Florida’s Top 10 Defensive Tackles

Former Florida standout Brad Culpepper on the set of the show SEC Nation before the Florida-Georgia game outside TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonvill on Nov. 2, 2019. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. 
  8. Tony McCoy (1988-91) — Quick and physical, McCoy helped Florida win its first SEC title and was an All-SEC performer.
  9. 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. 
  10. 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.