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July 08, 2013

FSU All-Time Countdown - No. 22 - Clay Shiver


Spencer Clay Shiver, C, 1991-1995

Inducted into the Florida State University Hall of Fame in 2001

Bobby Bowden once called Clay Shiver "the greatest center I ever coached." 

That's high praise from the all-time winningest coach in D1A NCAA history. Born in Tifton, Georgia, Seminole fans remember Shiver fondly as the starting center on the first National Championship team in FSU history.

With Charlie Ward at the helm Florida State's offense lived and died on the arms and legs of the talented scrambling quarterback. But the most under-appreciated element of that offense was the consistency of the shotgun snaps coming from its sophomore center.

Being asked to play on a national title-caliber offense as a redshirt sophomore is a tall enough order as it is, but being asked to perfect a shotgun snap for an eventual Heisman winner while doing it almost seems unfair. Even if you're making 95 or 96 of them, that's still one botched snap per 20 or 25 attempts. And one bad snap is all it takes to turn the tide of a game for good.

Not only did Shiver handle his business that year though, he did it while only surrendering half a sack in 700 snaps. Florida State went on to win a national title, Ward went on to win a Heisman, Shiver had a lot more to do with both than he ever gets credited for.

Shiver's success continued into his junior and senior seasons as well, winning the Jacobs Blocking Trophy both years while being named to four All-American squads as a junior and six as a senior, including picking up consensus All-American honors.

The 6-2 285-pound center went on to be selected in the 3rd round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He would play three seasons in the NFL (starting every game in 1997) before hanging up his cleats as a result of a shoulder injury.

Regardless of his professional career being cut short, Shiver's place on this list was a no-brainer. He is one of just a handful of Seminole offensive linemen to ever earn consensus All-American honors, he was a three year starter and earned All-ACC honors all three years. If you're making the All-Time All-FSU squad, center is one of the few positions that needs very little debate. Clay Shiver is the best center to have ever come through Florida State.

Shiver was inducted into the Florida State University Hall of Fame in 2001. He is currently a high school football coach at Boca Raton Christian.


Join us tomorrow when we reveal number 21 on the countdown...

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July 07, 2013

FSU All-Time Countdown - No. 23 - Björn Werner


Björn Werner, DE, 2010-2012

On the list of the 25 greatest Seminoles of all-time, there are two selections that I already envision fans having a problem with. We'll get to the second one in about a week and a half, but today we get the first of our two most contentious choices kicked off with Björn Werner.

Werner's football story is still fresh in most Seminole fans' heads, he was born in Berlin and fell in love with the sport through his involvement in flag football as a teenager. In high school he was torn between pursuing his ambition to play football professionally and homesickness after his dreams took him from his native Germany to Connecticut.

Werner played just two seasons of high school football but showed enough raw potential to garner a four-star prospect ranking and a scholarship from Florida State.

Once in Tallahassee Werner turned his attention to perfecting his craft. He appeared in every game his freshman season, notching 20 tackles, 6 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks as a reserve.

Then in his next two seasons as a starter he went on to rack up 20 more sacks and 29 more tackles for loss. He notched seven sacks as a sophomore opposite Brandon Jenkins and then as a junior Werner exploded for 13 more, earning him All-American honors and placement as a finalist on several awards lists. 

He went on to be drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of this year's NFL draft.

Now, why Björn Werner over any number of other talented defensive ends? As I mentioned in the honorable mentions, there are 11 players in Florida State history with 20 or more sacks and 14 guys have turned in a 10+ sack season (most of them becoming All-Americans as they did). It's a crowded bunch.

But in terms of play, Werner came to Florida State with just two years of competitive football experience- and let's not pretend prep football in Connecticut is on par with the level of comeptition in states like Florida, Texas and California. So Werner showed up in Tallahassee with nothing but German flag football and two years of high school ball up North under his belt and went on to finish fourth all-time in career sacks at a school like Florida State.

That by itself is impressive. But when you have such a crowded group of talented defensive players to consider, you have to look beyond just the on-field play and statistics. Werner has a lot going for him in that department.

