Florida QB Delcares for NFL Draft

University of Florida junior Rex Grossman has declared himself eligible as an early entry for the NFL, the 6-1, 215-pound quarterback announced Saturday.

"I have made my decision to enter the 2003 NFL draft and forgo my senior year at the University of Florida," Grossman said. "It was a very difficult decision for me because I love being a Gator and the whole program has been so good to me. I would like to thank Coach Zook, Coach Spurrier, and Jeremy Foley for the opportunity they have given me. I would also like to thank the fans and all my teammates for all of their support. Once a Gator always a Gator."

Grossman will enter professional football after going 23-8 as a starter at Florida. In his three-year career as a Gator, the Bloomington, Ind. native competed 677-of-1,110 passes for 9,164 yards and 77 touchdowns with 36 interceptions for a pass efficiency rating of 147.25.

Grossman is third in Southeastern Conference history with the 77 career touchdowns throws and also has a school-record 17 career 300-yard plus passing games. This past season he was a second-team All-SEC selection and in 2001 he was the runner-up in the Heisman Trophy balloting. As a sophomore he was the Associated Press National Player of the Year, a first-team All-America pick and earned first-team All-SEC honors for the second straight year.

"I will forever be grateful for having the opportunity to coach Rex Grossman, said Florida head Coach Ron Zook. He is a tremendous player, leader and person. I've said this countless times during the season that Rex is worried about one thing when he is on the field and that is winning. Rex never got caught up in his numbers and he is as tough of a competitor as I've seen. Rex will always be a part of the Gator family and we wish him the best of luck in the future."

"I've always said that these type of decisions our individual decisions and I see my role was to provide information to help players make these decisions," Zook said. "I've spent a lot of time talking with different people in the NFL and shared that information with Rex and his family. After that, the decision is in his hands and I will support his decision."

This past season, Grossman completed 287-of-503 pass attempts, both school records for a single season. He passed for 3,402 yards with 22 touchdowns. He ranked second in the SEC in both total offense per game (256.7) and passing yards per game (261.7).

Collegiate underclassmen have until January 15th (6 p.m.) to declare for the NFL Draft and have until Jan 18th (6 p.m.) to withdraw their name.



2000 212 131 1,866 61.8 7 21 66 161.52

2001 395 259 3,896 65.6 12 34 80 170.75

2002 503 287 3,402 57.1 17 22 59 121.58

TOTAL 1,110 677 9,164 61.1 36 77 80 146.77


Attempts: 51 (Tennessee, 2001)

Completions: 36 (Georgia, 2002)

Longest Pass Play: 80 (Auburn, 2001)

Yards: 464 (LSU, 2001)

TD Passes: 5 (3 times: Auburn, 2000; Miss. St. 2001, LSU, 2001)

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