Florida State Football: Constructing the Seminoles' All-BCS Era Team
The Bowl Championship Series is gone, but not forgotten. For the Florida State football team, it was a system that worked well as far as putting the Seminoles in position to win a national title.
FSU played in the first three designated BCS title games, falling to Tennessee in the Fiesta Bowl in January 1999 before defeating Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl in January 2000 and then losing to Oklahoma in January 2001 in the Orange Bowl.
FSU capped the BCS era with a 34-31 win over Auburn in January 2014 in the BCS title game.
Those FSU teams were loaded with talented players. So we decided to construct FSU's All-BCS Era team, a collection of players from 1998-2013 that includes a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and a large group of All-Americans.
Bob Ferrante is the Florida State Lead Writer for Bleacher Report, all quotes obtained first-hand unless otherwise noted. All stats are courtesy of FSU media guides, seminoles.com and profootball-reference.com. Follow Bob on Twitter.
Weinke led FSU to the 1999 national title, capping the Seminoles' first perfect season (the team also was No. 1 in the Associated Press poll from start to finish). He threw for 3,103 yards and 25 touchdowns that season.
In his Heisman Trophy season of 2000, Weinke threw for 4,167 yards and 33 touchdowns.
Weinke left FSU as its career leader in passing yards (9,839), completions (650) and touchdown passes (79). He also holds the single-season record for passing yards (4,167), but Jameis Winston's 40 touchdown passes in 2013 surpassed Weinke's 33 TDs in 2000.
A fourth-round pick by Carolina in 2001, Weinke played five NFL seasons for the Panthers and San Francisco 49ers.
Honorable mention: Jameis Winston, EJ Manuel and Christian Ponder.
Minor ran for 3,218 yards in four seasons (1997-00), finishing third on the FSU all-time rushing list behind just Warrick Dunn (3,959 yards) and Greg Allen (3,769). Minor also led the Seminoles in rushing each season. In the BCS era, he had 2,595 rushing yards.
A third-round pick by Miami in 2001, Minor played six seasons with the Dolphins and St. Louis Rams.
Jones ran for 2,535 yards in four seasons (2000-03), finishing sixth on FSU's all-time rushing list. He was well on his way to a 1,000-yard season in 2002 before a knee injury ended his season in the 10th game (Jones finished with 938 yards).
A second-round pick by Jacksonville in 2004, Jones is preparing for his second season in Houston after spending 2004-12 with the Jaguars.
Honorable mention: Devonta Freeman, Leon Washington and Antone Smith
One of the most electric receivers in school history, Warrick is first on FSU's career touchdown receptions list (31) and second on FSU's career receiving yards list (3,517 yards). While Warrick's FSU career started before the BCS era, he was an All-American in 1998 and '99. He had 1,232 receiving yards in 1998 and 934 receiving yards in '99.
Warrick was a first-round draft choice by Cincinnati in 2000 and played five NFL seasons with the Bengals and Seattle Seahawks.
Greene, who is entering his senior season in 2014, is already fourth on FSU's all-time receptions list (171), sixth in receiving yards (2,465) and is tied for seventh in receiving touchdowns (21). His 76 receptions in 2013 rank second among all-time receivers in a single season (Ron Sellers had 86 in 1968).
He had one of the finest seasons of any FSU true freshman receiver, grabbing 38 receptions for 596 yards and seven touchdowns in 2011.
Honorable mention: Anquan Boldin, Talman Gardner, Marvin Minnis, Craphonso Thorpe and Javon Walker
Going into his senior season in 2014, O'Leary is one of the top tight ends in school history. He has 11 career touchdown receptions, more than any FSU tight end.
O'Leary had 33 receptions for 557 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013. He averaged 16.9 yards per catch, leading all Football Bowl Subdivision tight ends. O'Leary has 66 career receptions.
Honorable mention: Matt Henshaw and Caz Piurowski
He was a two-time consensus All-American (2003 and '04). Barron started 24 of 25 games at tackle his final two seasons. He was a first-round pick by St. Louis in 2005 and played six seasons with St. Louis and the Dallas Cowboys.
A four-year starter, Hudson was a four-time All-ACC selection and was a consensus All-American in 2010. He won Jacobs Blocking Trophies in 2009 and '10, which are awarded to the ACC's top offensive lineman. Hudson was a second-round pick by Kansas City in 2011 and is entering his fourth season with the Chiefs.
An All-American in 1998 and '99, Whitaker was a three-year starter for the Seminoles.
