A Dozen Unbreakable Single Season Records - 4

Today we begin the second half of our countdown of the finest single season performances in Gator Football history. So far we've had four offensive and two defensive accomplishments make the countdown, and today it's all about offense once again.

First, let's remember the six performances already recognized.

No. 12 --- 88 receptions by Carlos Alvarez ('69), Chad Jackson ('05) ---
No. 11 --- 27 tackles for loss by Wilber Marshall ('81) ---
No. 10 --- 9 Interceptions by Keiwan Ratliff ('03) -
No. 9 --- 24.4 yards per reception (20+ min.) by Frankie Neal ('85) ---
No. 8 --- 68 Receptions by a TE, Aaron Hernandez ('09) ---
No. 7 --- 1,599 rushing yards by Emmitt Smith ('89) ---


No. 6 --- 660 rush yards and 644 rec. yards by Percy Harvin ('08) ---

At first glance, this looks like a relatively modest pair of numbers, but the reality is different. Every year someone will top one of these numbers, but the likelihood of someone topping both in the same year is remote at best. Harvin was perhaps the most unique talent in Gator history. It drives me nuts when I hear people talking about the "Percy position" when it is a position that he invented and no one is going to move right into it. You want proof? Harvin is the only Gator receiver to run for more than 400 yards in a season. Robert Gillespie (445) is the only Gator running back to top 400 receiving yards in a single season. Harvin's 600-plus in each category is an impressive, remarkable feat.

No. 5 --- 39 touchdown passes by Danny Wuerffel ('96) ---

Florida's offense in 1996 was one of the best in school history and triggerman Danny Wuerffel was the guy making it happen. Wuerffel managed an excellent running game and phenomenal group of receivers to put up huge numbers including 39 TD passes. That doesn't count the three he tossed in the 52-20 win over Florida State to win Florida's first national championship. Wuerffel had thrown 35 TD passes the previous year, which remains the second best total in school history. Rex Grossman gave it a run in 2001 but came up five shy, but that included his two TD throws in the Orange bowl. Tim Tebow topped out at 32 in 2007. Even with a 14-game season you'll have to throw almost three a game to pass that mark. Fact is, even that high scoring an offense will probably result in reserves taking away some TD pass opportunities.


We are down to the final four single season records in UF history. Next a return record I bet you didn't even know existed and a passing mark that doesn't belong to Wuerffel, Tebow or Chris Leak.

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