1990s Quarterback


Thad Busby
Thad Busby was a 6’3″ 220 lbs quarterback out of Pace, FL.  In his first year as a starter during the 1996 season, Busby had the benefit of an excellent ground game led by Warrick Dunn and Rock Preston.  He was a bit underwhelming as a passer that year, but helped guide the Noles to an undefeated regular season and final record of 11-1 and #3 finish.  In 1997, though, with a stacked receiving corps and a freshman running back Busby turned in one of the Top 5 most prolific seasons in FSU history passing.  His season yardage is 4th best all-time and his 25 touchdown passes that year tie him for 5th most in FSU history.  In addition, he led FSU to another 11-1 campaign and #3 finish.  As a starter he led the Noles to a 22-2 record including a 10-2 record over ranked teams.

Year Completions Attempts Percentage Yards Touchdowns Interceptions
’95 38 59 64.4% 571 4 1
’96 134 243 55.1% 1,866 16 12
’97 235 390 60.2% 3,317 25 10

Danny Kanell
Danny Kanell was a 6’4″ 215 lbs quarterback out of Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Kanell had a stellar two year career under center for Florida State and his name is littered throughout the FSU record books today.  He holds the record for most 300 yard passing games in a season with 7, though it’s been tied twice most recently by Jameis Winston in 2013.  He’s amongst the Top 10 in single game yards, career yards, single game attempts and completions, season and career completions, and season and career touchdown passes.  FSU went 21-3-1 over his time as the Nole’s signal caller with the 1 tie being one of the most memorable games in Florida State history.  Kanell led FSU back from 31-3 in the 4th quarter to tie the game 31-31 completing 18 of 22 for 232 yards and a TD in that final quarter alone.  Kanell was named an honorable mention All-American that season and was elected into the FSU Hall of Fame in 2012. He went on to spend 7 seasons in the NFL starting 24 games after being drafted in the 4th round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.

Year Completions Attempts Percentage Yards Touchdowns Interceptions
’93 36 49 73.4% 499 7 0
’94 227 380 59.7% 2,781 17 13
’95 257 402 63.9% 2,957 32 13

Charlie Ward
Charlie Ward was a 6’1″ 190 lbs quarterback out of Thomasville, GA.  Simply put, Ward is the most decorated player in the history of college football winning every single award he was eligible for in 1993 including Florida State’s first Heisman Trophy.  After a bit of a rocky start due to 15 interceptions in his first 7 games, Ward came alive finding comfort in a shotgun fast paced offense that would be dubbed the “fast break offense” in reference to Ward’s job as point guard for the basketball team.  He finished the ’92 season being named to 4 different All-American teams as an honorable mention, 2nd or 3rd team member.  In 1993 he ruled college football with an efficiency and amazement not often seen before or since. Leading Florida State to their first ever National Championship, Ward was named an NCAA Consensus All-American and set numerous Florida State passing records along the way.  In addition to his prowess as a passer, Ward was an excellent runner tallying 843 yards on 165 carries in his two years as starter quarterback.  Charlie Ward was elected to the FSU Hall of Fame in 1999.

Year Completions Attempts Percentage Yards Touchdowns Interceptions
’92 204 365 55.9% 2,647 22 17
’93 264 380 69.5% 3,032 27 4

Casey Weldon
Casey Weldon was a 6’1″ 200 lbs quarterback out of Tallahassee, FL.  Weldon split time with eventual Super Bowl Champion quarterback Brad Johnson in 1990 finally winning the job outright with some stellar play late in the season.  That would set up a Heisman Trophy runner-up season in 1991 that saw Weldon lead the Noles to a 11-2 record and #4 finish after spending much of the year at #1.  Weldon won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Trophy as the top quarterback in the nation and was named to three 1st Team All-American teams in addition a couple 2nd teams, just missing NCAA Consensus All-American status.  Weldon was drafted in the 4th Round of the 1992 NFL Draft and spent 7 years in the NFL with three different teams as a backup.

Year Completions Attempts Percentage Yards Touchdowns Interceptions
’90 112 182 61.1% 1,600 12 4
’91 189 313 56.5% 2,527 22 8


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