Magical Touch?

Florida State's 1999 team went wire-to-wire to win the program's second national championship. That team outscored opponents 37.5 to 15.8 and averaged 425.7 yards per game. Many are hopeful this year's team can match the offensive prowess of that 1999 squad, which featured players like <b>Chris Weinke, Peter Warrick</b> and <b>Travis Minor.</b>

Florida State senior receiver Craphonso Thorpe believes this could be the Seminoles' best offensive squad since the national championship team of 1999.

"I think this is the best offense Florida State has had since '99 personally," Thorpe said at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff at Grandover Reort & Conference Center.

"Actually, it may be better than the offense in '99."

That 1999 unit, featuring quarterback Chris Weinke, wide receiver Peter Warrick and tailback Travis Minor, went 12-0 to become the first squad ever to go wire-to-wire as No. 1. The Seminoles scored 412 points and only scored less than 30 once.

Here are some quick notes on FSU's returning offense:

Career TDs
Chris Rix's 60 career touchdown pass total is the fourth-highest total in ACC history. Rix enters his senior season with a 24-10 record in 34 career starts. He's already ninth on the ACC career total offense list (8,333) and 10th in passing yardage (7,525). Rix has 808 yards rushing in his career. He threw for 3,107 yards and 23 TDs a year ago and has thrown for 200 or more yards 28 times, including seven 300-yard games

Crow's Nest
Thorpe was FSU's leading receiver a year ago with 994 yards on 51 catches. He is averaging 20.0 yards per reception in his career and averages one touchdown catch every 5.2 receptions. He earned first-team All-ACC honors after leading the league with 11 touchdown receptions. Seven of the 11 TDs were on plays of at least 25 yards.

The Barron
Florida State is one of only two ACC teams to return all five offensive line starters. Headlining the group is senior tackle Alex Barron, a consensus All-America in 2003. Barron is the sixth FSU offensive lineman to earn first-team All-America recognition in the last nine years.
Center David Castillo was a second-team All-ACC selection in 2003 while guard Matt Meinrod earned honorable mention recognition. Meinrod and right tackle Ray Willis started all 13 games last fall.

Leon & Lorenzo
Despite the departure of three-year starter Greg Jones, who concluded his career as the school's sixth-leading all-time leading rusher with 2,535 yards, the Seminoles return two running backs who combined for 721 yards in 2003 while averaging 5.3 yards per carry. Junior Leon Washington is the team's leading returning rusher with 387 yards. Lorenzo Booker averaged a team-best 5.4 yards per carry while totaling 334 yards.

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