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47 days to FSU football: Which ‘Nole No. 47 tops your list?

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The countdown to Florida State’s season kicking off continues today, and speaking of kicking, for the first time, we’ll have not one, but two specialists on the ballot.

First off is place kicker Xavier Beitia, who was just the third Seminole ever to lead the team in scoring for four seasons, commencing with his first year of 2001, when he was a third-team Freshman All-American for The Sporting News and a second-team All-ACC selection. Beitia was an Honorable Mention All-ACC pick in 2002; his 108 points are tied for the 13th most in an FSU season, and his 107 the following year are the 15th most. His 97.2% point-after success rate is the fifth-best in Florida State history, and his made field-goal clip of 72.8% is fourth. Beitia is fourth, all-time, in ‘Nole scoring, with 375 points.

The only other Seminole 47 to garner an All-American mention was defensive back Nat Terry, who earned an Honorable Mention from the AP in 1977, the same season he was a first-team All-South Independent choice. A year later, Terry was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 11th round. Punter Keith Cottrell was a 1998 ACC All-Academic honoree, two years ahead of earning a second-team All-ACC nod in 2000. And linebacker Vernon Crawford, who wore No. 47 just before Cottrell, was a fifth-round pick of the New England Patriots in 1997.

The other FSU 47s:

  • Monte May (1948-1949)
  • Joe Beason (1966, 1968)
  • George Davis (1969)
  • Chip Harris (1969)
  • David McNish (1970-1971)
  • David McGinn (1972)
  • Tim Koehnemann (1978)
  • Brian Williams (1980-1984)
  • Stuart Wyatt (1985)
  • Kevin Grant (1986-1987, 1989)
  • William Floyd (1990)
  • James Roberson (1991-1994)
  • Mister Alexander (2006-2007)
  • Tank Sessions (2010)
  • Cory Cox (2012)
  • Kory Burnett (2013)
  • Alex Wethy (2013)
  • Stephen Gabbard (2014-present)

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