9 Days to Gator Football – #9 Shane Matthews (’90-’92)

Michael Shane Matthews of Cleveland and Pascagoula, Mississippi, had the distinct honor of being Gator savior, Steve Spurrier‘s first starting quarterback. On the right arm of Shane, Darth Visor rebuilt the Gator football program. He quarterbacked the team to an SEC-best 9-2 record, but the Gators were not eligible for the SEC championship due to NCAA and school sanctions. In the following year, he led the team to a 10-2 season, 7-0 SEC, and the Gators’ first official SEC Championship. He was first-team All-SEC in ’90, ’91, and ’92. He finished his college career 722/1,202 attempts for 9,287 yards and 74 touchdowns, was a team captain and team MVP. He led the SEC in passing for three consecutive years (1990–1992), and finished with a career efficiency rating of 137.6. When he left UF, Matthews topped the Gator charts in rating, completions, attempts, yards, and touchdowns. He was inducted as a Gator Great into the University of Florida Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2002.

Year  Lge  Team  Age  #  GP  Comp  Att  %  Yds TD INT  TD%  INT%  Y/G  Y/A RAT
 1990  NCAA  Florida Gators  20  0  11  229  378  60.6  2952  23  12  6.1  3.2  268.4  7.8  139.9
 1991  NCAA  Florida Gators  21  0  11  218  361  60.4  3130  28  18  7.8  5.0  284.5  8.7  148.8
 1992

 

 NCAA

 

 Florida Gators  22  0  12  275  463  59.4  3205  23  16  5.0  3.5  267.1  6.9  127.0
 NCAA  Totals    34  722  1202  60.1  9287  74  46  6.2  3.8  273.1  7.7  137.6
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