After the school suffered a down period for the first time in nearly two decades in the mid 2000's, Werner was part of a group of players who came to FSU with a stated mission to return the Seminoles to prominence.

FSU isn't there yet, but players like Werner helped them get back in that ballpark. FSU won their first ACC Championship in seven years last season and just their second BCS bowl ever. More to the point, the defense Werner starred on was the first one in a long time that was reminscent of the defenses from Florida State's glory days. 

And starred is the right word. Werner captured the hearts and imaginations of the Seminole faithful early in his second year and by the time he was ready to leave had become a pseudo-celebrity amongst the Seminole fanbase. 

Had he stuck around another year, Werner would have had a shot to break FSU's all-time sacks records. He grew considerably as a player every year he wore the Garnet and Gold. And considering his rookie season will be just his sixth year of competitive football (ever), who knows what his potential is.

Then there's what he means to his home country of Germany. It's still too early to determine that legacy, but Werner's stated intention after he is finished playing football is to try and help culture more interest in the sport in Germany. Down the road if he's successful in that, it could in turn push him upward on the list of all-time Seminole greats. But for now, so early in his career it had a neglible impact on his inclusion.

What did have an impact was his impressive production even in spite of a lack of experience and the esteem Seminole fans held him in after just three years.  

In many ways Werner is a perfect embodiment of the transformation that has been underway at Florida State for the past few years. When Werner got to Tallahassee, he- like the program at that time- was young and inexperienced but had raw talent. By the time he left it was really starting to turn into something.


Check back tomorrow when we reveal number 22 on the coundtown of All-Time Seminole greats...

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July 06, 2013

FSU All-Time Countdown - No. 24 - Anthonia "Amp" Lee


Anthonia "Amp" Lee, RB, 1989-1991

The 24th-ranked player on the Florida State University Top 25 All-Time list is tailback Amp Lee. 

Some players, like no. 25 Jamie Dukes, worked their way on to the list by having long, consistent careers that saw them develop into solid players. Other players, like Lee, burned bright for just long enough to make a permanent impression on anyone who saw them play before moving on just as quickly as they came.

Amp Lee played just three years at Florida State, starting only two of them. But he amassed over 3,000 all-purpose yards over those three seasons and scored a jaw-dropping 38 touchdowns. While he never ran for more than 1,000 yards, he also never got more than 190 carries in either season as a starter but still averaged 5.2 yards per carry and scored 27 of his 30 rushing touchdowns in those years. 

Coupled with his receiving abilities out of the backfield, Lee became a dynamic presence on a Florida State team that finished ranked 4th in the nation both years he started. 

Lee's statistical resume is very good (he is third all-time in rushing touchdowns at FSU, 10th all-time in scoring), but Amp really deserves to be on the list for the unbelievable athleticism he displayed in his time at Florida State.

There are players at every level of football that earn their distinguished spot in the sport's history through sheer statistical blunt force. At the NFL Hall of Fame level you could argue that at no point in his impressive career was Emmitt Smith ever the most talented running back in the NFL (that distinction usually belonged to guys like Barry Sanders and Terrell Davis). But his numbers were the most consistent and eventually ended up being the best. Nobody questions his inclusion in top players lists or the Hall.

Gale Sayers would be the antithesis of that kind of player, a guy with a short, brilliant career that leaves anyone who saw it forever in awe.

I'm certainly not saying Amp Lee was Gale Sayers, but you could definitely argue he was one of, if not the most, talented players to ever carry the rock under Bobby Bowden.

Think back to one of the most impressive running plays in the past ten years... It's hard not to mention Reggie Bush's run against Fresno State– the one where he basically dekes out an entire defense.

It's hard not to be impressed by that, but now take a look at this run by Amp Lee about 14 years earlier in 1991 and try not be amazed by the similarities...

One of the biggest differences between those runs is that Reggie Bush goes allegedly goes "behind-the-back" on that run, which is great because that was at home against a team that would finish 8-5 in the Mountain West. Lee's 44-yard run (the longest of his career) came against a Michigan team that finished the season ranked third in the country in front of a sold out crowd on the road at the Big House. 

