By The Numbers: Florida’s best

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Florida's Percy Harvin grabs a Tim Tebow pass after LSU's Danny McCray tipped it during the first quarter of the Oct. 11, 2008 game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. [Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun]

 Who was the best player to wear No. 11 in Florida football history?

 That’s an easy one.

 Steve Spurrier. Everyone knows that.

 The same goes for No. 7 (Danny Wuerffel) and, of course, No. 15 (Tim Tebow).

 But what about No. 21 or No. 32 or No. 97? 

 Over the next few weeks, we’re going to look at every number and pick out the best Gator player at each one.

 Today, 1-10:

No. 1

Percy Harvin, WR, 2006-08

 Why he’s the No. 1 No.1: He was one of the most explosive offensive players in school history, both a dynamic receiver and maybe an even more dangerous runner. He was the first UF player to have 100 yards receiving and 100 yards rushing in a game. He had 32 career touchdowns and holds the school record for rushing yards by a wide receiver with 1,852.

 Other top contenders: CB Vernon Hargreaves, S Reggie Nelson, CB Keiwan Ratliff, WR Jabar Gaffney, DB Wayne Fields,  WR Jack Jackson and linebacker Jack Card.

No. 2

Will White, S, 1989-92

 Why he’s the No. 1 No. 2: In 1990, he intercepted seven passes (a school record at the time) and became only the second sophomore in school history to be named first team All-American. He had 14 career interceptions, which ties him for second on UF’s all-time list.

 Other top contenders: DT Dominique Easley, RB Jeff Demps, RB Bo Carroll, S Adrian White.

No. 3

Lito Sheppard, CB, 1999-01

 Why he’s the No. 1 No. 3: He was a lock-down cover cornerback who also was one of the most dangerous punt returners in school history. He was a two-time All-SEC selection and only the fourth sophomore in UF history to be named a first team All-American.

 Other top contenders: WR Travis McGriff, LB Antonio Morrison, RB Chris Rainey, LB Jelani Jenkins.

No. 4

Lawrence Wright, S, 1993-96

 Why he’s the No. 1 No. 4: He was a great team leader and a game changer with his ability to make plays — especially with his monstrous hits. He was first team All-SEC in his junior and senior seasons.

 Other top contenders: RB Ciatrick Fason, S Marquand Manuel.

No. 5

Joe Haden, CB, 2007-09

 Why he’s the No. 1 No. 5: He was the first true freshman in school history to start at cornerback on opening day of the season. He was a first team All-American who ended his UF career with eight interceptions.

 Other top contenders: WR Andre Caldwell, WR Jacquez Green, CB CJ Henderson, RB Earnest Graham.

No. 6

Taylor Jacobs, WR, 1999-2002

 Why he’s the No. 1 No. 6: He had one of the best seasons by a wide receiver in school history in 2002, catching 71 passes for 1,088 yards.

 Other top contenders: DE Dante Fowler, K Judd Davis, CB Quincy Wilson.

No. 7

Danny Wuerffel, QB, 1992-96

 Why he’s the No. 1 No. 7: One of the greatest — and certainly one of the most popular players in school history. He led the Gators to four SEC titles and the national championship in 1996, a season in which he won the Heisman Trophy. He finished his career with 10,875 yards passing and 114 touchdowns.

 Other top contenders: QB John Reaves, QB Terry LeCount, RB Lorenzo Hampton, DB Duke Dawson, TE Cornelius Ingram.

No. 8

Rex Grossman, QB, 2000-02

 Why he’s the No. 1 No. 8: One could make a strong argument that he was the best pure passer ever to play for the Gators. In 2001, he was the Heisman runner-up and AP’s national player of the year. In 2000-01, he combined to throw 55 touchdown passes.

 Other top contenders: DE Carlos Dunlap, QB Don Gaffney, TE Trey Burton.

No. 9

Shane Matthews, QB, 1989-92

 Why he’s the No. 1 No. 9: Spurrier’s first UF quarterback went from the bottom of the depth chart in the spring of 1990 to become one of the best players in college football. He was a three-time All-SEC choice and the conference’s player of the year twice. He finished his career with 722 completions, second in UF history, and 9,287 passing yards and 74 touchdowns.

 Other top contenders: CB Anthone Lott, WR Louis Murphy, WR Darrell Jackson, WR Ray McDonald.

No. 10

Jabar Gaffney, WR, 2000-01

 Why he’s the No. 1 No. 10: He was a first team All-American selection after catching 71 passes in 2001. He had back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons, piling up 1,184 yards in 2000 and 1,191 in 2001. Over the course of those two seasons, he combined to catch 27 touchdown passes.

 Other top contenders: QB Larry Rentz, DB Joe Brodsky, DB Jimmy Hall, QB Jimmy Fisher.