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Jul 16, 2013; Hoover, AL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier talks with the media during the 2013 SEC football media days at the Hyatt Regency. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

No. 3 Steve Spurrier (1964-1966)

Before he was the “Ol’ Ball Coach”, Steve Spurrier was a quarterback at UF. In fact, he was the first great quarterback at UF.

He was the first Heisman winner in school history and totaled 4,848 passing yards, 36 passing touchdowns and a 56.6 completion percentage in his three-year career as a Gator. Spurrier’s low numbers have to be excused because we have to remember this was the mid-1960’s.

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Spurrier’s record as a starter was 23-9, and his most significant bowl win came in the form of a 27-12 victory over No. 8 Georgia Tech in the 1967 Orange Bowl. Besides the big achievement of winning the Heisman in 1966, some of Spurrier’s other accolades include being named a Consensus All-American in 1965 and 1966, SEC Player of the Year in 1966 and a Walter Camp Award winner in 1966.

Spurrier was inducted into the UF Ring of Honor in 2006. He is just one of five players who hold a spot in this sacred and very exclusive club that commemorates and retires the numbers of legendary players in the Florida Gator football program. He was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame 20 years prior in 1986.

In 1990, Spurrier became the head coach of the University of Florida and helped guide the team to six SEC titles and the school’s first ever National Championship in 1996. He stayed until 2002, when he decided to head back to the NFL and become the head coach of the Washington Redskins.

After going 12-20 in the NFL, Spurrier came back to the college scene and began coaching at the University of South Carolina in 2005. He is still there to this day and has posted an 84-45 record with the Gamecocks.

Next: No. 2 Danny Wuerffel