Defensive tackle Alphonso Carreker comes in at No. 17 as we continue our countdown of the Top-75 players in Florida State history. Carreker was a four-year contributor and three-year starter at Florida State and played a major role in bringing the Seminoles to prominence. Despite being constantly double and triple teamed Carreker was able to put up some gaudy numbers from the defensive tackle position. His junior year in 1982 he had 97 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, and 8 sacks. He also blocked one kick. His senior year was even better. He recorded 89 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 6 sacks while blocking 3 kicks.
He finished his career with 252 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 21 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 4 blocked kicks. He was elected to the Florida State Hall of Fame in 1990.
Carreker was drafted with the 12th overall pick in the 1984 NFL draft by the Green Bay Packers. He played seven years in the NFL and started 80 games during that time.
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