Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Countdown to 2010 - #23 Travis Minor

Minor was a four-year letterman for the Florida State Seminoles where he started 33 of the 43 games in which he played during his career, including 30 starts over his final three years. He finished his career with 3,218 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns on 664 attempts, while also catching 106 passes for 831 yards and three scores and is the school's third all-time leading rusher, trailing only Warrick Dunn (3,959) and Greg Allen (3,769). He led team in rushing all four years and was a second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection as a senior when he rushed for a career-high 923 yards and five touchdowns on 181 carries, and tallied a career-best 42 receptions for 333 yards. He played in the Senior Bowl following his senior season. Coincidentally, Travis Minor and Warrick Dunn also attended the same high school. (Catholic High, Baton Rouge)

Captain's Memories: Travis Minor was a highly touted back coming into Florida State and had a very good career with the Seminoles. Regardless, Minor never really gets the credit he deserves and I think it's because of the ties to Warrick Dunn. WD is a god in Tallahassee and had just ended his college career when Minor came in. With Minor coming from the same high school many Noles fans expected another Dunn and instead they are completely different runners. Minor didn't have quite the shiftiness that Dunn did (who did though?) but he was a much tougher runner and could really lay a lick to the defense.

Minor was also hurt for much of his college career but played through it. Although no one ever knew all the injuries he battled Minor just continued to trot out there every Saturday and give his all.

The play I remember Minor for most was a run against UVA in his first start of his career. The hype machine was at its highest ever for Minor, unfortunately he'll never be remembered as fondly as he should be by Seminole Nation.

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