TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Chris Weinke has quarterbacked Florida State to 20 straight victories, and he'd like to add another 13 before leaving school -- next year.
The Florida State quarterback said Monday he will come back for his senior season with an eye on defending the school's national championship.
''We have a lot of good things happening around here,'' said Weinke, who needs 18 hours to earn his degree in sports management.
Michigan running back Anthony Thomas, who led the Wolverines in rushing with 1,297 yards and 17 touchdowns, also said Monday he will be back for his last year.
''One of the goals I made before I got here is to finish my education,'' said Thomas, who will graduate in December. ''That's one thing they can't take away from me.''
Weinke, who threw four touchdown passes in a 46-29 victory over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl, will be 28 for his final college season.
Weinke said he was told by NFL scouts he'd be a third-round pick at best in the April draft.
''I don't want to sit on the bench making the minimum watching Florida State on Saturdays play on TV,'' he said.
Although placekicker Sebastian Janikowski is leaving Florida State early, no other underclassmen opted for the NFL draft, leaving the Seminoles with 15 starters back from the team that won last week's Sugar Bowl.
The news wasn't as good for Tennessee fans.
All-American guard Cosey Coleman became the fifth Vols player to give up his senior season to enter the draft on April 15-16.
''I think I have prepared myself well here at UT,'' the 6-foot-5, 315-pounder from Clarkston, Ga., said Monday ''And I am ready for the next level.''
Earlier, Tennessee running back Jamal Lewis, defensive end Shaun Ellis, defensive back Deon Grant and linebacker Raynoch Thompson passed up their final college seasons.
Other top underclassmen headed for the NFL: linebackers LaVar Arrington (Penn State) and Na'il Diggs (Ohio State) and wide receivers Plaxico Burress (Michigan State), Kwame Cavil (Texas), Darrell Jackson (Florida) and Dez White (Georgia Tech), and cornerback Lewis Sanders (Maryland).
The NFL announces the official list Tuesday.
Florida State offensive coordinator Mark Richt said Weinke, who is the 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, can improve his standing with the NFL by losing 10 or 15 pounds.
''He can be a more accurate passer and better decision maker,'' Richt said. ''He'll be closer to being ready to play.''
Weinke's 21-1 record as a starter is the best by any Florida State quarterback, eclipsing Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward's 22-2 mark in 1992-93.
Weinke spent six years in the Toronto Blue Jays' minor league system before resuming his football career. He threw for 3,103 yards and 25 TDs this season.
Richt will now have a three-year starter at quarterback for the first time since he arrived in Tallahassee 13 years ago.
''There is nothing like coaching a guy who knows what he's doing,'' Richt said Monday.
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