Sorry about the lack of posts lately, but I’ve been really busy lately. Today, though, I did something that I never thought was possible for Gator receivers to do under Steve Addazio: catch something.
Like an awful cold.
This means that I have some time to put some thoughts into your minds going forward.
Before we go forward, though, let’s take a look back at the last decade and crown some people, teams, and universities for their accomplishments.
And this is a nationwide thing, not just a UF thing.
Appalachian State 34, