at Tulane; and Bobby in 1999 at Florida State. Bobby's 1999 Florida State team was the only one to win a National Championship, however. As both Florida State and Clemson are in the same division of the Atlantic Coast Conference for football, the two teams play every year in a game that has become known as "The Bowden Bowl". Their first meeting, in 1999, was the first time in Division I-A history that a father and a son met as opposing head coaches in a football game. As of September 3, 2007, Bobby holds the edge in the series, leading 5-4 with all four losses within the last five seasons. Tommy's four wins in the series remain the only times the son has ever beaten the father when facing off as head coach in any of America's four major sports. [citation needed] . This young rivalry wasn't taken too seriously by Florida State fans at first, as it was usually chalked up as a Bobby win but with 3 straight losses to Tommy's Tigers the game has generated more steam of late.


In Spring 2007 several FSU football players, including some starters, were accused of cheating in a music history class. The investigation into academic wrongdoing, which was reported to the NCAA in September 2007, found that several student-athletes were given answers to exams in a music history class. According to an interview Bobby Bowden did with ESPN's Jack Arute, "Bowden confirmed that at least 22 of the 36 football players who will miss the Music City Bowl will do so because of their involvement in a cheating scandal the school uncovered this summer.

According to an Associated Press story, as many as 36 football players, including linebacker Dekoda Watson, cornerback Patrick Robinson, quarterback Xavier Lee, tight-ends Caz Piurowski and Charlie Graham, offensive tackle Daron Rose, guard Jackie Claude, defensive tackles Letroy Guion, Budd Thacker and Paul Griffin, linebacker Marcus Ball and defensive ends Neefy Moffett and Justin Mincey did not travel with the team or play in the 2007 Music City Bowl game against the University of Kentucky. Not all of the missing players were in connection to the scandal. Others missed the game for injuries or other team violations. [http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaaf/news;_ylt=Ap50lUopx0bUH7XBrxXVevPjvbYF?slug=ap-floridast-cheating&prov=ap&type=lgns] [http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/bowls07/news/story?id=3165899 Scandal, rule violations, injuries deplete Florida State bowl roster] , Associated Press, December 22, 2007.]


Individual Award Winners


*Heisman Trophy:Charlie Ward - 1993:Chris Weinke -2000
*Maxwell Award:Charlie Ward - 1993
*Walter Camp Award:Charlie Ward - 1993
*"'Davey O'Brien Award:Charlie Ward - 1993:Chris Weinke - 2000
*"'Dick Butkus Award:Paul McGowan - 1987:Marvin Jones - 1992
*"'Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award:Casey Weldon - 1991:Charlie Ward - 1993:Chris Weinke - 2000
*"'Jim Thorpe Award:Deion Sanders - 1988:Terrell Buckley - 1991
*"'Lombardi Award:Marvin Jones - 1992:Jamal Reynolds - 2000
*"'Lou Groza Award:Sebastian Janikowski - 1998, 1999


*The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award:Bobby Bowden - 1994
*Broyles Award:Mickey Andrews - 1996

Retired Numbers

* #2 - Deion Sanders, DB, 1985-88
* #17 - Charlie Ward, QB, 1989-93
* #25 - Fred Biletnikoff, WR, 1962-64
* #28 - Warrick Dunn, RB, 1993-96
* #34 - Ron Sellers, FL, 1966-68
* #50 - Ron Simmons, NG, 1977-80
* #16 - Chris Weinke, QB, 1997-2000

Florida State's All-Time Team

Chosen by Athlon Sports in 2001 [http://www.athlonsports.com/college-football/4210/florida-state-all-time-team] Offense
WR Fred Biletnikoff 1962-64
WR Ron Sellers 1966-68
WR Peter Warrick 1995-99
TE Pat Carter 1984-87
OL Jamie Dukes 1982-85
OL Clay Shiver 1992-95
OL Jason Whitaker 1996-99
OL Del Williams 1964-66
OL Pat Tomberlin 1985-88
OL Patrick McNeil 1991-94
QB Charlie Ward 1989, 91-93
QB Chris Weinke 1997-2000
RB Travis Minor 1996-99
RB Warrick Dunn 1993-95
K Sebastian Janikowski 1997-99
DL Ron Simmons 1977-80
DL Jamal Reynolds 1997-2000
DL Corey Simon 1996-99
DL Andre Wadsworth 1994-97
DL Peter Boulware 1994-96
DL Reinard Wilson 1993-96
LB Paul McGowan 1984-87
LB Marvin Jones 1990-92
LB Derrick Brooks 1991-94
DB LeRoy Butler 1987-89
DB Samari Rolle 1994-97
DB Deion Sanders 1985-88
DB Terrell Buckley 1989-91
P Rohn Stark 1978-81

