Ok, Ok, you might be clicking on article with all intentions of listing multiple teams to contradict the article title...please spare me.
I'm only 20(be 21 in two months..YES!), but I understand that in the great history of college football, there have been many of teams which completely dominated the league.
I'm not writing this article in an attempt to undermine their efforts to be the greatest team ever, I'm merely stating why I think UF's squad should also be considered.
HANDS DOWN: The 2001 Miami Hurricane team was the best college football team of all time. There never has been, nor will there ever be, a team whom reigns superior.
Traditionally thought of as where "Games are won and lost", the Gators return the majority of their powerful offensive and defensive line. The 6-5 312 lb. Pouncey brothers anchor the, quickly maturing, offensive line.
The Gators defense line is peppered with amazing size and speed. Jermaine Cunningham is a ferocious run stopper who contains well. Carlos Dunlap(pictured) is the biggest and maybe the best D-lineman the gators have. At 6-6 290, he is a load to stop, and has been seen chasing down running backs who thought they could make the corner.
This news just in! SEC running backs, get out while you can, Brandon Spikes is returning for his Senior year to captain the Gator's D. This 6-3, 250 lb. First-team-All-American Monster is one of only three linebackers in the nation with two interception returns for touchdowns this season...But this is only a tid-bit of his athletic ability..
Spikes is a starter at middle linebacker who during the 07' season recorded 131 tackles, but much like Tebow, his stats haven't been as impressive due to the an overall team effort. He still led the team with 87 this season, including 8 for a loss of 29 yards.
Returning with Brandon, will be Dustin Doe, and Jacksonville's Brandon Hicks. Both now upper-upperclassmen with speed and awareness.
Their change from poor to powerful was a swift one from 07' to 08'. Freshman, Will "The Thrill" Hill, has made a major impact at safety as expected. Some other playmakers in the backfield are Joe Haden, Major Wright, Ahmad Black, and stud freshman Janoris Jenkins.
Growing up in Pahokee, Jenkins spent many days chasing the wild rabbits that would come scurrying out of the sugarcane fields after the crop had been harvested. He caught his fair share, too. He has the confidence and swagger of a season veteran.
Little has been said about their defense stand against OU. By the numbers, the 2008 OU team was the greatest offense in the history of college football, scoring 60+ in 5 games straight. This gators defense held the Sooner's powerful offense to a mere 14 points, nearly a Quarter of their average....
Lastly, yes, they split heads...Just look at the expression on the face of Big Ronnie Wilson, #70, who can be found just to the left Urban Meyer in the picture above.
Some people hate Meyer, and they should, he is the Wicked Witch of the east....Homie is always looking into his crystal ball! haha...sorry.
Urban Meyer has won more championships, in less time, than anyone in the history of the game. Meyer claimed the Mountain West in 03' and 04' while coaching at Utah. While at UF, he holds a record of 44-9, but whats really impressive are the 2 SEC championships and 2 National championships in the last 3 years.
Meyer is well-known as one of the best big-game coaches out there. He holds a bowl game record of 5-1, which 2 of those games, were against the #1 team in the land(OSU 06', OU 08'), in the big one.
A new SI cover reads, "Meyer, Stoops taking fast track to greatness",......exactly.
The defensive success of the gators must, in large part, be accredited to the astute planning and game-play of, Defensive Coordinator, Charlie Strong.
Oh Brandon James.....BJ is back and ready to stock up more clips for his, already lengthy, highlight reel. The gators are well known for blocking punts, alot of them...just ask the Kentucky Wildcats....
If your lucky enough to get a punt away.. your worries are far from over..Brandon James has returned 2 punts for TDs on the season. He has racked up 1,248 yards, in 2008, between punt and kick returns. James can also be seen on offense, all over the field. He has 2 TDs rushing, and 1 receiving. He averages 8 1/2 YPC, and 4 yards a rush.
..You will see much more of BJ in 09' due to the lack of Percy Harvin.
The gators are taking a heavy hit with the losses of Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy, two very explosive, blue-buyou receivers.....
Don't worry though, the gators still have a couple guys....
Deonte Thompson-A 6 foot, 200 pound freshman who recorded 18 snags for 269 yrds and 3 TDs. Although in the shadow of two greats this year, he definitely made a name for himself, a name that you will hear many times in the years to come.
Carl Moore-This 6-3, 220 pound junior surly has the size and ability to have a break out year in 09'. He averaged 13 yards every time he caught the football.
Aaron Hernandez-This 6-3, 255 pound TE from Bristol, Conn. recorded 34 catches for 381 yards. He has been known to be on the receiving end of a "jump pass" or two, and loves to steam-ahead after getting the ball during a triple-option. He had 5 TDs on the season.
David Nelson-Recorded 5 TDs on 12 snags. Nelson was quiet in the early going, but came through with big catches in the Bama and OU game. He has what you can't teach....size....he's 6-5 220. Look for his stats to sky-rocket next season.
Riley Cooper(pictured)-My favorite receiver. He won me over with that 1-handed, interfered with, 43-yard TD snag against the Citadel....one of the best catches of the season. This year he racked up 18 catches for 261 yards and 3 TDs. He is a 6-3, 220 pound Junior, who has a bit of swagger, and who will be Tebow's favorite target in 09'.....did I mention he is Tebow's room-mate?....that means he is around him a lot....HE HAS TO BE A BETTER PERSON BECAUSE OF IT! haha..........shut-up.
Jeff Demps is the fastest teenager in the country.
He carried the ball 78 times for 605 yards......wow..your right..that is 7.8 YPC. He has 7 TDs. this season...and he is just getting faster and faster...he will be a Sophomore in 2009.
Chris Rainey brags about beating Jeff Demps in a footrace--I personally heard it was a tie from an on-looker. But yes, he is fast too, and yes he also averages 7.8 YPC. He has 4 TDs on the season, and did break one off for 75 yrds, which he probably ran in 6 1/2 seconds.
Emmanuel Moody would be a starting RB at 95% of other schools in the country...not at UF....I guess he has done everything he can....The problem is he only averages 7.2 YPC....weak, I know. He is a very sturdy and strong RB who I think will be used much more in 09'.
"We will get another one, because I'm coming back!", were the words he spoke to an anxious crowd, which erupted with joy in the Swamp last week.
Tebow is already considered, by most, to be in the top 5 greatest players to ever take a breath. Is he? Who knows, and who cares? He is coming back for his senior season, and he's got alot of snaps left.
Whether you like him or not, this is history, have some respect for a great person and a great athlete.
Or teach your kids to hate him, maybe they will look up to other athletes instead, like Pac-man Jones or Micheal Vick.