100 Days to Florida Gator Football!

1 – Percy Harvin, (Honorary) Dale Van Sickel

1 - Percy Harvin

1 – Percy Harvin

Florida's 1st All-American, Dale Van Sickel

Florida’s 1st All-American, Dale Van Sickel

William Percival Harvin III played in a hybrid receiver/running back position, colloquially known as the “Harvin Position”, for Urban Meyer’s Florida Gators from 2006 to 2008. Percy made an immediate impact his freshman in 2006 with 427 yards receiving with 2 TDs and 428 yards rushing with 3 TDs, including 1 TD against Ohio State in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game. Despite his injuries limiting his action against Tennessee, LSU, and Alabama, he was named the SEC Freshman of the Year. In his sophomore year he amassed 764 yards rushing with 6 TDs and 858 yards receiving with 4 TDs on his way to All SEC honors as an all-purpose player, 2nd team as a receiver. Percy had surgery on his heel between his sophomore and junior years, but was able to later into the season and explode for 660 yards rushing with 10 TDs and 644 yards receiving for 7 TDs. In 2007 he was the NCAA leader in rushing yards per attempt with 9.2 YPA, and was in the top ten for SEC receiving YPC in 2007 and 2008. In 2008 his 10 rushing TDs and 7 receiving TDs ranked him 5th in the SEC. His career 3781 yards from scrimmage rank him 7th in SEC history and his 32 career TDs rank him 10th. His 32 TDs are the most ever by a Gator receiver, but 19 of those TDs are counted as rushing TDs.Dale Van Sickel was a swift and sure-handed receiver on offense and a gifted ball hawk as defensive player as well. As a two-way player with the Gators from 1927-1929, he helped the Gators win 23 of 29 games. Van Sickel became Florida’s first All-American (1928) and first College Football Hall of Fame inductee (1977). In 1928, Dale’s junior year, Florida posted an 8-1 record, losing only to Tennessee – by a single point (13-12) in the final game of the season. Florida outscored its competition, 336-44, during the 1928 campaign. Following graduation, Van Sickel joined the staff at Florida, serving as an assistant in football and basketball for the 1930 and 1931 seasons before heading out to the West Coast to pursue a movie career. He became the first president of the Motion Picture Stuntman’s Association. Unfortunately, Dale died of injuries sustained from years of stuntwork in 1977.
2 – Adrian White,Berj Yepremian

2 - Adrian White

2 – Adrian White

Adrian White transferred to Galen Hall’s Florida Gators as a walk-on after playing his freshman year at Southern Illinois State. He played safety and corner back from 1984 to 1986 and was a key member of the 9-1-1 teams in 1984 and 1985. In his senior season, he was named first team All SEC and second team All American.Bonus: Adrian lettered in track and field his last two years as a sprinter. // Berj Yepremian was one of the most accurate kickers in Florida history, and he did it in an era when one kicker was designated for both long and short field goals. Between 1976 and 1978, he hit 29 of 35 field goals for an 82.9% average and he only missed one point-after-attempt in 57 tries. He never missed a field goal shorter than 45 yards. The crazy part about Berj is that he never once kicked an American football before coming to America only a few years earlier. In one story, his older brother and kicker from the undefeated ’72 Dolphins, Garo Yepremian, was showing him how to kick field goals and the younger Berj was upset at himself for only kicking from one half of the field instead of from end-to-end! At only 5’5″ and 145 pounds, there was no chance of an NFL career, so Berj used his University of Florida diploma to get into the automobile business.
3 – Lito Shepperd3-LitoSheppard Lito Decorian Sheppard played defensive back for coach Steve Spurrier’s Florida Gators football team from 1999 to 2001. Lito arrived in Gainesville as a USA Today All American and FHSAA “100 Greatest Players” DB. He was a first-team All-American as a sophomore in 2000, and a first-team All SEC selection in 2000 and 2001. In three seasons, he started twenty-two games, recorded eight interceptions, had eighty-seven tackles, and returned twenty-seven kickoffs for 472 YDS, 22.5 YPR.
4 – Lawrence Wright,Ciatrick Fason 4 - Lawrence Wright “If you ain’t a Gator, you must be Gator bait!” Lawrence D. Wright III is remembered for leading the crowd in that cheer after the Gators won the 1996 Bowl Alliance national championship. Lawrence played safety for Steve Spurrier’s Florida Gators from 1993 to 1996. He was on the SEC Academic Honor Roll all four years of his career. As a team captain, he led the defense in its national championship year on the way to earning the Jim Thorpe Award and 2nd team All American honors in addition to 1st team All SEC honors. He was later named to the Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame and the University of Florida Athletic Association Hall of Fame as a Gator Great. // Ciatrick Antione Fason is the last Gator running back to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in a season. He played tailback for Ron Zook’s Florida Gators from 2002-2004. In his junior campaign, he rushed for 1,267 yards on 222 carries and caught 35 passes for another 266 yards for a Gator 4th-best 1,533 yards of offense in a season. He was named to the AP first-team All-SEC team and an honorable mention All-American, as well as the Gators’ MVP and Fergie Ferguson Award winner.
5 – Jacquez Green,Bubba Caldwell

5 - Jacquez Green

5 – Jacquez Green

5 - Bubba Caldwell

5 – Bubba Caldwell

D’Tanyian Jacquez Green played wide receiver for Steve Spurrier’s Florida Gators from 1995 to 1997. Jacquez had played quarterback, wide receiver, and running back at his Peach County, Georgia high school, which proved useful in his final year in a game against Auburn when he passed, ran, and caught a touchdown against Auburn. He had 7 receptions for 99 yards to seal the 1996 Bowl Alliance National Championship. He was a key member of the 1995 and 1996 SEC Championship teams, and was first team All SEC and Consensus All American in 1997. His 2181 career yards and 23 receiving touchdowns are still 7th all-time for the Gators. His 1024 yards in 1997 rank in the top ten for Gator season reception yards. Jacquez also had 61 punt returns for 767 yards and 4 touchdowns, along with a perfect 2/2 passing for 30 yards and a touchdown. He was the 34th overall pick (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) in the 1998 NFL Draft. After retiring from football in 2003, he won the Madden Bowl video game championships, then went on to coach high school football. // TUF (Trivia Up Front): Did you know that Bubba Caldwell is the reason that Tim Tebow twitched his jersey to #15? The rookie Tebow wore #5 in high school, but had to select a new number due to Caldwell being more senior with jersey #5.After playing quarterback and receiver in high school, Andre “Bubba” Caldwell came to Gainesville as a receiver for Ron Zook and Urban Meyer from 2003 to 2007. In the Gator national championship season of 2006, Bubba even played a few series at quarterback, including a touchdown pass that sealed the SEC championship victory over Arkansas. He was named team captain his senior year and won the Fergie Ferguson for “outstanding leadership, character, and courage”. Bubba finished his career with 185 receptions, which is a team record.
6 – Taylor Jacobs

6 Taylor Jacobs

6 – Taylor Jacobs

Taylor Houser Jacobs was a blazing fast wide receiver for Steve Spurrier‘s and Ron Zook‘s Florida Gators from 1999 to 2002, and was a star member of the men’s track team all four years. As the only true freshman receiver, he earned a starting role on a squad featuring Reche Caldwell and Jabar Gaffney. As a junior he made 10 receptions for 170 yards (UF bowl record) and was the MVP of Steve Spurrier’s last game, the 56-23 2002 Orange Bowl victory over Maryland. Taylor continued to excel as a senior when he was named team captain, first team All SEC squad, and finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. Taylor finished his career with 133 receptions, 2098 yards, 16 TDs. He would go on to play for Spurrier in the NFL.Bonus trivia: Taylor was named an All American in track and field in 2002.
7 – Danny Wuerffel,Lorenzo Hampton, John Reaves

7 - Danny Wuerffel

7 – Danny Wuerffel

7 - John Reaves

7 – John Reaves

Daniel Carl Wuerffel was born in my favorite city, Pensacola, Florida, as the son of a minister and Air Force chaplain. At Fort Walton Beach High School, he won the Florida 4A state championship right there at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium over the highly touted, perennial power St. Thomas Aquinas. Danny was one of two highly touted QBs recruited to Florida in 1993–Eric Kresser was actually rated higher. As quarterback for the Florida Gators under Steve Spurrier, Danny emerged from the competition against Terry Dean and Eric Kresser to become the most highly decorated player in Gator history (at the time). He won the 1996 Heisman Trophy, the 1996 Bowl Alliance National Championship, four consecutive SEC titles from 1993 to 1996, the Draddy Trophy, 1st-team Academic All-American ’95 and ’96, 1st-team All-American ’95, consensus All-American ’96, Sammy Baugh Trophy winner ’95, Davey O’Brien Award winner ’95 and ’96, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Award winner ’96, NCAA Quarterback of the Year ’96, team MVP ’95 and ’96, Gainesville Sun’s UF Team of the Century ’99, and Florida Gator’s 100th Anniversary Team ’06. He finished his career 708/1,170 for 10,875 yards, 114 touchdown passes, 163.56 passer rating, and 9.74 touchdown percentage. Most of those stats were SEC or NCAA records at one time. At the time, his Heisman year campaign had the SEC record for passing yardage, led the nation in touchdowns, and set the record for back-to-back seasons of posting a passer rating of 170+. Danny was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Association Hall of Fame as a Gator Great in 2006. Danny went on to play for the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, and in a reunion with Steve Spurrier with the Washington Redskins. He was the MVP of the NFL Europa World Bowl for the Rhein Fire in 2000. After retiring from the NFL, he started working full time with his charity and ministry, Desire Street Ministries until it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. In 2006, he was inducted into the Gator Ring of Honor, and in 2011 his statue was erected alongside likenesses of Steve Spurrier and Tim Tebow.Thomas Johnson Reaves played quarterback for Ray Graves’ and Doug Dickey’s Florida Gators from 1969 to 1971, and was a key member of the the Super Sophs that included WR Carlos Alvarez and RB Tommy Durrance. Reaves and Alvarez went on to break every Gator passing and receiving record, and a few NCAA records as well. In his sophomore year of 1969, John led the team to a then-best 9-1-1 record and an upset 14-13 Gator Bowl victory over the heavily favored Tennessee Volunteers. In 1969 he threw for 2896 yards (NCAA record at the time), 19 interceptions, and 24 touchdowns and was named first team All SEC. John struggled a bit in 1970 during the transition from Ray Graves to Doug Dickey and “only” threw for 2548 yards, but with 19 interceptions to 13 touchdowns. John broke the NCAA career passing record on a controversial play nicknamed “the Gator Flop” or the “Florida Flop” in the last game of 1971, as the entire Gator defense fell down on purpose to let the Miami offense score quickly enough for the Gators to get the ball back and give John the opportunity to break the record. In that 1971 season, John was team captain, Fergie Ferguson Award winner, Sammy Baugh Award winner and first team All American after throwing for 2104 yards, 17 TDs, and 21 INTs. His record of 7581 career yards stood for many years until the modern passing era. The modern record is 19217 yards by Case Keenum, which he did in six years to Reaves’ three years–freshmen did not play varsity football in Reaves’ day. John was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 14th pick of the 1972 NFL Draft. He had a journeyman career in the NFL and USFL from 1972 to 1987. In the USFL, he was a starting QB under coach Steve Spurrier’s Tampa Bay Bandits from 1983 to 1985. He retired out of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1987 and went on to be one of Spurrier’s assistants from 1990 to 1994, working primarily with QB Shane Matthews. John was later named to the Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame, and the University of Florida Athletic Association Hall of Fame. BONUS TRIVIA: John Reaves is the father-in-law to coach Lane Kiffin. Google for pictures of Layla Reaves Kiffin. You will thank me later.
8 – Rex Grossman

