Travis's best friend at Catholic High was Derrick Green, Dunn's half brother. While Dunn didn't push Travis to sign with Florida State, he did befriend him, and he dropped by for a visit after Minor turned in a desultory performance in the Seminoles' rout of Miami on Oct. 4. "Play free, just like high school," Dunn told him. Dunn would know; his brilliant freshman year was vital to Florida State's 1993 national title run.
On Oct. 25 Minor got his first start. He rushed for 159 yards against Virginia, including an 87-yard touchdown on the game's first play from scrimmage. Last Saturday he carried on 21 of Florida State's last 30 plays from scrimmage, killing North Carolina with every gain.
"You could say," Bowden clucked after the game, "that our team is coming of age." As usual.