A high school tight end, Stork converted to offensive line and played both guard and center. He started 40 games in his career. Stork won the Rimington Award (nation's top center) and was an Associated Press first-team All-American in 2013. He was a fourth-round pick by the New England Patriots in 2014.
A defensive lineman to start his career, Erving moved to offensive tackle in the spring of 2012 and developed into one of the nation's top left tackles. Erving won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 2013 and opted to return to FSU for his senior season in 2014.
Honorable mention: David Castillo, Andrew Datko and Brett Williams.
Werner was a unanimous All-American as a junior in 2012 after making 18 tackles for loss and leading the ACC with 13 sacks. Werner had 99 career tackles. He also had 23.5 career sacks—which places him in a tie for fourth place on FSU's all-time list with Jamal Reynolds.
Werner left FSU after his junior season, and he was a first-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in 2013.
Reynolds had 12 sacks as an All-American in 2000. He had 170 career tackles and 23.5 career sacks—which put him in a fourth-place tie with Werner.
Reynolds was a first-round draft pick by Green Bay in 2001 and played just three seasons after injuries cut short his career.
Honorable mention: Everette Brown, Cornellius Carradine and Brandon Jenkins
A first-team All-American in 1998 and then a consensus All-American in '99, Simon had 84 tackles as a senior and was a finalist for the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy that same season. Simon led the ACC in 1999 with 21 tackles for loss and also had four sacks. He had 193 tackles and 44 tackles for loss from 1996-99.
Simon was a first-round pick by Philadelphia in 2000, and he had 32 sacks in five seasons with the Eagles, Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans.
Dockett had 248 tackles and 10.5 sacks in his FSU career (2000-03). He had seven sacks as a freshman. Dockett is FSU's career leader in tackles for loss with 65 from 2000-03.
A third-round pick by Arizona in 2004, Dockett is about to begin his 11th season with the Cardinals.
Honorable mention: Brodrick Bunkley, Timmy Jernigan and Travis Johnson
Boulware was FSU's top tackler of the BCS era, accumulating 377 tackles from 2000-03 (placing him sixth on FSU's all-time tackles list). He had 127 tackles as a junior and 111 tackles as a senior.
A second-round pick by Seattle, Boulware played four seasons with the Seahawks and Houston Texans.
An All-American in 2006, Davis had 109 tackles and five sacks as a senior. He finished his FSU career with 265 tackles.
Davis was a third-round pick by Arizona in 2007, and he spent two seasons with the Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts.
Bradham led FSU in tackles in 2009 and 2011 and tied for the team lead in 2010. He had 306 career tackles and nine career sacks.
A fourth-round draft pick by Buffalo, Bradham is about to begin his third season with the Bills.
Honorable mention: Brian Allen, Geno Hayes, A.J. Nicholson, Tommy Polley, Ernie Sims and Dekoda Watson
A safety and corner in his FSU career, Joyner returned for his senior season in 2013 and was a unanimous All-American. He had 69 tackles and led the team with 5.5 sacks. Joyner had 197 career tackles from 2010-13.
Joyner was a second-round draft pick by the St. Louis Rams in May 2014.
Cody was a consensus All-American in 2000, recording 82 tackles and six interceptions. He had 192 career tackles and 12 career interceptions from 1997-00.
A third-round draft pick by San Diego in 2001, Cody played three seasons with the Chargers.
A wide receiver when he first arrived on campus, Rhodes took a redshirt season to adjust to cornerback. He excelled in one-on-one coverage and wasn't often tested by quarterbacks. Rhodes had 140 career tackles (2009-12).
A first-round draft pick by Minnesota in 2013, Rhodes had 41 tackles for the Vikings as a rookie.
First a corner and then a safety at FSU, Brooks was a run-stuffing defensive back that was also strong in pass coverage. He had 56 tackles as a senior, capping a career in which he had 127 tackles.
Brooks was a third-round pick by the Baltimore Ravens in May.
Honorable mention: Tony Carter, Derrick Gibson, Chris Hope, Bryant McFadden and Patrick Robinson
PK Sebastian Janikowski
Janikowski was a two-time Lou Groza Award winner and a two-time consensus All-American (1998 and '99). He did not miss a field goal from inside 45 yards in '99. He was a first-round pick by Oakland in 2000 and has made 345 field goals in 14 seasons for the Raiders.
P Shawn Powell
Powell holds school records for season punting average (47.0 in 2011) and career punting average (44.2). He has spent three seasons in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals.
Honorable mention: PK Dustin Hopkins, PK Graham Gano and P Keith Cottrell.