In 1980, Florida State went into Ohio State’s backyard to poach defensive tackle Alphonso Carreker from Columbus. Four years later, he became the Seminoles’ first NFL All-Rookie selection. In between, he authored an impressive career in Tallahassee.
A four-year leader for the ’Noles, “Chub” Carreker registered 252 tackles, 21 sacks, and 19 tackles for loss. He was a first-team All-South Independent honoree in both 1982 and 1983, as well as an AP All-American honorable mention in both of those years. Carreker was a third-team Football News All-American in ’83.
Former assistant head coach Chuck Amato spoke glowingly of Carreker, who was inducted into the FSU Hall of Fame in 1990: “Not only may he be as good as there is in America, but he may be the best tackle to have ever played at Florida State.”
Known for his exemplary work ethic, Carreker was so disruptive that he commanded double and every triple teams from opposing offensive lines. He was chosen by the Green Bay Packers in the first round of 1984’s NFL Draft. So what do you think? Where would you rank Carreker among FSU’s top players?