1980s Runningback


Greg Allen
Greg Allen was a 6’0″ 201 lbs running back out of Milton, FL.  Allen re-wrote the Seminole record book in his four years in Tallahassee.  To this day he holds the record for single game rushing (322), season rushing touchdowns (20), career rushing touchdowns (44), most 200 yard games (4), most all-purpose yards in a game (417), and most all-purpose yards in a season (1,605).  He also has the 2nd most career rushing yards (3,769) and the fourth best single season (1,134).  In each year Allen did something amazing and different.  As a freshman, he set (and still has) the freshman yardage mark with 888 yards.  As a sophomore he had 20 rushing touchdowns, still the most.  As a junior he set what was at the time the yardage record with 1,134 yards.  As a senior he had an amazing 7.3 yards per carry average, just off the record.  With great size and blazing speed, Allen was named to at least honorable mention All-American in each of his four years including an NCAA Consensus All-American in 1983.  He was elected into the FSU Hall of Fame in 1990.  After being drafted in the 2nd round of the 1985 NFL Draft, Allen didn’t have the same success in as a pro playing just 2 seasons with 35 total yards on the ground.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’81 139 888 6.4 3
’82 152 776 5.1 20
’83 200 1,134 5.7 12
’84 133 971 7.3 8

Dexter Carter
Dexter Carter was a 5’9″ 172 lbs running back out of Baxley, GA.  Carter was a Mr. Everything for the Seminoles in the late 80s.  In addition to a solid career rushing with just under 2,000 yards, Carter had 64 receptions for 740 yards and 4 touchdowns in his career.   Also a solid, though seldom used, kick returner Carter had 732 yards on kickoff returns with a very nice 26.1 yard average return and one 90 yard touchdown return.  He had his biggest game against rival Miami in 1989.  Taking the first Seminole snap of the game around the left side for a 37 yard touchdown, Carter would finish with 142 yards on 21 carries as the Noles got the victory.  Carter was selected in the 1st Round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers and had a nice 7 year career making most of his impact as a special teamer with almost 7,000 return yards and 4 return touchdowns in addition to 1,700 yards rushing and receiving.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’86 22 95 4.3 2
’87 116 679 5.9 6
’88 58 330 5.7 1
’89 131 684 5.2 8

Victor Floyd
Victor Floyd was a 6’1″ 205 lbs running back out of Pensacola, FL.  Floyd had his career start off with a bang with 600+ yards rushing in each of his first two years as a freshman and sophomore.  Injuries and crowded backfield would limit him the next two seasons, however.  Floyd especially enjoyed playing against bird-mascoted teams as his four 100 yard games came against the Louisville Cardinals and South Carolina Gamecocks.  In 1985, Floyd had a career day with 212 yards on 15 carries for an amazing 14.1 yards per carry average against South Carolina.  Floyd was drafted in 1989 by the San Diego Chargers in 11th Round of the NFL Draft.  He spent one season in San Diego with very little action.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’85 90 619 6.9 4
’86 129 654 5.1 6
’87 29 204 7.0 2
’88 17 71 4.2 0

Sam Platt
Sam Platt was a 6’0″ 185 lbs running back out of Jacksonville, FL.  Platt spent the first couple years mainly as a pass catcher with 21 catches for 447 and 7 touchdowns in 1978 and 11 catches for 181 yards and 2 touchdowns in 1979.  In 1980, however, he was a workhorse running back that finished just behind Larry Key’s record 239 carries in a season.  He made the most of his opportunity, too, with six 100 yard games in 1980 and the 9th most yards in a season for Seminole.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’78 9 77 8.6 0
’79 3 -25 -8.3 0
’80 224 983 4.4 6

Sammie Smith
Sammie Smith was a 6’2″ 220 lbs running back out of Apopka, FL.  Smith was, arguably, the most physically gifted and dominating running back in Florida State history.  He combined sprinter’s speed (literally, as he was a conference 100 and 200-meter champion) with size and power that has not been seen often before or since.  After a solid redshirt freshman season in ’86, Smith exploded for one of the great seasons of all time in 1987 setting the single season mark with 1,230 yards (since broken).  That season he rushed for 100+ yards in 7 games including a 244 yard performance against East Carolina.  Smith has two of the top six single game yardage totals in FSU history and is 5th in career yards.  Smith decided to forgo his senior season and was selected in the 1st Round of the 1989 NFL Draft with 9th overall selection.  He spent 4 seasons in the NFL with a couple solid seasons.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’85 28 121 4.3 0
’86 103 611 5.9 4
’87 172 1,230 7.2 7
’88 108 577 5.3 4

Roosevelt Snipes
Roosevelt Snipes was a 5’9″ 177 lbs running back out of Sarasota, FL.  Snipes had a successful, short, and tragic career in Tallahassee.  An excellent ball carrier, Snipes combined for 1,382 yards his first two seasons and eight 100 yard games.  He also had a very good yards per carry average that was consistent throughout his two years.  Looking to have a big senior season and be a feature back, he was suspended by head coach Bobby Bowden at the beginning of the 1985 seasons and never returned.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’83 96 629 6.6 4
’84 118 754 6.4 6


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