Florida’s All-Decade Team

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Florida quarterback Kyle Trask. [Matt Pendleton/Correspondent]

On Sunday, we will present our top-10 Gator stories of the decade in the newspaper along with our athlete of the decade in each sport on our website, Gatorsports.com.

Today, we give you the Gator football team of the decade 2010-19.

OFFENSE

WR — Demarcus Robinson: 101 catches in 2014 and ’14 and big-play ability.

WR — Antonio Callaway: For all of his off-the-field issues, he was the most dynamic player of the decade.

WR — Van Jefferson: The transfer from Ole Miss is a leader and has 12 TD catches in two seasons.

QB — Kyle Trask: Even with only nine starts, he has shown something special (24 TDs, 6 picks for starters).

OL — Mike Pouncey: Despite playing in only one season this decade.

OL — Martez Ivey: Really came into his own later in his career.

OL — Max Garcia: One of the best stories of the decade is still starting in the NFL.

OL — Jawaan Taylor: The best thing that happened to him was line coach John Hevesy.

OL — Jon Halapio: If there was a game being played, he was usually starting at guard.

TE — Jordan Reed: But give Kyle Pitts some time in the next decade.

RB –– Mike Gillislee: Averaged 4.5 yards a carry on the excellent 2012 team.

RB — Kelvin Taylor: Made a name for himself by going over the 1,000-yard mark in 2015.

PKEddy Piñeiro: He’s a tough choice over Evan McPherson, but his cult following puts him over the top.

DEFENSE

DE — Jachai Polite: It’s difficult to leave Dante Fowler Jr. out, but Polite’s final season was incredible.

DT — Jon Bullard: A real rock in the middle who could play outside or inside.

DT — Dominique Easley: Injuries hurt his stats, but he was a dominant force when healthy.

DE — Jon Greenard: He was at UF for only one season, but made it count on every play.

LB — Antonio Morrison: May be the hardest hitter ever at UF. Just ask EJ Manuel.

LB — David Reese: So consistent in everything he did for four years.

LB — Jarrad Davis: One of the best leaders in the locker room who had a savvy sense for where the ball was going.

CB — Vernon Hargreaves III: He was such a huge recruit and played up to it with 10 interceptions during his career.

CB — Jalen Tabor: One of the smartest corners we’ve seen at Florida.

S — Chauncey Gardner-Johnson: Being the MVP of two bowl games is a pretty good career.

S — Keanu Neal: Had an eye for the ball and the physicality to knock you loose from it.

Nickel — Matt Elam: Who could forget his strip of Odell Beckham Jr.?

P — Johnny Townsend: In a decade with good punters, he was the best and maybe the best ever at UF.

Contact Pat Dooley at 352-374-5053 or at pat.dooley@gvillesun.com. And follow at Twitter.com/Pat_Dooley.

18 COMMENTS

  1. I wondered who the QB selection might be. Hard to believe we have had three starting NFL QBs come through the program who did not make this list. An almost lost decade of Gator Football but with Trask, Jones and Mullen, the future is bright!

    • Yeah, I still contend those defenses of the McElwain era were among the best ever at Florida. I think that 2015 defense scored more points than the offense. Sometimes their stats didn’t look as good so good- because they were on the field so much and demoralized by the 4th quarter of zero offense, but imagine what McElwain’s record would have been without them? Imagine the 2015 and 2016 defenses on a team with good offense- they were national championship caliber. We won a national championship in 2006 with average offense but amazing defense.

      The other thing that stands out on this list is lack of huge offensive names- really highlights that this was the lost decade of Florida offense. Things are really turning around quickly though.

  2. Fun list. It’s close, but I’d go with Sharrif Floyd at DT instead of Bullard.
    No kick / punt returner mentioned — plug in Chris Rainey (we’re just talking on-field, right?!)
    Can’t argue with the safeties, but tip of the hat to Ahmad Black, a “little” guy who played big in big games.