Top Gator Stories of 2010 -- Part 2

Now that the holidays are behind us, the bowl season has played out and all eyes are on the second half of this school year, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at the year that was. Florida certainly had an interesting time of it in calendar year 2010, which saw the end of a great Gator playing career early in the year and the end of a great coaching career at the end.

This week, we will take you back through the year with the top 15 stories of 2010. Obviously, our judgment is subject to your scrutiny. What would this site be like without that? Today is the second of our five parts. First, let's look at the first three stories in part one.

No. 15 A fast start to 2010-11 All-Sports
No. 14 Gymnastics team wins SEC, struggles at NCAA
No. 13 Denver trades up to grab Tim Tebow

No. 12 Gators crushed at Alabama ---
Florida got off to a fast start this fall winning four straight games and earning a No. 7 ranking. Then they went to Tuscaloosa for a rematch of the 2009 SEC Title Game with No. 1 Alabama. Unfortunately for Florida it was too much like the later stages of that game. Florida turned it over on its first visit to the Bama goal line and never got close to scoring a touchdown again. The 31-6 drubbing undermined the confidence of an offense that had scored 48 points against Kentucky the prior weekend. The Gators went on to lose to LSU and Mississippi State and a season that began with hopes of another BCS Title run was reduced to trying to survive the SEC East and earn a mid-range bowl bid.

No. 11 Rookie QB is Trey-mendous --- That aforementioned Kentucky game was notable because it included a record setting performance from freshman Trey Burton. The young QB, TE, FB, HB and whatever position they can think of ran for Florida's first TD against Kentucky and then caught a TD pass from Johnny Brantley. He was just getting started. Burton ran for two more scores in the third quarter and two more in the final period to set a school record with six TD in a game. Burton would go on to lead the team with 12 TD on the season while running for 349 yards, catching passes for 210 and throwing for another 83.

No. 10 Gators finish second in National All-Sports standings --- Florida Athletic director Jeremy Foley and his program has long been prided on excellence throughout the program. Florida has dominated the All-Sports standings in the SEC, but winning on a national basis seems out of reach with so many schools competing in 30-plus sports. Still the Gators were able to ride NCAA Titles in Men's Outdoor Track and Field and Women's Swimming and Diving to amass enough points to top everyone other than Stanford. Florida's consistency across the board remains a remarkable feat, even though they have finished in the top 10 for almost three decades.

Six down and nine to go. In part three four series we have three different sports to look at.


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