SodTalks

SodTalk Legends

 


Kelly Lowrey and Keith Cottrell are Saturday's SodTalk Legends

Kelly Lowrey, a two year starting quarterback, and Keith Cottrell, a National Champion punter will be the SodTalk Legends at the Boston College/FSU Gameday SodTalk at the Sod Cemetery. The SodTalk Legends will meet fans at 1:30pm Saturday and SodTalk begins at 2pm at the Sod Cemetery, located between the Bobby Bowden Statue and Dick Howser Baseball Stadium. SodTalk is always 90 minutes before kickoff.

Kelly Lowrey came to FSU in 1979 from Columbia High School in Lake City. He became a starting quarterback his Junior and Senior seasons leading FSU to Gator Bowl and Peach Bowl Championships. He passed for 3469 yards and 24 touchdowns. He helped lead the Seminoles to a memorable 34-17 win over Ohio State in 1982. Lowrey passed for and also caught a TD pass for the Seminoles before the largest crowd in Buckeye history. Today he is helping north Florida communities recover from Hurricane Michael.

Keith Cottrell came to FSU from Orlando Boone High School and was a four year starting punter for the Seminoles from 1997-2000. He started 50 consecutive games for FSU teams which compiled a record of 45-5 while winning four ACC Championships and the 1999 National Championship with a wire-to-wire #1 rating. He averaged 41 yards per punt. Today he helps Seminole alumni around the nation as the FSU Alumni Association's Director of Clubs.

For more information contact Jim Hunt at Jamesmhunt@gmail.com or Doug Mannheimer at dmannheimer@broadandcassel.com.

 


FSU/Clemson SodTalk with Dexter Carter and Lonnie Pryor

Saturday’s SodTalk at the Sod Cemetery will feature two of the most popular running backs to have worn the Garnet and Gold, Dexter Carter and Lonnie Pryor.   SodTalk will begin at 10:30am, 90 minutes before the Noon kickoff with Clemson.  Both players will be available to meet fans at 10am. 

Dexter Carter came to the Seminoes from Baxley, Georgia with little fanfare.  He soon became a starting tailback and at less than 175 pounds showed both speed and toughness which lead to over 2,500 combined rushing and pass reception yardage.  He was a four-year starter from 1986-1990. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry and scored 21 touchdowns. His Seminole teams had a record of 39-8-1. Dexter Carter had a seven-year NFL career as a tailback and returner with the San Francisco 49ers.  He played in the 1995 Super Bowl.

Lonnie Pryor was a prize Seminole recruit from Okeechobee in 2009. Although a high school tailback, he moved for the team’s benefit to fullback and became the third leading rushing yardage fullback in FSU history and had 1,097 combined rushing and passing yards along with 23 touchdowns as a four-year starter in 2009-2012.  He is best remembered as a devastating blocker.  He saved his best career performance for his last game.  In the 2012 Orange Bowl he gained 134 yards on only 5 carries and scored two touchdowns in a Seminole win.

The Sod Cemetery is located between the Bobby Bowden Statue and Dick Howser Stadium.

For questions, contact Jim Hunt at Jamesmhunt@gmail.com or Doug Mannheimer at dmannheimer@broadandcassel.com

 


FSU’s First Four African-American Football Players are Legends for Homecoming

Four pioneer student-athletes at Florida State will be the Homecoming SodTalk Legends at the Sod Cemetery at 2pm Saturday,  90 minutes prior to kickoff at the FSU/Wake Forest football game.

Bobby Anderson, Charlie Hunt, Eddie McMillan, and JT Thomas were the first African-American varsity football players at FSU in 1970. SodTalk is at the Sod Cemetery, located between the Bobby Bowden Statue and Dick Howser Baseball Stadium. The First Four will also be honored in the Homecoming Parade Friday afternoon and they are the Honorary Captains for the 3:30pm Homecoming football game versus Wake Forest.

Macon, Georgia’s JT Thomas came to FSU in 1969. In 1970 he lead FSU to victory over Louisville in his very first varsity game, blocking two field goals to preserve the Seminoles’ 9-7 win.  He went on to set an FSU record with three interceptions in one game, becoming an All-American defensive back in 1972. He had a nine year NFL career and was a four time Super Bowl Champion with the “Steel Curtain” Pittsburgh Steelers.  He is in the restaurant franchise business in Pittsburgh.

