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Gators' top 10 wide receivers of all time ++ (Gvl Sun)

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  1. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

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    Florida football: Here are the Gators' top 10 wide receivers of all time
    Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun
    So here was the idea. In 2006, The Gainesville Sun ranked the top 100 Florida football players on the 100th anniversary of Florida football. A lot of players have been stars since then, so let’s re-rank them. But that would mean kicking some of those players to the curb. So instead, we give you this as you try to take your minds off things — the Top 10 Gators at each position over the last 114 years of football. This is the second of a 13-part series.

    Today — The wide receivers.

    Ike Hilliard (1994-96) — One of the quickest receivers in school history, he’ll always be remembered for his ankle-breaking cut that set him free for a touchdown reception in the national championship game against FSU his senior season. In only three seasons, Hilliard piled up 126 receptions (seventh most in school history) for 2,214 yards and 29 touchdowns (second-most in SEC history)
    Percy Harvin (2006-08) — One of the most dynamic and explosive offensive players in UF history, Harvin carved up opposing offenses as both a receiver and runner. He was the first player to have 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in a game. He scored 32 touchdowns — 19 rushing, 13 receiving — in his career and is UF’s all-time leading rushing receiver with 1,852 yards.
    Wes Chandler (1974-77) — One of the quickest, fastest, smoothest athletes to put on the orange and blue, Chandler managed to become a two-time All-American despite being a wide receiver playing in a wishbone offense. He had 92 career receptions for 1,93 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also rushed for six touchdowns in becoming the highest-scoring non-kicker in UF history at the time with 172 points.
    Chris Doering (1993-95) — From local walk-on to one of the best receivers in the nation and in school history, what a story this guy lived out under Steve Spurrier. He had the iconic “Doering’s got a touchdown” moment in the last-second win at Kentucky in 1993. But that was just the start. For his career, he went on to catch 149 passes for 2,107 yards and an SEC-record 31 touchdowns. He finished it with a huge senior season in which he had 70 receptions, 17 that went for TDs.
    Florida football: Here are the Gators' top 10 wide receivers of all time
     
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  2. GatorGrowl

    GatorGrowl Forum Admin Moderator VIP Member GC Staff

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    I would vote Chandler
     
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  3. Claygator

    Claygator GC Hall of Fame

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    6 if the ten were Spurrier boys. That says a lot.

    And I agree about Chandler, but it's hard to put anyone over Percy.

    There is one glaring omission from that list: Ricky Nattiel.
     
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  4. BrianUF5220

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    Crazy that 5 of the top 9 were on the same team together in 94.
     
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  5. RD_gator

    RD_gator GC Hall of Fame

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    Also,
    Also, Chris Collinsworth.
    He had a good pro-career, too.
     
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  6. gatorbred

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    Agree about Ricky the Rocket and Collingsworth, but also Travis McGriff who as I recall had over 1300 receiving yards his senior year and a lot of long TD catches. Just shows how deep we are with outstanding WR’s.
     
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  7. gatorjjh

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  8. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

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    Surprised they left Willie Jackson Jr off the list! He’s top 10 in many career statistical categories and his strength and toughness hauling in passes over the middle of the field helped pave the way to a couple SEC championships.
     
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  10. red4512

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    Id vote Hilliard #1 just for the catch and stop on a dime move against FSUcks in the first NC!
     
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  11. tcmba

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    Richard Trapp should be on the list. And Charles Casey should be on the tight end list.
     
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  12. missourigator

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    Carlos
     
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  13. gatorjjh

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    Seeing as they’re all seniors, Florida’s Fab Four wide receivers knew the breakup was coming, that it was inevitable. They just didn’t expect it to end two gigs too soon
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    After the end of the 2019 season, they were counting on being together, working together, two more times — at the NFL Combine and then again at UF’s annual Pro Day.

    But neither happened.

    Van Jefferson, Tyrie Cleveland and Freddie Swain were invited to the Combine. Josh Hammond was not.

    Then, just a few weeks ago, the word came out that Pro Day had been canceled due to the threat of the coronavirus, sidelining all four and the rest of the draft-eligible UF players.

    “It definitely sucked,” Hammond said. “I wanted to be there (at the Combine) to be with my brothers and have that experience with them. That’s something that was out of my control.

    “Pro Day was out of our control as well. To have Pro Day, it would have been a good time. We were all looking forward to it. We knew we’d all be there and all the young (UF receivers) would be there. They were really looking forward to seeing us. They were bummed they didn’t get to spend some time with us.”
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