8 - Rex Grossman

8 – Rex Grossman

Rex Daniel Grossman III came to Gainesville as a Parade All American quarterback and Indiana’s Mr. Football from Bloomington, Indiana. He played for Steve Spurrier’s and Ron Zook’s Florida Gators from 1999 to 2002. Rex redshirted his freshman year, and in his sophomore year he competed for the starting position with incumbent starter Jesse Palmer and the top recruit in the nation, Brock Berlin. Rex won the starting role after leading the Gators to 41-7 and 38-7 lopsided wins over LSU and Auburn, which followed a 35-47 heartbreaking loss to MSU after a frustrated Coach Spurrier rotated all three of his quarterbacks. That loss broke the Gators’ unbeaten streak of 72 games without a loss against unranked teams. (It seems that Mississippi schools are Florida’s kryptonite.) With Sexy Rexy at the helm of the Gator offense, Florida went on to the SEC championship and the SEC championship game MVP honors with a 28-6 win over Auburn. In 2000, Rex was named a team MVP after completing 61.8% of his passes for 1866 yards, 21 TDs, and only 7 INTs, with an NCAA 3rd-best passer rating of 161.8.In 2001 Rex had an even better year by leading the nation in passer efficiency, passing completion percentage, and yards per attempt on the way to Consensus All American honors, earning AP Player of the Year award, coming in 2nd in Heisman Trophy voting, and setting what was then a record 55 TD passes through his sophomore season. He ended the season with a 56-23 victory over the Maryland Terrapins in the 2002 Orange Bowl. As a team captain in 2002, his 22/32, 3 TD performance led the #10 Gators to a 30-13 victory in the “Slingin’ in the Rain” game against #4 Tennessee. Despite going 21/41 for 323 yards and 2 TDs, the Gators lost to the Michigan Wolverines in the 2003 Outback Bowl. Rex decided to skip his senior year and enter the NFL Draft after throwing for 9164 yards, 77 TDs, a 146.77 passer rating (3rd in SEC history). Rex was selected in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, whom he led to an NFC championship and a Super Bowl XLI berth. Despite the Super Bowl loss, he earned the Ed Block Courage Award after the game, and Bloomington High School retired his jersey. Rex finished as #5 in my [LIST] of best Gator passers. BONUS: Rex’s father and grandfather both played for the Indiana University football team. Rex III’s grandfather, Rex I, played for the Baltimore Colts and Detroit Lions.
9 – Shane Matthews

9 - Shane Matthews

9 – Shane Matthews

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 hiscollege 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.
10 – Jabar Gaffney, Monty Grow

10 - Jabar Gaffney

10 – Jabar Gaffney

Derrick Jabar Gaffney played wide receiver for Steve Spurrier‘s Florida Gators from 2000-2001 after redshirting the 1999 season. He was a First Team All SEC and All American receiver in his first year as a starter, as well as his second and final college year. In 2001 he won the prestigious Paul Warfield Award as the nation’s collegiate receiver. Jabar is the son of former Gator receiver Derrick Gaffney (1974-1977), nephew of former Gator QB Don Gaffney (1973-1975), and cousin to Gator defensive back Lito Shephard (1999-2001). Jabar finished with 2375 yards on 138 receptions with 27 touchdowns. Fun fact: Jabar Gaffney has a career passing record of 2 completions on 3 attempts for 49 yards.
11 – Steve Spurrier

Steve Spurrier

11 – Steve Spurrier

Stephen Orr Spurrier. SOS. Ol’ Ball Coach. Darth Visor. Whatever you want to call him, this football genius from Miami Beach, Florida made Gator bait of opposing defenses as a quarterback earning the Heisman and as coach for a Heisman winner. As quarterback for Ray Graves‘ Florida Gators from ’64 to ’66, he is remembered for waving off the placekicker in order to nail a 45-yarder to beat Auburn in his senior season. Steve won MVP honors in the 1966 Orange Bowl, even though his team lost to Missouri, 18-20. He was a 1st-team All-American in his junior and senior seasons. In 1989, the Ol’ Ball Coach was invited to come home and revive his alma mater’s football program, and he brought it to new levels of national prominence with a swagger that is now well renowned throughout the football landscape. In his 12-year tenure as Ol’ Ball Coach, he won the 1996 Bowl Alliance National Championship, six SEC Championships, was named SEC Coach of the Year five times, won at least 9 games every year he coached, finished in the final poll top fifteen every year, and was ranked every week except his first week as coach (202/203 polls). Steven Orr Spurrier will always be remembered for his greatness as a Gator player and Gator coach…except on days he coaches against his alma mater. Until he retires from coaching, he is Gator bait!
12 – Kerwin Bell, Chris Leak

12 - Kerwin Bell

12 – Kerwin Bell

12 - Chris Leak

12 – Chris Leak

Kerwin “the Throwin’ Mayoan” Bell was originally a walk-on quarterback for Charley Pell‘s Florida Gators in 1983. He started off his freshman year eighth on the depth chart and was redshirted without a scholarship, but was promoted to second-team QB with a scholarship after the other scholarship QBs left in 1984. Just four days before the opener against defending national champion Miami, he became the starter after Dale Dorminey was injured in practice. After losing to Miami and tying LSU, the Gators did not lose another game. This was a rough transition period for the Gators due to the release of Charley Pell due to NCAA infractions. Galen Hall carried Kerwin Bell as his starter until 1987. In 1984, Kerwin was rewarded with an SEC Player of the Year award, as well as being named first-team All-SEC and Honorable Mention All American. The Gators went 9-1-1, and won the SEC before the championship was stripped six months after the end of the season. The Gators were also crowned national champions by 21 of the 47 ranking identities, including two that are part of the current BCS rating system. As NCAA sanctions started sinking in, Kerwin still managed to lead the team to an identical 9-1-1 record in 1985, and was named Honorable Mention All American. By 1986 and 1987, NCAA sanctions and major injuries had caught up with the Gators depth chart and the team went 6-5 and 6-6. In his senior season, he was team captain and Fergie Ferguson Award winner. He finished his career with 549 completions, 949 attempts, 7585 yards, 56 touchdowns. He was drafted by Miami in the 7th round of the 1988 NFL draft, but spent time on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando Thunder (WLAF), Sacramento Gold Miners (CFL), Edmonton Eskimos (CFL), Indianapolis Colts, Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL) and Toronto Argonauts (CFL). He was named to the University Athletic Association Hall of Fame as a Gator Great in 1997. Christopher Patrick Leak of Charlotte, North Carolina played quarterback for Ron Zook’s and Urban Meyer’s Florida Gators from 2003 to 2006. Chris came to Gainesville as a Parade All American Player of the Year, 5-star player, and #3 QB of the 2003 recruiting class. He made an immediate impact as a freshman and took over as starter in game 5 against Kentucky. He set the SEC record for wins by a freshman with a 6-3 record as starter, threw for 2435 yards (190/320, 59.4%, 16 TD, 11 INT) and was named to the All-SEC Freshman squad. Chris tied the school record with 6 TDs against South Carolina his sophomore year while throwing for 3197 yards (238/399, 59.6%, 29 TD, 12 INT). In his junior year, Chris struggled with the option portion of Urban Meyer’s spread-option attack, but improved once Coach Meyer adjusted the offense halfway through the season to suit his skills and he finished with 2639 yards (235/374, 62.8%, 20 TD, 6 INT). By his senior year, he and freshman QB Tim Tebow made a formidable spread-option tandem as he threw for 2942 yards (232/365, 63.6%, 23 TDs, 13 INT) on the way to Florida’s second national championship, where Chris was named the offensive MVP of the 2007 BCS National Championship game. Chris finished as the Gator career passing yardage leader. In 2013, Chris joined the Gator coaching staff first as quality control coach and then as graduate assistant on the offensive coaching staff.
13 – Alex Brown

