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97 days until FSU football: Which No. 97s stand out for the 'Noles?

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Our countdown to the beginning of the 2016 Florida State football season continues this morning with a look at 'Noles of note to have worn the No. 97, since we're now that many days away from the opening kick against Ole Miss.

Like those who've donned the No. 98, 97s haven't experienced a ton of success in Tallahassee, although there's been some promise, most prominently in 2010. That's when defensive tackle Demonte McAllister was named an Honorable Mention to the College Football News Freshman All-American Team. Unfortunately, neither McAllister nor any other 'Nole 97 has been able to parlay that honor into as much as an all-conference nod.

The only Florida State No. 97 to be drafted is a player who got it done in the classroom as well as on the field. After earning 1992 ACC All-Academic honors, linebacker/defensive end Reggie Freeman was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the second round of the 1993 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, he only lasted a year in the league, just as McAllister did after catching on with the Seattle Seahawks in 2014. But in all fairness, offensive lineman Herbert Harp did wear the garnet and gold No. 97 for two years (1979-1980) before switching jerseys and grabbing an Honorable Mention All-American award from the Football News in 1983.

The other Seminoles to have sported No. 97 in the past are:

  • Tim Flasher (1981-1982)
  • Lenx Jackson (1983)
  • Mark Salva (1984)
  • Chris Miller (1985)
  • Mike Goodman (1986)
  • Rhodney Williams (1993-1994)
  • Roland Seymour (1996)
  • Randy Wilkins (1998)
  • Tony Benford (1998-2002)
  • Clifton Dickson (2003-2004)
  • Eli Charles (2006-2007)

As of publication, the only FSU player currently wearing No. 97 is defensive end Isaiah Smallwood. So. Which 'Nole is your choice for the top No. 97?