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Laveranues Coles

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Jacksonville, FL

High School:
Ribault

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 195

Position:
Split End


At Florida State: Established a reputation as a big-play maker over his first three seasons at FSU...enters the fall listed at second team split end behind Ron Dugans...has spent the last two and a half years at split end after coming to Tallahassee as a tailback...versatile performer who can also line up in the backfield and return kicks... finished fifth on the team with 19 receptions last year for 397 yards... led the team with a 20.9 yard per catch average...clocked at a sub 4.2 40-yard dash making him the fastest Seminole ever...caught 21 passes as a junior while playing alongside E.G. Green and Peter Warrick ...began his freshman season at tailback before moving to wide receiver five games into the year...has averaged 16.3 yards per touch over his Seminole career...named FSU's most improved at wide receiver at the conclusion of spring drills.

Junior Year (1998): Appeared in every game except the season opener and ranked fifth on the team with 19 catches for 397 yards... second on the team with three touchdown receptions and scored five times overall...four of his five TD's came from 35 yards or more...his 20.9 yards per catch average led the team...had five receptions of at least 30 yards...became just the second player in the Bobby Bowden era at Florida State to score a touchdown by kickoff return, reception and rush in the same season (Tamarick Vanover in 1992 was the other)...filled in as a backup tailback due to injuries midway through the season and played the position against Clemson, Georgia Tech and North Carolina...third on the team in rushing with 15 attempts for 128 yards...averaged 8.5 yards per carry...best game of the season was a five-catch, 120-yard, one TD performance against UNC...had four grabs for 74 yards and a score against Maryland...rushed for a team-high 82 yards on just three carries at Georgia Tech...scored on a 60-yard run in that game...returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown against Duke...averaged 28.4 yards on 13 kickoff returns.

Sophomore Year (1997): Played in all 12 games and started in three wide receiver set along with E.G. Green and Peter Warrick... finished his first full season at wide receiver with 21 catches for 384 yards and a touchdown...third on the team in receiving yardage and averaged 18.3 yards per catch...scored his only TD of the year on a 48-yard catch against Georgia Tech...had four grabs for 91 yards in a 50-7 win over Maryland...had a then career-best 97 yards receiving on three catches versus NC State...had three receptions in the Sugar Bowl win over Ohio State...averaged 21.1 yards on eight kickoff returns...also rushed for 41 yards on six attempts...pulled down at least one pass in nine of 11 games.

Freshman Year (1996): Contributed immediately as a true freshman...made the transition from tailback to wide receiver prior to FSU's 34-16 win at Miami...played in 10 of 12 games on the season ...had 10 catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns...added 91 yards on 14 attempts on the ground...rushed for 46 yards on eight carries at NC State...caught the first pass of his Seminole career against Wake Forest...started against Southern Miss when FSU went with four receivers in their first offensive series...caught two TD passes in that game...caught four balls for 45 yards in the win over Maryland ...averaged 24.8 yard on five kickoff returns.

High School: Regarded by most as one of the top five running backs in the nation...rushed for almost 5,000 yards during ca-reer at Ribault High in Jacksonville ...a first team Class 4A all-state selection... named to the Blue Chip Dream Team...listed on the Forrest Davis All-South team...selected to play in the Florida-Georgia High School All-Star Game...recorded a time of 21.8 in the 200-meters on the Ribault track team...a member of the school's state championship basketball team as a senior...chose FSU over South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Auburn.

Personal: Nutrition and fitness major...born December 29, 1977...nickname of "Trouble" has stuck with him since he kept his mother in labor for four days, turning every time they got ready to perform the C-section.

Coles' CAREER STATS
Receiving

Year Rec Yards Avg TD Long
1996 10 104 10.4 2 15
1997 21 384 18.3 1 48
1998 19 397 20.9 3 62
Career 50 885 17.7 6 62

Rushing

Year Carries Yards Avg TD Long
1996 14 91 6.5 0 24
1997 6 41 6.8 0 24
1998 15 128 8.5 1 60
Career 35 260 7.4 1 60

Kickoff Returns

Year Returns Yards Avg TD Long
1996 5 124 24.8 0 34
1997 8 169 21.1 0 34
1998 13 369 28.4 1 97
Career 26 662 25.5 1 97

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