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13 – Alex Brown

Alex James Brown grew up in Jasper, Florida, where he played quarterback and linebacker in high school in addition to track & field and basketball. After being redshirted his freshman year in ’97, he had a decent year as backup to Jevon Kearse. As a full-time starter, he had a monster year with 56 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and 12 TFLs. Alex will forever be remembered for sacking Tennessee quarterback Tee Martin five times in the upset of the #2 Volunteers. Mr. Brown was named 1st-team All American, 1st team All-SEC, and was a finalist for the Lombardi Award. In his junior year, Alex moved over to defensive end and had a similar year statistically with 50 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 14 TFL, 4 blocked passes, 1 fumble, and 3 blocked kicks. Once again he was named 1st team All-SEC, but 2nd-team All-American. As a senior, Alex racked up 45 tackles and 13 sacks on the way to another All-SEC and consensus All-American award. He was also named 2001 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, a finalist once again for the Lombardi Award, and finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award. Alex’s career stats at Florida are rather impressive: 161 tackles, 47 TFL (6th best in Gator history), and 33 sacks (Gator career record).
14 – Ernie Mills, Bruce Bennett, Shayne Edge, Matt Leach, Larry Libertore

14 - Larry Libertore

14 – Larry Libertore

Little Larry Libertore played quarterback and defensive back for Ray Graves’ Florida Gators from 1960 to 1962. Even at 135 pounds, Libertore was a fearless runner, solid passer (especially for his size) and master of the option offense. In two years as the starting QB, he amassed 1,511 yards of total offense, which is sixth in Gator history even 50 years later. In 1960 he led the school to its then-record nine wins with a squad of players consistently outmatched by All SEC and All American competition. In his junior year, his final year at QB before switching to DB, he was named the MVP of the 1960 Gator Bowl (Florida Gators 13, Baylor Bears 12). Even that Gator Bowl, the Gators were a longshot to keep even with the pro-style, aerial attack of the #12 Baylor Bears that set many longstanding offensive records against this Gator team. Only a few months earlier, the crafty play by Libertore sealed an 18-17 win over top-five ranked Georgia Tech that came on an option play for the two-point conversion victory instead of the tie. Larry finished his career 46/122, 715 yards and 4 TD passing, 258 attempts, 777 yards and 3 TD rushing, 22 attempts for 181 yards in punt returns, and 1 interception.
15 – Reidel Anthony, Wayne Peace, Tim Tebow

15 - Wayne Peace

15 – Wayne Peace

15 days to Florida Gator football! You know what that means–it’s time for everyone’s favorite #15, Wayne Peace! I know. Everyone expected a different #15 to be highlighted, but I wanted to take this time to highlight a lesser known Gator, Wayne Lamar Peace of Lakeland, Florida. At one time, Wayne owned the NCAA record for single-season completion percentage with 70.7% (broken a year later by Steve Young of Brigham Young). He was not known as a downfield passer, but he knew how to work with the talent around him by stretching the field horizontally with high percentage passes. His most memorable pass, a game winner over Miami on September 4, 1982, was nicknamed “the Catch” (not to be confused with Joe Montana to Dwight Clark “the Catch” on January 10, 1982) by Gator fans due to the implications of beating such a powerful Miami team. It was probably called “the Catch”, because it certainly was too ugly to be known as “the Throw”–a fluttering duck that running back James Jones somehow snagged with one hand in the back of the Florida Field end zone to seal the 17-14 victory. Wayne still ranks 2nd in UF history with a career passing percentage of 61.6 for 7,206 yards.
16 – Vernell Brown

16-Vernell Brown

16-Vernell Brown

Vernell Brown played in 45 games from 2001-2005, with 11 starts. Signed as a defensive back out of high school but began his career at wide receiver and returned to cornerback during the 2003 season. Was part of the wide receiver rotation and returned punts in 2002 as a freshman…Had seven career carries for 31 yards (4.4 avg) and also caught six passes for 28 yards (4.7 avg)…Had 59 career punt returns for 489 yards (8.3 avg)…
17 – Chas Henry, Reche Caldwell

17 - Reche Caldwell

17 – Reche Caldwell

After being drafted to play baseball for the Cincinnati Reds, Donald Reche Caldwell played wide receiver for Steve Spurrier‘s Florida Gators from 1998 to 2001. Reche was Honorable Mention All American, 2nd Team All SEC, and a Fred Biletnikoff finalist. Reche finished his career with 141 receptions, 2088 yards (14.8 avg) and 18 touchdowns while returning 5 punts for 49 yards and completing one pass for 9 yards. At the time, he was only one of nine Gators with 1,000 yards receiving in a season. Trivia note: Reche is the older brother of fellow Gator Andre “Bubba” Caldwell (2003-2007).
18 – Louis Oliver, Tony Lilly

18 - Louis Oliver

18 – Louis Oliver

Louis Oliver III was a walk-on defensive back for Galen Hall‘s Florida Gators in 1985. He eventually earned a scholarship, and a place in the Gator Hall of Fame. He was a two time All American–first team in 1987, and Consensus in 1988. He was also first team All SEC and Academic Honor Roll in those years. In his senior year of 1989, he was team captain and Fergie Ferguson Award Winner. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the 1989 NFL Draft, where he was reunited with his college defensive backfield teammate, Gator Great Jarvis Williams. Louis finished his college career with 11 interceptions and 173 int return yards.
19 – Ike Hilliard, Travis Taylor

19-Ike Hilliard

19-Ike Hilliard

Isaac Jason Hilliard played wide receiver for Steve Spurrier’s Florida Gators from 1994 to 1996. Alongside fellow receiving phenom Reidel Anthony, Ike was part of three SEC championship teams, including the 1996 season when both Ike and Reidel went over 1000 yards receiving to help the Gators win their first national championship. In 1996 he was a Consensus All American, and set three Sugar Bowl records against FSU: 150 receiving yards, an 82-yard touchdown catch, and a total of three touchdowns in one game. Ike went one pick after Reidel in the 1997 NFL Draft, to the New York Giants, where he was a member of the Super Bowl XXXV team. He was named to the Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame, and the University of Florida Athletic Association Hall of Fame. Ike finished his Gator career with 132 receptions, 2314 yards for 17.5 yards per reception and 29 touchdowns. He also has 7 kick returns for 233 yards.
20 – Robert Gillespie, Tony Lomack

20-Robert Gillespie

20-Robert Gillespie

Robert Gillespie. Robert Nolan Gillespie was born in Los Angeles, CA and played high school football in Hattiesburg, MS before joining Steve Spurrier’s Gator football team. Between 1998 and 2001, Gillespie split carries with #5 Earnest Graham in the backfield, and racked up 1,854 yards rushing while becoming the Gators’ #2 receiving running back with 1,091 yards off 94 receptions. He was a team captain in his senior year before leaving to join Coach Spurrier on the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent. After a brief stint in the NFL and NFL Europa, Gillespie returned to the +University of Florida in 2005 to complete his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science and then followed Steve Spurrier to South Carolina as a graduate assistant. Robert Gillespie is now a running back coach for Tennessee.
21 – Fred Taylor, Chris Collinsworth

21 - Fred Taylor

21 – Fred Taylor

Fred Taylor. Frederick Antwon Taylor hails from the Gator talent hotbed Pahokee, Florida, where he initially played linebacker before switching to tailback. By the time he arrived in Gainesville to play for Steve Spurrier‘s Gators he was an already accomplished running back, having been named to the FHSAA “Top 100 Greatest Players” list. Fred immediately made an impact on the Gators with his unique blend of size, agility, and power, helping them win the Bowl Alliance National Championship in 1996 and earning himself 1st-team All-SEC honors, Walter Camp All-American recognition, and team MVP selection. He was so good that he helped usher fellow running back Elijah Williams to switch to defensive back. He is the #4 in school history with 3,075 yards, and 31 touchdowns. His impact on Gator lore was enough for him to be inducted into the Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame in 2008 and the University of Florida Athletic Association Hall of Fame as a Gator Great in 2010. His son, Kelvin, joined the Florida Gators in 2013 after a successful high school career where he broke fellow Gator Emmitt Smith’s high school records that had been standing since 1986.
22 – Emmitt Smith, John L. Williams, Steve Tannen

22 - Emmitt Smith

22 – Emmitt Smith

24 - Emmitt Smith

24 – Emmitt Smith

Emmitt James Smith III was born the second of five children in a podunk town in the panhandle of Florida called Pensacola. “Scoey” started scooting about the football field while he was a young lad growing up in the Attucks Court projects of Pensacola. As an 8-year old, Scoey took his first carry in Pop Warner football to the house on a 70-yard scamper. Not bad for a kid that was too small and too slow to play Pop Warner! This slow, short tailback continued to amaze the masses at Salvation Army and Bellview until he caught the eye of coach Dwight Thomas at Escambia high school. Coach Thomas never considered starting a freshman, especially a small, slow one like Emmitt…until he saw the kid in action. Here in Pensacola, Emmitt is remembered for wearing orange and blue jersey #24 for the Escambia Gators, not #22.Coach Thomas’ gamble on the freshman paid out as Emmitt rushed for 106 touchdowns and 8,804 yards (second most yardage in the history of American high school football at the time) and led Escambia to back-to-back state championships in 1984 and 1985. He rushed for over 100 yards in 45 of the 49 games he started for Escambia and finished with a 7.8 yards per carry average. Smith was named the USA Today and Parade magazine high school player of the year for 1986. Despite the accolades, prominent scouts still chided him for being too small and too slow. Emmitt was heavily recruited by Pat Dye of Auburn (the other orange and blue), Bobby Bowden of Florida State (the other Florida college), and Tom Osborne of Nebraska. Thankfully, Emmitt elected to attend the University of Florida despite ongoing NCAA sanctions against the Gators. Under Galen Hall, Emmitt did not start his first two games as a Gator, but he exploded onto the scene with a 66-yard touchdown run, 109 yards total in 10 carries in week 2 and earned the starting position for week 3, where he pummeled SEC foe Alabama to the tune of 224 yards and 2 touchdowns for a Florida single-game record. Emmitt singlehandedly carried the team, since NCAA sanctions hurt the depth chart and the offense lacked other offensive weapons. Defenses keyed in on Emmitt and hampered him with injuries. Despite this obstacle, Emmitt left Florida owning 58 school records, made the All-SEC 1st team all three years, and was the SEC MVP and 1st team All-American in his final year. Not bad for a kid that was too small and too slow to be a successful running back. I hear that after the Dallas Cowboys drafted him with pick #17 in 1989, Emmitt did pretty well for himself in the pros.
23 – Derrick Gaffney

