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116 days until Gator football!

Escambia94

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In honor of the Gators celebrating 116 years of football, here are the top 100 Gators in history based on being in the Ring of Honor, UF/ NCAA/ NFL Hall of Fame, national awards, national championships, conference awards, conference championships, team awards, and historical significance.
  1. Steve Spurrier (Ring of Honor, Gator Great, All American, Heisman '66, 83% W-L record (122-27-1), SEC POY '66, Florida-Georgia HOF, UPI POY '66, Fergie Ferguson Award)
  2. Tim Tebow (All American, All SEC, Heisman '07 (first sophomore), AP POY '07, Davey O'Brien Award '07, Maxwell Award '07 '08, SEC POY '08, QB of the Year '07, Manning Award '08, Draddy Trophy '09, SEC records: (tied) most TDs/ game (7), multiple records)
  3. Danny Wuerffel (Ring of Honor, Gator Great, Heisman Trophy '96, Draddy Trophy '96, Johnny Unitas Award '96, Maxwell Award '96, Walter Camp Award '96, QB of the Year Award '96, Florida-Georgia HOF, Florida Gators Team of the Century, multiple records)
  4. Emmitt Smith (Ring of Honor, Gator Great, Unanimous All American, All SEC, SEC MVP '89, 58 Gator records, Gator rushing leader*, NFL Hall of Fame)
  5. Jack Youngblood (Ring of Honor, Gator Great, All American, All SEC, Florida-Georgia HOF, Gator record sacks, NCAA Lineman of the Year '70)
  6. Wilber Marshall (Ring of Honor, Gator Great, Consensus All American, All SEC, Florida-Georgia HOF, Defensive POY '83, 1st team "Team of the Century" and "Defensive Player of the Century", NCAA HOF)
  7. Urban Meyer (Coached 2006 & 2008 NC & SEC teams)
  8. Ray Graves (Gator Great, College Football Hall of Fame, former UF athletic director)
  9. Rex Grossman (Consensus All American, All SEC, AP Natl POY, SEC POY '01, future Gator Great)
  10. Kyle Pitts (Unanimous All-American, 2X All SEC, Mackey Award)
  11. Errict Rhett (Gator Great, All American, All SEC, Florida-Georgia HOF, Florida's all-time leading rusher, 1994 Sugar Bowl MVP)
  12. Wes Chandler (Gator Great, All American, All SEC, Florida-Georgia HOF)
  13. Fred Taylor (Gator Great, All American, All SEC, Florida-Georgia HOF)
  14. John Reaves (Gator Great, All American, All SEC, Florida-Georgia HOF, Fergie Ferguson Award, Sammy Baugh Trophy, NCAA record* career passing, SEC career TD record)
  15. Carlos "the Cuban Comet" Alvarez (Gator Great, Consensus All American, All SEC, College Football HOF, Florida-Georgia HOF, Florida Gators All-Century Team, Gator record - rec)
  16. Dale Van Sickel (Gator Great, first Gator All American, College Football HOF) and Charlie LaPradd (Gator Great, second Gator All American, All SEC, Florida-Georgia HOF, former walk-on)
  17. Cris Collinsworth (Gator Great, All American, All SEC, Academic All American, Florida Gator record longest pass play, Super Bowl player)
  18. Ike Hilliard (Gator Great, Consensus All American, All SEC, Florida-Georgia HOF)
  19. Reidel Anthony (Gator Great, Consensus All American, All SEC, Florida-Georgia HOF, 1996 NC, Gator season record 18 TD receiving)
  20. Shane Matthews (Gator Great, All SEC, 2nd team All American, SEC POY '90 '91, Florida-Georgia HOF, Gator record* career passing yards)
  21. Kerwin Bell (Gator Great, All SEC, Honorable Mention All American, SEC POY '84, Florida-Georgia HOF, Fergie Ferguson Award)
