Top Gator Stories of 2010 -- Part 4

We continue our review of the top Gator Sports stories with the next to last article in the series. We have already mentioned nine of the top stories of the calendar year 2010, which should leave six to go. However, in our own inimitable way we've got seven more. That will be made clear tomorrow. For now, let's first look at those other nine stories from 2010.

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
No. 11 Rookie QB is Trey-mendous
No. 10 Gators finish 2nd in National All-Sports standings
No. 9 Johnny Brantley and Gator offense struggle
No. 8 Gator Basketball returns to the NCAA Tournament
No. 7 Gator Softball returns to CWS

No. 6 Tim Tebow's career ends in New Orleans ---
For a while you started to wonder if the Gators would ever be without No. 15 running Urban Meyer's spread option offense. Obviously Tim Tebow had to put an end to his Gator career and he did so with an amazing performance. Florida was faced with the challenge of bouncing back from a disappointing loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship Game. Many questioned just how much Florida would care about the Sugar Bowl game with Cincinnati after losing their dream of back-to-back BCS Titles. Well, Tebow cared and put on quite a show. Florida's incomparable QB passed for a school record 482 yards on 31-for-35 passing with three touchdowns and ran for 51 and another score as the Gators destroyed the unbeaten Bearcats of Cincinnati 51-24. The win gave the Gators three 13-win seasons in four years and earned the team a No. 3 final national ranking. Tebow finished his Gator career with 9,285 passing yards with 88 TD and 2,947 rushing yards and another 57 TD. Amazing!

No. 5 Gator Baseball earns trip to Omaha --- In just his third season with the Gators Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan defied logic in leading the Gators to the College World Series. Conventional wisdom says you cannot play at the highest level with freshmen in your pitching rotation, let alone rookies at such critical positions as shortstop and catches along with the clean up spot in the batting order. Well, O'Sullivan did all of the above and the result was a 47-17 record and a trip to Omaha. The Gators shot out to a 17-3 record in the pre-conference schedule and recovered from losing their first to conference games to win the SEC Championship. The Gators followed up the SEC crown with winning the NCAA Regional at home and then taking out Miami 7-2 and 4-3 in the Super Regional to earn the school's sixth trip to Omaha.

No. 4 Gator sign No. 1 recruiting class --- When your head coach resigns late in December your recruiting is bound to take a hit. When that same coach un-retires the next day your opponents have a lot of fodder to use against you. When that same guy then takes a "leave of absence" following the Bowl game it's a recipe for disaster. Yet despite all of that Florida put together not a good class, but a great one. Florida signed the consensus best class in the nation featuring among others the finest group of defensive linemen anywhere in Sharrif Floyd, Ronald Powell, Leon Orr, Quinton Dunbar and Dominique Easley. Add in Matt Elam, Gerald Christian, Solomon Patton, Trey Burton, Chaz Green and Ian Silberman and you have the core of the Florida football team for 2011-13. There are many others who could make a major impact in 2011 and beyond, but you get the idea.

Well we are down to the top three stories of 2010, except I have four more stories to tell. How did that happen? Tune in tomorrow and find out.

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