Even earlier than Steve Spurrier took over the Florida soccer program in 1990 the Gators were identified for producing some uncover quarterback expertise, headlined by the aforementioned Heisman-winning Spurrier to boot to others equivalent to John Reeves, Wayne Peace and Kerwin Bell.
After the UF sage took over, issues went into overdrive stretching from Shane Matthews to Rex Grossman, which integrated Florida’s 2nd Heisman Trophy winner, Danny Wuerffel. Never thoughts that Grossman changed into cheated out of his rightful honor in 2001 shedding out to Nebraska Cornhusker Eric Crouch— nonetheless that is yet another memoir.
Things petered out a little bit underneath Ron Zook, nonetheless he does gather credit ranking for bringing in Chris Leak, who thrived underneath Urban Meyer along with the Gators’ third Heisman winner, Tim Tebow, to dangle the legacy alive. After the departure of the two-time championship skipper, issues reached a nadir underneath center for the Orange and Blue.
While many of the later talents were highly rated popping out of highschool, they largely floundered within the Swamp stretching between the Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain eras, simplest to be resurrected by as soon as-heralded quarterback guru Dan Mullen. Due to the success of Kyle Trask and Anthony Richardson — the latter of whom changed into recruited by Mullen nonetheless accomplished largely underneath Billy Napier — it appears to be like that Gainesville is yet another time among the many tip destinations for aspiring hasten-callers.
ESPN’s David Hale these days published his “Station U” rankings all the design thru which he surveyed the collegiate soccer panorama for doubtlessly the most piquant packages for avid gamers to flourish. Florida came in at No. 8 on the quarterback place, earning a repeat as the brand new faculty on the block from Hale.
Florida didn’t unquestionably revel in important on-subject success with Anthony Richardson at quarterback final season, nonetheless he sure did inspire its standing in our QBU rankings. Florida jumped from 11th to eighth in tremendous phase attributable to Richardson’s excessive draft stock. Would perhaps presumably also smooth Kyle Trask win the starting up QB job for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this yr and originate padding his NFL stats, the Gators would possibly maybe well presumably also take be aware of an even bigger jump subsequent yr, nonetheless Florida fans would doubtlessly exchange all that for a little hope on the QB place in Gainesville this season.
The expectations from Florida’s QB corps this coming season are low nonetheless Wisconsin Badgers switch Graham Mertz has assign up uncover numbers in Broad Ten competitors earlier than heading south to Gainesville. Can a number of of that Swamp mojo rub off on him?