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74 days to FSU football: Which No. 74 is the best in ‘Nole history?

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NCAA Football: Florida State at Wake Forest
Derrick Kelly
Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

While it may feel like this countdown started yesterday, at No. 74, we’ve now put one quarter of the total entries behind us, as the Seminoles’ Orlando opener draws nigh. The gap between now and football thins each day-- and our look at the best FSU players to wear No. 74 is pretty slim as well.

Leading off is offensive tackle Pablo Lopez, the only ‘Nole 74 to garner All-American honors of any kind after being named to the 1985 third-team Football News sophomore All-American squad. Lopez was shot and killed on campus in 1986.

Defensive tackle Robert McEachern earned All-South Independent honors twice, in 1969 and 1970, each time as a first-teamer. And OT Don Sparkman earned an Honorable Mention All-South Independent selection in 1973.

One other note of interest regarding the ‘Nole No. 74: it’s the number Cameron Erving wore when he first got to FSU before ultimately moving on to No. 75, where he’s a voting option in yesterday’s piece. The other ‘Noles to sport No. 74:

  • William Gardner (1956-1957)
  • Clare "Bud" Bagnell (1958-1959)
  • Bill Tyre (1960-1962)
  • Ken Logan (1961)
  • Jay MacMatthews (1964-1966)
  • Chris Palmer (1967)
  • Jim Keyton (1973, 1975)
  • Paul Phillippy (1977)
  • Danny Collier (1979-1981)
  • Randy Carter (1982-1984)
  • Erik Hector (1982)
  • Anthony Johnson (1984)
  • Henry Ostaszewski (1987-1991)
  • Roosevelt Givens (1991)
  • Danny Campbell (1993-1995)
  • Otis Duhart (1997-2001)
  • Joe Tonga (2008)
  • Jonathan Wallace (2010-2013)
  • Derrick Kelly (2015-present)

As far as FSU 74s go, who ya got?