The ability to make someone miss also known as the quick wiggle is one of the most coveted abilities in a football player. You either have it or you don’t. Alvin Kamara has it. Darren Sproles has it. Reggie Bush had it and then some.
Tavon Austin broke a near unprecedented amount of ankles at West Virginia and Dante Hall was known as the human joystick but the most famous make you miss man in college football history is Florida State’s Peter Warrick. Peter Warrick could make three defenders miss in a phone booth; hop into another phone booth and make three more kiss the ground.
Don’t believe me? Just watch:
Everyone needs blocking in football except for maybe Peter Warrick:
As good as he was with the ball in his hands; he was equally as good without it. An excellent route runner, Warrick was almost always open by a good one to two yards and if he happened to be covered he had no issues leaping over the top of you to make a catch; landing like a cat and waltzing into the endzone for a TD while you fell down in a feeble attempt to keep him from scoring.
After red-shirting in 1995; Warrick burst onto the scene in ‘96 with 789 all-purpose yards and four TDs. His 21.2 yards per catch led FSU that year. He followed that up in 1997 with 1279 all-purpose and 9 TDs and one of the most ridiculous performances that you’ll ever see.
On September 20th, 1997 at No. 16 Clemson Peter Warrick put down a 372 yard (249 receiving), 3 TD performance:
It’s the game that put the nation on notice as to how good this young man was; he became a household name.
In 1998 he was maybe the best player in college football. 1525 all-purpose yards (1232 on 61 catches) and 14 total TDs.
Peter Warrick could play some football. Snap, tackle Spin left, spin right, juke left, juke left, juke right; it don’t matter he could flat out play some football.
The ‘98 Seminoles led by Weinke & Warrick played in the first ever BCS championship game but unfortunately a neck injury kept Chris Weinke; one half of that duo out of that title game leading to a defeat vs. the Tennessee Volunteers.
Warrick could’ve bolted for the NFL Draft but that loss left a bitter taste in his mouth and he did not want to end his career at FSU that way and decided to return for his senior season.
In 1999 FSU became the first team to go wire-to-wire preseason to No.1 to final No. 1 giving Bobby Bowden his second and final national championship. Warrick entered the season as the front-runner to the Heisman trophy race but then an unfortunate incident at Dillard’s caused him to be suspended for two games effectively ending his Heisman chances.
He would miss the games vs Miami and Wake Forest but would finish the season on a tear including a game for the ages vs. Virginia Tech in the 2000 Nokia Sugar Bowl for the BCS championship.
Hello, Mr. Warrick. In a footrace, hello endzone. ‘Noles strike first!
Against the Hokies FSU would race out to a 28 to 7 lead behind two Peter Warrick touchdowns; a 64 yard catch and 59 yard punt return. Yet Virginia Tech would not quietly go into the night. Behind a near unstoppable freshman Michael Vick, Tech would storm back to take a 29-28 lead but when it was time to put the game away and when FSU needed it most; Peter Warrick did this:
What an absurd catch.
Peter would be named MVP of the Sugar Bowl and subsequently be drafted fourth overall by the Cincinnati Bengals where he had a somewhat successful start to his NFL career before knee injuries took away what he did best.
Make a man miss.
Warrick’s legacy goes beyond his remarkable feats at FSU and well beyond the beloved hearts of nolenation. His influence on football from the pee-wee level to the game’s all-pros and hall of famers can’t be overstated.
Hey Chad Johnson, who’s the greatest college player of all time?
Peter Warrick RT @gobig3: its FSU spring game... Please let everyone know who was the best to play there and maybe the best ever in NCAA ..— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) April 13, 2013
What about you Will Blackmon, do you agree?
Dez Bryant is seconding that opinion.
Arian Foster remembers him as the dead leg gawd:
rashaan salaam (rip ), peter warrick (dead leg GAWD) , ahman green pic.twitter.com/MiAdXel3aW— feeno (@ArianFoster) May 29, 2019
After 1999 anyone south of the Mason-Dixon that could stick that leg out and take it away (aka the dead leg) was compared to Peter Warrick. He’s the most electrifying player in college football history. He’s No. 3 in FSU’s all-time countdown for that very reason and if you’re someone that thinks he should’ve been No. 1; you’ll get no complaints from me.
We already took a vote as to whether fellow top-10 Seminole WRs Ron Sellers or Fred Biletnikoff was the better FSU receiver— one that is still open, and running very close in the Biletnikoff piece, if you still want to vote. So click on their names to review their respective cases, and then let us know by voting below: how does that change for you with Warrick on the ballot?
Who is the greatest FSU receiver?
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