Eddie McMillan from Tampa was a three year starter at cornerback and a track star for FSU.  He played for seven years in the NFL with the Rams, Seahawks and Bills and today is a public relations executive in Seattle. 

Jacksonville’s Charlie Hunt was a three year starter at defensive end for FSU.  He played in the NFL for the 49ers and the Buccaneers.  He has been a teacher and coach at Jacksonville Episcopal High School for 38 years and the football stadium was recently named in his honor.

Bobby Anderson, from Tifton, Georgia,  was a starting defensive tackle for the Seminoles.   He recently retired in Atlanta after 30 years as an insurance industry executive.

These outstanding men will tell their stories on the SodTalk stage at the Sod Cemetery at 2pm Saturday.

SodTalk is adjacent to Taggart’s Tailgate, with complementary pizza and soft drinks for fans.

For more information contact Jim Hunt at jamesmhunt@gmail.com or Doug Mannheimer at dmannheimer@broadandcassel.com

 

The SodTalk connects Seminole Legends with Seminole fans at FSU's Sod Cemetary.

 

Clay Shiver and Matt Frier are Saturday SodTalk Legends

National Champions Wide Receiver Matt Frier and Center Clay Shiver return to FSU as SodTalk Legends Saturday at 2pm at the Sod Cemetery, 90 minutes before the 3:30 kickoff of the FSU-Northern Illinois game.

Clay Shiver was Charlie Ward’s offensive center on the 1993 National Championship team and went on to become an NCAA Consensus All-American in 1995. From Tifton, Georgia, Shiver was a 3-time All-ACC Center and won the ACC’s Jacobs Trophy as the best blocker in the conference in his junior and senior seasons. An FSU Hall of Famer, was a three year starter in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys. His Seminole teams had a record of 43-5-1.

Matt Frier was a Captain and key receiver for quarterback Charlie Ward during his National Championship senior season. He was on the cover of Sports Illustrated holding sod for the Sod Cemetery following the 1993 Championship game. The Live Oak wide receiver had 95 receptions in his career. His best offensive performance came in the critical 1993 showdown against Florida in Gainesville when he had 11 receptions for 126 yards, sending the Seminoles to the National Championship game against Nebraska. His teams defeated Penn State, Texas A&M, and Nebraska twice in bowl appearances, while compiling a record of 47-6.

SodTalk begins at 2pm at the Sod Cemetery, located between the Bobby Bowden Statue and Dick Howser Baseball Stadium. Both Legends will be available to meet fans at 1:30pm.

For more information contact Jim Hunt at jamesmhunt@gmail.com or Doug Mannheimer at dmannheimer@broadandcassel.com.


Marvin Jones welcomes Peter Warrick at SodTalk at the Sod Cemetery 

                                      

On Labor Day Night at the FSU Sod Cemetery, SodTalk will feature FSU Retired Jersey linebacker #55, Marvin Jones, welcoming wide receiver Peter Warrick, whose #9 jersey will be retired at half-time of the Seminoles home opener against Virginia Tech.  SodTalk begins Monday at 6:30pm. 

SodTalk is in its 5th season bringing legendary Seminoles back to meet with and talk to FSU fans at the Sod Cemetery, located between the Bobby Bowden Statue and Dick Howser Baseball Stadium.

Marvin Jones was a two-time Consensus All-American, who won both the Butkus Award as the nation’s best linebacker and the Lombardi Award as college football’s top lineman. His 1990-92 Seminole teams had a combined record of 32-4, with wins over Penn State in the Blockbuster Bowl, Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl and Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.  Jones was the 4th pick in the 1993 NFL draft and was the middle-linebacker for the New York Jets for 12 seasons.  He was 4th in the 1992 Heisman Trophy voting and selected for the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.

