First of all, this is a question, not an answer dressed up like a question.
I'm not nearly good at research as some of the folks on this board, and so I'm running this up the flagpole to see if anyone salutes (obscure movie reference -- anybody know which one??)
What prompted this is I was thinking about the draft and who we would have picked. After getting past E. Brown and the usual suspects, I was thinking about our other top players from last year.
Antone Smith was somewhere on that list.
Then I thought: "Man, he really didn't pan out, did he." He was the No. 1 back in the country coming out of high school and was just a mediocre back by FSU standards.
Then I thought: "Hmmm, is he a part of a pattern?"
His predecessor: Lorenzo Booker. Now here's where I start relying on an old man's memory, but I believe he was at or near the top of many recruiting service lists. Again, a disappointing career to put it charitably.
So I though, who else would make the list?
I can think of a few:
Nick Maddox was one of the most highly sought-after backs in N.C. prep history, yet, he was a huge bust.
Marquette Smith was "the next Emmit Smith," coming out of high school.
Dee Feester was another prep superstar who barely qualified as a decent third-down back for FSU. And there others, including all name team nominee Vanezz Gooch (sp???).
Anyway, I was just wondering why so many top flight RB's don't seem to pan out here, at least post Warrick Dunn.
A couple of possible explanations:
1) RB is more of a hit-and-miss percentage and our whiff percentage isn't any worse than other teams.
2) Our O-line has sucked for years and that has hurt our RB production.
3) Our offense has been pass happy for years and that has cut into RB stats.
4) We don't recruit RB's well and when we get them here, they don't get any better.
So, just a tossup question there -- actually, two questions:
1) Can you think of any more recent "busts?"
2) Which of the explanations listed above do you buy into, or do you have another not on the list.