Best Offensive Seasons - Part IV

After Tim Tebow won the Heisman Trophy I was on a radio show in Jacksonville when I was asked an interesting question. "How does Tebow's season rank with the best individual seasons in Florida history?"

Best Offensive Seasons - Part I
Best Offensive Seasons - Part II
Best Offensive Seasons - Part III

It's was an interesting question, and while I stand by the answer I gave on such short notice, it got me thinking about the best individual seasons that UF football has ever seen. So I did a little homework and started looking into some of the best campaigns in Gator history. Next thing I knew I had a list of more than 20 seasons that were simply superb.

Today, we begin the second half of our countdown, with two of the six best individual offensive seasons in Gator history. For a lot of schools each of these would be the finest in their history and it's a credit to UF that there are so many to choose from.

#12 Fred Taylor, 1997
#11 Jimmy DuBose, 1975
#10 Kerwin Bell, 1985
#9 Emmitt Smith, 1987
#8 Reidel Anthony, 1996
#7 Steve Spurrier, 1966

#6 Danny Wuerffel, 1995 --- After two seasons of sharing the quarterback job with Terry Dean, 1995 marked Wuerffel's first full season leading the Gator offense. All he did was lead the Gators to the first perfect regular season in school history, and the first 500 point season ever as well. The season was highlighted by 62 points in The Swamp against Tennessee and 101 points in wins over Auburn and Georgia, 52 of which came between the hedges in Athens. In fact, one of my favorite Gator moments ever came up in Athens when Wuerffel hit Chris Doering for a touchdown that was called back. Hit him again for a score that was called back and then did it a third time when it finally counted. Wuerffel threw for 3,255 yards and 35 touchdowns, both of which were school records. (Records he would break the following year!)

#5 Carlos Alvarez, 1969 --- When the 1969 Gators opened the season with a stunning 59-34 win over No. 7-ranked Houston, it was just the beginning of an amazing season for a sophomore receiver from Miami. Alvarez obliterated school records with 88 catches for 1,329 yards and 12 touchdowns. The previous marks were 63, 872 and 8. Alvarez' blinding speed made defenses play the Gators differently than anyone else and yet he still kept catching passes. The season was highlighted by a 15-catch effort against Miami good for 237 yards. The receptions are still a school record and the 237 receiving yards has been topped just once. To truly appreciate how incredible this season was in its time, consider that Florida did not have a second 1,000 yard season by a receiver for 26 more years. Also, when Chad Jackson tied Alvarez' mark of 88 catches he needed three more games to do it and gained 439 fewer yards.

Well, we're down to the four best individual offensive seasons in UF history. Up next, we salute the two greatest non-Heisman seasons I've ever seen.

Questions or comments? Contact's Larry Vettel

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