Peter Warrick was also a two-time Consensus All-American who returned for his 1999 senior season to lead FSU to a wire-to-wire #1 National Championship with his stunning receptions and punt returns in the Sugar Bowl win over Michael Vick’s Virginia Tech Hokies. His career 32 pass receptions for touchdowns set an FSU record and he became the ACC’s all-time leader in pass receiving yardage. He averaged 13 yards per punt return. Warrick’s Seminole teams had an overall record of 45-4 with an ACC record of 31-3. He was the 4th pick in the 2000 NFL draft and played six season with the Bengals and the Seahawks.  He was selected for the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.

Marvin Jones and Peter Warrick will meet fans between 6pm-6:30pm at the Sod Cemetery, with SodTalk beginning at 6:30pm, 90 minutes before kickoff. 

The Sod Cemetery celebrates FSU football success on the road, against the crowd and against the odds, all championship games and all games at the University of Florida.  The Cemetery is in its 57th season as a college football tradition.  It has 105 Sod Graves, including Sod from four Virginia Tech games.

#55 Marvin Jones

#9 Peter Warrick 

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For additional information, members of the media should contact Jim Hunt 850 597 0400, jamesmhunt@gmail.com or Douglas Mannheimer at 850 519 1716 , dmannheimer@broadandcassel.com


 

New article today in Garden and Gun Magazine on the FSU Sod Cemetery.  This magazine is a more glossy Southern Living.  Very well written summary of our tradition. Click here to read the article.

 


September 12, 2018

                                      Saturday Sodtalk with Peter Boulware and Reinard Wilson

Saturday’s SodTalk at the Sod Cemetery on Hall of Fame Weekend will feature two FSU Hall of Fame defensive end teammates whose play created one of the most effective and feared tandems in college football history. SodTalk  begins at 6pm Saturday, prior to the 7:20pm FSU-Samford game.  Both players will be available to meet fans 5:30-6pm.  The Sod Cemetery is located between the Bobby Bowden Statue and Dick Howser Baseball Stadium. 

Peter Boulware and Reinard Wilson were NCAA Consensus All American Defensive Ends on the same 1996 Seminole football team, combining for a remarkable 32.5 quarterback sacks on an ACC Championship team that played for the National Championship, finishing with an 11-1 record. 

They will honor their defensive ends coach, Jim Gladden, who will be inducted Friday night into the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Peter Boulware was from Columbia, South Carolina and combined speed and power which transformed the position.  He had a school-record 19 quarterback sacks in 1996, with 34 career sacks. He was the 4th pick of the 1st round of the 1997 NFL draft.  He became the NFL Defensive Rookie-of-the Year with the Baltimore Ravens and completed a nine year NFL career with 70 quarterback sacks.  Boulware played in three Super Bowls and won the Super Bowl Championship in 2001. He was inducted into the Ravens Ring of Honor as well as the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Reinard Wilson came to FSU from nearby Lake City, Florida.  His relentless play lead the ACC in quarterback sacks his sophomore season .  In 1996 he had 13.5 sacks, while setting an FSU career record 34.5 quarterback sacks, a record which still stands 22 years later.  Following his NCAA Consensus All American senior season, he became the 14th pick of the 1st round of the NFL draft. During a six year NFL career with the Bengals and the Bucs, he had 34 quarterback sacks. He was inducted into the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.

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For additional information, members of the media should contact Jim Hunt 850 597 0400, jamesmhunt@gmail.com or Douglas Mannheimer at 850 519 1716 , dmannheimer@broadandcassel.com


November 28, 2017

National Champions Kez McCorvey and Ken Alexander unveil new Victory Sod on Saturday at SodTalk

Seminole National Champions Kez McCorvey and Ken Alexander will unveil the new Victory Sod from Steve Spurrier-Field in an Open Casket Viewing this Saturday at 11a.m. at SodTalk at the Sod Cemetery. Kickoff is at 12:05 p.m.

Wide receiver Kez McCorvey and linebacker Ken Alexander lead FSU to a remarkable record of 54-7-1 over five years. In addition to the 1993 National Championship, they won FSU’s first three ACC Championships and won the Blockbuster, Sugar, Orange (2) and Cotton Bowl Championships. Their ACC record was 24-0. FSU finished 1st, 2nd, and 4th ( 3 times) during their FSU careers.

