Quarterback Danny Kanell comes in at No. 61 in our all-time Florida State player rankings. Kanell started at quarterback for the 1994 and 1995 seasons and led the Seminoles to a 20-3-1 record during that time. He also engineered the greatest comeback in college football history against rival Florida at the end of the 1994 season.
That game, which is now known as the “Choke at Doak,” ended in a 31-31 tie after the Seminoles scored 28 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Kanell went 40-53 for 421 yards and a touchdown. He added the only rushing touchdown of his career as well. The two teams would play in the Sugar Bowl a month later with Kanell leading the Seminoles to a 23-17 victory.
He earned first team All-ACC honors in 1994 and 1995 and was named ACC Player of the Year in 1995. He finished his career with 6,372 yards, 57 passing touchdowns, and a 62.2 completion percentage. He remains in the Top-10 in completions and passing yards, and is No. 4 all-time in career touchdowns thrown.
Kanell was drafted in the fourth round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He played seven years in the NFL and threw for 5,129 yards and 31 touchdowns during that time.
He currently works as a color analyst for ESPN for college football and baseball. He is moving into a new position for the 2015 college football season as an analyst on College Football Live replacing Lou Holtz and Mark May.
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