But other than the disparity in competition and the behind-the-back thing, those are pretty similar runs. That's the sort of athlete Amp Lee was.

Lee would go on to be drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2nd round, 45th overall, in 1992. His NFL career lasted until 2000, he played for four teams (49ers, Vikings, Rams and Eagles) and found his niche in the league as a receiving back.

Lee made just 14 starts in 124 games and finished his career with 388 carries, 1,512 yards and seven touchdowns. But he had 335 receptions for 3,099 yards and 15 touchdowns out of the backfield in that time. In 1997 he had the best year of his career, going over 900 all-purpose yards and being voted offensive MVP by the Rams.

He currently coaches running backs for the Las Vegas Locomotives of the UFL.


Join us tomorrow when we reveal number 23 on the list of All-Time Seminole greats...


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July 05, 2013

FSU All-Time Countdown - No. 25: Jamie Dukes


Jamie Dukes, OG, 1982-1985

Inducted into the Florida State University Hall of Fame in 1991

Before Florida State was able to claim its place as one of college football's powerhouses in the 1990's they had a blue-collar period in the late 1970's and 1980's where they gained a reputation for being willing to travel anywhere and play anyone for a shot to prove themeselves. 

Jamie Dukes was one of the players at the center of that. He was born in Schenectady, NY before moving to Orlando as a child. He arrived at Florida State in 1982 and started every game from then until he graduated following the 1985 season. That's 48 consecutive starts. 

By the time he was a senior Dukes had established himself as one of the top offensive linemen in the country. His accolades as a senior included being named to just about every All-American team in existence at the time in addition to becoming just the fifth consensus NCAA All-American in Florida State history. 

Despite a tremendous collegiate career the 6-1 285-pound guard went undrafted in 1986 and signed on with the Falcons as a UDFA. To give a little perspective, the draft lasted 12 rounds in 1986 and though there were fewer teams that still means a lot of guys were picked that year when Dukes wasn't. 

But much as FSU had been doing in that era, Dukes hit the road and proved himself, earning a roster spot in Atlanta that launched a 10-year NFL career. After being a reserve for the first five years of his career, he cracked the starting roster for the Falcons in 1991 and was a starter for the rest of his time in the NFL.

Dukes went on to play in 124 games over the course of his 10-year NFL career, starting three full seasons for the Falcons from 1991-1993 before heading to Green Bay and Arizona where he battled injuries for two years before finally hanging it up. 

He went on to become a radio host and an analyst for NFL Network. 

While there are a slew of linemen that are at the top of the list when it comes to Florida State football history, Dukes' resume may be one of the easier ones to overlook. He wasn't a two-time consensus All-American like Alex Barron and he didn't play on National Championship or even ACC Championship teams. 

But for three decades now he has continued to bring recognition to Florida State University. In the mid-80's he helped to raise the profile of the program by making 48 straight starts in the middle of the offensive line and growing into the program's fifth ever NCAA consensus All-American. In the mid-90's he'd established himself as a workman-like starting NFL offensive guard which helped cement FSU's reputation as a pro factory right when the program had come into its heyday.

And these days, his television work on NFL Network alongside fellow FSU alum Deion Sanders certainly doesn't hurt Florida State's reputation as a football school. 

Whereas yesterday I mentioned being an "NFL bust" was enough to keep a few players off the top-25 list, in Dukes' case having a 10-year NFL career helped him sneak on to it. Even without it being a Hall of Fame or even All-Pro caliber career, there are solid football programs that have never even had a guy make it ten years as a pro, period. 

Dukes had a very good NFL career and one of the best careers at Florida State anyone on the offensive line has ever had. 

That's why he's one of the 25 greatest Seminoles of all-time.


Join us tomorrow when we reveal number 24 on the list...


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July 04, 2013

FSU Top 25: Honorable Mention (On-Field Contributions)


Today we continue our month-long look at the best football players in the history of Florida State University. 

A lot of different factors went into determining these rankings. We'll get to that in a bit, but first a brief bit of historical background. You may or may not have seen a commercial touting UF as a direct legacy of Lincoln's push for the public funding of education (it's hard to miss if you live in Florida).

That's kind of a Disney version of that 150-year journey though. UF started as East Florida Seminary (originally in Ocala) and gradually evolved into what it is today while FSU began as West Florida Seminary (the Suwanee River was used as the line of demarcation). Now, that intersects with football because as both schools evolved and merged with other upstart institutions of higher education, athletic clubs and teams began to form at them.

At The Florida State University there was a football team at the start of the 20th century (1900's). They played from 1899-1904. In 1904, FSU's team (not yet the Seminoles) became the first ever "champions of Florida" by beating Florida Agricultural College and Stetson.

Then came the 1905 Buckman Act which consolidated the seven public colleges and universities in Florida into four segregated ones. FSU was for white females, UF for white males, FAMU for "colored people" (the designation used at the time) and they also established a college for the blind and deaf.

That meant in 1905 the Florida State University football team became the University of the State of Florida football team. They played in Lake City for a year in 1906 before moving to Gainesville in 1907 where they would eventually grow into the Florida Gator team Seminole fans love to hate.


Florida State didn't resume playing football until 1947. After World War II ended, an influx of young male soldiers going to college on the GI bill forced the Florida legislature to rename the Florida State College for Girls and allow men in. Seminole football, at least as we know it, has only been going since the late 40's.

This makes it a lot easier to compile a list because it reduces the number of players and eliminates a couple eras from consideration. Fred Biletnikoff is challenging enough to consider when you try to factor in how the game has changed since he played.  So you can imagine it was nice not to have to have that curmudgeonly Notre Dame-like debate about how players like the four horsemen should be viewed nearly a century later. 

That all said, there were still plenty of different factors to consider. I tried to look at a player's statistics, when he played, how much success the team he played on had, what kind of a pro career the player had, what kind of esteem he is held in now that his playing days are over and there were also several intangible qualities I gave weight to as well.

At points over the course of this countdown, I'm sure I'll get to each of the factors and how they played into the compilation of this list. And to that end the six players I've chosen for Honorable Mentions are partially intended to illustrate some of the thought behind these rankings. These are not the next six best players (26-31). They're players who were close to making it but also illustrate the challenges (and subjectivity) that were at play when putting this list together.

Now, if you hadn't already scrolled down to this part, let's get to the honorable mentions...

Danny Kanell, QB, 1992-1995

After Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke, the debate over Florida State's next best quarterback gets really difficult. There are as many as four guys who have legitimate claims to that title and no clear cut answer. Kanell's argument is a strong one, he threw for 6,372 yards and 57 touchdowns and piloted Florida State's offense in the middle of the 90's during its heyday. He had the unenviable job of replacing Charlie Ward and responded by breaking Gary Huff's decades old career passing touchdowns records in his two seasons as a starter. In his senior season (1995) he broke Ward's single season TD mark by five, connecting on 32 touchdowns passes.

But what puts Kanell ahead of other good Florida State QB's are some of the moments he produced. He went 28-38 and threw for 5 TD's against Maryland playing for an injured Charlie Ward as a sophomore on FSU's '93 national title campaign.

More famously, he lead Florida State back against Florida when facing a 31-3 deficit at the start of the 4th quarter in a game that is remembered by both fanbases as "The Choke at Doak."

So will Kanell be the third highest-rated quarterback on the list? I'm not telling.

Darnell Dockett, DT, 1999-2003

Dockett is an example of a player who was all over the top 25 list. He was totally unranked and then rose as high as 19 at one point before slowly sliding back into the honorable mentions. Playing in the middle of the Seminole defensive line Dockett pulled down 10.5 sacks and an impressive 69 tackles for loss over the course of his career, but he may be best remembered by both fanbases for an incident that Earnest Graham alleged happened at the bottom of a dogpile during UF and FSU's annual slugfest.

What helped him move up a little bit in a crowded group of defensive linemen was his pro career. A third round pick in 2004, Dockett has gone on to become a lynchpin of the Arizona Cardinal defense. He's a three time Pro Bowler who has also been named an All-Pro once and helped lead Arizona to the lone Superbowl appearance in franchise history back in 2008. While his pro accolades alone aren't enough to bump him up above other similar players in FSU history on their own merits, they did serve as a useful tiebreaker when it was close. 

