Open Mic: The Florida Gators All-Time Lineup of My Lifetime
The choices I made for this team were not all the best players at their respective positions, nor the best of all time, but these were the players I have seen that I feel were the best to suit up at the University of Florida.
QB—Shane Matthews: I know I'm going to get killed on this for not picking Danny Wuerffel, but to me, Shane Matthews set the tone at quarterback for the Gators.
RB—Errict Rhett: A true beast at running back who broke Emmitt Smith's school record for rushing yards.
RB—Fred Taylor: After sharing carries for most of his UF career, Fred Taylor rushed for 1,292 yards his senior year, including a 162-yard, four touchdown performance against the number one-ranked rushing defense in a 32-29 upset of FSU.
WR—Taylor Jacobs: I was there the night he made the catch to beat Auburn in OT in 2002. That capped a solid career in the orange and blue.
WR—Harrison Houston: 19 career receiving TDs and always had the knack for coming up with a big catch.
WR—Andre Caldwell: Hard to argue with the best pass catcher in school history, breaking Carlos Alvarez's school record.
TE—Ben Troupe: All-American. The hurdles against Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Michigan, and he almost single-handedly beat FSU in 2003.
No reasons for the Offensive Line, other than they worked hard and played hard during their time at UF.
DE—Kevin Carter: An All-American who led the UF defense in a classic 14-9 win over FSU in 1991.
DE—Alex Brown: Gave Tee Martin nightmares in 1999, sacking him five times. Won SEC defensive player of the year in 2001.
DT—Ellis Johnson: Disrupted many offenses and was part of three SEC championships.
DT—Brad Culpepper: Along with Kevin Carter, he provided a rock-solid front for the first SEC title team in school history.
LB—James Bates: The defensive leader of the 1996 National Champions.
LB—Johnny Rutledge: Brutal hitter and intimidating force during Bob Stoops’ time as DC at Florida.
LB—Mike Peterson: The most underrated LB to ever play at Florida, Peterson was a hard hitter and awesome against the run.
Gatorback—Monty Grow: This position was part of the early Florida defenses under Steve Spurrier as a hybrid LB/S position, and Monty Grow was the best of the bunch. Just ask Darren Studstill of West Virginia.
CB—Lito Sheppard: Outstanding corner and even better punt returner.
CB—Keiwan Ratliff: All-American ballhawk that won games by himself during the Ron Zook era.
S—Reggie Nelson: Reggie made everyone around him better. Just ask Ryan Smith, who was All-SEC the only year he played at UF. A punishing hitter and defensive leader of the 2006 National Champions. Rumor is that Massaquoi is Arabic for “scared to death of Reggie Nelson.”
S—Lawrence Wright: Once hit Joey Kent so hard that he made Kent bite off the tip of his tongue. Won the Thorpe Award in 1996 without having an interception all season.
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