Florida State

1966 - 68 Seminoles
(Authentic Reproduction)




The potential for a return to prominence was there and a three year bowl run began in '66 as the quarterback reins were fought over by three very capable players: Kim Hammond, Bill Cappleman, and Gary Pajcic. With new receiver Ron Sellers and returning Lane Fenner, the QB's were going to be busy. Hammond served as Pajcic's backup as FSU posted the fourth ranked passing offense and overall sixth rated offense in the nation. Pajcic finished the ’66 season as an Honorable Mention All American and FSU’s all-time total offense leader with 1590 passing yards. That Chip Glass, with his apparent pro potential was no more than a backup tight end indicates the offensive depth Peterson had amassed. WR Fenner went down in Seminole history as his "winning catch" of a Pajcic pass against Florida was ruled to be out of bounds, a call later disputed by photographic evidence, in what remains one of the most controversial of that series' games. End Sellers snared fifty-five balls for 875 yards as the primary target. The defense finally cracked a bit in 1966 but the year's overall 6-4 record put them into the Sun Bowl where they lost to 9-1 Wyoming which ran behind Jim Kiick. 1966 also introduced a new helmet design, one that was maintained for three seasons, until the Peach Bowl game of 1968. The one-inch garnet center stripe on the gold helmet was flanked by one-inch white stripes, allowing the center stripe to truly stand out. A garnet outline of the state of Florida with the word "STATE" within its borders, also in garnet, was featured on both sides of the helmet for an immediately identifiable appearance.


A slow 0-2-1 start in 1967 was overcome by seven consecutive wins, two significant ties, and a classic "Petersonism". The typical Peterson malapropism in reference to the opening game against Houston in the Astro Dome was, "When our little boys saw the inside of that Astronomical Dome, their eyes got as big as sausages." The first tie was a 37-37 game vs. Alabama, significant as FSU scored as many points as Bama had ceded the entire 1966 season. Kim Hammond, who played two AFL seasons after graduation, took over for Pajcic after the latter required elbow surgery, and finally had his day, finding receivers Sellers, named to a number of All American teams, Fenner, who stuck with the Chargers for one year, and Chip Glass regularly all season. Sellers hit the national radar catching seventy passes for 1128 yards. Back-up flanker T.K. Wetherall later distinguished himself as a leader in the Florida State Legislature and as the President of Florida State University. The defense did their share, headed by LB Dale McCullers and DE Ronnie Wallace. The 14-14 tie with Penn State in the Gator Bowl was against an excellent team. A first win on Florida's home field made the 7-2-2 record seem a lot better.


 Supposed to be a rebuilding year, 1968 finished at 8-2 and belonged to Cappleman in Peterson's pro-type passing attack. The season highlights included wins against heavily favored teams from N.C. State and Houston with Sellers named to everyone's All American teams due to his eighty-six catches that totaled 1496 yards. Cappleman set new school passing marks with a huge 2410 yards for twenty-five TD’s season. In his worst game, Sellers was shut down by Florida's Steve Tannen who later played at a similar level on occasion for the Jets but countered that performance with a five TD outing against Wake Forest in his final home game. TE Glass was outstanding when called upon and stayed in Cleveland as the Browns’ third-round choice through 1973, completing his pro career with the Giants in ’74. Soph FB Tom Bailey added speed and power to the ground game. Undersized LB Dale McCullers hit everything in sight and then played in every Dolphin game in his one-year NFL career. McCullers was supported well by DB Walt Sumner who was a popular player with the Browns from ’69 through 1974. Mention must be made of QB Gary Pajcic. Establishing himself as a starter and all- time total offensive yardage leader for FSU in 1966, he never regained his prior form after suffering a broken arm early in ’67. Pajcic and Sellers had attended Jacksonville’s Paxon High School together, leading the team to the state basketball finals as Pajcic was named All State in both football and basketball and proved to be the one who convinced Peterson to recruit and sign teammate Sellers. Accepting his supportive role at the end of his FSU football career, Pajcic became one of the state’s most successful attorneys and in partnership with his brother, also became a noted philanthropist. Their law firm donated one million dollars in scholarship money to send deserving and needy students from Paxon H.S. to college and another million to the Jacksonville Elementary School System in order to attract higher quality teachers. Additional donations were made annually to FSU and to the Warrick Dunn Foundation, established by the great FSU running back for the purpose of providing housing for single mothers who otherwise could not afford such shelter. Upon Pajcic’s death in August of 2006, he was mourned by those who knew him as one who displayed the finest humanitarian values and who was always available to assist FSU students from the Jacksonville area who were in need of financial assistance.

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