2010s Runningback


Devonta Freeman
Devonta Freeman is a 5’9″ 203 lbs running back out of Miami, FL.  Freeman just recently became the first 1,000 yard rusher for the Seminoles since 1996.  A combination of patience, vision, balance, power, and burst helped make up for a lack of breakaway speed.  His 2013 season ranks as the 7th most yards in FSU history.  In addition, Freeman’s 2,255 career yards puts him in a tie with Antone Smith for 8th all-time for the Seminoles.  Freeman’s 14 touchdowns this past year was the 5th most in a season for a Seminole and his 30 career rushing touchdowns is tied for 3rd most all-time.  Freeman is currently training for the 2014 NFL Draft and is expected to be drafted.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’11 120 579 4.8 8
’12 111 660 5.9 8
’13 173 1,016 5.87 14

Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson was a 5’8″ 187 lbs running back out of Madison, FL.  Thompson was an explosive home run hitter for the Seminoles the first couple of years of this decade and he owns 3 of the 12 longest touchdown runs in Seminole history.   Unfortunately, Thompson’s career was derailed by injury on two separate occasions.  After a excellent sophomore season in 2010 capped by a 25 rush 147 yard performance against South Carolina in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, Thompson suffered a career threatening back injury in 2011.  Miraculously, he battled back in rehab to be ready for the season opener in 2012. Just 7.5 games in and Thompson had compiled over 1,000 yards total offense including 3 impressive 100+ yard games highlighted by a 9 carry 197 performance against Wake Forest where he didn’t even take a snap in the second half.  Against Miami, however, Thompson would tear his ACL again bringing his season to a heart wrenching end.  Thompson was drafted in the 5th Round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins and spent the majority of the season on the practice squad.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’09 23 120 5.2 2
’10 133 846 6.3 6
’11 29 83 2.8 1
’12 91 687 7.5 5

James Wilder Jr.
James Wilder Jr was a 6’2″ 229 lbs running back out of Tampa, FL.  Wilder Jr, despite never being the featured back for the Seminoles, put up a solid career in his 3 seasons in Tallahassee.  A reckless, bruising runner with power and just enough speed, Wilder carried a healthy yard per carry average.  For a player with limited carries, comparatively speaking, he had plenty of highlight worthy runs filled with determination and strength.  A nose for the end zone, Wilder is in the top 10 in season and career rushing touchdowns with 11 and 20 respectively.  In his career, Wilder made the most of his opportunities despite getting 10+ carries just eight times and breaking the 100 yard barrier just once in Tallahassee.  Wilder is currently training for the 2014 NFL Draft.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’11 35 160 4.6 1
’12 110 635 5.8 11
’13 81 563 6.9 8

Karlos Williams
Karlos Williams is a 6’1″ 230 running back out of Davenport, FL.  After 2 years and 1 game in the defensive backfield, Williams finally gave into the wishes of Coach Jimbo Fisher to make the move to the offensive side of the ball.  Possessing sprinters speed in a large and strong body and great playmaking ability, the move came ver natural.  On his very first carry of the season, Williams took a toss around the right side and blazed for a 65 yard touchdown.  He would go on to finish second on the team in carries and yards with 730 and a video game like 8.02 yards per carry average.  His 11 touchdowns on the season is tied for 10th most in Seminole history.  With a year under his belt and one more season to come in the garnet and gold, Seminole fans are excited to see what Williams can do as a senior in 2014.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’13 91 730 8.0 11


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