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 fourth of a 13-part series.
Today — The tight ends.
Up next — The offensive tackles.
- Aaron Hernandez (2007-09): Despite the terrible issues off the field, there is little doubt Hernandez was the best to play the position. He had 111 career catches, including 68 for 850 yards as a junior when he was named first-team All-American.
- Ben Troupe (2000-03) — Troupe was a master of the hurdle as he would turn short passes into big gains. He averaged 15.0 yards a reception in his four years at UF.
- Jordan Reed (2010-12) — Reed was a quarterback as a freshman, but played his final two seasons as a dominant tight end. He finished with 79 catches for 945 yards and was All-SEC as a junior.
- Kirk Kirkpatrick (1987-90) — Kirkpatrick had only 27 catches before Steve Spurrier arrived and allowed him to split out more often. The result? A 55-catch season with seven touchdowns.
- Chris Faulkner (1979-82) — Mike Shanahan turned the position into an effective one as offensive coordinator and Faulker shared time with Mike Mularkey. He has 71 career catches for 752 yards and eight touchdowns.
- Aaron Walker (1999-2002) — He also played baseball, but it was in the football field where Walker excelled, catching 56 passes in his career for 716 yards.
- Kyle Pitts (2018-19) — Pitts still has a chance to do more damage, but he was a huge weapon for the 2019 Gators with 54 catches and five touchdowns.
- Jim Yarbrough (1966-68) — Yarbrough was a great blocker but when they threw the ball his way he usually snatched it in with his enormous hands. As a junior, he averaged 18 yards a catch.
- Cornelius Ingram (2005-08) — An injury cut his career short, but the former high school quarterback still managed to catch 64 passes in the Urban Meyer offense, eight of them for scores.
- Jake McGee (2014-15) — The transfer from Virginia missed his first season with an injury, but responded in his only full season at UF with 41 catches.