1980s Fullback


Marion Butts
Marion Butts was a 6’1″ 248 lbs fullback out of Sylvester, GA.  Butts was a junior college transfer that joined the Noles in ’87 as a junior.  He stepped in immediately and made an impact as a powerful runner and good blocker sharing time at fullback.  In a crowded backfield with some excellent runners, Butts didn’t get all that many touches.  After leaving Tallahassee, Butts was a 7th Round Draft pick in the 1989 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.  He had a much more successful NFL career making two Pro-Bowls in 1991 and 1992 and rushing for 1,225 yards in his second season in 1990.  In all, Butts enjoyed a 7 year NFL career and rushed for over 5,000 yards.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’87 35 199 5.7 1
’88 29 133 4.6 3

Cletis Jones
Cletis Jones was a 6’0″ 222 lbs fullback out of Miami, FL.  Jones split time at linebacker and fullback early on his career before settling in completely at fullback as a junior and senior.  His junior year he led the way for a pair of outstanding running backs in Greg Allen and Roosevelt Snipes and also finished as the 3rd leading rusher on the team.  He tallied two 100+ yard games that season and finished second on the team in carries.  As the Noles went more to the pass his senior year, his carries diminished along with the running backs as a whole.  He finished his career with 1,206 yards.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’83 35 170 4.9 1
’84 120 631 5.3 3
’85 89 405 4.6 2

Dayne Williams
Dayne Williams was a 6’1″ 222 lbs fullback out of Leesburg, FL.  Williams transferred in as a sophomore from Florida Community College and in 3 years in Tallahassee made himself a legend for his bruising style and touchdown runs.  In 1987 he was unstoppable at the goal line scoring 15 touchdowns and recording a TD in all but one game that season.  The 15 touchdowns that season was the 2nd most at the time and is still tied for the 3rd most in FSU History.  The following year in 1988, his numbers dipped slightly, his touchdowns plummeted, but he was still recognized for his work in the FSU backfield by being named to the Sporting News All-American team as an Honorable Mention.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’86 38 148 3.9 5
’87 71 272 3.8 15
’88 64 246 3.8 4


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