1950s Runningback


Stan Dobosz
Stan Dobosz was a 5’9″ 185 lbs running back out of East Chicago, IN.  Dobosz burst on the scene as a freshman with 609 yards.  It would account for over half the yards and carries he would have in his career, but was an outstanding season by the standards of the time.  ***Editors Note:  You’ll notice Dobosz has a 2 year gap within his time.  I couldn’t find any reasoning, but assume it was military service.***

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’52 145 609 4.2 2
’53 33 142 4.3 3
’56 33 143 4.3 0
’57 75 255 3.4 1

Bobby Fiveash
Bobby Fiveash was a 5’11” 180 lbs running back out of Bainbridge, GA.  Fiveash split some time in 1952 at quarterback and running back completing 26 of 76 passes for 278 yards and 2 touchdowns.  In 1953 he led the team in rushing with an outstanding 6.6 yards per carry average.  For his efforts that season, he was named to the AP Little All-American team as an Honorable Mention.  He caught 13 passes for 117 yards and 2 touchdowns as well that season.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’52 62 165 2.7 2
’53 69 455 6.6 6

Fred Pickard
Fred Pickard was a 5’9″ 165 lbs running back out of Columbia, TN.  Pickard led FSU in rushing in all 3 seasons wearing the garnet and gold.  He set career marks in carries and yards with 1,546.  In 1958 and 1959 he was named to the AP and UPI Honorable Mention All-American Teams.  He scored the first touchdown in the FSU-Florida series and led the Noles their first victory over an SEC team while out gaining the entire Tennessee team in the victory.  Pickard was elected to the FSU Hall of Fame in 1982.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’57 86 463 5.4 2
’58 122 602 4.9 4
’59 131 481 3.7 5

Bobby Renn
Bobby Renn was a 5’11” 175 lbs running back and quarterback out of Henderson, NC.  At the time of his graduation, Renn held the Florida State career records for points scored, touchdowns, rushing yardage and punting.  In addition the his time at running back, Renn filled in at QB during the 1957 season completing 23 of 54 passes for 263 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception.  In 1958, he also caught 14 passes for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Renn was a 1958 UPI Honorable Mention All-American and elected to the FSU Hall of Fame in 1984.  He was drafted in the 22nd Round of the 1958 draft by the Cleveland Browns, but only appeared in games win 1961 with the New York Titans mainly as a kick returner and punt returner.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’56 105 596 5.7 2
’57 95 417 4.4 4
’58 69 442 6.4 5


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