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The candidates (listed statistically):
Erricht Rhett: All-time leading rusher in UF history with 4,163 yards and 34 rushing touchdowns. Caught 153 passes. First team All-SEC 1991, 1993; first team All-America 1993.
Emmitt Smith: Gained 3,928 yards for 36 rushing touchdowns in three seasons and holds the UF single season record of 1,599 yards in 1989. First team All-SEC 1987-89; first team All-America 1989. SEC Player of the Year 1989.
Neal Anderson: Gained 3,234 yards and scored 30 rushing touchdowns. First team All-SEC 1985; second team All-SEC 1983-84.
Fred Taylor: Gained 3,075 yards and scored 31 touchdowns. First team All-America 1997. First team All-SEC 1997.
Earnest Graham: Gained 3,065 yards and scored 33 touchdowns. Second team All-SEC 2001.
Tony Green: Gained 2,590 yards in his Florida career. First team All-America 1977. First team All-SEC 1977.
Jeff Demps: Gained 2,470 yards rushing and averaged 28.8 yards per kickoff return.
Chris Rainey: Gained 2,464 yards and scored 13 touchdowns; set SEC record with six blocked kicks. First team All-SEC 2911.
John L. Williams: Gained 2,409 yards in his Florida career. Second team All-SEC 1984-85.
Larry Smith: Gained 2,186 yards and scored 24 touchdowns. First team All-SEC 1966-68. First team All-America 1968.
Jimmy Dubose: Gained 2,159 yards including 1,307 in 1975 when he was the SEC Player of the Year. First team All-SEC 1975. Second team All-America 1975.
Larry Dupree: 1,725 rushing yards. Was only the third back in SEC history to make All-SEC three straight years. First team All-America 1964. All-SEC 1962-64.
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2. Fred Taylor
3. Eric Rhett
4. Larry Dupree
5. Larry Smith
Coudn't argue with many on the list as belinging in the top 5. The last two will likely not get a whole lot of votes, but they were great in their time.
This post was edited by jimmcc 22 months ago
1. E. Smith
2. E. Rhett
3. F. Taylor
4. N. Anderson
5. E. Graham
The real key here is to pay attention to how a player did in a Gator uniform and ignore the NFL.
John L. Williams
I am surprised that Lorenzo Hampton and Willie Wilder didn't make Franz's list of candidates.
Billy the Kid, age 48,
5 SEC Championships,
2 National Championships...
Neither one ever made All-SEC. Fine players but I don't think anyone would call them top five.
I agree they're not top 5, but I think they belong on that larger list and probably above some of those guys.
You can't possibly have a legit top 5 and not include Neal Anderson.
James "the Hammer" Jones should be on there, if for no other reason then the catch....
James is a great one ... unfortunately there are so many great ones that you can't name them all. James was actually a far better pro than he was a college player.
ciatrick fason deserves a mention his junior yr was pretty awesome
John L. Williams
Larry Smith for his 94 yard touchdown run in the Orange Bowl game vs Ga. Tech
1 - Emmitt Smith
2 - Neal Anderson
3 - Erricht Rhett - Probably the most versatile
4 - John L Williams - Amazing stats given that he was a fullback and in the same backfield as Neal Anderson
5 - Larry Smith
Fred Taylor really one had the one truly stellar year at UF.
I thought I would have seen his name mentioned, as well.
Over 1500 yds (1200+ rushing) offensively that yr.
1. Emmitt Smith
2. Errict Rhett
3. Neal Anderson
4. Jimmy Dubose
5. Larry Smith
6. Larry Dupree
In my view it is funny to see Fred Taylor on anyone' list. He had a very indifferent career at UF, marred by injury and suspension. The light clicked on late in his SR year and was a star for the last 2.5 games he was at UF. And even in one of those 2.5 games he came very close to being the goat, but was saved by Doug Johnson and Jaquez Green.
I guess he is on so many lists because he was a great pro and in the state of Florida. But as a UF player, not much.
I agree with TheInstiGATOR's list and thoughts on F. Taylor. Again, I've seen them all in person andI believe he hit the nail on the head. While he is not mentioned but I understand he was a heck of a player and a tough sob - Rick Casarras would be a honorable mention.
I agree, but you have me on Casarras. I was too young at the time or out of the state/country as a kid and never saw him play. I have certainly read a bit about him.
John L Williams
my list verbatim
And that's a first down!
What, no Tebow?
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