Attempts at measuring greatness fall somewhere between abstract and inexact science, which is why there is no definitive answer to the question: “Who is the greatest receiver in Florida State history?” There are, however, no shortage of outstanding receivers in Seminole football history. Among them is Florida State senior Rashad Greene, who is on pace to become the all-time leader in virtually every statistical measurement. Leaning heavily on statistical comparisons over the course of their complete collegiate career, while taking different eras into consideration, here are the top 5 most productive receivers in FSU history. Let the debate begin:
1. Ron Sellers (1966-68)
FSU’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yardage records for 45 years, and a College Football Hall of Famer, Sellers was a gifted big man (6-foot-4) ahead of his time, much like coach Bill Peterson’s passing game. In just three seasons the Jacksonville native averaged 7.27 receptions and 120.6 yards per game and found the end zone every 8.6 pass receptions. More remarkably, he produced when every defense knew the ball was coming his way. During his school-record 86-reception season in ’68, FSU’s second-leading receiver had just 23 receptions.
2. Peter Warrick (1996-99)
The statistics speak volumes about Warrick’s production, but don’t begin to do his career justice. FSU’s and the ACC’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions with 33, the Bradenton product was a wizard with the ball in his hands. His ankle-breaking elusiveness contributed heavily to his 17.3 yards per reception, and his body control and ball skills (paging Virginia Tech’s Ronyell Whitaker) helped him find the end zone every 6.6 receptions. Though he ranks No. 2 to Sellers in receptions and receiving yardage, he did it while averaging just 4.63 receptions a game.
3. E.G. Green (1994-97)
One of only two receivers with a pair of 1,000-yard seasons as a Seminole (joining Sellers), Green was at his best finding soft spots in opposing secondaries, making him a favorite of quarterbacks Danny Kanell and Thad Busby. His 18.1 yards per catch over the course of his career put him in elite company among the most productive and his 32 TD receptions rank second only to Warrick. Perhaps more impressively, Green shared the wealth with his productive sidekick Andre Cooper, who until last season were the last tandem to boast 1,000-yard seasons in the same year (1995). His 433 career receiving yards in bowl games are also a program best.
4. Rashad Greene (2011-present)
On pace to become FSU’s all-time leader in receptions and touchdowns – and within reach of the receiving yardage mark – Greene has been the picture of both consistency and productivity. Currently averaging 4.87 receptions a game, which ranks No. 2 behind Sellers, he is not only a reliable target but also a productive one. With receptions in 32 consecutive games, he is also on course to break Rodney Smith’s school record (39). Entering the NC State game as the ACC leader receptions and yards, the Albany, Ga. native is five receptions and 117 yards shy of becoming just the fourth Seminole with 200 catches and 3,000 receiving yards.
5. Barry Smith (1970-72)
From a lengthy list of worthy candidates, Smith emerges at No. 5 on the strength of his big play ability. In just three seasons and 31 games he produced 25 touchdown receptions, or roughly one score every five times his quarterbacks connected with him. Smith’s long-ball threat leaves him atop FSU’s all-time list in yards per catch. The favorite target of then all-time passing leader Gary Huff, Smith earned All-American honors from six outlets during his senior season under coach Larry Jones.
Fred Biletnikoff (1962-64)
Anquan Boldin (1999-00, 2002)
Kez McCorvey (1991-94)
Note: Bowl performances are included in the statistics of all receivers who appear on this list and who were considered, though the NCAA did not recognize bowl statistics in its records until the 2002 season.
Key: Ypc – yards per catch; TD:R – touchdowns-to-receptions ratio; Rpg – receptions per game