  22. Scot Brantley (Gator Great, All SEC, Honorable Mention All American, Florida-Georgia HOF)
  23. Kevin Carter (Gator Great, Consensus All American, All SEC, Florida-Georgia HOF, Florida Gator All-Century Team)
  24. Alex Brown (Gator Great, All American, All SEC, SEC Def. POY '01)
  25. Brad Culpepper (Gator Great, Consensus All American, All SEC, Draddy Trophy)
  26. Trace Armstrong (Gator Great, All American, All SEC, Gator record 19 TFL/season, Florida Gators All-Century Team)
  27. Keiwan Ratliff (Gator Great, Consensus All American, All SEC, SEC Defensive POY, Gator MVP, Gator season record holder for INTs)
  28. Huey Richardson (Gator Great, All American, All SEC)
  29. David Galloway Sr (Gator Great, All American, All SEC)
  30. Louis Oliver (Gator Great, All American, All SEC, Fergie Ferguson Award)
  31. Larry Dupree (Gator Great, All American, All SEC, Gator record)
  32. Joe Haden (Unanimous All American, All SEC, National Defensive POY, 2008 NC)
  33. Reggie Nelson (Consensus All American, All SEC, 2006 NC)
  34. Jacquez Green (Consensus All American, All SEC, 1996 NC)
  35. Maurkice Pouncey (Consensus All American, All SEC, 2008 NC, Rimington Trophy, future Gator Great) and Mike Pouncey (All American, All SEC, 2008 NC, future Gator Great)
  36. Brandon Spikes (Consensus All American, All SEC, Gator record holder - INT TDs)
  37. David Little (Gator Great, Consensus All American, All SEC, Fergie Ferguson Award, Gator career record holder for tackles)
  38. Caleb Sturgis (All-American, 2× First-team All-SEC, BCS champion, SEC Special Teams Player of the Year)
  39. Charlie Casey (Gator Great, All American, All SEC, Fergie Ferguson Award)
  40. Larry Smith (Gator Great, All American, All SEC, Fergie Ferguson Award)
  41. Steve Tannen (Gator Great, All American, All SEC, Fergie Ferguson Award)
  42. Sammy Green (Gator Great, All American, All SEC, Gator season record holder - 202 tackles in a season)
  43. Jarvis Williams (Gator Great, All American, All SEC)
  44. Chris Doering (Gator Great, All SEC, 2nd team All American, Florida-Georgia HOF, SEC record 31 TD/season)
  45. Willie Jackson (Gator Great, Hon. All American, All SEC, Florida-Georgia HOF)
  46. Alonzo Johnson (All American, All SEC, Florida All-Time Team [Miami Herald], 2nd team Florida Gators All-Century Team, top 3 - TFL & sacks)
  47. Ricky "the Rocket" Nattiel (Gator Great, All SEC, 2nd team All American, Florida-Georgia HOF, Fergie Ferguson Award, Super Bowl player)
  48. Lawrence Wright (Gator Great, All SEC, 2nd team All American, Jim Thorpe Award, 1996 NC, Florida-Georgia HOF)
  49. Tommy Durrance (Gator Great, All SEC, Gator top 10 rushing TDs)
  50. Lee McGriff (Gator Great, All SEC)
  51. Neal Anderson (Gator Great, All SEC, Hon. All American)
  52. Nat Moore (Gator Great, All SEC, Hon. All American, Florida-Georgia HOF)
  53. Jeff Mitchell (Gator Great, All SEC, 1996 NC)
  54. Tom Shannon (Gator Great, Gator Bowl '62 MVP, Gator record holder - completion percentage)
  55. David Williams (Gator Great, All SEC, 2nd team All American)
  56. Rick Casares (Gator Great, All SEC, scored first bowl TD for Florida)
  57. Glenn Cameron (Gator Great, All SEC)
  58. Jimmy Dubose (Gator Great, SEC POY '75)
  59. John L. Williams (Gator Great, Hon. All American, 2nd team All SEC)
  60. Larry Libertore (Gator Great, 2nd team All SEC)
