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1   Jeff Chaney
Jeff Chaney

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Lake Wales, FL

High School:
Lake Wales

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 200

Position:
Tailback


At Florida State: Outstanding running back who blocks well and can get the tough yards...changed his jersey number from #24 over the past two years to #1...played extremely well down the stretch last year, including very productive games against Florida and Virginia Tech...actually led the Seminoles in rushing in the national championship game gaining 43 yards on just four carries...enters his final season as the backup to Travis Minor, but gives coaches and experience and reliable ball carrier...tough player who has also seen playing time at fullback.

Junior Year (1999): Spent the majority of the season at tailback, but also saw some time at fullback...finished the year as the teamís second leading rusher with 157 yards on 43 attempts...stepped up big for an injured Travis Minor in the second half against Florida and had his best game of the season with 41 yards on 10 carries...his TD run put the Seminoles up 23-16 at the end of the third quarter in that game...scooped up a Virginia Tech punt that Tommy Polley blocked and dove into the endzone for a touchdown in the Sugar Bowl...led FSU in rushing in the win over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl with 43 yards on four carries...ran for 12 yards and one score against Miami...totaled 23 yards on the ground against Duke and ran for 25 yards against Wake Forest...also an outstanding receiver out of the backfield...caught six passes for 90 yards and a score...pulled down two passes for 37 yards at UNC...had a 29-yard TD reception against Georgia Tech to put FSU up for good at 28-21.

Sophomore Year (1998): Started the Maryland, Miami, Clemson and Georgia Tech games, while playing in all 13 contests...recorded his first career 100-yard rushing performance against Maryland...rushed for a career-high 133 yards on 30 carries against the Terrapins...second-leading rusher on the Seminole squad with 573 yards on 120 attempts and five touchdowns...added one reception for three yards...came into the Duke game in the second half and rushed the ball 10 times for 88 yards and two touchdowns after not getting a carry in the first two games...replaced Minor early in the first half against Southern California finishing with 89 yards on 19 carries and one touchdown...named to the Victorís Club after five games...also participated in kickoff coverage...converted to tailback from defensive back in the spring...carried the ball 12 times for 47 yards and one touchdown while earning most improved honors after the Ď98 spring game...

Freshman Year (1997): Saw action in all 12 games during his freshman year...served as a reserve at rover behind Shevin Smith...also saw time on special teams...best game of the year was a four-tackle performance against Duke...had two tackles each against Maryland and North Carolina...finished the season with 10 total tackles (seven solos and three assists)...earned Victorís Club honors four times for his special teams play...

High School: One of the top all-around players in the state while at Lake Wales High School...originally signed with South Carolina after graduating from high school in 1996...state Class 4A Player of the Year in 1995 and finished third in the voting for Floridaís Mr. Football...rushed for 1,874 yards and 27 TDs on 174 carries as a senior...also tallied 135 tackles (85 solo), four sacks and two interceptions that year...had seven interceptions as a junior...a two-time, first team all-state selection...rushed for nearly 3,000 yards and 48 touchdowns in his prep career, while recording 344 tackles, 15 sacks and 12 interceptions...rated as SuperPrepís No. 7 player in Florida in 1995...named to the National Recruiting Advisor and Blue Chip Illustratedís All-Southeast Region team...a Super 24 selection by the Florida Times Union...played in the Florida-Georgia All-Star game in June of 1996...played on two state title teams at Lake Wales...

Personal: Born on November 16, 1976...majoring in criminology...hails from the same high school as former Seminole tight end Melvin Pearsall.

YearCarriesYardsAvg.TDLong
19981205734.8541
1999431723.7223
Career1637454.6741

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