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The running backs: Warrick Dunn carried Florida State to successful seasons

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The history of the program is written on fleet feet.

Yes, they know FSU for its quarterbacks, like most of the state schools. The three Heisman Trophies won have all been by quarterbacks.

Along the way, however, running backs have helped to carry success for FSU. Often, those backs are small and quick, like Warrick Dunn and Travis Minor and Amp Lee. But there have been bigger backs, too, along the way.

Here we go, then, with the top 10 in Running Back week.

10. William Floyd (1991-1993): The Seminoles underused Floyd, but he still managed to be a No. 1 draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers and lasted seven years in the NFL. Also a cool nickname: Bar None.

9. Amp Lee (1989-1991): Lee was better in each year for the Seminoles, winding his career up with a 977-yard effort that led to being drafted in the second round by the 49ers.

8. Larry Key (1974-77): Key had four seasons of 500 yards or more, culminating in his 1,117-yard season as a senior.

7. Greg Jones (2000-2003): Jones ran for 2,535 yards, sixth on the school’s rushing list. Second round pick by Jacksonville.

6. Sammie Smith (1985-1988): He’s fifth on FSU’s list with 2,539 yards, including three 200-yard games. First-round pick by Miami.

5. Travis Minor (1997-2000): Ranks third on FSU’s rushing list with 3,218 yards.

4. Devonta Freeman (2010-2013) Had 1,016 yards and 14 touchdowns as FSU won the 2013 national championship. Left as a junior.

3. Greg Allen (1981-1984): Allen had 3,769 yards, second on FSU’s leading rusher list. His 322 yards against Western Carolina was the most ever.

2. Dalvin Cook (2014-present): If Cook is as good this year as he was a year ago, he’ll leave FSU as the all-time rusher if he goes after three seasons. A Heisman contender again.

1. Warrick Dunn (1993-1996): Dunn’s 3,959 yards was the most ever by an FSU running back, and his 37 touchdowns is second. He had three 1,000 yards before being a No. 1 pick by the Bucs.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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