23 - Derrick Gaffney

23 – Derrick Gaffney

Derrick Tyrone Gaffney was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and played wide receiver for Doug Dickey‘s Florida Gators from 1974 to 1977. Derrick’s older brother, Don, was the starting QB (and first black starting QB for the Gators) from 1973 to 1977 (although they were both somewhat limited by the wishbone offense). Years later, Derrick’s son, Jabar Gaffney, and his nephew, Lito Shephard, would wind up playing on the same Florida Gator teams in 2000 and 2001. In a victory over Rice University in 1977, Derrick’s 99-yard touchdown reception from Cris Collinsworth tied an NCAA record and remains the SEC record for longest touchdown reception in history. Not bad for a receiver playing out of a wishbone rushing attack.
24 – Fred Weary

24 - Fred Weary

24 – Fred Weary

Joseph Frederick Weary played cornerback for Steve Spurrier’s Florida Gators from 1994 to 1997, where he was a key member of the 1996 Bowl Alliance National Championship team. Fred was first team All SEC in that championship season as well as his senior season. Fred was named team captain his senior season, and was named a Consensus All American in a season where he intercepted an NCAA leading six passes. Fred finished his career as the Gators’ interception leader with 15, and is top five with 35 blocked passes.
25 – Eli Williams, Stacy Simmons, Lee McGriff

25 - Lee McGriff

25 – Lee McGriff

Lee Colson McGriff was a walk-on wide receiver in Doug Dickey‘s Florida Gator option offense from 1972-1974. As a wide receiver in the option offense he made the best of his rare catches, including a great, high flying leap and touchdown from Don Gaffney to make the score 9-10 Gators. The Gators converted for 2 points and won that game 11-10. Lee finished his career with 87 receptions, 1551 yards, and 13 touchdowns. He was 2nd team All SEC in 1973 and 1st team All SEC in 1974 before going into the NFL and playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their inaugural year of 1976. He later returned to the University of Florida as an assistant, and many years later became a Gator sports announcer succeeding Scot Brantley. He was later named to the University of Florida Athletic Association as a Gator Great. Lee is the father of Travis McGriff (1995-1998), son of a Gator track star, and uncle to current backup quarterback Ryan McGriff (2011-present).
26 – Jarvis Williams

26-Jarvis Williams

26-Jarvis Williams

Jarvis Eric Williams, Sr. (May 16, 1965 – May 25, 2010) was a hard-hitting defensive back for Galen Hall‘s Florida Gators from 1984 to 1987. He was a key member of the great 1984 and 1985 teams that posted identical 9-1-1 records, then a school best. He is remembered for knocking the **** out of Miami Hurricane receiver in a 1986 game, rendering him unconscious. Jarvis was selected First Team All-SEC in 1986 and First Team All American in 1987. His 45 consecutive starts are second all-time in Gator history. He led the team in interceptions, tackles, and punt returns in his senior season. It was alleged that Coach Hall had helped Jarvis with child support payments, which eventually led to the firing of Galen Hall at the end of the season. Jarvis went on to the NFL in 1988 and was selected in the second round of the draft, where he was reunited with former Gator teammate Louis Oliver on the Miami Dolphins. Jarvis played safety in the NFL until 1994. For his hard hits and hard work as a Gator, Jarvis was selected to the 2001 class of the University of Florida Athletic Association Hall of Fame as a Gator Great. Sadly, Jarvis Williams died at age 45 after an acute asthma attack in 2010.
27 – Neal Anderson

27-Neal Anderson

27-Neal Anderson

Charles Neal Anderson grew up in the podunk town of Graceville, Florida and rose to greatness as a member of a 1-2 backfield with John L. Williams under head coaches Charley Pell and Galen Hall. He remains third in all-time rushing yards behind Errict Rhett and Emmitt Smith. With John L. Williams, Ricky Nattiel, and Kerwin Bell all on the same team, the Gators offense was a Juggernaut as the Gators finished 9-1-1 in SEC-best and nationally elite years 1984 and 1985. He was a team captain in 1985, 1st team All-SEC in 1985, an AP honorable mention All-American in 1984 and 1985, and the recipient of the Gators’ Fergie Ferguson Award in 1985. Neal had fourteen games with 100 yards or more rushing, 639 carries for 3,234 yards rushing and thirty touchdowns, forty-nine receptions for 525 yards receiving and two touchdowns, and ninety-seven yards passing.
28 – Chris Doering

28-Chris Doering

28-Chris Doering

Christopher Paul Doering was born to be a Florida Gator–raised in Gainesville, and a surprisingly good athlete as wide receiver without any scholarship offers. He made an immediate impact on Steve Spurrier‘s Florida Gators and went on to set several records for walk-on players: 149 receptions (6th best in UF history), 2,107 receiving yards (10th best), 31 touchdown receptions (tops in UF and SEC history). He is well remembered for his game-saving catch against the Kentucky Wildcats in 1993. He was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a Gator Great in 2006.
29 – Mike Peterson

29-Mike-Peterson

29-Mike-Peterson

Porter Michael Peterson was born in Gainesville, Florida. He played linebacker for Steve Spurrier from 1995 to 1998, where he was a member of the 1996 Bowl Alliance national championship team that defeated the ‘Semi ‘Noles 52-20 in the Sugar Bowl. In his Gator career he posted 249 tackles, 3 forces fumbles, 13 tackles for loss, and 8.5 sacks. He was voted 1st-team All-SEC and team MVP in his senior year. In 2011 he was inducted in the University of Florida Athletic Association Hall of Fame as a Gator Great. In 2013, Mike will be returning to campus to complete his undergraduate degree.
30 – James Jones

30-James Jones

30-James Jones

James Jones (1979-1982). James Roosevelt Jones came to Gainesville as a Parade All American in high school. James played running back for Charley Pell’s Florida Gators from 1979 to 1982, where not only was he a part of the great 1979 to 1980 turnaround, but also “The Catch” against Miami on September 5, 1982. The Catch had to be called The Catch, because it was an ugly throw from Wayne Peace. The game winning grab at 1:42 with Miami all but assured of the win was a thing of beauty. Wayne Peace had been harassed all day long by the Hurricane defense–one that featured many future NFL players. This game was the culmination of years of hatred built between the two teams, with Miami defeating Florida throughout most of the previous decade, and with both teams meeting on this day ranked #14 and #15. Wayne Peace saw that his primary receiver was double-covered and that the secondary receiver’s primary spot was cut off and that James Jones had maneuvered to a coffin corner of the end zone. Wayne lobbed the ball where he thought it was too high to catch, but James Jones jumped up and hauled it in…with one hand. This victory launched the Gators into the top ten for their matchup against the might USC Trojans the following week.James was team captain and first-team All SEC in 1981 and 1982, as well as honorable mention All American and Fergie Ferguson Award winner in 1982. Jones finished with 2,026 yards rushing, 593 yards receiving, 48 yards passing, and 17 TDs (including 1 one-handed TD). As the first RB behind the emerging Great Wall of Florida, James led the team in rushing from 1980 to 1982. James was the 13th overall pick of the 1983 NFL Draft, where he played for the Detroit Lions from 1983 to 1988. James retired out the Seattle Seahawks in 1992 where he played one year alongside fellow Gator John L. Williams.
31 – Carlton Miles

31-Carlton Miles

31-Carlton Miles

Carlton Miles of Daytona Beach, Florida, played linebacker under Steve Spurrier from 1989 to 1992. As defensive captain, he led the team in tackles with 102 in 1991 and 142 in 1992. In 1992 when the Gators were getting their butts whooped by Florida State, the Ol’ Ball Coach yanked his starters and conceded defeat, but Carlton refused to go down fighting. Carlton went back into the game and held the ‘Noles to only 7 points in the second half. Carlton was also a beast on special teams. His punt blocks helped steal victories from Tennessee on multiple occasions.
32 – Reggie Nelson

32, 1 - Reggie Nelson

32, 1 – Reggie Nelson

Reggie F’in Nelson of Melbourne, Florida played free safety under Urban Meyer at the University of Florida from 2005-2006 after earning his associate’s degree at Coffeyville Community College. Although his stint in Gainesville was short, he certainly racked up some highlight reel tackles. As a junior, he was selected to the Gator Leadership Committee, was pivotal in the team’s national championship run, and recorded 51 tackles, 5 passes defended, and 6 interceptions. He was 1st-team All SEC, 1st-team All American, and team MVP. Imagine what he could have done if he were here for more than two seasons! Note: Reggie F’n Nelson wore jersey #32 when he first arrived in Gainesville, but is remembered wearing the #1 jersey.
33 – Nat Moore, Larry Smith, Errict Rhett

33 - Errict Rhett

33 – Errict Rhett

Emmitt who? Errict Undra Rhett, from Pembroke Pines, Florida, picked up right where Emmitt left off as tailback during Steve Spurrier‘s triumphant return to Gainesville as savior and head ball coach. Even though it was rumored that Spurrier wanted a pass-happy offense, Errict broke Emmitt’s career rushing record with 4,163 rushing yards, and finished with 34 rushing touchdowns, 1,230 receiving yards, and two touchdown receptions. (Yeah, I know, he did it in four years, not three.) Not bad for a running back that nobody thought could surpass Emmitt, much less the presumed starter, Willie McClendon. Before each game or practice, Errict would pray to not fumble the ball. It turns out that Willie had a problem with fumbling the ball. All that hard work and a little bit of prayer must have paid off for Errict. Once he gained the starting role, Errict’s consistent running and low fumble rate helped the mighty Gators win the 1991 and 1993 SEC Championship Game. He was MVP of the 1994 Sugar Bowl in their victory over West Virginia, 1st team All-SEC in 1991 and 1993, and was inducted by the University of Florida Athletic Association as a Gator Great in 2005.
34 – John Clifford, Brady Ackerman, Don Chandler