  61. James Jones (Gator Great, "the Catch '82")
  62. "The Great Wall of Florida"
    1. Lomas Brown (Gator Great, All American, All SEC, Jacobs Trophy)
    2. Jeff Zimmerman (All American, All SEC)
    3. Crawford Ker (JUCO All American, 2nd team All SEC)
    4. Phil Bromley (All SEC)
    5. Billy Hinson
    6. Scott Trimble
  63. Forest K. "Fergie" Ferguson (Gator Great, namesake of the Fergie Ferguson Award, US Army Distinguished Service Cross)
  64. Jevon Kearse (All American, All SEC, SEC Defensive POY '98)
  65. Clifford Charlton (All American, All SEC, Gator top 5 record holder - FF, TFL, QB sacks)
  66. Jack Jackson (All American, All SEC, 1994 SEC POY)
  67. Fred Weary (All American, All SEC, 1996 NC, Gator record holder - INTs)
  68. Jabar Gaffney (All American, All SEC, Paul Warfield Award)
  69. Lito Sheppard (All American, All SEC)
  70. Jarvis Moss (All American, 2006 NC)
  71. Mike Degory (All American, All SEC)
  72. Percy Harvin (SEC Freshman of the year, All SEC 2nd team, 2006 SEC Championship MVP, Gator record 32 TDs for receiver)
  73. Vernon Hargreaves III (All American x 2, All SEC)
  74. Matt Elam (All American, All SEC)
  75. Shariff Floyd (All-American, All-SEC)
  76. Kyle Trask (CBS All-American, Heisman finalist, 2nd team All-SEC)
  77. Jonathan Greenard (CBS All-American, All-SEC)
  78. Antonio Callaway (CBS All-American)
  79. Johnny Townsend (CBS All-American, school record punting average, season leader, one-time NCAA record holder)
  80. Jonathan Bullard (CBS All-American, 3rd team All-American, 1st team All-SEC, SEC All-Freshmen team)
  81. Marcus Maye (USA Today All-American)
  82. Kyle Christy (Scout All-American, All-SEC, leading punter SEC)
  83. Brenton Cox (All-SEC, 2nd team All-American)
  84. Eddy Piñeiro (school record field goal conversion rate, 4th team All-American)
  85. Teez Tabor (2× 1st team All-SEC)
  86. Kadarius Toney (All-SEC, 2nd team AP All-American)
  87. CJ Henderson (All-SEC, 2X 2nd team All-SEC)
  88. Chris Leak (2007 BCS MVP, 2006 NC, NCAA record, SEC All Freshman Team, Gator career passing yardage leader)
  89. Ahmad Black (All SEC, 2008 NC, NCAA and SEC record - INT, Outback Bowl MVP
  90. Jeff Chandler (All SEC, 2nd team All American, Gator MVP, Gator career scoring leader)
  91. Gerard Warren (All SEC)
  92. Johnny Rutledge (All SEC, 1996 NC)
  93. Taylor Jacobs (All SEC, Orange Bowl MVP)
  94. Travis McGriff (All SEC, 1996 NC)
  95. Zach Piller (All SEC, 1996 NC)
  96. Ray McDonald (All SEC, 1996 NC)
  97. Tony Lilly (All SEC)
  98. Allen Trammell (All SEC)
  99. Darrell Jackson (All SEC)
  100. Cooper Carlisle (All SEC, 1996 NC)
  101. Godfrey Myles (All SEC)
  102. Adrian White (All SEC)
  103. Jeff Roth (All SEC)
  104. Reggie McGrew (All SEC, 1996 NC)
  105. James Bates (All SEC, captain of 1996 NC team)
  106. Jalen "Teez" Tabor (All SEC)
  107. Dante Fowler (All SEC)
  108. Kelvin Taylor (Freshman All SEC)
  109. Duke Dawson (All SEC)
  110. Mike Gillislee (All SEC)
  111. Derrick Harvey (2007 BCS MVP, 2nd team All SEC, 2006 NC)
  112. Walter "Tiger" Mayberry (Gator Great, Marine Corps ace)
  113. Don Gaffney - first black Gator QB
  114. Leonard George and Willie Jackson Sr - first black players to sign with Florida
  115. Brandon Siler (2nd team All SEC, 3rd team All American, 2006 NC)
  116. Jarrad Davis (3rd team All-American)
 
