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89 days to FSU football: Which Seminole was the best No. 89?

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The countdown continues, but with a focus on more pass catchers.

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Greg Carr
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After 10 days counting down defensive linemen with uniform numbers in the 90s, it's time to segue to the 80s, as that opening kickoff against Ole Miss draws closer by the moment. And that means receivers and tight ends-- with some fine defenders still finding their way into this stretch of the countdown.

But not so much today. Our countdown of the top 'Noles to wear No. 89 begins with receiver Greg Carr, who wore that number from 2005-2007 before finishing at No. 18 in his senior season. Carr's name is all over the FSU record book. He burst onto the scene in his first year at Florida State as a second-team Freshman All-American for The Sporting News and a third-team Freshman All-American per College Football News. He was a second-team All-ACC selection in 2005 and 2006.

Carr ranks seventh, all-time, with 148 career receptions as a Seminole, and is sixth in FSU history with 2,574 career receiving yards. His 12 touchdown catches in 2006 tie him for the fifth-best season ever in that category, with Ron Sellers in 1968 and Peter Warrick in 1998. And get this: only one Florida State receiver -- Warrick, with 31 -- caught more career touchdown passes at FSU than Carr, who's tied for second, at 29, with Rashad Greene and E.G. Green.

In fact, Carr is 18th on the Seminoles' career scoring list, having accounted for 176 points. He's eighth in Florida State history with eight games of 100+ receiving yards, and was a part of the trio that last saw three 'Nole wideouts account for triple-digit receiving yards in a single game, when he accomplished that feat along with Chris Davis and De'Cody Fagg against The Citadel in 2005.

Unfortunately for FSU, it would not get the same production from a receiver to wear No. 89 shortly after Carr. After being ranked a top-five athlete coming out of Tampa Catholic High School, Christian Green struggled to put it together during the years he wore No. 89 at Florida State, from 2010 to 2014, despite having garnered a 2011 College Football News Freshman All-American Honorable Mention. But hey, he does have a national championship ring.

Yet only one Seminole known primarily for wearing No. 89 has ever been an NFL Draft selection. Linebacker Howard Dinkins, who earned second-team All-ACC honors in 1991, was a third-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons the following year.

There have been some big-name players to sport the No. 89 at FSU, but because they really made their names with other numbers on their backs, they're included here as a bit of an afterthought-- although they'll certainly be addressed when their primary numbers come up later in the countdown. Receiver Ron Sellers wore 89 in 1966 before converting to another number that would later be retired at Florida State, and offensive lineman Pat Tomberlin donned 89 as well in 1985 before switching up after his freshman year. The latter, however, deserves credit for earning an AP All-American Honorable Mention in his first year in Tallahassee while wearing the No. 89.

Of course, other 'Noles have dressed in the garnet and gold 89, many of whom, as you can plainly see below, have demonstrated the same tendency as that of Sellers and Tomberlin: namely, that of wearing No. 89 for just a lone year at FSU:

  • Gerald Philp (1956)
  • John Spivey (1957)
  • Pete Fleming (1958)
  • Jim Alvarez (1959)
  • Kip Marchman (1961)
  • John McConnaughhay (1962)
  • Max Wettstein (1963-1965)
  • Bob Menendez (1966-1967)
  • J.W. McKinnie (1969)
  • Kent Corral (1970-1971)
  • Tom McDougal (1972)
  • Collis Dennison (1973)
  • Mark Marshall (1975)
  • Milton Raysor (1978)
  • Chris Nickrenz (1979)
  • Tom Wheeler (1980-1983)
  • Pat Carter (1984)
  • Scott Schilbrack (1986)
  • Tyrant Marion (1991)
  • Wayne Messam (1992-1996)
  • Robert Morgan (1997)
  • Jason Floyd (1998)
  • Alonzo Jackson (1999)
  • Brian Sawyer (2001-2003)
  • Louis Givens (2009)

It's also worth noting that all of the players listed in these jersey-number countdown pieces are scholarship athletes. Florida State typically carries over 30 walk-ons, but as they often don't see playing time and are never really in the conversation for the best at their respective numbers, we've omitted them to keep these articles more efficient.

But what do you think? Which 89 is the best to play for Florida State?