1960s Fullback


Jim Mankins
Jim Mankins was a 6’2″ 226 lbs fullback out of King City, CA.  A rare player from the west coast for the Noles, Mankins was a junior college transfer that made the most of his two seasons as an FSU letterman.  Mankins led the Noles in rushing as a junior and then was second on the team as a senior while leading the team with 8 rushing touchdowns.  Mankins had one 100 yard rushing game, a career day against Texas Tech where he ran for 111 yards on 12 carries and scored 3 touchdowns.  After finishing in Tallahassee, he was selected in both the NFL and AFL Drafts of 1966, but only played one season with the Atlanta Falcons in 1967.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’65 85 336 4.0 1
’66 116 445 3.8 8

Gene Roberts
Gene Roberts was a 6’0 200 lbs fullback from High Springs, FL.  Roberts made a big impact in the Seminoles immediately as a sophomore and junior being among the top rushers for the Noles both years in addition to responsibilities as a blocker.  Despite never reaching the end zone, Roberts was a solid and consistent player for Florida State for two years.  Unfortunately, Roberts career was cut short as a senior after only a couple of games that season.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’61 69 253 3.7 1
’62 75 299 4.0 4
’63 11 17 1.5 7

Wayne Giardino
Wayne Giardino was a 5’10” 198 lbs fullback out of West Palm Beach, FL.  Giardino rushed for 457 in two years a sophomore and junior before moving to the defensive side of the ball as a linebacker in his 1966 senior season.  Giardino had his best game in the Gator Bowl against Oklahoma after the ’64 season.  In that game he rushed for a career high 82 yards on a career high 11.7 yards per carry in helping the Noles finish their best season to date.

Year Rushes Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns
’64 70 256 3.7 3
’65 66 201 3.0 1
’66 0 0 0.0 0


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