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Escambia94

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Here are the Gators who can make it into the list of top 117:
  • Kaiir Elam (All-Freshmen SEC, 2nd team All-SEC)
 
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DRU2012

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In honor of the Gators celebrating 116 years of football, here are the top 100 Gators in history based on being in the Ring of Honor, UF/ NCAA/ NFL Hall of Fame, national awards, national championships, conference awards, conference championships, team awards, and historical significance.
  1. Steve Spurrier (Ring of Honor, Gator Great, All American, Heisman '66, 83% W-L record (122-27-1), SEC POY '66, Florida-Georgia HOF, UPI POY '66, Fergie Ferguson Award)
  2. Tim Tebow (All American, All SEC, Heisman '07 (first sophomore), AP POY '07, Davey O'Brien Award '07, Maxwell Award '07 '08, SEC POY '08, QB of the Year '07, Manning Award '08, Draddy Trophy '09, SEC records: (tied) most TDs/ game (7), 55 TDs/season (33 passing, 22 rushing), 145 career TDs, 12232 career yards, 4181 yards in one season, 88.6% completion average in a game, 170.79 season passer efficiency, 23 rushing TDs in one season, future Gator Great)
  3. Danny Wuerffel (Ring of Honor, Gator Great, Heisman Trophy '96, Draddy Trophy '96, Johnny Unitas Award '96, Maxwell Award '96, Walter Camp Award '96, QB of the Year Award '96, Florida-Georgia HOF, Florida Gators Team of the Century, NCAA record passer rating, NCAA record TD%, SEC record 7.1 YPP, 144 TD passes)
  4. Emmitt Smith (Ring of Honor, Gator Great, Unanimous All American, All SEC, SEC MVP '89, 58 Gator records, Gator rushing leader*, NFL Hall of Fame)
  5. Jack Youngblood (Ring of Honor, Gator Great, All American, All SEC, Florida-Georgia HOF, Gator record 14 sacks '69, NCAA Lineman of the Year '70)
  6. Wilber Marshall (Ring of Honor, Gator Great, Consensus All American, All SEC, Florida-Georgia HOF, Defensive POY '83, 1st team ... ETC (and onward)

Loved this list--yes, as a "trip down memory lane", but MORE for what it's lower levels suggest about how rich (in talent AND potential "future mythology") our story really IS...
NOW:
I was torn on where to include the only other "ongoing news" that has continued to goad us during this admittedly "annual slow period" for football news...
I'm referring of course to the whole "Arch Manning/"Who will GET him??!" narrative.
I'm going to make my own take/observation/conclusion SHORT AND SWEET:
We will NOT end up getting Arch Manning.
OK?
Like all of you, I have been somewhat concerned, in spite of my rational, controlled caution concerning our seemingly less-than-dazzling performance thus far on the 2022 recruiting trail--ESPECIALLY regarding our limited progress even in the much anticipated "transfer portal".
I don't wanna get panicky about all this (as per so many out there who are freaking OUT at our so far many unfilled needs, all the more highlighted it would seem by a certain amount of direct competition (and success!) on the part of both in-state and/or SEC-programs.
I'm not gonna say "DON'T WORRY!" (there HAVE been a steady, well, "trickle", if not FLOW of quiet talent added in recent days, after all)--we are going to have to start going after, often as not WINNING these recruiting battles--but I have from the start felt that THIS "Manning-reach" was just that: a headline-grabbing move to keep us in "the game": Everyone, especially top-flight prep guys need to get real USED to the idea that the Gators are in the mix--if you're good, you'll be hearing from us...We need once again, as in the "old days" (over a decade ago now--lets face it, back when Meyer and staff were in charge of such things, then before that the Spurrier days) be an assumed "sign of early youth rising talent" that UF be one of the programs mentioned as one "drawing interest from" come Fall when a young prep player's name came up.
The most important part of all this may then BE merely our return to that inclusion; finding ourselves apparently now IN that "buzz"...
No matter how serious our chances are of actually landing him, then, we may finally be returning to that short list of programs you, as a talented young prospect, WANT to have contacting you, the earlier the better in this world of N.I.L. and "collectives".
Just don't let the hype of a "late-in-the-game" inclusion of our new staff's entry (and now inclusion) in the very public race become an emotional "make or break" situation--especially dangerous now, with such a talented and high-profile potential recruit--and after so MANY apparent earlier "misses" for this new regime!
We have GOT to look at all this in terms of "'the LONG view": THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING.
Remember, this is Napier and his COMPLETE NEW STAFF'S first year! He just took over in January...almost completely cleaned house and STARTED OVER here. You just cannot expect that much even by NEXT season, let alone THIS one! The general attitude (AND "reactions thus far" to most such news--including prospective recruiting targets choosing to go elsewhere) has been beyond disappointment--even CONDEMNING the past has and new staff for somehow"dropping the ball", broken promises somehow a part of a "pattern of let downs", bad signs.
I mean, give it at least a YEAR or two, people!
You look at our SEC schedule, game by game, and tell me how we can realistically expect to go over .500 this first season under Napier & Co.
We do any BETTER than that and I hope I will have the patience and fairness to give credit--And look forward with optimism.
 
