Great Recruiting Classes -- 1992

As promised every couple of weeks we'll continue to look back at outstanding recruiting class that the Florida Gators have had through the years. We'll probably have one more just before the start of spring practice and might continue the series after that. We'll see.

One of the great misconceptions about Steve Spurrier's time at the helm of the Gator program is that the head ball coach didn't care much about recruiting. While it's true Spurrier was never the recruiting machine that Ron Zook was or Urban Meyer is that doesn't change the fact that Spurrier had his moments on the recruiting trail.

In 1992 Spurrier followed up an outstanding class in '91 with an ever better one. These two classes provided the core of talent that won four straight SEC Championships from 1993 through '96.

Quarterback ---- There were four highly rated quarterbacks in Florida that year and the Gators got two of them and each won a National Championship in 1996. Danny Wuerffel split duty with Terry Dean for two years and then led the Gators to phenomenal seasons in 1995-96. His 114 TD passes may be the school record for a long time. Eric Kresser was the other QB and he transferred to Marshall to win a job and led the Thundering Herd to the Division I-AA title.

Offensive line ---- Florida's offensive line class was one of the best in school history. Reggie Green was freshman all-SEC in '92 and first team All-SEC as a sophomore. Jason Odom, Jeff Mitchell and Donnie Young also earned All-SEC recognition during their careers. It's hard to imagine four guys in the same class having more of an impact.

Linebacker ---- James Bates gave Florida two outstanding years at the end of his career, earning all-SEC both times, while Dexter Daniels was a solid contributor and once made second time all-conference.

Defensive line ---- Cameron Davis was the headliner in terms of recruiting rankings, but it was David Barnard and Johnnie Church who were tabbed as freshman all-SEC performers. All three had decent Gator careers though none were stars.

Secondary ---- If you're not a Gator, you must be Gator Bait. That little jingle cam courtesy of another top member of the class of '02. Lawrence Wright had a tough upbringing in Miami, but turned a corner at prep school and changed his commitment from Miami to Florida. He was an instant success in special teams and a riot on and off the field. He ended up delivering one of the greatest hits in school history --- hello Joey Kent, and an interception return in the Sugar Bowl that will never be forgotten. The L-Dog was joined in this class by Anthone Lott who was unfairly dubbed "An-Toast" for getting beaten deep when he was pressed into duty before he was ready. Lott became a very solid performer and All-SEC corner, and I still don't think I ever heard his voice.

Running back ---- Florida and everyone else thought the Gators scored big with Tony Davis, but things didn't turn out so well. Davis played some football and basketball but did little of note. Dwayne Mobley, another highly touted runner developed into a fine blocking fullback.

Specialist ---- Bart Edmiston won't make most people's list of the greatest kickers in school history, but he was a solid, reliable guy for his entire career. He made 114 consecutive extra points and ended his career the school's all-time leading scorer. He's since been passed in that category by Jeff Chandler (still No. 1), Tim Tebow and Matt Leach.

The class of '96 produced a tremendous number of all-SEC and all-American players, and while the class of 2006 might be able to claim more wins, these guys won three SEC titles… four for the guys who redshirted in '92 (Wuerffel, Wright, Davis, Lott and others).

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