So here was the idea. In 2006, we 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 eighth of a 13-part series.
Today — The defensive tackles.
Up next — The linebackers.
- Ellis Johnson (1991-94) — Johnson was a stud in the middle for UF but really blossomed as a senior when he was named the team’s MVP and CNN’s national defensive player of the year. He was also the MVP of UF’s SEC championship game win over Alabama.
- David Galloway (1977-81) — Galloway was an All-American in 1981 and finished his career with 21 sacks, the most in Florida history for an interior lineman.
- Sharif Floyd (2010-12) — Floyd was an All-American as a junior after recording 13 tackles for a loss. He also blocked three field goals as a Gator and finished with 115 career tackles.
- Brad Culpepper (1988-91) — Smart and quick, Culpepper played much bigger than his size. He was All-American on that great 1991 defense and finished with 47.5 tackles for a loss, a UF record for an interior lineman.
- Gerard Warren (1998-2000) — They called him “Big Money” and he made money plays for three years for the Gators with 159 tackles, 30 for a loss of yardage.
- Trace Armstrong (1988) — He played only one season as a transfer but what a season it was. Armstrong was an All-American who had 19 tackles for a loss.
- Jon Bullard (2012-15) — The results weren’t always great team-wise but Bullard was a dominant player for four years with 175 tackles, 34 for loss.
- Tony McCoy (1988-91) — Quick and physical, McCoy helped Florida win its first SEC title and was an All-SEC performer.
- Robin Fisher (1978-81) — He was listed as a nose guard but what he was was a guy with a nose for the football. His 348 career tackles are evidence of that.
- Ed Chester (1995-98) — His career was cut short by an injury as a senior, but he was a big part of two teams that played for national championships recording 13 sacks in his career.