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 second of a 13-part series.
Today — The wide receivers.
Up next — The running backs.
- Ike Hilliard (1994-96) — One of the quickest receivers in school history, he’ll always be remembered for his ankle-breaking cut that set him free for a touchdown reception in the national championship game against FSU his senior season. In only three seasons, he piled up 126 receptions (seventh most in school history) for 2,214 yards and 29 touchdowns (second-most in SEC history)
- Percy Harvin (2006-08) — One of the most dynamic and explosive offensive players in UF history, Harvin carved up opposing offenses as both a receiver and runner. He was the first player to have 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in a game. He scored 32 touchdowns — 19 rushing, 13 receiving — in his career and is UF’s all-time leading rushing receiver with 1,852 yards.
- Wes Chandler (1974-77) — One of the quickest, fastest, smoothest athletes to put on the orange and blue, Chandler managed to become a two-time All-American despite being a wide receiver playing in a wishbone offense. He had 92 career receptions for 1,93 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also rushed for six touchdowns in becoming the highest-scoring non-kicker in UF history at the time with 172 points.
- Chris Doering (1993-95) — From local walk-on to one of the best receivers in the nation and in school history, what a story this guy lived out under Steve Spurrier. He had the iconic “Doering’s got a touchdown” moment in the last-second win at Kentucky in 1993. But that was just the start. For his career, he went on to catch 149 passes for 2,107 yards and an SEC-record 31 touchdowns. He finished it with a huge senior season in which he had 70 receptions, 17 that went for TDs.
- Reidel Anthony (1994-96) — You didn’t say Ike without Reidel back in 1996, UF’s first national championship season. Anthony actually put together a year even bigger than Hilliard’s, catching 72 passes (second-most in school history) for 1,293 yards (also second-best in UF history) and 18 touchdowns, which led the nation that season. For his career, he had 126 receptions for 2,274 yards and 26 touchdowns.
- Carlos Alvarez (1969-71) — As one of the Super Sophs in 1969, this speedy receiver from Miami put together the greatest season by a Florida wide receiver, catching a school-record 88 passes for 1,329 yards and 12 TDs. A knee injury hampered him his next two seasons, but he closed out his career in a big way, catching 15 passes for 238 yards against Miami in his hometown in his final college game.
- Jacquez Green (1994-97) — Spurrier and Dwayne Dixon took this dual-threat high school quarterback and developed him into one of the nation’s best college wide receivers. Green was a first-team All-American in 1997 after catching 61 passes for 1,024 yards and nine TDs. In a win at Auburn that year, he scored a touchdown rushing, passing and receiving.
- Jabar Gaffney (2000-01) — He had one of the most remarkable two-season runs in school history, combining for 138 receptions for 2,375 yards and 27 touchdowns. He came out of nowhere as a redshirt freshman in 2000 to catch 71 passes for 1,184 yards. He followed 67 catches for 1,191 yards the following season before heading off to the NFL.
- Jack Jackson (1992-94) — Yet another high school quarterback who was turned into an elite college wide receiver by Spurrier and Dixon. He had a huge year in 1994, earning first-team All-American honors after catching 57 passes for 855 yards and 15 touchdowns. He finished his career with 143 catches for 2,266 yards and 29 touchdowns.
- Andre Caldwell (2003-07) — Some might argue that Caldwell should be a lot higher on the list. Afterall, he’s UF’s all-time reception leader (185 catches) and third in receiving yardage (2,349). After catching a whole bunch of bubble screens early in his career under Ron Zook, he became a dynamic wide receiver down the field in his last two seasons under Urban Meyer and Billy Gonzales.