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16   Chris Weinke
Chris Weinke

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
St. Paul, MN

High School:
Cretin-Derham

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 229

Position:
Quarterback

Candidate:
Heisman


At Florida State: One of the finest quarterbacks in Florida State history who has a chance to set virtually every record in the Seminole books...candidate for All-America and the Heisman Trophy with a 21-1 career record as the starter at FSU...led Florida State to its second National Championship and first undefeated season and emerged as one of the country's elite quarterbacks in his second season as a full-time starter in 1999... led the ACC in passing yards per game (282.1) and ranked seventh nationally in passing efficiency (145.1)...owns a 21-1 record as the Seminole starter...joined the impressive ranks of FSU stars like Corey Simon, Andre Wadsworth, Warrick Dunn, Derrick Brooks, Edgar Bennett and Deion Sanders who chose to stay for their senior year rather than enter the NFL draft... earned the Hinesman Award, given to the most dominating player of spring drills...tied the FSU record with nine 100-yard passing games in 1998...set a new school record in his first season with an average of 17.2 yards per completed pass...played in 10 games over his sophomore season before suffering a severe neck injury in the first half of the Virginia game...underwent major surgery to repair ligament damage, ruptured disc and remove a bone chip that was lodged against a nerve in his neck...combines maturity with arm strength and great size to give the Seminoles a classic dropback passer...oldest member of the Seminole team who will be 28 years old by the time the season starts...an excellent student who is a two-time member of the ACC All-Academic team.

Junior Year (1999): Led Florida State to its second National Championship and first undefeated season...completed 20-of-34 passes for 329 yards and four touchdowns in Sugar Bowl victory over Virginia Tech...led the ACC in passing yards per game (282.1) and ranked seventh nationally in passing efficiency (145.1)...completed 232 of 377 passes for 3,103 yards and 25 touchdowns...leader of an FSU offense that averaged 37.5 points per game, which ranked fourth in the country...winner of the ACC's Brian Piccolo Award after recovering from a severe neck injury suffered in the 1998 Virginia game...a Davey O'Brien finalist and a second team All-ACC selection...broke Charlie Ward's school record for 200-yard passing games last season and now has 21 in his FSU career...is fifth in FSU history with 5,672 passing yards and is tied for fourth with 46 career TD passes...set an ACC record with 237 consecutive passes without an interception (from 1998 NC State game to 1999 Louisiana Tech contest)...had back-to-back 300-yard passing games against Miami and Wake Forest when Peter Warrick and Laveranues Coles were out of the lineup...completed 23-of-34 passes for 332 yards and two scores vs. Miami and 19-of-36 for a career-high 354 yards against Wake Forest...threw for five scores against Duke, finishing 19-of-27 for 290 yards...just missed the 300-yard mark at Virginia as he threw for 297 yards and three touchdowns on 24-of-35 passing...tied the ACC and FSU record for TD passes in a game with six in the final home game of the season against Maryland...completed 23-of-33 passes for 304 yards in the record setting day against the Terps...bounced back from an interception that was returned for a score at Florida in the third quarter by leading FSU to back-to-back scoring drives...his 27-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Minnis put the Tribe up 30-16 with 6:03 left at UF...completed 24-of-36 passes for 263 yards in his first career win over the Gators.

Sophomore Year (1998): Started the first 10 games of the year before going down with a season-ending neck injury...had a streak of 218 pass attempts without an interception over the last eight games...completed 115 of those passes for 2,037 yards and 17 touchdowns...set a Florida State single-season record for most yards per completion at 17.2 yards per catch...single-season record was 15.6, set by Eric Thomas in 1984...tied an FSU record with nine 200-yard passing games...1998 season ranked 10th on the FSU season passing list with 2,487 yards...led the ACC with a quarterback efficiency rating of 141.5...had at least one touchdown pass in every game...recorded a career-high 338 yards on 15-of-27 passing and two touchdowns against North Carolina...had a season-high four TD passes and completed 18-of-35 passes for 302 yards versus Clemson...led FSU to its fourth straight victory over Miami, throwing two touchdown passes and completing 17-of-32 for 316 yards... Miami victory marked the first 300-yard performance of his career...made his first career start against Texas A&M in the Kickoff Classic, completing 21-of-36 passes for 207 yards and one touchdown...earned Dominator of the Week honors on the offensive side of the ball following the Duke, Miami and Clemson games.

Freshman Year (1997): Played in two games, completing 7-of-13 passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns...connected on 5-of-10 passes for 48 yards and touchdown in the win over Maryland...was 2-of-3 for 43 yards and a score in relief work against Wake Forest.

High School: The top prep quarterback in the country in 1989 as a senior at Cretin-Derham High School...recruited by more than 70 Division I schools...signed with FSU out of high school and spent four days in August of 1990 on the Florida State campus before signing a professional baseball contract with the Toronto Blue Jays (second round pick)...a Parade and USA Today first team All-America selection as a senior...named Minnesota's player of the year...completed 288 of 403 passes for 3,956 yards and 24 touchdowns over 21-game high school career...totaled 1,579 yards on 288-of-403 passing (12 TDs) as a senior and 2,377 yards on 127-of-187 passing (12 TDs) as a junior...led team to state title as a junior ...also captained Cretin-Derham's hockey squad...attended same high school as former Miami quarterback Steve Walsh...originally chose FSU over Alabama, Arizona State, Illinois, Minnesota and Miami...selected the Seminoles over Arizona, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Washington the second time around.

Personal: Spent six years in the Toronto Blue Jays organization before returning to Florida State in the spring of 1997...majoring in sport management...born July 31, 1972...actively involved in charities and various youth groups...is a two-time ACC All-Academic Team selection...sister, Sarah, was a four-time All-Regional player for the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire...brother, Derek, is an assistant coach for the Cretin-Derham High School baseball team, annually one of the top 10 high school baseball programs in the country.

YearAtt.-Comp.-Int.Pct.YardsTDLong
199713-7-1.53882225
1998286-145-6.50724871979
1999377-232-14.61531032584
Career676-377-21.55856724684

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