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70 days to FSU football: The top players to wear No. 70 in Florida State history

The offensive line reigns at the No. 70 jersey.

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

There are now 70 days left until Florida State kicks off its 2016 season, bringing us to spotlight the No. 70 jersey in FSU history. There is a trend with the No. 70 as offensive linemen trump the number.

Guard Del Williams, who wore No. 70 from 1964 to 1966, was named to the Second Team All-America by the AP, Newspaper Enterprise, and United Press following the 1966 season. Williams had been regarded as one of the best Seminoles to ever play by the Tallahassee Democrat, earning a spot in the FSU Football Hall of Fame in 1982. Following his collegiate playing days, the Live Oak native spent seven years in New Orleans after the Saints selected him in the third round of the 1967 NFL Draft.

In 1980, Greg Futch was an All-American Honorable Mention by the AP and a member of the First Team All-South Independent post his senior year on campus. Futch wore No. 70 all four years on campus from 1977-1980. In 1979, the guard was named recipient of the Bob Crenshaw award, given annually to the Seminole who has, "The Biggest Heart."

From 1994 to 1997, tackle Tra Thomas wore the No. 70 jersey at Florida State. In 1997, the AP named him a Second Team All-American member and he was a First Team All-ACC recipient. Following his tenure at FSU, Thomas was drafted 11th overall in the 1998 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, where the 12 year NFL veteran would begin his illustrious professional career. In 2003 and 2006, the huge lineman was named to the NFL Pro Bowl, and played in the 2005 Super Bowl where his Eagles fell short.

Alex Barron, offensive tackle from South Carolina, donned No. 70 from 2000-2004, all five years of his Florida State playing days littered with postseason accolades. He was a consensus NCAA All-American in 2003 and 2004, while various media outlets such as the AP, College Football News and the Football Writers Association had Barron on the First Team All-America both years. The St. Louis Rams drafted the 'Nole 19th overall where he began his seven year NFL career.

The last No. 70 national championship member was Josue Matias who wore No. 70 from 2011-2014. The three year FSU starter was an All-American honorable mention by Sports Illustrated in 2014 and was a member of the All-ACC Third Team and Second Team in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Despite not getting drafted, Matias signed as an un drafted free agent with the Tennessee Titans where he would play in 2015.

Here are some other No. 70's in FSU history:

  • Bob Thomas (1956)
  • Joe Wallis (1957)
  • Jim Worthington (1958)
  • Rob Morrow (1959)
  • Tom Slicker (1960-1962)
  • Max Andrews (1961)
  • Larry Strobel (1963)
  • Roger Minor (1969)
  • Bill Henson (1969-1971)
  • James Malkiewicz (1972)
  • Vic Rivas (1973-1976)
  • Pat Woolfork (1981)
  • Roger Agne (1982-1985)
  • Todd Stroud (1982)
  • Tony Yeomans (1986-1989)
  • Corey James (1991)
  • John Donaldson (1992-1993)
  • Mark Jackson (1993)
  • Corey Whitaker (1998-1999)
  • Antwane Greenlee (2008-2010)
  • Cole Minshew (2015-present)

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