34 - Don Chandler

34 – Don Chandler

Donald Gene Chandler. Don Chandler first attended Bacone (Junior) College in Muskogee, Oklahoma from 1952 to 1953 before transferring to the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played halfback, punter and placekicker for coach Bob Woodruff‘s Florida Gators football team in 1954 and 1955. As a senior in 1955, Chandler led all major college punters with an average kick of 44.3 yards, narrowly beating out Earl Morrall of the Michigan State Spartans. Memorably, Chandler also kicked a 76-yard punt against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in 1955, which remains tied for the second longest punt in Gators history. Chandler graduated from Florida with a bachelor’s degree in 1956, and was later inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a “Gator Great” in 1989.
35 – Jimmy Dubose, Larry Dupree

35-Jimmy Dubose

35-Jimmy Dubose

Jimmy Dubose. Jimmy Dewayne DuBose played fullback for Doug Dickey‘s Florida Gators from 1972 to 1975, where he had the perfect build for a fullback with the agility of a tailback. In Dickey’s run-oriented offense, he once ran 180 yards against Vanderbilt and 204 yards against FSU. Jimmy rushed for 1,307 yards as a senior in 1975, which is third-best for a season total behind two of Emmitt Smith‘s years. Jimmy was a first-team All-SEC selection, the SEC Player of the Year, an All-American, 6th in Heisman voting, and Fergie Ferguson Award winner. He finished his career with 2159 yards rushing (5.7 YPA, 10 TD), which is currently 10th all time for the Gators. Jimmy was second-round draft pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he played from 1976 to 1978 until his career was cut short by injury. He was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a Gator Great in 1987.
36 – Vito McKeever, Richard Skelly, Kevin Freeman

36-Kevin Freeman

36-Kevin Freeman

Kevin Freeman was a utility player for Steve Spurrier from 1990-1994, playing linebacker and linebacker.
37 – Tony Lomack, Bruce Starling, Teako Brown

37-Teako Brown

37-Teako Brown

Teako Brown was a defensive back for Steve Spurrier from 1995-1998. In 36 games he made 14 interceptions.
38 – Willie McGrady, Harvin Clark

38-Willy J McGrady

38-Willy J McGrady

Willie J. McGrady (12/19/1968 – 5/17/1999). Willie McGrady of Palatka, Florida via Dothan, Alabama, played middle guard/ nose tackle and fullback for Galen Hall‘s Florida Gators from 1987 to 1988. At 6’3″, 247 pounds, and blessed with 4.5-speed, he was strong enough to pave the way for Emmitt Smith as blocking fullback or plow through opposing SEC offensive lines as middle guard/ nose tackle–in the same game! Willie was the first Gator to play both offense and defense in the same game since the mid-1960s when NCAA mandated two-way play for scholarship players. Willie loved hitting people so much, that he was also used on punt and kick coverage. Opposing players often remarked that they would avoid hitting him or aim for his shoelaces, because he was so solid and painful to hit. Although Emmitt Smith was a great running back in his own right, he often gives credit to Willie for paving the way during his freshman and sophomore years, most notably Emmitt’s 224-yard coming out party against Alabama in 1987. Unfortunately, Willie was diagnosed with congenital neck problems and was forced to leave the team after his sophomore season of 1988. Dejected and depressed, he wandered up and down the east coast and spent some time in prison before deciding to get his life together. He returned to University of Florida in 1992, finished his degree in therapeutic recreation in 1994, met his future wife and began his new life helping emotionally handicapped kids. Tragically, Willie was shot and killed in May of 1999.
39 – Larry Brinson, Cedric Smith, Nat Moore

39-Nat Moore

39-Nat Moore

Nat Moore was an honorable mention AP All-American and first-team All-SEC pick after leading the Gators in rushing. He also was Florida’s top receiver in ’72. Moore would later become a standout with the Miami Dolphins.
40 – Brandon Siler

40-Brandon Siler

40-Brandon Siler

Brandon T. Siler of Daytona Beach, Florida played linebacker under Ron Zook and Urban Meyer from 2004 to 2006. He made an immediate impact his freshman year and was named to the freshman All-SEC team. Brandon continued to excel in his sophomore year under Urban Meyer, especially in fumble recoveries (7). In his junior year his work ethic and on-field leadership were pivotal to the Gators going 13-1 and winning their second national championship. Brandon was named 2nd team All-SEC, and 3rd team All-American, and #1 linebacker named Brandon…until it was Mr. Spike’s turn (see “51 Days Until Gator Football…”).
41 – Keith Kelsey, Ryan Stamper

41-Ryan Stamper

41-Ryan Stamper

Stamper appeared in 41 games with 26 starts and was a team captain as both a junior and senior. He had 148 total tackles (77 solo) and made 13.5 tackles for loss. As a senior, Stamper earned second-team All-SEC honors.
42 – Jevon Kearse

42 - Jevon Kearse

42 – Jevon Kearse

Jevon Kearse, LB (1995-98). The Freak. It only takes two words to describe this physical marvel, a quarterback-sacking, ball-hawking, man-crushing machine that stands at 6’4″, 265, with an 86-inch wingspan and blazing speed. Jevon started off at safety under Steve Spurrier, then transitioned to linebacker after his redshirt year. He debuted at his new position of linebacker by recording six solo tackles and a sack on the way to his All-SEC Freshmen berth and the Gators’ 1996 National Championship. Sadly, Jevon did not get much chance to enjoy the victory as his brother was killed in a shooting soon after the season ended. Jevon made the All-SEC team in 1997 thanks to his team high 6.5 sacks, 38 tackles and 2 forced fumbles. In his final year in the orange in blue, he once again led the team with 7.5 sacks with 54 tackles. Jevon was named named All-SEC, AP SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and was a finalist for the Butkus Award, Lombardi Award, and Chuck Bednarik college defensive player of the year awards.Jevon’s career stats include: 34.5 tackles for loss, ranking 11th on UF‘s all-time list. 145 total tackles 16.5 sacks 6 forced fumbles 1 interception 1 recovered fumble 19 pass deflections.
43 – Glenn Cameron

43-Glenn Cameron

43-Glenn Cameron

Glenn Scott Cameron played linebacker for Doug Dickey’s Florida Gators from 1971 to 1974. He was first team All SEC and third team All American in 1974. Since the NCAA did not track defensive statistics back then, the only stats available are that he had two interceptions. Glenn was the 14th of the 1975 NFL Draft and for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1975 to 1985. He was named a Gator Great in 1984.
44 – Willy Wilder, James Bates, Ephesians Bartley

44 - James Bates

44 – James Bates

James Bates played middle linebacker for Steve Spurrier‘s Florida Gators , where he captained the defense of in their 1996 Bowl Alliance National Champion season. James was named to the All SEC squad that year after making 125 tackles, 51 solo. James also declared himself to be Zack Piller’s wrestling manager, and if he had the opportunity, he would have also co-starred with Eric Kresser in a Brian Bosworth movie. Bonus trivia: his father, Jim Bates, was Steve Spurrier’s first defensive coordinator when Spurrier returned to Gainesville as head ball coach in 1990 before taking defensive coordinator and interim head coaching positions in the NFL.
45 – Carlos Alverez

45 - Carlos Alvarez

45 – Carlos Alvarez

Carlos “the Cuban Comet” Alvarez played for the Florida Gators from 1969 to 1971. Carlos’ father moved the family from Cuba to Miami to escape the Castro revolution of 1960. Nine years later, Carlos joined his older brothers at the University of Florida and brought his ironman style of football (he played nearly the entire game on offense and defense in high school) to play wide receiver for coaches Ray Graves and Doug Dickey. Carlos was a pivotal member of the “Super Sophs” that led the Gators to its then-best 9-1-1 season while earning first team All-SEC and All-American honors. The Cuban Comet also made a pivotal, 9-yard touchdown reception that sealed the 14-13 upset win over Tennessee in the Gator Bowl. He was the top offensive weapon in the 1970 and 1971 seasons as well, as he garnered Academic All-American honors and shattered the receiving records. To this day, he is still the leading Gator receiver in terms of receptions in a game with 15, and receptions in a season with 88. The Cuban Comet still remains the Gators’ all-time career leader in receiving yards (2,563), is 2nd in receiving yards in a single season (1,329 yards in 1969), and is 2nd in single game receptions (237 against Miami in 1969). Carlos has numerous receiving records that stood for nearly 30 years until broken by the likes of Jabar Gaffney and Andre Caldwell. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
46 – Fred McCallister, Webbie Burnett, Jarvis Herring

46-Jarvis Herring

46-Jarvis Herring

Jarvis Herring was named to the 2005 SEC Coaches’ Second Team Preseason All-SEC Team, the 2005 Bednarik Award Watch List, and Honorable Mention All-SEC, and SEC Defensive Player of the Week. He played in 49 career games with 22 starts from 2002-2005.
47 – Matt Pearson, Bruce Vaughn, Brandon Antwine

47 - Bruce Vaughan

47 – Bruce Vaughan

A solid defensive back for some excellent Gator defenses, Vaughn had 10 career interceptions, which ranks among the top totals in Florida history. He also made the SEC Academic honor roll.
48 – Dexter Daniels

48 - Dexter Daniels

48 – Dexter Daniels

Dexter Daniels, LB (1992-95) – Dexter Lavista Daniels played linebacker on three of Steve Spurrier’s SEC championship teams. He arrived in Gainesville as a USA Today All-American out of Valdosta, Georgia, and became a first-team All-SEC selection as a member of the Gators. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, he was a sixth-round draft pick for the Baltimore Ravens in their inaugural season in 1996.
49 – Jermaine Cunningham, Jeff Chandler, Fernando Jackson

49 - Jeff Chandler

49 – Jeff Chandler

Jeff Chandler scored 368 points over his career as a Gator kicker from 1997-2001 -– 118 more than the 2nd place guy. He holds ever major school kicking record and was incredibly accurate in doing so. Chandler converted 83 percent of his field goals – 2nd only to Bobby Raymond.
50 – Brad Culpepper, Phil Bromley, Yancey Sutton

50 - Brad Culpepper

50 – Brad Culpepper

Brad Culpepper is a player who’s contributions cannot be measured with statistics. Sort of a throwback, Culpepper was not afraid to get down and dirty. He was a superb run stopper and a force in the middle of the line as DT from 1988-1991.
51 – David Little, Brandon Spikes

