Florida State report
Warrick speaks about Hokies, Randy Moss
Posted: Saturday January 01, 2000 07:21 PM
As far as Peter Warrick is concerned, the Dillard's episode is behind him and he looks forward to the Sugar Bowl. Stu Forster/Allsport
NEW ORLEANS (CNN/SI) -- How do you cover Florida State wide receiver Peter Warrick?
Warrick himself was asked that question Saturday.
"Probably by laying me down and putting a blanket on me," he said.
Asked if he respected Virginia Tech cornerbacks Anthony Midget and Ike Charlton -- the two people with the unenviable job of stopping Warrick in Tuesday's national championship game at the Sugar Bowl -- Warrick said, "What? The only defensive backs we respect are our defensive backs. I'm sure they're great, because they wouldn't be here if they're not. But our defensive backs are the best."
Warrick, who had 934 receiving yards this season in nine games, is looking forward to some one-on-one coverage.
"I haven't seen a lot of press man this year," he said. "But I hear they might be doing that against me. We'll need some big plays. From a receiver standpoint, if the ball's in the air, it's my job to come down with it."
Warrick warned of moves he has that he still has not used.
"Oh, I've got a lot of moves. I'll have one or two on Jan. 4 that you haven't seen."
Florida State coach Bobby Bowden has discussed a special Peter Warrick plan featuring him running, throwing and catching. Warrick this year alone has passed for a score, run for a score, caught a pass for a score and returned a punt for a TD.
Bowden also fantasized about the idea of putting Warrick and Randy Moss in the same offense. Moss and Warrick were each redshirt freshman at FSU in 1995.
Moss, now with the Minnesota Vikings, was kicked off the team at Florida State after violating his parole in West Virginia, and then went to Marshall.
"If we'd have played together, we'd probably both be gone right now," Warrick said. Asked if they'd both be gone because they would have already won the national title, Warrick just laughed.
"Hey, it would've really been something special," he said. "I don't think anybody would've been able to stop us. We were the best of buddies as freshmen. We still talk. He sees something I did on a Saturday and says he's going to do something better on Sunday. It would've been great together, but he made a mistake."
Warrick is making sure he doesn't make any more mistakes. Warrick, who missed two games this season after illegally paying discount prices for items at a Dillard's, said he has had an uneventful stay in New Orleans.
"Just been staying in my room," he said. "I don't want to get in any trouble again. People judge me by actions. It (the Dillard's incident) was a mistake and I keep hearing about it. People come up to me and look at what I'm wearing and say, 'Hey did you get that from Dillard's?' I just laugh now. When it first happened, it was like 'Why me?' Then I thought, 'Why not me?' You have to be responsible for your actions. But I think my teammates know what kind of person I am. I'm all business now. I'm more mature now."
Still, Warrick expects to see some more unflattering signs during Tuesday's game.
"When we played at Clemson there was one that said, 'Where's Peter? He's at Dillard's." I feel like I've put it behind me. I wish other people would, but I don't worry too much about what other people say."
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