A Dozen Unbreakable Single Season Records - 5

Today, we offer up the next-to-last segment of this look at the top single season performances in Gator history. While I'm sure you know many of the ones we've gone through I suspect you may not have know about either one for today. Let's see if I'm right.

But first let's remember the eight 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) ---
No. 5 --- 39 touchdown passes by Danny Wuerffel ('96) ---


No. 4 --- 9 straight 300 yard passing games by Rex Grossman ('01) ---

Rex Grossman lit up each opposing secondary week in and week out in the 2001 campaign. To really what an incredible record this was you need to know that the previous record was three straight games. Grossman opened the season passing for 375 yards and three TD against Marshall and he just kept pouring it on. Grossman took full advantage of a receiving corps that featured Jabar Gaffney (67-1,191), Reche Caldwell (65-1,059) and Taylor Jacobs (38-712). He topped the 300 mark for each game after that and surpassed 400 against Georgia (407) and LSU (464). His streak ended at home against Florida State when the Seminoles held him to 290 yards in a 37-13 blowout win for the Gators. He added a 10th 300-yard game against Tennessee, but the nine in a row is going to last for a long time.


No. 3 --- 26.7 yards per punt return by Hal Griffin ('47) ---

I'll be honest with you I didn't even know this record existed before I started looking up stats for these summertime series. The record is not only a Gator record it is still the NCAA record for average return yards based on a minimum of ten returns in a season. Interestingly enough that's exactly the number of returns Griffin had that season. Despite that average only one of those ten returns went the distance. I don't know much more than that, but my goodness that's a number for the ages, isn't it? It didn't help much, though. Florida finished 4-5-1 in 1947 and scored just 12.5 points a game.


Well we're down to the final two single season records that I think will last the longest. One was set just three years ago while the other has been on the books since I was in high school.

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