Michael Tanks
Michael Tanks
Full Name:  Michael Tanks
     Born:  August 4, 1967
     Died:  August 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Ga
   School:  Southwest Dekalb High School in Decatur, Georgia


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Front: MICHAEL TANKS Back: Tony Yeomans, P.T. Willis, John Brown  


FSU Career
Football
Year  No  Pos     Hgt  Wgt  Cl  Ltr  Hometown
1985  31  LB      6-3  240  Fr       Decatur, GA                 
1986  68  OG      6-3  237  Fr-R *   Decatur, GA                 
1987  68  C       6-2  250  So-R *   Decatur, GA                 
1988  68  C       6-1  254  Jr-R *   Decatur, GA                 
1989  68  C       6-1  254  Sr-R *   Decatur, GA                 


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Center from Decatur, Ga...four-year letterman and two-year + starter...called the line sets...had a break-out senior campaign...in 1989 was an Outland Trophy finalist, earned 1st Team All-South Independent, 1st Team All-American from the Associated Press and the Football Writers Association, 2nd Team from UPI and Honorable Mention from The Sporting News...Tanks died in 2016.

Former FSU center Michael Tanks dies
By Jim Henry, Democrat sports editor, August 4, 2016
Michael Tanks may not have been the strongest player on Florida State’s offensive line. He may not have been the quickest.

But the sturdy center from Decatur, Georgia, may have had the best technique.

“I never saw him get beat on pass protection,” former Seminole offensive lineman and teammate Tony Yeomans said Thursday.

“He was a great technician, a guy who simply refused to get beat. He had great hands and feet, a real competitor. This really hurts. He is going to be missed.”

Tanks, a first-team All-American as a senior in 1989 who returned to his prep alma mater at SW Dekalb High to coach football, died Wednesday - a day before his birthday - after suffering a stroke July 25.

He was 48.

SW Dekalb High Athletic Director Kathy Walton said the school is “devastated” by Tanks’ death.

Tanks, the team’s head football coach and a 1985 SWD graduate, was preparing his team for their Aug. 20 season opener against Redan. Tanks was at home when he suffered the stroke and had been listed in critical condition and on a ventilator at Grady Hospital, according to reports.

Tanks was married with two children.

“He was extremely well-loved by everyone here,” Walton said Thursday.

“The first impression with him was he was so genuine. He was so easy to get along with and he really cared about the kids and the parents. It’s very devastating because it was so unexpected. And he may have had his best team this season.”

Tanks played defensive line and tight end at SWD, helping the team to an undefeated season in 1984.

Following a redshirt season in 1985 at FSU, Tanks was moved from linebacker to offensive line.

The 6-foot-1, 250-pounder developed into a key contributor for the Seminoles as a four-year letterman and two-year starter at center.

Tanks enjoyed a breakout senior season, calling the line sets and earning All-America status. He also was an Outland Trophy finalist, given to college football’s top interior lineman.

Tanks signed as a free agent with the Seattle Seahawks but did not make the team.

“He was one of my closest friends, I considered him my brother,” said former FSU teammate and NFL player Dedrick Dodge, who resides in Atlanta.

“The way it happened and how it happened so fast, you feel like you were just talking to someone and then they are not here. That’s why it’s important for everybody, if you love somebody, tell them. You see how valuable life is and how short it can be.”

Former Seminole and NFL linebacker Jesse Solomon, through his Athletes Care Association, Inc., has set up a page to help raise donations for the Tanks family.



Awards
Football
Year  Award
1989  Associated Press - 1st Team All-American
      Football Writers Association - 1st Team All-American
      United Press International - 2nd Team All-American
      The Sporting News - All-American - Honorable Mention


FSU Statistics
Football
Season Statistics
Defense
         |       Tackles        |   Sacks  |    Fumble    |     Pass Defense    | Blkd |   PAT Attempts  |        |         |    |
Year  GP |  ua   a Tot  tfl-yds |   no-yds | ff fr-yds-td | int-yds-td qbh brup | kick |   kick  rsh rcv |   fg   | saf dxp | td | pts
---------|----------------------|----------|--------------|---------------------|------|-----------------|--------|---------|----|----
1985     |   0   0   0  0.0-    |  0.0-    |  0   -  0- 0 |    -  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0   0   0  |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
1986     |   0   0   0  0.0-    |  0.0-    |  0   -  0- 0 |    -  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0   0   0  |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
1987     |   0   0   0  0.0-    |  0.0-    |  0   -  0- 0 |    -  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0   0   0  |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
1988     |   0   0   0  0.0-    |  0.0-    |  0   -  0- 0 |    -  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0   0   0  |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
1989     |   0   0   0  0.0-    |  0.0-    |  0   -  0- 0 |    -  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0   0   0  |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
---------|----------------------|----------|--------------|---------------------|------|-----------------|--------|---------|----|----
Tot    0 |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0   0   0  |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
Offense/Kick and Punt Returns
         |       Rushing        |      Receiving       |         Passing          |     Kick Returns      |     Punt Returns      |  all
Year  GP |  no  yds  avg td lg  |  no  yds  avg td lg  | cmp- att-int  yds td lg  |  no  yds  avg td  lg  |  no  yds  avg td  lg  | purp
---------|----------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----
1985     |        0  0.0        |           0.0        |    -    -                |           0.0         |           0.0         |     
1986     |        0  0.0        |           0.0        |    -    -                |           0.0         |           0.0         |     
1987     |        0  0.0        |           0.0        |    -    -                |           0.0         |           0.0         |     
1988     |        0  0.0        |           0.0        |    -    -                |           0.0         |           0.0         |     
1989     |        0  0.0        |           0.0        |    -    -                |           0.0         |           0.0         |     
---------|----------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----
Tot    0 |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |    0
Football
Football
Game Statistics
                            |       Tackles        |   Sacks  |    Fumble    |     Pass Defense    | Blkd |   PAT Attempts  |        |         |    |
1987                        |  ua   a Tot  tfl-yds |   no-yds | ff fr-yds-td | int-yds-td qbh brup | kick |   kick  rsh rcv |   fg   | saf dxp | td | pts
----------------------------|----------------------|----------|--------------|---------------------|------|-----------------|--------|---------|----|----
Sep 12 EAST CAROLINA        |   1   0   1  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
----------------------------|----------------------|----------|--------------|---------------------|------|-----------------|--------|---------|----|----
Tot                         |   1   0   1  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |  0    0 |  0 |   0

                            |       Rushing        |      Receiving       |         Passing          |     Kick Returns      |     Punt Returns      |  all
1987                        |  no  yds  avg td lg  |  no  yds  avg td lg  | cmp- att-int  yds td lg  |  no  yds  avg td  lg  |  no  yds  avg td  lg  | purp
----------------------------|----------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----
Sep 12 EAST CAROLINA        |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0     |    -   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0         |   0    0  0.0  0      |     
----------------------------|----------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----
Tot                         |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |    0