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15 days to FSU football: The greatest No. 15 in Florida State history

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With just over two weeks until the first game against Ole Miss, the No. 15 uniform is highlighted in Florida State history.

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There are now 15 days left until Florida State takes on Ole Miss to begin its 2016 campaign, meaning today's edition will spotlight the history of No. 15 in FSU football history.

QB Jimmy Jordan was the first No. 15 to receive All-American honors when he was named an honorable mention in 1979 by The Sporting News. The 1985 FSU Football Hall of Fame inductee wore No. 15 all four years on campus from 1976 to 1979, including leading the 'Noles to three straight victories over Florida from 1977-1979. Jordan received All-South Independent honors in 1978, being named to the second team. Following his time in Tallahassee, the New England Patriots selected him in the 12th round of the 1980 NFL Draft.

Defensive back Tony Carter wore three separate numbers during his five years at FSU, however earned his second team Sporting News Freshman All-American and College Football News third team Freshman All-American honors in 2005, while wearing the No. 15 uniform. He would also wear the number in 2006. Carter was signed as an undrafted free agent following the 2009 NFL Draft, and will be entering his eighth NFL season in 2016.

Mario Edwards Jr., defensive end, wore No. 15 all three years on campus from 2012-2014. Following the 2014  FSU campaign, the Texan was named a second team All-American by Sports Illustrated and was a first team All-ACC selection, a bump up from his third team honors in 2013. In the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Edwards Jr. was selected by the Oakland Raiders, where he remains today.

You could say the younger Edwards was following in his father's footsteps as Mario Edwards Sr. was named to All-ACC teams. In '98 he was named to the All-ACC second team and improved on that following his final season in '99 being named to the first team All-CC. Edwards Sr. wore No. 15 from 1996-1999, his final four years on campus. The defensive back was a sixth round selection in the 2000 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

Current FSU wide receiver Travis Rudolph was a member of the first team Freshman All-American by Athlon Sports and Campus Insiders post his 2014 freshman season. Since then, Rudolph has added a second team All-ACC honor to his resume and will be entering his junior season in 2016, wearing No. 15 for the third straight year.

Defensive back Bill Ragans was named to the second team All-South Independent in 1990, his fifth and final year on campus, all while wearing No. 15. QB Tommy Warren was a first team All-South Independent selection in 1970, also his fifth and final year on campus while donning No. 15. Rounding out the conference selections is wide receiver Chauncey Stovall, who wore No. 15 his final two years on campus in 2003 and 2004. Following that 2004 season, Stovall was named to the second team All-ACC.

Despite not being named to a postseason team, receiver Phillip Riley was drafted in the sixth round by the New York Jets in the 1996 NFL Draft. Riley was also a championship winning track star during his time at FSU, winning the NCAA high hurdles in 1995.

Here is a list of the other players to wear No. 15 during their time at Florida State:

  • Bobby Renn (1956-1957)
  • Roy Bickford (1959-1961)
  • Jim Seaward (1962)
  • Jim Massey (1962)
  • Russ Fischer (1963)
  • Pat Conway (1964-1966)
  • Anthony Smiley (1980, 1983-1984)
  • Billy Turner (1981)
  • Lee Paige (1982)
  • Terry Robinson (1985)
  • Gary Snells (1986)
  • Bill Mason (1987)
  • Devin Bush (1991)
  • Jean Jeune (1998)
  • Fabian Walker (2000)
  • William McCray (2001)
  • Chris Davis (2002)
  • Tommy Keane (2006)
  • Ochuko Jenjie (2007-2010)
  • Greg Dent (2011-2012)
  • Matthew Finn (2013)
  • Ryan Green (2013)