DT dominated the middle


Published: Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 31, 2006 at 11:48 a.m.
No. 32 Ellis Johnson Position: Defensive tackle. Years he played: 1991-94. Top 100 credentials: A disruptive force in the middle, Johnson combined quickness and power to help Florida continue a defensive tradition that was started in the 1980s. His 36.8 career tackles behind the line tell only a part of his success because he was double-teamed so often. How he shined: Johnson was especially outstanding during his senior season as he helped Florida win its third third SEC title in his four years. In the SEC title game against Alabama, Johnson earned the game's Most Valuable Player honor and was later named CNN's defensive player of the year. Making his mark: After a spectacular senior season, Johnson was a first-round pick by Indianapolis. He spent seven years with the Colts, two with Atlanta and one with Denver. He finished his career in 2004 with 51 career sacks including eight in both 1998 and 2003. He also had three interceptions including one he returned for a score in his last season. No. 32 Florida 52, Georgia 17
When: Oct. 29, 1995.
Where: Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga. What happened: Playing in Athens for the first time since 1932, the Gators pinned a historic defeat on the Bulldogs. Throwing an SEC-record seven touchdown passes, the Gators rolled to an easy victory, becoming the first opponent in history to score 50 points or more against Georgia in Sanford Stadium. "No one had scored 50 points in here before, so we wanted to do that," UF coach Steve Spurrier said. Who was the hero: Five of UF's TD passes were thrown by junior quarterback Danny Wuerffel, who was almost perfect on the day, completing 14 of his 17 attempts for 242 yards. Why it mattered: It was Florida's first appearance between the hedges in more than 60 years and it was a key victory in what would become the Gators' first undefeated regular season. The win moved UF to 7-0.

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