2000s Runningback


Lorenzo Booker
Lorenzo Booker was a 5’11″ 193 lbs runninback out of Ventura, CA.  Booker came across country to Tallahassee with massive hype and expectations.  While it’s safe to say that Booker didn’t quite live up to the initial expectations, Booker still had a solid career.   His production hit an apex as a sophomore in Florida State’s 2004 season.  That season he had 3 of his 5 career 100+ yard games and finished as the 2nd leading rusher.  In addition to being a home run threat as as runner, Booker was a good receiver out of the backfield catching 114 passes for 995 yards.  He ended his time in Tallahassee with possibly the game of his career against UCLA with 91 rushing yards, 117 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns in the Emerald Nut Bowl.  Booker finished with 2,389 yards in his career, good for 7th best all time in FSU history.  Booker was drafted in the 3rd Round of the 2007 NFL Draft and spent 4 seasons in the NFL with 3 different teams.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’03 62 334 5.4 3
’04 173 887 5.1 4
’05 119 552 4.6 4
’06 143 616 4.3 4

Greg Jones
Greg Jones was a 6’1″ 248 lbs running back out of Beaufort, SC.  Oh, what could have been for Mr. Jones.  One of the most physically impressive and dominating athletes in FSU history, Jones was built like a tank with good enough speed. After a solid sophomore season, Jones was having one of the finest seasons in FSU history before tearing his ACL.  At that point in early November, Jones had 5 of 8 games with 100+ yards rushing including 3 games with 165+ yards on the ground.  He had epic performances on a Thursday night against Clemson with 165 yards marked by two outstanding runs and a workman 189 yards against Miami the following game.  When he was injured at Wake, he had 82 yards on just 8 carries in the game.  Unfortunately, Jones was never the same runner the following season, but battled back to play just 9 months after the injury. He did manage to still gain 618 yards as a senior, however.  He finished his career 6th on the all-time rushing list with 2,535 yards and all-time 100 yard games with 9.  Jones was drafted in the 2nd Round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars and has been an outstanding fullback, including making the Pro Bowl, ever since.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’00 41 266 6.5 2
’01 134 713 5.3 6
’02 161 938 5.8 8
’03 144 618 4.3 7

Antone Smith
Antone Smith was a 5’9″ 190 lbs running back out of Pahokee, FL.  Smith was another highly touted running back in the 2000s that, though he had a very solid career, never quite lived up to the hype coming out of high school.  With a crowded backfield the first two years of his time in Tallahassee, Smith took over the starters role in 2007 and had an up and down season with three 100+ yard games, but also three games with 15 yards or less.  As a senior, Smith was more consistent, but only managed one 100+ yard game.  He did develop a knack for finding the end zone, though, and his 15 touchdowns that season are tied for 3rd ever for a season.  Against Miami that season, he set the FSU record with 4 touchdown runs.  For his career, Smith finished with 2,255 which puts him at 8th all-time in the record book.  Smith has spent the last several years in the Falcons organization, mainly on special teams.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’05 36 188 4.8 3
’06 88 456 5.2 5
’07 192 819 5.2 3
’08 177 719 5.2 15

Leon Washington
Leon Washington was a 5’9″ lbs running back out of Jacksonville, FL.  Washington came in as the “other” 5-star in 2002 with Lorenzo Booker and made an immediate contribution as a kick and punt returner, including a 97 yard touchdown return against Clemson.  He closed out his freshman season with a 26 carry 134 yard performance against rival Florida after not seeing much action prior with Greg Jones getting the bulk of the carries.  Washington didn’t become a focal point in the run game until 2004 when he led the team with 949 yards and 7 touchdowns on an excellent 6.9 yards per carry average.  That year he had four games of 100+ yards including three games of 153+ yards.  Washington would struggle to get going as a senior battling injuries and not getting as many touches.  He was drafted in the 2006 NFL Draft in the 4th Round by the NY Jets.  He’s spent 8 seasons in the NFL thus far, making most of his impact as kick return specialist.  He is tied for the most kickoff returns for touchdowns in NFL history with 8 and with 2 in one game.  He has the kickoff return touchdown career records for both the Jets and Seattle Seahawks.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’02 60 273 4.6 1
’03 74 387 5.2 1
’04 138 951 6.9 7
’05 97 430 4.4 3


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