Current NFL Players

*Alex Barron - Offensive Tackle, St. Louis Rams
*Anquan Boldin - Wide Receiver, Arizona Cardinals
*Lorenzo Booker - Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles
*Michael Boulware - Safety, Minnesota Vikings
*Derrick Brooks - Linebacker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
*Milford Brown - Offensive Guard, St. Louis Rams
*Brodrick Bunkley - Defensive Tackle, Philadelphia Eagles
*Jerome Carter - Defensive Back, St. Louis Rams
*Marcello Church - Linebacker, Miami Dolphins
*Laverneus Coles - Wide Receiver, New York Jets
*Zack Crockett - Fullback, Free Agent
*Antonio Cromartie - Cornerback, San Diego Chargers
*Buster Davis - Linebacker, Detroit Lions
*Chauncey Davis - Defensive End, Atlanta Falcons
*Chris Davis - Wide Receiver, Tennessee Titans
*Darnell Dockett - Defensive Tackle, Arizona Cardinals
*Warrick Dunn - Running Back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
*Todd Fordham - Offensive Tackle, Free Agent
*Derrick Gibson - Safety, Free Agent
*Montrae Holland - Guard, Dallas Cowboys
*Chris Hope - Safety, Tennessee Titans
*Dexter Jackson - Safety, Cincinnati Bengals
*Sebastian Janikowski - Placekicker, Oakland Raiders
*Michael Jennings - Wide Receiver, New York Giants
*Brad Johnson - Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys
*Travis Johnson - Defensive Tackle, Houston Texans
*Greg Jones - Running Back, Jacksonville Jaguars
*Walter Jones - Offensive Tackle, Seattle Seahawks
*Bryant McFadden - Cornerback, Pittsburgh Steelers
*Adrian McPherson - Quarterback, Grand Rapids Rampage (AFL)
*Travis Minor - Running Back, St. Louis Rams
*Eric Moore - Defensive End, St. Louis Rams
*Scott Player - Punter, Free Agent
*Tommy Polley - Linebacker, Free Agent
*Eric Powell - Defensive End, Buffalo Bills
*Willie Reid - Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers
*Samari Rolle - Cornerback, Baltimore Ravens
*Orpheus Roye - Defensive End, Cleveland Browns
*Corey Simon - Defensive Tackle, Free Agent
*Ernie Sims - Linebacker, Detroit Lions
*Greg Spires - Defensive End, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
*Tra Thomas - Offensive Tackle, Philadelphia Eagles
*Craphonso Thorpe - Wide Receiver, Indianapolis Colts
*Lawrence Timmons - Linebacker, Pittsburgh Steelers
*Javon Walker - Wide Receiver, Oakland Raiders
*B.J. Ward - Safety, Oakland Raiders
*Peter Warrick - Wide Receiver, Team Florida (AAFL)
*Leon Washington - Running Back, New York Jets
*Pat Watkins - Safety, Dallas Cowboys
*Chris Weinke - Quarterback, San Francisco 49ers
*Ray Willis - Offensive Tackle, Seattle Seahawks
*Kamerion Wimbley - Linebacker, Cleveland Browns
*P.K. Sam - Wide Receiver, Oakland Raiders

Other Famous Players

*Fred Biletnikoff - Pro Football Hall of Fame Wide Receiver
*Lee Corso - Retired college football head coach, ESPN College Gameday analyst
*Burt Reynolds - Actor
*Ron Simmons - A football legend in his own right when he played at Florida State, Simmons would later go on to fame as a professional wrestler under his own name and under the name Faarooq after a short stint with the Cleveland Browns
*T. K. Wetherell - President, Florida State University

Current Roster

2008 Depth Chart

*QB - Christian Ponder, So.
*TB - Antone Smith, Sr.
*FB - Seddrick Holloway, Jr.
*WR - Preston Parker, Jr.
*WR - Greg Carr, Sr.
*TE - Matt Dunham, Jr.
*LT - Rodney Hudson, So.
*LG - Evan Bellamy, So.
*C - Ryan McMahon, So.
*RG - Will Furlong, RFr.
*RT - Antwane Greenlee, RFr.

*DE - Kevin McNeil, Jr.
*DE - Everette Brown, Jr.
*DT - Kendrick Stewart, Jr.
*DT - Emmanuel Dunbar, Jr.
*LB - Derek Nicholson, Sr.
*LB - Kendall Smith, So.
*LB - Toddrick Verdell, Jr.
*CB - Tony Carter, Sr.
*CB - Patrick Robinson, Jr.
*S - Myron Rolle, Jr.
*S - Darius McClure, Sr.


2. Football Archives - History and Record Book. seminoles.com

ee also

*2007 Florida State Seminoles football team
*2006 Florida State Seminoles football team

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