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We seem to be picking up prospects--with the seeming promise of "more on the way"...
Guess I'm Iike everyone else, still waiting, HOPING something exciting is announced.
 

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We are REALLY heading into "the Dog Days" now, right? And at the same time, I can't say I'm real excited at our chances for the coming season, no matter WHAT. No, I fear 2023 is likely to be our real "hope on the horizon". Wishin', hopin' I'm wrong--but that's my current self-protective "fallback position". Sorry, friends. Don't mean to be a "buzzkill", but these last "few" (Ten? Eleven???) seasons have forced a certain "realistic caution" upon me.
I LIKE our new Coach--but by now my judgment is definitely open to scrutiny in such matters.
If ever there were a "Wait'n'See" situation, this is IT.
 

Escambia94

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We are REALLY heading into "the Dog Days" now, right? And at the same time, I can't say I'm real excited at our chances for the coming season, no matter WHAT. No, I fear 2023 is likely to be our real "hope on the horizon". Wishin', hopin' I'm wrong--but that's my current self-protective "fallback position". Sorry, friends. Don't mean to be a "buzzkill", but these last "few" (Ten? Eleven???) seasons have forced a certain "realistic caution" upon me.
I LIKE our new Coach--but by now my judgment is definitely open to scrutiny in such matters.
If ever there were a "Wait'n'See" situation, this is IT.

The next two seasons really are pivotal for football and amateur athletics across the board. The NIL + Transfer Portal Era is really taking off in 2022, and Florida will have all new coaches across multiple sports, several new facilities, and lots of new donors. “Wait and See” is the approach not just for Billy Napier, but the entire Florida athletics program. Napier is only getting extra scrutiny because Gators fans focus on Stricklin and Foley whiffing on the last decade of football coaching hires. The story is a lot bigger than football.
 

Escambia94

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On the topic of Arch Manning, all this proves is that talented athletes have always looked at UF as a top destination. I will divert attention away from a 17-year old kid and look at this from the lens of UF sports at large. This goes back into the pre-Spurrier days when even UF was called a sleeping giant by other notable experts, including Bear Bryant. Since we are football fans first we give Spurrier credit for waking the sleeping giant, but that credit should be shared with Jeremy Foley. Over half of UF’s national championship teams occurred since 2006. Athletics Director Bill Carr (1979-1986) oversaw 7 national championships. Foley oversaw over 30 championships. Stricklin has overseen a handful with coaches hired by Foley. We care about all the sports because they all share success. Kevin O’Sullivan remains as the only major coach from the Foley era. This new era of NIL + Transfer Portal + legalized bagmen is an opportunity for Florida to not just wake up, but to assert itself as a top-tier program…with a top-10 football program once again.

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