From 1990 until 2001, Florida football rose into national prominence under head coach Steve Spurrier. The Gators were 122-27-1 under Spurrier and won the 1996 national championship over Florida State.
Suprrier would leave the program to pursue the NFL before returning to the college ranks with South Carolina.
Retired from coaching today, Spurrier’s impact on Florida football can still be felt today, and the field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is named in his honor.
So we here at Hail Florida Hail wanted to take a trip down memory lane and pick out the best player from each position to play for Steve Spurrier during his time in Gainesville.
Florida Football Steve Spurrier Team QB: Danny Wuerffel
Let’s get the most obvious one out of the way first. Even though Rex Grossman got robbed of the Heisman in 2001, Spurrier’s final season with the Gators, there is only one actual choice when picking out the quarterback for the all-time Steve Spurrier team.
Danny Wuerffel was the perfect quarterback for Suprrier’s system and joined Suprrier as the second Heisman winner in school history in 1996.
A four-year starter from 1993 through 1996, Wuerffel racked up 10,875 yards passing with a completion percentage of 60.5%.
He had 114 touchdowns against just 42 interceptions.
He also had a staggering 9.3 passing yards per attempt, still the highest in program history of any QB with at least 200 attempts.
During his Heisman campaign season, Wuerffel accounted for 3,625 yards and 39 touchdowns. After getting pummeled by FSU in their November matchup, Wuerffel moved back into shotgun during the rematch and torched FSU for 304 yards and three touchdowns.
Wuerffel helped solidify the legitimacy of the Gators even if his NFL career didn’t pan out.