Open Mic: Florida State Seminoles All-Time Starting Lineup
It has been brought to my attention that I need to make up my own personal starting lineup of all-time for my beloved Florida State Seminole football team. Wow! Where do I even begin?
To make this easier, I will only use starters—no second teamers, even though there are so many. Let's begin.
QB: Chris Weinke
What? Not Charlie Ward? Sorry guys, but the stats are almost overwhelming. Weinke has the FSU record for most yards passing, as well as most touchdown passes in a career and in a single season. The fact that Weinke took his team to two National Championship games speaks volumes. These guys both won the Heisman, but I have to go with Weinke.
RB: Warrick Dunn
This one is a no-brainer, although I'm sure there will be arguments. Dunn is the career leader in yards rushing for the Noles, and he owns the record for most career rushing touchdowns.
WR: Peter Warrick
Another no-brainer—Warrick could be considered the best just by his performance in the 1999 National Championship game against Virginia Tech. He was by far the most electrifying wide receiver in the history of the Noles.
WR: Ron Sellers
A standout wide receiver, he still owns the record for most receiving yards in a career—3,598 total. Sellers was the first All-American ever for the Noles.
WR: Fred Biletnikoff
Not statistically amazing at FSU, but his pro career puts him here. He's in the NFL Hall of Fame. He was also a first team All-American.
TE: Pat Carter
FSU isn't known for its TEs, and Carter is the only first team All-American that FSU has had.
OL: Walter Jones
An absolute giant. He only played two full seasons for the Noles, but he was devastating. He was a second team All-American and a first round draft pick.
OL: Clay Shiver
The anchor to that National Championship line and a two-time first team All-American.
OL: Alex Barron
Two-time first team All-American and a first rounder. Barron was a great tackle for the Noles.
OL: William Thomas
A second team All-American in college, Thomas has had a very productive pro career. I know we're not supposed to base college lineups on how players did in the pros, but I couldn't resist on this one.
OL: Patrick McNeil
Another great lineman on that '93 National Championship team, McNeil made several All-American teams in his college career.
DE: Ron Simmons
A force on the defensive line, Simmons made an All-American lineup every year of his career while at FSU. His number is retired, and he is in the FSU Hall of Fame.
DT: Corey Simon
A two-time first team All-American and the force of the defensive line for the '99 National Championship Team. He was the sixth overall pick of the 2000 draft.
DT: Jamal Reynolds
A consensus first team All-American in 2000, Reynolds helped Simon form the amazing defensive line that helped win a National Championship.
DE: Andre Wadsworth
The highest-drafted Seminole ever, going number three overall in the 1998 NFL draft. An All-American while at FSU.
OLB: Derrick Brooks
As easy choice: Brooks was a two-time first team All-American, the most important defensive player on the '93 National Championship Team, and likely the most athletic linebacker ever to grace the garnet and gold.
MLB: Marvin Jones
Another easy choice: a two-time first team All-American and winner of both the Butkus and the Lombardi Awards in the same season. Jones is the most heralded linebacker ever for FSU.
OLB: Ernie Sims
Many of you will ask, what about Peter Boulware? Well, this is my all-time lineup. Sims was not an All-American, but his play was amazing. He was the most physically gifted linebacker ever for FSU and was most likely the hardest hitter ever for them as well.
DB: Deion Sanders
I don't have to go into too much detail here—it's Deion.
DB: Terrell Buckley
The all-time leader for interceptions, Buckley was a first team All-American in '91 and would go on to have a long pro career with numerous teams.
DB: LeRoy Butler
A first team All-American in '89, Butler would go on to have a long career and be a Super Bowl Champion with the Green Bay Packers.
DB: Antonio Cromartie
What? He didn't even start a full season for the Noles. Correct, but again, it's my list. Cromartie was the most gifted athlete ever for FSU, and that's saying a lot. If this guy started for three seasons, he would have owned the interception record hands down.
K: Sebastian Janikowski
A three-time first team All-American and the Lou Groza award winner. The only kicker to be taken in the first round of the NFL Draft.
P: Rohn Stark
A two-time All-American, Stark was the best punter to ever pass through Tallahassee. He would go on to have a long career in the NFL.
That sums it up. I know a lot of you will think differently, but I tried my best.
Some honorable mention guys that I would have to put on there would be: QB Charlie Ward, RB Travis Minor, WR Anquan Boldin, WR Javon Walker, DT Broderick Bunkley, DT Travis Johnson, LB Peter Boulware, DB Samari Rolle, and many others.
I hope you guys enjoy this. I know I did.
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