Kez McCorvey, originally from Gautier, Mississippi, came to FSU in 1990 and lead the 1993 National Champions with 74 receptions as Charlie Ward’s favorite target. He became a 1st Team All American in 1994 and finished his career as the second leading pass reception leader in Seminole football history with 189 catches. He had 16 TD receptions and six games with more than 100 yards in receptions. He was an NFL receiver with the Detroit Lions for three seasons. Today he is the Leon/Gadsden Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Head Football Coach at St. John Paul II High School in Tallahassee.

Ken Alexander came to FSU from Austin, Texas in 1990 and would team with fellow linebackers Marvin Jones and Derrick Brooks to create some of the best defenses in FSU history. His 285 career tackles placed him 14th in Seminole history after his senior season. In the 1993 National Championship year he was an Honorable Mention All-American and an Academic All-American. The NCAA honored him with its prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. He graduated from the FSU Law School and today is an attorney in Tallahassee.

The SodTalk Legends will be available for autographs at 10:30 a.m. and will talk with Seminole fans at 11 a.m. at the Sod Cemetery, located between the Bobby Bowden Statue and Dick Howser Stadium

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For more information, contact Jim Hunt at Jamesmhunt@gmail.com or Doug Mannheimer at dmannheimer@broadandcassel.com


July 29, 2017

SodTalk Legends and friends, Hello! I wanted to share with you a new link to wonderful work prepared by our FSU Hall of Fame Committee Historian, Bob Peronne.

On the link below, you can choose any of our 105 Sod Game Victories and then click the date. You will see a detailed game summary and game statistics. "Stats don't lie" and you Legends did pretty well for us!

We hope to have this information soon linked on Seminoles.com and SeminoleBoosters.com so that our fans and former players can see it, too.

Bob's volunteer website, nolefan.org, has amazing game summaries, team stats, box scores, articles, and all of your individual statistics, if you have never visited it.

Thanks to Bob! And when you come for any home games, let me know in advance, and come by the Sod Cemetery so that I can give you a Shout Out at SodTalk, 90 minutes before all home games.

Visit NoleFan.org

Regards,
Doug


For additional information, email Doug Mannheimer at dmannheimer@broadandcassel.com or call at (850) 519-1716.


Warchant TV: Sod Talk with Warrick Dunn (link)

Ron Simmons at FSU's sod talk (link)

Warchant TV: Sod Talk with Ron Simmons (link)

Take 5: The Greatest Sod Games Ever (link)

Charlie Ward gives Florida State sod talk before Gators' game (link

Puntrooskie reenacted at Sod Cemetary (link)

Amp Lee and Aaron Carter SodTalk Sept. 2014 (link)

 


Fred Biletnikoff and Derrick Brooks SodTalk 2014 (link)

 


Charlie Ward SodTalk Nov.2014 (link)

 


Marvin Jones SodTalk Oct. 2015 (link)

 


Dickie Hosford Band plays: Ol' Time Rockin Nole, Seminole Saturday Night (link)


The Florida State Seminole Cemetary (link)

 

College Gameday Segment- Florida State's Sod Cemetary 1991 (link)

   

Honoring The Past In College Football (link)

Sod Cemetary Comes To Life Page 1

Sod Cemetary Comes To Life Page 2

Sod Cemetary allows Noles to dig up old, new memories page 1

Sod Cemetary allows Noles to dig up old, new memories page 2

Sod Cemetary allows Noles to dif up old, new memories page 3

Sod Cemetary allows Noles to dig up old, new memories page 4

Origin of the Sod Games

Noles have reminders of winning turf wars

 

Tudor

Sod man is passed down line

Cemetary celebrates legendary FSU tradition

Major Florida State Wins Live On In Sod Cemetary (link)

   

Doug, Corey Simon, and Peter Warrick

Sod Cemetary named third-best Postgame Tradition in NCAA Football

Doug Manheimer and Derrick Brooks at Sod Cemetary 10-18-14

Doug Manheimer and Derrick Brooks at Sod Cemetary 10-18-14

1993 FSU Wide Reciever Matt Frier

Sod Cemetary 1

Sod Cemetary 2

Dec. 2 2017 SodTalk with Kez McCorvey and Ken Alexander