Virginia vs. Florida State - November 4, 2006 (photos courtesy of Associated Press)
PRONUNCIATION: Fon TELL
WORTH NOTING: Enters the season with an 11-game streak with a reception, the longest streak on the team ... one of three players on the team whose first reception was a touchdown ...the others are John Phillips and Deyon Williams.
HONORS: 2005--Received the E. Paul Rogers, Jr., Memorial Scholarship for Football from the Virginia Athletics Foundation.
AT VIRGINIA: 2005-Had the most productive season of his career ... excellent possession-type receiver who catches well in traffic ... can also get down field ...second on the team with 28 catches for 345 yards, both figures are the best of his career ... one of the starting wide receivers opposite Deyon Williams ...did not catch a pass in the season opener vs. Western Michigan, but caught at least one in every game the rest of the way ...led the team in receiving against Maryland with two catches for a career-high 77 yards ...pulled in a 59-yarder for the longest catch of his career in that game for the second-longest pass play on the team during the season ... scored his first touchdown on a magnificent catch in the back of the end zone in the rain at Boston College ... three catches for 37 yards against Temple ...all three receptions went for a first down ... caught four passes for 45 yards in the win over Georgia Tech ...three catches for 40 yards against Virginia Tech ...caught four passes for 32 yards, including a two-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter, vs. Minnesota in the Music City Bowl ... lettered for the third time.
2004--Expected to be a big-play receiver but he hurt his collarbone in the season opener and missed the next five games which slowed his development ... was getting back into a rhythm late in the season ...played in seven games with seven receptions for 70 yards ...started the season opener at Temple and had two receptions for 29 yards before getting injured ...returned to action at Duke and played every game thereafter ...caught a nine-yard pass at Georgia Tech, his first reception since Temple ...two receptions for 16 yards vs. Virginia Tech ... two catches for 16 yards against Fresno State in the MPC Computers Bowl ... all of his catches came away from home ... lettered.
2003--Played in 11 games, catching six passes for 66 yards and one touchdown ... made his debut vs. Western Michigan, but did not catch a pass ...caught an 18-yard scoring strike from Matt Schaub against North Carolina on his first catch ... finished with three grabs for 45 yards vs. the Tar Heels ...also had receptions vs. Florida State, Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh in the Continental Tire Bowl ... lettered.
HIGH SCHOOL: Big target at wide receiver for head coach Patrick Kane at Hermitage HS ... No. 15 wide receiver in the nation by BorderWars.com, No. 42 by Max Emfinger of TheInsiders.com and No. 61 by Rivals100.com ... 3-Star rating by Rivals.com ... All-Mid-Atlantic Coast region by Tom Lemming ... All-Atlantic region by PrepStar ... No. 55 player in the Atlantic East region by Rivals.com ... among the top players in the state of Virginia ... No. 13 by Rivals.com and the Charlottesville Daily Progress "Gold List" ... the 15th-best player in the state by the Roanoke Times, and the 18th-best by SuperPrep ... first-team Group AAA All-State selection by Associated Press and the coaches association, first-team All-Central Region, All-Metro, and All-District as a senior ... had 37 receptions for 674 yards and 10 touchdowns that season and was named his team's most valuable player ... caught 29 passes for 512 yards and 10 touchdowns and intercepted four passes as a safety his junior year ... starter on his school's basketball team ... Honor Roll student ...received perfect attendance award for four straight years.
PERSONAL: Fontel Alexander Mines ... born 2-26-85 in Richmond, Va. ... son of Deborah Mines ... influenced by Big Brother Chris Collins ... anthropology major.