During the time of Florida State’s dynasty, it always felt like one of their star players was named Warrick. There were actually two guys named Warrick, but they were both so good that it seems like there were a lot more Warricks than there really was.
Warrick Dunn led his Baton Rouge Catholic High School football team to the Louisiana Class 4A state championship. Their very first state championship.
Baton Rouge Catholic also produced Travis Minor, Major Applewhite, Brandon Harrison, Chris Williams and Donnie Jones.
Warrick Dunn was one of the best Running Backs in the Seminoles history. Never a large man at 5-9, 185, but Dunn possessed blazing speed and had a best time of 10.3 100 meters for the FSU track team.
Dunn holds the FSU career rushing record with 3,959 rushing yards. Not only does he hold the career mark, but he had the most productive season in FSU history with 1,242 yards.
Dunn had great speed, obviously proven by his 10.3 100 meter time, but he also possessed excellent moves and change of direction ability. He was also tough for a smaller man and ran hard on every carry.
Believe it or not, Warrick Dunn is the only Running Back in Florida State history to rush for over 1,000 in 3 consecutive seasons.
Dunn arrived to Tallahassee from Baton Rouge in the Summer of 1993. Warrick Dunn started off with a bang rushing for 511 yards at 7.5 yards per carry during Florida State’s National Championship season. QB Charlie Ward won the Heisman Trophy that season as well.
Dunn had 4 TDs rushing and another 6 TDs off of 25 receptions.
The 1994 season saw the Seminoles post a 10-1-1 record and finish ranked #4 in the polls.
Warrick Dunn did his part by rushing for 1,026 yards at 6.8 yards per carry and scored 8 TDs. He was definitely a top receiver out of the backfield as he caught 34 passes for 308 yards and 1 more TD.
1995 was probably Dunn’s best season with 1,242 rushing yards at 7.5 yards per carry and he had 13 rushing TDs. Dunn had 43 catches that season for 294 yards and 3 more TDs. Warrick Dunn finished 9th in the Heisman vote this season, but that had little bearing on what kind of season he had and the numbers he actually produced.
Coming back for his senior season, the Florida State Seminoles were expected to have a huge season and Warrick Dunn was expected to contend for the prestigious Heisman Trophy award.
The Seminoles finished at 11-1 and ranked 3rd as bitter rival, Florida won national championship and it’s QB Danny Wuerffel won the Heisman.
Dunn finished in 5th place in the Heisman voting after rushing for 1180 yards and 12 TDs. He also had 30 receptions for 355 yards and 2 TDs.
Warrick Dunn finished his career at Florida State as the all time leading rushing averaging a very impressive 6.9 yards per carry. He also finished with an impressive 132 receptions.
Dunn was the 12th overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1997 NFL Draft. Orlando Pace of Ohio State was the 1st player chosen and was hugely successful in the NFL.
Dunn was successful as well becoming the 1997 Offensive Rookie of the Year. He went on to rush for 10,967 and was a 3 time Pro Bowler. He is ranked 19th in all time rushing yardage in the NFL.
Warrick Dunn and Peter Warrick actually spent a couple of years on the same team. Warrick came to Florida State from Bradenton, Florida and Southeast High School.
Peter Warrick played as a true freshman in 1995 at Florida State but was given a redshirt and was then able to play 4 more years.
Warrick has been called by some the most elusive college football player ever and I have no argument with that. He had outstanding speed and quickness and extremely quick and shifty feet which made him a dangerous punt return man as well as one of the best Wide Receivers in college football.
The 1996 season was Warrick’s first real playing time and he had 22 receptions at 21.2 yards per catch with 4 TDs. He also had 10 punt returns that averaged 11.4 yards.
In 1997, Peter Warrick became a college football star. He had 53 catches which were good for 884 yards and 8 TDs. But, what really stood out for Warrick that season was the punt returns. Teams started to kick away from Warrick after he had 29 punt returns and took one all the way for a score.
In Peter Warrick’s last 2 seasons he was a 1st team All American. He enjoyed his best season as a Wide Receiver in 1998 with 12 touchdowns and 20.2 yards per catch on 61 receptions. Don’t get out the calculator because he had 1,232 receiving yards that season.
He did not have the greatest season returning punts because teams had learned to kick away from him. Smart move by other teams due to the difficult task it was of actually tackling Peter Warrick.
The Warrick’s started with a national championship at Florida State with the arrival of Warrick Dunn in 1993.
The Warrick’s ended with a national championship at Florida State with the 1999 season and the loss of eligibility for Peter Warrick.
Warrick was a key player for Florida State in 1999 as their leading receiver with 71 catches.
Warrick ended his college career with the Seminoles as the 2000 Sugar Bowl MVP. He had 3 TDs in that game on 160 receiving yards and a 59 yard punt return.
What’s amusing about that in my eyes is that the Florida State Seminoles beat the Virginia Tech Hokies and Michael Vick in the Sugar Bowl. A large part of the reason that FSU won was special teams play. The media has always beamed about Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech and his special teams play calling it Beamer Ball. The one shot that Beamer has at a national title was lost due to his special teams being outplayed and a punt return by a special teams phenom, Peter Warrick.
Peter Warrick was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 4th overall pick of the NFL draft. He was not quite as successful as Warrick Dunn in the NFL.
The days of the Warrick’s are done at Florida State, but they were a large part of the Seminole Dynasty of 1987 through 2000 and a large part of college football history. College football fans other than Miami Hurricanes or Florida Gators or anyone in the ACC miss the Warrick and Warrick Show.