Florida Gators all-decade team: Offense

As 2020 inches closer Gator Country went back over the last 10 seasons of Gator football to develop an all-decade team.

The last 10 seasons have been quite the roller coaster, with more downs than ups but we were determined to field a first and second team on offense and defense. The defense was a lot of fun; Wil Muschamp’s recruiting and coaching made that fun. If you want to see the defense and special teams click here.

The criteria we used were that they had to have played at least one season in the decade and that we only consider their contributions to Florida. If a player left and succeeded at a different school, good for them, but that won’t help them on this list. We’re also not considering anything they did at the NFL level for our list, just what they did in orange and blue.

First Team Offense
QB: Kyle Trask
RB: Mike Gillislee
TE: Jordan Reed
T: Chaz Green
OG: Marcus Gilbert
C: Mike Pouncey
OG: Jon Halapio
T: Jawaan Taylor
WR: Antonio Callaway
WR: Demarcus Robinson
UT: Chris Rainey

Second Team Offense
QB: Feleipe Franks
RB: Kelvin Taylor
TE: Kyle Pitts
T: D.J. Humphries
OG: Max Garcia
C: Jonotthan Harrison
OG: Trenton Brown
T: Xavier Nixon
WR: Quinton Dunbar
WR: Josh Hammond
Utility: Trey Burton

The decision at quarterback really came down to four guys: Kyle Trask, Feleipe Franks, Jeff Driskel and Will Grier. Is there some recency bias with Trask? Perhaps there is but what he has done this season has been incredible. Will Grier was undefeated in his six starts but failed a drug test and was ultimately encouraged to transfer, so he fell just short of making the list.

Running backs:
It was very hard to keep Lamical Perine off this list but we had to give it to the two backs that surpassed 1,000-rushing yards in a season. Mike Gillislee did so in 2012, rushing for 1,152 yards, the seventh-best rushing season in school history. Taylor rushed for 1,035 yards on 259 carries in 2016. He was an absolute workhorse, carrying the ball, on average, 17.7 times a game. Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps were also considered here, Rainey did make the team, while Demps didn’t. Possibly an oversight or a snub, but we can’t include everyone.

Tight End:
This was easy. Jordan Reed was the most productive at this position in the decade by far. Kyle Pitts edged out Trey Burton with the season he just put together and could (should) pass Reed with the potential he has.

Offensive line:
To be honest this was hard to fill out and get 10. Gilbert and Pouncey only have one season (2010) in the decade but were two of the best.

The first team was easy. Demarcus Robinson and Antonio Callaway were the two most electric and productive receivers of the decade. They were exciting on and off the field with mishaps and missteps but incredibly fun to watch on the field. The second team was the total opposite. You never had to worry about a negative headline from Dunbar or Hammond. The two were first class off the field and they were reliable and dependable on it.

Chris Rainey did it all. He was a running back, receiver, wildcat quarterback and return specialist. Trey Burton was the same. You could never really put a position label on Burton. He played quarterback, receiver, and tight end. He’ll always be remembered for his six touchdown game against Kentucky.

That’s our list. I’m sure some will agree or disagree. Let us know what you think.

Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC