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Minnis gets milestone and 98-yard reception

Florida State's senior receiver goes over 1,000 yards receiving this season on four receptions for 176 yards.

By ALEX ABRAMS

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 5, 2000


TALLAHASSEE -- Clemson defensive coordinator Reggie Herring had little success stopping Florida State wide receiver Marvin "Snoop" Minnis during Saturday's 54-7 loss.

Different defenders, different coverages, nothing slowed Minnis down, not even a twisted right ankle suffered near the end of the second quarter. The Biletnikoff Award semifinalist scorched the No. 10 Tigers for a career-high 163 yards on four receptions.

"I'm very proud of him," coach Bobby Bowden said. "He's probably playing about as good as any receiver in the country, too. It would be hard for me to think some receiver is playing better."

With FSU at its own 2-yard line and 1:23 remaining in the first quarter, quarterback Chris Weinke connected with Minnis for a 98-yard touchdown. The score, which extended FSU's lead to 10-0, was the longest reception in school history and tied the ACC record.

"(Offensive) coach (Mark) Richt had just put it in like today," Minnis said. "I pretended like I was going to block and came off. Weinke made the play, and I made the play."

Saturday's game allowed Minnis, 6 feet 1 and 185 pounds, to prove once again he could fill the large void left behind by All-American wide receiver Peter Warrick.

Minnis' 36-yard reception at the end of the second quarter helped the senior surpass the 1,000-yard mark, a feat Warrick was unable to accomplish during last season's national championship run.

"It's a great accomplishment," Minnis said. "I'm a very hard worker and I think I am very deserving of it. Hard work pays off."

Minnis became only the sixth FSU receiver to gain over 1,000 yards in a season.

On the 36-yard catch, Minnis twisted his right ankle while stretching for the end zone. He remained on the field in pain, as a deafening cheer of "Snoop!" echoed through Doak Campbell Stadium.

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