Gators’ best by the numbers: Nos. 71-80

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Jack Youngblood waves to the crowd during Team of the Century introductions at Florida Field. (Dede Smith/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, Nos. 71-80:

No. 71

Jeff Mitchell, C, 1992-96

 Why he’s the No. 1 No. 71: He came to UF as a highly rated offensive tackle or guard prospect, but his game — and his career — took off when he made the move to center. He was a physically dominant player at the position, earning All-SEC honors his senior season.

 Other notables: OL Mike Pearson, OL Jim Hadley, DT Tony McCoy, DE Michael DuPree.

No. 72

Larry Gagner, OL, 1963-65

 Why he’s the No. 1 No. 72: Just like Mitchell, Gagner made a big move when he arrived at Florida — from high school fullback to offensive guard — that paid off in a big way. He was a two-year starter who was an All-American his senior season.

 Other notables: DT Dock Luckie, OL Jonotthan Harrison, OL Lance Butler, OL John Durden.

No. 73

Shariff Floyd, DT, 2010-12

 Why he’s the No. 1 No. 73: He was an All-American and All-SEC selection in a dominant 2012 season. Powerful and disruptive, he finished his career with 115 tackles, 26.0 tackles for losses and three blocked field-goal attempts.

 Other notables: OT David Williams, OL Jim Watson, OL Xavier Nixon, OL Carlton Medder, OL Boy Lyle, OL Buddy Schultheis.

No. 74

Jack Youngblood, DE, 1968-70

 Why he’s the No. 1 No. 74: Considered the best defensive end in school history, Youngblood was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992, the NFL Hall of Fame in 2001 and UF’s Ring of Honor in 2006.

 Other notables: All-American OL Jeff Zimmerman, All-American OL Jason Odom, OL Randy Hand, OL Wally Hough, OL Zac Zedalis, OL Kris Anderson.

No. 75

Lomas Brown, OT, 1981-84

 Why he’s the No. 1 No. 75: Considered the best offensive tackle in school history — and it’s probably not even close. In 1984, he was a consensus All-American and winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which goes to the best blocker in the SEC. He anchored the Great Wall offensive line of ’84. He was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Other notables: All-American G Shannon Snell, OL Donnie Young, OT Chaz Green, OL Phil Trautwein, DT David Starkey.

No. 76

Marcus Gilbert, OT, 2006-10

 Why he’s the No. 1 No. 76: Strong and steady, he was a three-year starter for the Gators who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round. He’s still in the NFL, now with the Arizona Cardinals.

 Other notables: OT Paul Parker, OT David Peek.

No. 77

Guy Dennis, OL, 1967-68

 Why he’s the No.1 No. 77: He was a two-time All-SEC selection who was named an All-American in his senior season. He went on to have a 10-year career in the NFL.

 Other notables: OL Crawford Kerr, DT Mike Stanfield, OL Hesham Ismail, OL Cheston Blackshear, OL Jason Watkins.

No. 78

Reggie Green, OT, 1992-95

 Why he’s the No.1 No. 78: He became a starter early in his true freshman season and never looked back, becoming a mainstay on the offensive line for four seasons. He was a two-time All-SEC selection.

 Other notables: OT Kenyatta Walker, DT Tommy Duhart.

No. 79

Mo Collins, OT, 1994-97

 Why he’s the No. 1 No. 79: Big, strong and athletic, he was one of the Gators’ best offensive linemen during the Steve Spurrier coaching era.

 Other notables: OL Wayne Griffith, OL David Forrester, OL Steve Rissler, OL Joe Wunderly.

No. 80

Chris Faulkner, TE, 1979-82

 Why he’s the No. 1 No. 80: A pass-catching tight end who was also big enough and physical enough to excel in run blocking. He was an All-SEC selection in 1980.

 Other notables: WR Gene Peek, TE Shawn Nunn, FB/TE Ron Enclade.