51 - Brandon Spikes

51 – Brandon Spikes

Brandon “I’ll Rip Your Eyes Out” Spikes was born in Shelby, North Carolina. He played under Urban Meyer‘s Florida Gators from 2006 to 2009. Brandon almost committed to ‘Bama, but made the wise choice to follow Mr. Tebow to Titletown, Florida, where the pair brought two, count ‘em, two national championships to the Swamp. Mr. Spikes registered 307 tackles (178 solo), 31.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks, 2 fumbles forced, 4 fumbles recovered, six interceptions with 139 return yards and a TD, at least one set of eyeballs ripped out (Waushan Ealey), plus a few alleged decapitations on the field (don’t worry…they are University of Georgia players, so nobody is losing sleep over the missing bodies). Mr. Spikes had a great mentor in Brandon Siler, as the Gators set a record for most tackles by starting linebackers named Brandon. Mr. Spikes was named first-team All-SEC from ’07 to ’09, and first-team All-American in ’08 and ’09. David Little, LB (1977-80) – Little is the leading tackler in UF history with 475. Along with Scott Brantley (2nd on the all-time list with 469), the Gators had an extremely talented linebacker unit. Little went on to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 12 seasons and sadly passed away in an accident in 2005.
52 – Phil Bromley

52 - Phil Bromley

52 – Phil Bromley

A solid guard for both Galen Hall and Steve Spurrier teams, Phil Bromley was a second-team All-SEC choice in 1990 when the Gators finished first in the conference.
53 – Kim Helton, Charlie Williams

53 - Charlie Horse Williams

53 – Charlie Horse Williams

Charlie “Horse” Williams, who totaled 409 tackles during his career from 1974-1977, actually played with the other 3 Gators to also go over 400. It’s hard to tell if this was because of the way tackles are tabulated or if the Gator linebackers of that time were just that good, but for now we will give Williams the benefit of the doubt.
54 – Mark Murray

54 - Mark Murray

54 – Mark Murray

A defensive end on a powerful 1990 squad, Murray was a second-team All-SEC pick. Only 6-foot-2, 233 pounds, he was the perfect complement to fellow end Huey Richardson, a first-team All-American. In 1989, Murray led all Gator linemen in sacks.
55 – Scot Brantley, Channing Crowder, Mike Pouncey

55 - Scot Brantley

55 – Scot Brantley

Scot Eugene Brantley came to Gainesville as one of the top high school players in the country, having been named to the Parade All American list twice, and still being listed as one of the top 100 high school players in Florida history. Scot was even drafted to play baseball for the New York Mets before electing to play football for Doug Dickey‘s and Charley Pell‘s Florida Gators from 1976 to 1979. Scot was first team All SEC and All American in his sophomore year of 1977 and 1978. His senior season of 1979 was shortened by a major injury after he was knocked unconscious in the first home game of the season, a 7-7 tie against Georgia Tech (the only game that season that the Gators did not lose). The Gators had one of the worst seasons in NCAA history without Scot on the field. He was the team’s leading tackler in 1976 and 1978, and his career total of 467 tackles is still 2nd on the all-time list. He was drafted in the 3rd round of the NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he played from 1980 to 1987. He was selected for the University Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1990, and the Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame in 2010.Bonus trivia: his brother, John Brantley III, played QB for the Gators from 1977-1979 and his nephew, John Brantley IV, played QB for the Gators from 2008-2011.
56 – Clifford Charlton, Maurkice Pouncey, Rick Casares

56 - Rick Casares

56 – Rick Casares

Richard Jose Casares of Tampa, Florida, played fullback for Bob Woodruff‘s Florida Gators football team from 1951 to 1953 as well as guard on John Mauer‘s Florida Gators basketball team. Rick scored the first touchdown in the Gators’ first bowl game, a 14-13 win over Tulsa in 1952. He as second-team All-SEC and honorable mention All-American in football in 1952, third-team All-SEC in basketball in 1952, and second-team All-SEC in basketball in 1953. His football career was cut short in the fall of 1953 after he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was named to the University of Florida Athletic Association Hall of Fame as a Gator Great in 2010.Bonus trivia: Casares was a second-round NFL Draft pick by the Chicago Bears in 1954, but he did not play for them until he completed his military service in 1955. He led the Bears in rushing from 1955 to 1960, and he led the NFL in 1956. He was the Bears’ all-time leading rusher until Walter Payton broke his record in the 1980s. He still remains the Bears’ third all-time rusher behind Neal Anderson and ahead of Gayle Sayers.
57 – Kevin Carter

57 - Kevin Carter

57 – Kevin Carter

Kevin Louis Carter of Miami, Florida played defensive end under Steve Spurrier from 1991 to 1994. His accolades as a terror on the defensive line are numerous: 1st -team All-American and 2-time 1st-team All-SEC selection, 2004 UF Sports Hall of Fame, 6th on the Gators’ career sack list, 4th highest single season total ever with 11.5 sacks in ’94.
58 – Johnny Rutledge

58 - Johnny Rutledge

58 – Johnny Rutledge

Johnny Boykins Rutledge III played linebacker for Steve Spurrier’s Florida Gators from 1995 to 1998. Johnny was a key member of the fearsome 1996 Bowl Alliance National Championship team defense anchored by fellow Gators Jevon Kearse, Mike Petersen, James Bates, and Reggie McGrew. In 1997 & 1998 he was one of the few bright spots on teams that lost to rivals Georgia, Tennessee and FSU. He was named 2nd team All SEC his junior year, and 1st team All SEC his senior year.
59 – Cal Dixon

59 - Cal Dixon

59 – Cal Dixon

During a stellar 1991 season, Dixon was named as a second-team AP All-American. He was twice a first-team All-SEC selection as a center.
60 – Billy Hinson, Jack Katz

60 - Billy Hinson

60 – Billy Hinson

Billy Hinson was the left guard playing next to Lomas Brown on the Great Wall of Florida from 1982-1984.
61 – Ellis Johnson, Gerard Warren

61 - Ellis Johnson

61 – Ellis Johnson

In 1994, Ellis Johnson was first-team All-SEC and the CNN National Defensive Player of the Year. Gerard Warren was a stud who went on to be the third overall pick of the 2001 NFL Draft.
62 – Alonzo Mitz, Mac Steen

62 - Mac Steen

62 – Mac Steen

Mac Steen (1967-1969) was first-team All-SEC and an AP honorable mention All-American standout offensive guard for the famed 1969 team.
63 – Mike Williams, Jim Tartt

63 - Jim Tartt

63 – Jim Tartt

Jim Tartt played in 37 games, with 33 starts at left guard protecting Tim Tebow in his career at UF…His total of 33 career starts were the highest among any active member of the team throughout his tenure…2007 All-SEC Second Team (Coaches’)…A 2008 preseason candidate for the Outland Trophy…
64 – Keith Tribble, Burton Lawless

64 - Burton Lawless

64 – Burton Lawless

Lawless is regarded as one of the program’s best-ever offensive linemen. A pulling guard, he was second-team All-SEC in both 1973 and 1974, then went 44th overall in the 1975 NFL Draft (Dallas). He was the only rookie to start in the Super Bowl the following season.
65 – Jimmy Ray Stephens, Billy Griffin

65 - Billy Griffin

65 – Billy Griffin

Billy Griffin transferred from Ventura Junior College in 2003 after being an Academic All-American and All-League player. At Florida, he was primarily a back-up center for Chris Leak.

In 1973, Jimmy Ray Stephens was second-team All-SEC at center. He was again second-team All-SEC three seasons later at tight end. In the 1990s, Stephens joined Florida’s staff as an offensive line assistant after a stint as Danny Wuerffel’s high school coach.

66 – Scott Hutchison

66-Scott Hutchison

66-Scott Hutchison

Scott Hutchinson was a defensive lineman for Doug Dickey’s Gators from 1974 to 1977. As a team captain in 1977, he was first-team All-SEC and honorable mention All-American. He was a 2nd round draft pick for the Buffalo Bills (pick #38). Scott played five years in the NFL and two in the USFL before retiring from professional football.
67 – Keith Williams

67 - Keith Williams

67 – Keith Williams

Keith Williams was an honorable mention AP All-American in 1985 and ’86 at defensive tackle. In 1985, he was second-team All-SEC. The following season, he was a first-team selection. He was a 12th round draft pick for the Minnesota Vikings in the 1987 NFL Draft.
68 – Mike Degory

68 - Mike Degory

68 – Mike Degory

Mike Degory of Palm Bay, FL, started all 50 games he played during his career from 2001-2005– something only accomplished Larry Kennedy (’91-’95). He anchored the offensive line during the last 2 seasons in which the Gators had a 1,000 yard rusher (2002, 2004). Named to the 2005 AP and Coaches’ First Team All-SEC team. Listed as 2005 First Team All-American by CBS.
69 – Zach Piller, Dan Fike

69 - Zach Piller

69 – Zach Piller

Zachary Paul Piller of St. Petersburg, Florida, spent his freshman year at Georgia Tech in 1995 before making the smart move and transferring to the University of Florida to play for Steve Spurrier. He was a pivotal member of the 1996 Sugar Bowl and national champion team, as well as first team All-SEC and team captain in 1998.
70 – Cooper Carlisle

70 - Cooper Carlisle

70 – Cooper Carlisle

Cooper Morrison Carlisle of Greenville, Mississippi, was a tackle on Steve Spurrier‘s Florida Gators from 1995 to 1999. Although he was redshirted his freshman season in 1995, Carlisle did a great job protecting Danny Wuerffel’s blindside during the 1996 national championship season. He must have done something right, because Danny won Florida a national championship and a Heisman Trophy. He was team captain his senior season, and first team All-American. Cooper was on the SEC Academic Honor Roll all four years, and earned his bachelor’s degree in 1999 before heading off to the NFL.
71 – Tony McCoy, Mike Pearson, Jeff Mitchell

