Throughout the past 30 years Florida State has had some wide receivers that were dynamic game-changers. On one play these athletes were able to turn the tide of a game towards the Seminoles favor, and often these plays were highlight reel plays that left you picking up your jaw. Peter Warrick is considered one of the very best to have played at FSU, and had it not been for the Dillard's fiasco, a Heisman Award would have established him as one of the best collegiate players ever.
Warrick was a star at Florida State, and was among the best offensive players in the country during his college career. A two time consensus All-American wide receiver, he was nicknamed "The Great One" for his ability to score every time he touched the ball. He led Florida State to National Championship appearances in 1998 and 1999. In 1999 Florida State was the first team to ever go "wire to wire" - ranking first in the polls throughout the season. Warrick was the MVP of the 2000 Sugar Bowl with over 160 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns, including a 59-yard punt return. Warrick also is the only person to score 20 total points by one individual player in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
The two-time consensus All-American had more touchdown receptions (32) than any player in FSU history and finished his career as the ACC's all-time receiving yardage leader with 3,517. Warrick finished second to Ron Sellers on FSU's career receiving yards list and receptions chart with 207 catches. Peter carried a school record streak of 40 straight games with at least one catch into the Sugar Bowl, and then set a bowl record by scoring three touchdowns and adding a two point conversion.
What made Warrick so dangerous was that he was the best punt returner in college when he was at FSU. Peter averaged 13.1 yards per return during his career at FSU and scored 2 touchdowns. Often times his returns would set up FSU's dynamic offense and put them in easy scoring positions. As a senior a lot of teams didn't kick to him as he only had 18 returns on the season.
In 1999, as a senior, Warrick caught 71 passes for 934 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 13.2 yards per reception. He also ran for 96 yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns and lined up at quarterback several times during the season, running for two scores and throwing for a touchdown. He caught at least six passes in eight of his nine regular season appearances as a senior. All of his early success led to him being the clear-cut favorite to win the Heisman, but made the error in judgment with the Dillard's fiasco.
At the time of his arrest, Warrick was considered by many as the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy Award with 36 catches for 508 yards and four touchdowns on the season. The Seminoles receiver was scoring touchdowns on highlight-film type runs and receptions and was in the national spotlight every week. Warrick's error left a sour taste in many Seminole fans because of the hit it put on FSU's reputation. This incident has caused fans to devalue what Peter did at FSU, but no one can argue that Peter wasn't a special player and an All-time great for the Noles.