Seminoles welcome back Boulware, Kanell, Manuel and McFadden as guest coaches

TALLAHASSEE, Florida. Florida State Football’s Garnet and Gold Spring Game presented by Whataburger will feature four NFL alumni serving as guest coaches for the Main Event, head coach Mike Norvell announced Wednesday.

This year’s guest coaches are Peter Boulware, Danny Kanell, EJ Manuel and Bryant McFadden. The foursome combined to play 27 years in the NFL after winning a total of nine ACC championships and a national title in FSU.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to welcome back all of our football alumni this weekend and shine a light on these four incredible individuals,” Norvell said. “They have all achieved individual and collective success here at Florida State, and they have all continued to impact their professional careers. I appreciate their commitment to this program and their passion for this university. We’re going to enjoy having them around our schedule this weekend, and I can’t wait to see them call plays during the Main Event.

Boulware is one of the most successful passing throwers in program history, holding the FSU single-season record with 19.0 sacks in 1996 and ranking second on the career list with 34.0 sacks in three seasons. He was a Consensus All-American, ACC Defensive Player of the Year and a First-Team All-Conference Player in 1996 when he helped lead Florida State to a perfect regular season and appearance in the Sugar Bowl. The Columbia, South Carolina native was inducted into the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004.

He was selected fourth overall in the 1997 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens and was named Defensive Rookie of the Year in his first professional season. Boulware earned four Pro Bowl selections during his nine-year career and won Super Bowl XXXV with the Ravens. He finished his NFL career with a Baltimore franchise record of 70.0 sacks, 401 tackles, including 129.0 for loss, 14 forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and one interception in 126 games.

Kanell posted a 20-3-1 record with two All-ACC first-team recognitions as a starting quarterback under Bobby Bowden. Kanell, a Fort Lauderdale native, also led the Seminoles to two ACC titles and victories in the Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl while breaking school records with 41 completions against Georgia Tech in 1995, seven games 300 yards in 1995 and three straight 300-yard passing games that same season. He was a second-team All-American and the 1995 ACC Player of the Year after leading the conference with 2,957 passing yards, 32 passing touchdowns and a passing efficiency rating of 145.5. He was also honored as a National Football Foundation Athlete-Scholar and recipient of the Graduate Scholarship in 1995.

After graduating, Kanell was selected in the fourth round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He spent six years in the NFL and passed for 5,129 yards and 31 touchdowns. He started 10 games apiece in 1997 and 1998, passing for 11 touchdowns both years and leading the Giants to a 7-2-1 mark as a starter in 1997. That year, he led the Giants in three winning drives, the fifth-highest total in the league. Since the end of his professional playing career, Kanell has been a national football analyst and currently hosts a morning show on SiriusXM’s ESPNU radio in addition to appearances on CBS Sports HQ. Kanell was inducted into the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.

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Manuel was an All-ACC quarterback his senior season and a two-time All-ACC academic selection. He led the Seminoles to a 25-6 record as a starter, the fourth-most wins by a starting quarterback in program history, and was the second-most quarterback in franchise history. the NCAA to win four straight bowl games. The Virginia Beach, Va., native still holds the FSU career completion percentage record with a 66.89% mark, tied for second most in ACC history at the time. and ranks third in program history with 600 career completions and 8,563 total offense yards while also ranking fourth with 7,736 career passing yards. His 3,392 passing yards, 3,702 total rushing yards and 263 completions in 2012 are third, fourth and fifth respectively on FSU’s single-season lists.

Manuel was selected 16th overall in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills and played five seasons in the NFL. He played four seasons at Buffalo before spending the 2017 season with the Oakland Raiders. During his career, Manuel started 18 games and passed for 3,757 yards with 20 touchdowns. He is currently an analyst for the ACC network, where he appears on The caucus, the network’s signature football show that airs Saturday mornings in the fall. He also co-hosts ACCN’s Stake and is an ESPN regular College Football Live. Alongside his ESPN duties, he also hosts College sport today on SiriusXM.

McFadden was an All-ACC defensive back who played in 48 games with 22 starts from 2000 to 2004 and finished his career with 107 tackles, including 3.0 for loss with four interceptions, three forced fumbles and 26 pass breakups. He started all 12 games of his senior season and had 36 tackles, 2.5 for loss, one interception and nine pass breakups while being recognized as an All-ACC second-team player. The Hollywood, Florida native was a second-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2005 NFL Draft and played seven seasons in the NFL.

McFadden won Super Bowl XL and Super Bowl XLIII in addition to earning a third Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl XLV. He appeared in 96 games with 51 starts throughout his professional career and recorded 303 tackles, including 5.0 for loss, nine interceptions, seven fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles and 47 pass breakups. His three fumble recoveries in 2007 ranked seventh in the NFL that season. He is currently an analyst at CBS Sports HQ and hosts Everything is covered with eight-time Pro Bowl selection Patrick Peterson.

Florida State’s spring game is Saturday at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here. The game will also be broadcast live on ACC Network.

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