Jamal Reynolds, DE, 1997-2000

Reynolds is an example of a guy whose pro career dropped him a bit when compared to other players who had similar careers in Garnet and Gold. Despite being the 10th overall pick by the Packers, Reynolds lasted just three years in the league.

His selection that high was justified, Reynolds starred on two Florida State teams that played for back-to-back national titles.

In 1999 Reynolds recorded seven sacks, but burst into the national spotlight when he hauled down Michael Vick three times in the Seminoles' national championship win over Virginia Tech. The next season he built on his Sugar Bowl performance by racking up 12 sacks and 15 tackles for loss and earning consensus All-American status. Unfortunately for guys like Reynolds, being considered an NFL bust nudges them in the opposite direction of a guy like Dockett when it's close.

And it was close. There are a lot of very good defensive linemen to choose from when you look at FSU's history. 14 different players have recorded ten or more sacks in a season,  11 have more than 20 for their career. When things are that tight and it goes to the tie-breakers, what they did in the NFL has to play.

Everette Brown, DE, 2005-2008

Brown is another example of a very good defensive lineman in Florida State history whose legacy could still change and who could end up higher on the list ultimately (if his NFL career turns around), but as of right now he's one of several defensive linemen in the 20-sack range– not unlike Reynolds and Alonzo Jackson– on the outside looking in. 

Two things worked against Brown. First he played on teams that accomplished less (by FSU standards). Unlike so many others who are on the list Brown never won an ACC title and his teams lost 14 games in three seasons. While that isn't on Brown himself, it's a small consideration.

Everette Brown recorded three sacks in limited time as a redshirt freshman, but then came on for 20 over his next two seasons, including 13.5 as a redshirt junior in 2008. Had he stuck around for another year, he would have likely crept into the top three all-time at Florida State in sacks. He was on pace to break Reinard Wilson's record of 35.5. As it stands he ended with 23, which is good enough to be tied for sixth but given there are eight different guys who finished with betwen 20-25 sacks in their careers in Garnet and Gold, it also doesn't set him apart.

In 2009 he was picked in the second round by the Carolina Panthers where he recorded 6 sacks in two seasons. He's now with his second team in as many years, signing with the Eagles this offseason after playing in just three games for the Chargers last year. While any one of these factors alone wouldn't have kept Brown from being higher, together they make enough of a difference to have him just out and several others just in.

Alex Barron, OT, 2000-2004

Barron is a guy who very easily could have made the list just by virtue of the fact he's the only two-time consensus All-American to play on the offensive line in FSU history. Barron was very good at Florida State, he started in 24 of 25 games in his final two years and was considered the best pass blocking offensive tackle in the country at the end of 2003. He's the only offensive lineman in the history of the program who has ever had his locker sealed.

But is Alex Barron the best tackle to have ever worn Garnet and Gold? No. Make no mistake, Barron is in the upper echelon of linemen when it comes to Seminole football history, but he also played on some rather bad offenses (at least by Florida State standards). In 2004 as a senior the Seminoles' offense was ranked 61st overall and 57th in scoring. That's not Barron's fault necessarily, it has a lot to do with the Seminoles being mired in the Jeff Bowden era, but it certainly didn't help his case either.

He also hasn't been helped by a rocky NFL career that has many in St. Louis calling him the b-word (bust). He was taken 19th overall and never established himself like the Rams hoped he would as Orlando Pace's eventual replacement. Instead he was the second most penalized player in the league over that period and has bounced around to four teams in the past four years since leaving St. Louis.

Coronta "Tay" Cody, CB, 1996-2000

Cody is an example of a very good defensive back that may make this list at other schools but can't given the number of other talented players to play his position at FSU. As I said, these six Honorable Mentions aren't part of the rankings, which is to say these are not necessarily the next six guys in. They're more players that help to illustrate a point about the number of good players and the difficulty that comes with ranking them. If it weren't Cody, there are two or three other DB's that could have been in this spot.

