1990s Runningback


Warrick Dunn
Warrick Dunn was a 5’9″ 185 lbs running back out of Baton Rouge, LA.  3,959 yards rushing for his career, most ever in FSU history.  1,242 yards rushing in a season, most ever in FSU history.  5,321 all-purpose yards in his career, most ever in FSU history.  21 games with 100+ yards rushing, most ever in FSU history.  A 7.5 yards per carry average in 1995, most ever in FSU history.  A 6.9 yards per carry average, most ever in FSU history.  294 points scored, most ever for a non-kicker in FSU history.  37 career rushing touchdowns, 2nd in FSU history.   Warrick Dunn is quite simply the most dominating, mesmerizing, and respected Florida State running back in history.  His name is automatic when discussing the greats in Seminole lore.  Dunn was also a weapon catching passes out of the backfield finishing his career with 132 catches for 1,314 yards and 12 touchdowns. Elected to the FSU Hall of Fame in 2002, Dunn also had a prolific NFL career making three Pro Bowls, rushing for 10,967 yards and adding another 4,339 yards receiving.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’93 68 511 7.5 4
’94 152 1,026 6.8 8
’95 166 1,242 7.5 13
’96 189 1,180 6.2 12

Sean Jackson
Sean Jackson was a 6’2″ 222 lbs running back out of New Orleans, LA.  Jackson was a solid and dependable running back for Florida State during a dominant stretch.  Early on in his career he did a fantastic job making the most of his opportunities behind Amp Lee.  He was explosive out of the backfield in 1990 averaging almost 8 yards per carry.  As a senior, he was the featured back for the Seminoles in 1993 as they made their way to the school’s first National Championship.  For his career, Jackson is 10th overall with 2,133 yards rushing.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’90 54 427 7.9 1
’91 63 387 6.1 3
’92 96 489 5.1 4
’93 134 825 6.2 5

Amp Lee
Amp Lee was a 6’0″ 195 lbs running back out of Chipley, FL.  Lee had a combination of good speed and size with incredibly deceptive cuts and shiftiness.  He took over the starting roll in 1990 as a sophomore and turned in two consecutive good seasons.  Lee especially seemed to step up in big games with 110 yards against Auburn in 1989, 147 yards against Floirda in 1990, 122 yards against Michigan in 1991, and 112 yards against LSU in 1991.  For his career, Lee is 11th overall with 2,092 yards on the ground with eight 100+ yard games to his credit.  Also a dependable reliever out of the backfield, Lee had 70 catches for 968 yards and 8 touchdowns.  After a nice 3 year career, Lee decided to skip his senior year for the NFL Draft.  He was selected int he 2nd Round and spent 9 years in the NFL with 4 different teams. He was more effective as a receiver out of the backfield catching 335 passes for 3,099 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’89 61 290 4.8 3
’90 158 825 5.2 16
’91 186 977 5.2 11

Travis Minor
Travis Minor was a 6’1″ 190 lbs running back out of Baton Rouge, LA.  Minor was thrust into a large roll with the Seminole rushing attack early on in his career.  Just 6 games into his freshman season, Minor became the featured running back and never relinquished it during his time in Tallahassee.  When all was said and done, Minor had the most carries for a career with 664, the 3rd most career yards with 3,218, 4th most career rushing touchdowns with 28, and 3rd most 100+ yard games with 14.  Minor was a dependable piece of a Florida State program that went to 3 consecutive BCS National Championship games during his career.  In addition to his ability as a ball carrier, Minor was a threat out of the backfield catching passes with 106 catches for 831 yards in his career.  In 2001, Minor was drafted in the 3rd Round of the NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.  He spent 8 seasons in the NFL in mostly a reserve roll.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’97 112 623 5.6 9
’98 191 857 4.5 7
’99 180 815 4.5 7
’00 181 923 5.1 5


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