71 - Mike Pearson

71 – Mike Pearson

Michael Wayne Pearson played offensive tackle for Steve Spurrier’s Florida Gators from 1998-2001. He was a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection, two-time bowl game starter (2001 Orange Bowl and 2000 Sugar Bowl), first-team All SEC in 2000 and 2001, a Consensus All-American in 2001, and member of the 2000 SEC championship team. He also won the James W. Kynes Award as the lineman who “best exemplified mental and physical toughness and iron-man determination”. Pearson was a 2nd-round draft pick for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2002, where he played until he was injured in 2005. He was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a Gator Great in 2013.
72 – Dock Luckie, Deac Story, Larry Gagner

72 - Larry Gagner

72 – Larry Gagner

Larry Gagner (1964-65) was standout offensive lineman, and was first-team All-SEC in both 1964 and ’65. As a senior, he was a Football News first-team All-American. Gagner later had a solid career in the NFL. Today, he is an artist living in Tampa.
73 – David Williams

73 - David Williams

73 – David Williams

David Williams, T (1984-88) of Mulberry, Florida, picked up right where Lomas Brown left off, becoming one of the top offensive tackles in the nation during his career. David played tackle under Galen Hall, where he was a pivotal part of the 9-1-1 team that would have been our first football SEC Championship in Gainesville. He was first team All-SEC his senior year, second team All-American in his junior and senior years, team captain in his senior year, and was named a University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame Gator Great in 1999.
74 – Jack Youngblood, Jeff Zimmerman

74- Jack Youngblood

74- Jack Youngblood

Herbert Jackson Youngblood played defensive end for Ray Graves and Doug Dickey from 1968 to 1970 after playing linebacker in high school. Mr. Youngblood arrived in Gainesville at 195 pounds, but continued to lift weights to get up to 245 pounds. Despite being somewhat undersized, he was deceptively strong at shedding blocks. When he was not playing defensive end, he served as the team’s kicker. His career long of 42 yards was the game winner in his first game, against Air Force. In his sophomore year, he was a key contributor in the Gators’ 9-1-1 team that upset Tennessee in the Gator Bowl, Ray Graves’ last game as head coach. In 1969, his 5 sacks against Florida State gained national attention, and led him on his charge to 14 total sacks (school record) and 66 tackles. In 1970, Mr. Youngblood recorded 58 tackles and 10 sacks to finish his career with 29 QB sacks (2nd in Gator history). Jack was voted as a Consensus All American, first team All SEC, Outland Trophy finalist, Fergie Ferguson Award winner, and SEC lineman of the year. He is a member of the Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame. He was the 20th overall pick for the LA Rams in the 1971 NFL Draft. Mr. Youngblood is a member of the Gator Ring of Honor, the University of Florida Athletic Association Hall of Fame and the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame.
75 – Lomas Brown, Charlie LaPradd

75 - Lomas Brown

75 – Lomas Brown

Lomas Brown is generally is recognized as the top all-time offensive lineman for the University of Florida, where he anchored “The Great Wall of Florida” from 1981 to 1984. He was a consensus first-team All-American on Florida’s famed 1984 squad, a two-time All-SEC pick, and 1984 SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner. The Detroit Lions selected Lomas with the 6th overall pick of the 1985 NFL Draft. He was named to the Pro Bowl seven times, 3X All-Pro, 2X NFC Champion, and 1X Super Bowl Champion.
76 – Paul Parker, Dennis Murphy, Marcus Gilbert

76-Marcus Gilbert

76-Marcus Gilbert

Marcus Gilbert attended the University of Florida, where he played coach Urban Meyer‘s Florida Gators footballteam from 2006 to 2010. As a true freshman in 2006, he was redshirted. He made his first career start for the Florida Gators in a game against Florida Atlantic in 2007 at right guard in place of the injured Maurkice Pouncey. During the Gators 2008 BCS National Championship season, Gilbert started two games at left guard against Hawaii and Miami. He started in all 14 games for the Gators at right tackle in 2009, and earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors for his performance against Kentucky on September 26. In 2010, Gilbert started in all 13 games, playing both tackle positions. During his college career, he appeared in fifty-two games and started thirty of them.
77 – Guy Dennis, Crawford Ker, Max Starks

77 - Crawford Ker

77 – Crawford Ker

Crawford Ker’s father was a Buckingham Palace Guardsman who immigrated to America in the 1960s, worked multiple jobs to pay for their ranch home in Florida, and eventually paid for a one-way ticket to Arizona for young Crawford to develop into a better football player. Crawford was a 145-pound kid in high, but he developed into a 200-pound JUCO All-American for Arizona Western (1981 and 1982) before transferring to Florida. By the time “Big Daddy” arrived in Gainesville, he had bulked up to 280+ pounds and could bench 515 pounds, which made him a strong presence on The Great Wall of Florida under coaches Charley Pell and Galen Hall. He was honorable mention All American and Second Team All SEC in 1984. He was a third round draft pick for the Dallas Cowboys, where he played from 1985 to 1990.
78 – Kenyatta Walker, Reggie Green

78 - Kenyatta Walker

78 – Kenyatta Walker

Idrees Kenyatta Walker came to Gainesville as a high school USA All-American and was a solid presence on Steve Spurrier’s offensive line from 1998-2000. Kenyatta earned a number of prestigious distinctions in 2000, including 2nd-team All-American, 1st-team All-SEC, and the SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy. He was the 14th pick of the 2001 NFL Draft for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he won a Super Bowl as a rookie.
79 – Larry Gagner, Mo Collins

79 - Mo Collins

79 – Mo Collins

Damon Jamal “Mo” Collins played on offensive line for Steve Spurrier from 1994 from 1997. He helped the Gators win the national title in 1996 as right tackle. Mo graduated with a degree in exercise and sports science in 1998, and was selected by the Oakland Raiders as the 23rd overall pick of the NFL Draft. Mo returned to his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina at the conclusion of his NFL career and coached at his high school alma mater until his death in 2014.
80 – Chris Faulkner, Mark McGriff

80 - Chris Faulkner

80 – Chris Faulkner

One of the top tight ends in Gator history, Chris Faulkner was both an honorable mention All-American and first-team All-SEC selection during his Florida career. He still shares the Gator record for most catches in a game by a tight end (nine). He finished his college career with 71 receptions for 752 yards and eight touchdowns, despite splitting time with Mike Mularkey.
81 – Aaron Hernandez, Dallas Baker

81 - Dallas Baker

81 – Dallas Baker

Dallas “The Touchdown Maker” Baker played wide receiver for Ron Zook and Urban Meyer from 2002 to 2006. Dallas originally signed with Steve Spurrier in 2001, but he had to sit out a year due to academic qualification. He was named All-SEC after a career high of 60 catches for 920 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2006. Baker graduated with a degree in health and human performance in 2006, leaving ranked near the top of all 3 career lists with 151 catches (5th), 2,236 yards (6th), and 21 touchdowns (9th). The Pittsburgh Steelers picked him up in round 7 with pick #227 of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played sparingly in the NFL, CFL, and AFL before becoming a coach at Warner University in Lake Wales, Florida. Trivia: Dallas’ uncle is Gator Great Wes Chandler.
82 – Mike Mularkey, Aubrey Hill

82 - Aubrey Hill

82 – Aubrey Hill

Aubrey Hill played wide receiver for Steve Spurrier’s Gators from 1991 to 1994.  Hill has the third-highest reception-to-touchdown ratio in Florida history at 4.78-to-1 and was a top ten all-time in several categories when he graduated from Florida in 1994. He was a graduate assistant from 1996-1998 and receiver coach from 2011-2012. Aubrey is currently Miami Carol City High School head coach.
83 – Dwayne Dixon, David Nelson, Harvey Thomas

83 – Dwayne Dixon

Gainesville native Dwayne Keith Dixon played wide receiver for Charley Pell’s Gators from 1980 to 1983. He led the team in receiving yards in his final two years with 589 yards as a junior and 596 yards as a senior. Dwayne was named 1st-team All-SEC, Honorable Mention All-American, and Gator Fergie Ferguson Award winner as a senior. He signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 1984, but returned to campus to finish his degree in criminal justice in 1985. Dwayne returned to the NFL briefly before playing in the Arena Football League (AFL) from 1987 to 1991. Dixon was named one of the Arena Football League’s top players of all-time after being named 2X All-AFL, AFL Ironman of the Year (1998), and accruing 2,300 yards on 188 receptions. Dwayne returned to Gainesville in 1990 as wide receiver coach for Steve Spurrier, where he coached until 2005. He was named a University of Florida Athletic Association Hall of Fame “Gator Great” in 1997. Currently, he coaches wide receivers for a Gator Bait team.
84 – Ben Troupe, Lynn Matthews, Harrison Houston, Tate Casey

Ben Troupe

Ben Troupe

Benjamin Lashaun Troupe played tight end for Steve Spurrier and Ron Zook from 2000 to 2003, and is considered one of the most athletic tight ends to wear a Gator jersey.  Troupe led the team in receptions in 2003. He finished his college career with sixty-four receptions for 958 yards (14.9 yards per catch, #57 in school history) and seven touchdowns. As a senior team captain in 2003, Troupe was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection and received first-team All-American honors from ESPN, Rivals.com and Sports Illustrated. He was also one of the three finalists for the John Mackey Award, recognizing the nation’s best college tight end in 2003. Ben was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in round 2 (pick #40) of the 2004 NFL Draft.
85 – David Galloway

85 - David Galloway

85 – David Galloway

David Galloway played defensive tackle and defensive end for Doug Dickey and Charley Pell from 1978 to 1981. Galloway is one of the premier interior pass rushers in Gator history. He was recognized as a second-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection and an honorable mention All-American in 1980. As a senior team captain in 1981, Galloway was a first-team All-SEC selection, and a Football Writers Association of America first-team All-American. He was later inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a “Gator Great.” David and teammate Robin Fisher are currently tied for 7th all-time with 21 career sacks. Twenty years after leaving Florida, The Gainesville Sun rated him as No. 48 among the top 100 players of the Florida Gators’ first 100 seasons.
86 – Gary Rolle, Charlie Dean, Alonzo Sullivan, Darrell Lee