Cody played on some elite defenses. He made up part of three of the best secondaries in the nation from 1998-2000. Two of those teams played for national titles. In 1999 he started seven of 11 games for the Seminoles and earned honorable mention All-ACC honors. The next year he was a consensus All-American and had six interceptions for a defense that did its part in a 13-2 National Championship loss to Oklahoma. He was drafted in the third round and played three years in San Diego before heading to Canada to play in the CFL until 2008.

That's an impressive resume, but given the number of other future NFL and even NFL Hall-of-Fame bound players to come before and after him, it wasn't enough to make the list of the top 25 Florida State Seminoles of all time.


Also received consideration: WR Marvin "Snoop" Minnis, WR Lawrence Dawsey, TE Pat Carter, QB Danny McManus, DB Corey Sawyer, DB Samari Rolle, DB JT Thomas, OL Jason Whitaker, OL Rodney Hudson, OL Pat Tomberlin, RB Travis Minor, DL Alonzo Jackson, DL Carl Simpson, K Graham Gano, K Dustin Hopkins

Starting tomorrow, we count down the top 25...


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July 03, 2013

FSU Top 25: Honorable Mention (Off-Field Contributions)


We'll kick off the list of the top 25 Florida State Seminoles with some honorable mentions. Tomorrow I'll list several players that narrowly missed inclusion in the list on the basis of their on-feld resumes. 

But today we'll start with three guys who played for Florida State and played well, but made a bigger impact off the field than on it. That's not to say they weren't all talented, but ambitions that extended beyond their playing days are what have set these three Seminoles apart. 

Here are the three Seminoles who earned honorable mention for bringing distinction to Florida State off the field.

3.) Myron Rolle, Safety, 2006-2008

Rolle was a solid safety but he played on defenses that struggled at the end of the Mickey Andrews era. In three years Rolle tallied 206 tackles (7.5 for loss), defended 13 passes and notched one interception. 

His bigger accomplishments came off the field though. In a period where Florida State vacated losses as a result of an academic cheating scandal Rolle served as a moral beacon in the Seminole program and helped to deflect a lot of scrutiny by virtue of his academic accomplishments. Much like Tim Tebow served to smooth over the 30+ arrests during the Urban Meyer era at Florida, Rolle earned a Rhodes Scholarship and helped the country forget that just a year earlier the Seminoles were forced to essentially start their second team (augmented with walk-ons) in a loss to Kentucky in the 2007 Music City Bowl as a result of the aforementioned scandal.

Rolle graduated with a degree in Exercise Science in just two and a half years (graduating after the Fall semester of his junior year). He earned a 3.75 along with his Rhodes scholarship and moved to London to study at Oxford for a year before beginning his NFL career. While Rolle didn't have a ton of success professionally, he admitted from the time he arrived in Tallahassee that he wasn't all that fixated on the NFL as his ultimate ambition. He wanted to be a doctor. He is currently attending medical school at Florida State.

2.) Lee Corso, RB/DB, 1953-1956

For the majority of fans born after 1985, Lee Corso is known as the highly animated, mascot-head-wearing co-host of ESPN's College Gameday. That may be a disservice to Corso though. He was once one of the most highly recruited football players in the country and came to be known as the Sunshine Scooter at Florida State.

Fans of NCAA Football, the EA Sports videogame franchise may have heard Kirk Herbstreit jokingly chide Corso about his exploits as a player during their simulated commentary. Truth be told, Herbstreit likely couldn't have carried Corso's jockstrap if they played in the same era. In four years at FSU Corso racked up 1,267 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, he caught 36 passes for 409 yards and three touchdowns while also playing quarterback, returning kickoffs and punts and lining up on defense. Beyond football, Corso also played baseball and a year of basketball. He was a dual-threat, multi-sport athlete.

Many experts consider Deion Sanders the greatest pure cover corner in the history of football, (spoiler) he will be on the top 25 list near the top. But what most people probably don't know (and Primetime certainly never advertised) is that Deion finished his Seminole career tied with Lee Corso at 14 interceptions.

