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56 days to FSU football: Which ‘Nole No. 56 gets your vote?

A smaller field characterizes the fight for 56.

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Kendrick Stewart
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The days until Florida State football reconvenes are drawing increasingly slimmer, as we’re now well under two months until opening night against Ole Miss. And despite some historic greats within those to wear uniform numbers in the 50s for the ‘Noles, the garnet-and-gold No. 56 has a rather slim history as well.

Linebacker Sam Cowart had a very nice career at FSU, during which he wore 56 most of the time, but he fetched his real accolades wearing another jersey at FSU; so he’ll be included in the voting for that number later in the countdown. Another LB, Bill Lohse, had a nice couple of years wearing the FSU 56, nabbing All-South Independent first-team honors in 1969, and a second-team nod in 1970.

Defensive end Sterling Palmer is the only Seminole 56 to be taken in the NFL Draft, when Washington selected him in the fourth round in 1993. And defensive tackle Kendrick Stewart was a 2008 ACC All-Academic honoree in 2008.

The other FSU 56ers:

  • Chris Kalfas (1948)
  • Bob Duckworth (1949)
  • Tom Feamster (1954)
  • Joe Kinnan (1966)
  • John Murphy (1970, 1972-1974)
  • Jimmy Heggins (1976-1977)
  • Dmitri Rigas (1979)
  • Jerry Coleman (1980-1981)
  • Jim Thompson (1980)
  • Joe Kostka (1982-1983)
  • David Schrenker (1984-1986)
  • Ronnie Byron (1987)
  • Paul Collison (1987)
  • John Nance (1989)
  • Matt Ferguson (1990)
  • Roland Seymour (1997-2000)
  • Ray Piquion (2001-2004)
  • Jeremy Franklin (2005)
  • Derrick Mitchell (2012)
  • Trey Pettis (2012)

Alright— who earns your support?