86 - Gary Rolle

86 – Gary Rolle

Gary Rolle (WR, 1982-1984) is among the most honored Gators ever — off the field. Gary transferred to Florida after a year at the prestigious U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He walked on as a wide receiver and microbiology major in 1981. Gary was an SEC Academic Performer in 1983 and 1984, a 1984 Academic All-American, and he is one of only five Gator players awarded with the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award (Darrell Carpenter ’76; Brad Culpepper, ’91, Michael D. Gilmore, ’94 and Danny Wuerffel, ’96). Gary was an 11th draft pick of the Denver Broncos, but he returned to Florida years later to study orthopedics in medical school, and again for his sports medicine residency. Although he is the FAMU football team orthopedist, he remains loyal to UF as a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Florida Foundation.
87 – Jim Yancey, Mike Clark, Robby Stevenson, Chris Braun, Jimmy Newmeyer

87 - Jimmy Newmeyer

87 – Jimmy Newmeyer

Jimmy Newmeyer was a five-year walk-on utility player for the Gators from 2002-2005.Jim Yancey was an AP honorable mention All-American in 1970. That same season, he was first-team All-SEC. He once had an 81-yard TD reception against Florida State.
88 – Wilbur Marshall, Jim Yarbrough

88 - Wilber Marshall

88 – Wilber Marshall

Wilber Marshall, LB (1980-83) – In 2007, Marshall was the 5th member named to the University of Florida’s Ring of Honor. A 2-time 1st-team All-American, Marshall was named the National Defensive Player of the Year in 1983. Marshall ranks 9th all-time in tackles (343) and 5th in sacks (23). UF named him the Defensive Player of the Century during the selection of the school’s Team of the Century. Marshall went on to win be a star of 2 Super Bowls teams during his NFL career. . Consensus All-American ’82,’83. All-SEC ’81-’83. College Football Hall of Fame.
89 – Wes Chandler, Ricky Nattiel

89 - Wes Chandler

89 – Wes Chandler

Wes Chandler played wide receiver for Doug Dickey from 1974-1977. Three decades after he played his last game, Chandler still ranks 8th on the career receiving touchdowns list with 22. It is more amazing that he caught his 92 passes for 1,963 yards and a school record 22 touchdowns in a run-oriented, wishbone offense! He also had six more scores on rushes and kick returns, and led the team in receiving yards in 1975, 1976 and 1977. Chandler was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection and a first-team All-American in 1976 and 1977, a first-teamAcademic All-American in 1977, and the recipient of the Gators’ Fergie Ferguson Award as a senior team captain in 1977. He also finished tenth in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy in 1977. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest Gator athletes ever. Wes was the third overall pick of the 1978 NFL Draft for the New Orleans Saints. He was named to the University of Florida Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1989.
90 – Huey Richardson

90 - Huey Richardson

90 – Huey Richardson

Huey Richardson, played defensive end for Galen Hall and Steve Spurrier from 1987 to 1990, and was regarded as one of the quickest players off the line. Richardson was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection in 1989 and 1990 and a first-team All-American in 1990, and was selected as a senior team captain. At the end of his four years as a Gator, he totaled 26.5 quarterback sacks and 50.5 tackles for a loss, still third and fourth, respectively, on the Gators’ all-time record lists. He was a first round draft pick (#15) for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1991. He was named to the University of Florida Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2003.
91 – Derrick Harvey

91 - Derrick Harvey

91 – Derrick Harvey

Derrick Harvey was a defensive end for Urban Meyer’s Florida Gators from 2004 to 2007. He came to Gainesville as a Parade All American, and he did not fail to meet lofty expectations. After being redshirted in 2004 so he could bulk up to 230 pounds, he erupted on the field with veterans Ray McDonald and Jarvis Moss. In 2006, Harvey was named second-team All-SEC while he split playing time with McDonald. In his redshirt sophomore campaign he recorded 11 sacks, including 3 against Ohio State in the national championship game in which he was named Defensive MVP. Team captain Derrick Harvey only notched 8.5 sacks and 17 TFL (10th best season TFL in Gator history) in his redshirt junior year of 2007, but he was still named second-team All-SEC. He ranks 9th all-time with 20.5 career sacks and 3rd all-time with 51.5 TFL. He was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with pick #8 in the 2008 NFL Draft.
92 – Darren Mickell, Reggie McGrew

92 - Reggie McGrew

92 – Reggie McGrew

Reggie McGrew, DT (1995-98) – McGrew was a key contributor from 1996 to 1998, including being the only redshirt freshman on a defense anchored by fellow Gators Jevon Kearse, Mike Petersen, James Bates during the 1996 national championship season. He went on to become a 1st-round NFL draft pick, pick #24 to the San Francisco 49ers after being named All-SEC in 1998.
93 – Trace Armstrong, Alonzo Johnson

93 - Trace Armstrong

93 – Trace Armstrong

Trace Armstrong transferred to the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, from Arizona State and played his final college season for coach Galen Hall‘s Florida Gators football team in 1988. He was recognized as a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection and a first-team All-American at defensive tackle. He set a new Gators single-season record for most tackles for a loss with nineteen, including seven sacks. In all, Armstrong made fifty-nine tackles with forty-one of those solo. Armstrong ended his college career with 169 tackles, including thirty-two tackles for losses and fifteen quarterback sacks. He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts in 1989, and returned to earn a master’s degree in business administration in 2006. As part of a fan poll conducted by The Gainesville Sun in 2006, he was voted to the Florida Gators 100th Anniversary Team as a defensive lineman together with other Gators like Jack Youngblood, Wilber Marshall and Kevin Carter. He was also inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a “Gator Great” in 2000. Alonzo Johnson, LB (1983-85) – Johnson joins Robin Fisher and Wilber Marshall as the only Gators to be in the top 10 in both career tackles and sacks. Typically overshadowed by Marshall, Johnson was a star in his own right.
94 – William Gaines, Ed Chester, Jarvis Moss

94-Jarvis Moss

94-Jarvis Moss

Jarvis Moss played defensive end for Ron Zook and Urban Meyer from 2003-2006. He came to Gainesville from Denton, Texas after being in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Parade All American. In 2005 and 2006, Moss racked up 15 sacks. He sacked Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith twice during the national title game, but the play everyone will remember came weeks earlier when Moss blocked what would have been a game-winning field goal with 8 seconds left against South Carolina. UF would go on to win the game 17-16. Moss also blocked an extra point earlier in the game. Jarvis was named First Team All-American in 2006 and was selected by the Denver Broncos with pick #17 of the 2007 NFL Draft.Trivia: The Denver Broncos traded up with the Jacksonville Jaguars to get Jarvis Moss with pick #17. The Jaguars used that pick to select a fellow Gator, Reggie Nelson.
95 – Ray McDonald, Torrey Davis, James Speer

95 - Ray McDonald

95 – Ray McDonald

Ray McDonald was a defensive lineman for Ron Zook and Urban Meyer from 2003-2006, and was the unsung hero of the defensive line during the Gators march to the 2006 national title. While Derrick Harvey and Jarvis Moss were getting sacks, McDonald was occupying interior offensive linemen. Moss had the most famous block in the South Carolina game in 2006, but McDonald also blocked a field goal attempt earlier in the contest. Ray was team captain during the National Championship season, and was All-SEC that year. The San Francisco 49ers selected Ray in the 3rd round of the 2007 NFL Draft.Trivia: McDonald’s father, Ray McDonald, Sr., was a four-year letterman for the Florida Gators from 1982 to 1985 and was a standout wide receiver on the 1985 Gators team that finished 9–1–1.
96 – Ernie Badeaux, Jeff Roth

96 - Jeff Roth

96 – Jeff Roth

Jeff Roth (DL, 1985-1988) was a run-stuffing middle guard who also recorded 17 sacks. For his efforts, he was first-team All-SEC in his final season.
97 – Michael Brandon, David Barnard, John Brown, Roland Cummings, Jimbo Pratt

97 - Michael Brandon

97 – Michael Brandon

Michael Brandon was a standout defensive lineman for the Gators from 1990-1991. Injuries hampered his production, but he was productive when healthy.
98 – Godfrey Myles

98 - Godfrey Miles

98 – Godfrey Miles

Godfrey Myles, LB/S (1988-91). Godfrey Clarence Myles played linebacker for Galen Hall’s and Steve Spurrier’s Florida Gators from 1987 to 1990. Godfrey was an Honorable Mention All American linebacker as a junior in 1989, but found new life as safety under Spurrier where he was named team captain and All SEC in 1990.
99 – Sammy Green, Tim Paulk

99 - Sammy Green

99 – Sammy Green

Sammy Green, DL/NG/LB (1972-1975). Sammy was born in Bradenton, FL, and played for Doug Dickey from 1972-1975. In 1973, he forced a fumble that led to the Gators’s first win over the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium. He was team captain, All-SEC, and Consensus All-American in 1975. In 1976, Green led the Gators with 202 tackles – a single season record that still stands today. He finished his career ranked 3rd all-time with 457 tackles. He was named a Gator Great in 2003. He went on to play for the Seattle Seahawks (2nd round draft pick) and Houston Oilers from 1976-1980.
Mr. Two Bits

Mr. Two Bits

Mr. Two Bits

Two Bits! Four Bits! Six Bits! A Dollar! All for the Gators Stand up and holler!From 1949 to 2008, George Edmonson, Jr. led the crowd in the famous cheer before each game at the University of Florida. George started the tradition after he noticed the Gator fans booing the team before the 1949 season opener against his alma mater, the Citadel Bulldogs. He created the cheer on the spot and managed to boost the morale of the fans, and the rest is history. George became such an important part of Saturday football tradition that he took on the University of Florida as his new alma mater and was named to the University of Florida Athletic Association as an honorary letter winner! He finally retired from cheerleading in 2008–in a home game against his first alma mater.In 2013, the University of Florida will honor Mr. Two Bits by bringing in former Gator alumni to lead the crowd in a cheer.
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