Florida Gators Football: The 5 Best Individual Performances of 2010

Joe MorganSenior Analyst IJanuary 17, 2011

Florida Gators Football: The 5 Best Individual Performances of 2010

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    While Urban Meyer's final season in Gainesville saw the Florida Gators finish with a disappointing 8-5 record, not all was lost in 2010.

    The entire team wasn't always on the mark, but there were plenty of individual performances that ended up winning games and earning certain players All-American and All-SEC honors.

    Here's a look at the five best individual game performances by Gators this season.

    Read the original article on GatorRaid.com.

Honorable Mention: Jordan Reed Vs. Vanderbilt

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    One of the biggest stories of the Florida Gators' 2010 season was the underwhelming performance of John Brantley as the starting quarterback.

    While his inability to equal Tim Tebow's production put him on the hot seat, the play of Jordan Reed made the pressure on Brantley even more intense.

    Reed not only had the same build and style as former Gator quarterbacks Tebow and Cam Newton, but he showed flashes of brilliance, particularly against Vanderbilt, that quickly made him a fan favorite.

    Reed completed 11 passes in 19 attempts for 120 yards and one touchdown pass while rushing for 84 yards on 16 carries and another touchdown in a 55-14 win against the Commodores.

    We'll never know if Reed would have performed better than Brantley had he been given the starting quarterback job, but based on his limited time under center, the odds are in Reed's favor.

Honorable Mention: John Brantley Vs. Kentucky

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    As mentioned in the previous slide, much was made about John Brantley's struggles throughout the 2010 season.

    While Brantley will probably chalk up this past season as one to forget, not every memory is a bad one.

    In his best statistical performance of the season, Brantley quarterbacked the Florida Gators to a 48-14 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats.

    Brantley set career-high numbers with 24 completions, 248 passing yards and a 68.6 percent completion percentage against the Wildcats in "The Swamp."

    However, while a performance like this was rare for this season's John Brantley, new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis has the ability to make games like these the norm for the redshirt senior.

5. Jeff Demps Vs. South Florida

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    One of the biggest setbacks for the Florida Gators during the 2010 campaign was a nagging foot injury suffered by speedster Jeff Demps against the Tennessee Volunteers.

    The injury would not relent for the rest of the season, limiting both Demps' explosiveness and his game time.

    During those days, the Gator Nation could only dream about performances like the one he put on in "The Swamp" in a 38-14 win over the South Florida Bulls in Week 2.

    Demps torched the Bulls defense for 139 rushing yards on just 11 carries, which included a 62-yard touchdown run that gave Florida a lead that it would never relinquish.

    At full health in 2011, Demps will once again be an offensive force to be reckoned with in the SEC.

4. Ahmad Black Vs. Penn State

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    While his senior season didn't have the end result he would have liked, that didn't mean that safety Ahmad Black didn't give it his all.

    Black recorded a career-high 109 (74 solo) tackles, forced two fumbles and picked off five passes in 2010.

    However, he saved his best game for last, recording six tackles (five solo), deflecting two passes and making two interceptions for 129 yards, including a game-clinching 80-yard pick for a touchdown.

    Black helped give both Urban Meyer and himself a proper send-off with the Florida Gators' 37-24 Outback Bowl victory against the Penn State Nittany Lions.

3. Trey Burton Vs. Georgia

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    Despite his youth, "slashback" Trey Burton made his presence known for the Florida Gators.

    Perhaps his most clutch performance came in a 34-31 overtime victory over the Georgia Bulldogs in the "World's Largest Outdoor Gathering of People Who Drink but Are Not at a Cocktail Party."

    Burton completed both of his passing attempts for 26 yards, caught five passes for 35 yards and rushed for 110 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns.

    In fact, arguably Burton's most clutch play of the season came on a 51-yard touchdown run with just under seven minutes remaining in regulation, which helped stop the bleeding from Georgia's second-half offensive onslaught.

2. Trey Burton Vs. Kentucky

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    Few expected Tim Tebow to be bested by any future Florida Gators, let alone a true freshman just one season later, but Trey Burton managed to do it.

    In just his fourth collegiate game, Burton set a school record with six total touchdowns in a single game, besting Tebow's mark of five.

    Burton found the end zone five times on the ground and once on the receiving end of a John Brantley touchdown pass in a 48-14 victory against the Kentucky Wildcats in "The Swamp."

    In addition to his six scores, Burton racked up an impressive 119 yards of total offense on just 11 touches.

1. Will Hill Vs. Georgia

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    If you were to sum up Will Hill's 2010 season in one word, it would be underwhelming.

    With the departure of Major Wright to the NFL, Hill was expected to have a monster season paired with All-SEC safety Ahmad Black, but off-field troubles and questionable on-field efforts hampered his season.

    However, Hill showed the Gator Nation what he was truly capable of in the Florida Gators' 34-31 overtime victory against the Georgia Bulldogs in Jacksonville.

    Hill recorded six tackles (five solo) and two interceptions, providing much-needed clutch plays from a bleeding Florida defense.

    Hill actually picked off three passes during the game, the third coming on a failed Georgia two-point conversion in the fourth quarter.

    Oh, and by the way, Hill nearly won the game on his second officially-recorded interception, taking a tipped pass from Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray 89 yards down to the Georgia 4-yard line in overtime.

    While his lack of contributions hurt the Gators in 2010, his efforts also rescued the team from its darkest stretch since the Ron Zook Era.