Corso became a graduate assistant at FSU after his eligibility ran out before working his way up to head coaching positions at Lousiville and Indiana over the course of a 25 year coaching career. He really broke out on ESPN"s College Gameday though. Corso, much like Dick Vitale did in basketball, became a psuedo-celebrity at ESPN for his over-the-top antics, his excitability and his trademark mascot-head-wearing game predictions at the end of each telecast. Corso was inducted into the Florida State Hall of Fame in 1978.

1.) Burt "Buddy" Reynolds, RB, 1955-1957

Before he was a famous movie star, he was Buddy Reynolds, a tailback at Florida State. On his first ever touch, Reynolds took a pass 33 yards against the University of Georgia. Reynolds played with Lee Corso for a couple years, at times even lining up in the same soon-to-be-famous backfield with the Sunshine Scooter. Sadly, Reynolds' career would be cut short by injuries and he would never realize the potential he was credited with having when he walked on to campus- at least not on the field anyway.

Reynolds ran for 146 yards and scored twice while he was a player at Florida State, he also returned kicks and saw some time on defense, but he is most famous for becoming one of the biggest movie stars of the 70's and 80's. Perhaps FSU's most famous alum of all time, he has graced the Hollywood screen in over 170 titles. He has been nominated for an Academy Award and won Emmy's, Golden Globes and People's Choice Awards for his work in movies like Boogie Nights and Smokey and the Bandit. 

Reynolds' impact at FSU was not limited to a couple of injury plagued seasons and the publicity he generated on the big screen though. He has been a dedicated Seminole booster since graduating and even had the former athletic dormitories named after him (as a result of his financial contributions) until the most recent renovations spearheaded by Jimbo Fishers added newer, more state of the art dorms. He was inducted into the Florida State Hall of Fame in 1977. 


I'll be back tomorrow with some of the near misses from the top 25 list...


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July 01, 2013

Luke Weaver Makes Final Team USA Roster

Luke Weaver will represent Team USA this summer. The sophomore right hander made the final 24-man roster as announced by the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team on Sunday evening. 

Weaver had made two starts for Team USA this summer so far and was 0-0 with a 1.12 ERA, having given up just one run on five hits in 8.0 innings of work while notching 11 strikeouts and walking just three.  

Weaver is one of 12 pitchers that will take part in international competition this summer.  Play will begins July 5 with a game against the Matsuyama Industrial League in Japan. The 39th edition of the USA-Japan series gets underway July 6 in Matsuyama, Japan. Upon returning to the US, the team will play a pair of exhibition games before opening up a five game series against Cuba on July 18 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Here's the complete roster:

Name, Position, School, Hometown

Tyler Beede, RHP, Vanderbilt, Auburn, Mass.
David Berg, RHP, UCLA, Covina, Calif.
Skye Bolt, OF, North Carolina, Woodstock, Ga.
Alex Bregman, IF, LSU, Albuquerque, N.M.
Nick Burdi, RHP, Louisville, Downers Grove, Ill.
Ryan Burr, RHP, Arizona State, Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Matt Chapman, IF, Cal State Fullerton, Trabuco Canyon, Calif.
Michael Conforto, OF, Oregon State, Woodinville, Wash.
Austin Cousino, OF, Kentucky, Dublin, Ohio
Riley Ferrell, RHP, TCU, College Station, Texas
Brandon Finnegan, LHP, TCU, Fort Worth, Texas
Grayson Greiner, C, South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.
C.J. Hinojosa, IF, Texas, Spring, Texas
Matt Imhof, LHP, Cal Poly, Fremont, Calif.
Daniel Mengden, RHP/C, Texas A&M, Houston, Texas
Preston Morrison, RHP, TCU, Waxhaw, N.C.
Carlos Rodon, LHP, NC State, Holly Springs, N.C.
Kyle Schwarber, C, Indiana, Middletown, Ohio
Taylor Sparks, IF, UC Irvine, Long Beach, Calif.
Tommy Thorpe, LHP, Oregon, Vancouver, Wash.
Sam Travis, IF, Indiana, Orland Park, Ill.
Trea Turner, IF, NC State, Lake Worth, Fla.
Luke Weaver, RHP, Florida State, Deland, Fla.
Brad Zimmer, OF, San Francisco, La Jolla, Calif.


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