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7 days to FSU football: The best No. 7 in Florida State history

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Only one more week until Florida State takes on Ole Miss to begin the 2016 season in Orlando.

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The countdown is starting to come to a close with only one more week until the 'Noles square off against Ole Miss to mark the start of the 2016 season. Don't forget to cast your vote below.

Receiver Ronald Lewis was an All-American honorable mention in 1988 according to the AP and Sporting News and 1989 by Sporting News. He was also elected to the second team All-South Independent team in 1988. Florida State's No. 7 from 1986-1989, Lewis also played baseball and was on the track and field team at FSU. Following his time in Tallahassee, the San Fransisco 49ers selected the young athlete with its third round pick in the 1990 NFL draft.

Buster Davis, No. 7 linebacker from 2004-2006, made his mark while at Florida State. In 2006, Davis was a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association, a second team by Walter Camp and Sporting News while an honorable mention by Sports Illustrated. After his fifth and final year on campus, the Arizona Cardinals selected him in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Quarterback Christian Ponder was an All-ACC honorable mention in 2009, his junior season. The Texan wore No. 7 from 2008-2010 and was a three year starter, all while wearing the number. In the 2011 NFL Draft, Ponder was selected 12th overall by the Minnesota Vikings.

Christian Jones was a second team All-ACC member in both 2012 and 2013 before leaving with a National Championship ring. The linebacker wore No. 7 from 2010-2013 and started 54 games over his four years on campus. He would go to play for the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2014.

A pair of receivers were drafted into the NFL despite not being on a postseason team. Laveranues Coles, who wore No. 7 from 1997-1999, was drafted in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He would go on to play 11 years in the NFL. Ron Lewis, No. 7 from 1986-1989, was selected in the third round of the 1990 NFL Draft. He also played baseball during his time at FSU.

Here are some other No. 7s in 'Noles history:

Mike Smith (1979-1980)

Mike Rendina (1981-1982)

Barry Barco (1983-1985)

Eric Turral (1990-1991)

Aaron Dely (1992-1995)

Billy Brown (1995)

Germaine Stringer (1996)

Rufus Brown (1999-2003)

Buster Davis (2004-2006)

Marcus Ball (2007)

Mario Pender (2012-2014)

Kermit Whitfield (2013)

Matthew Thomas (2014)

Ryan Green (2016)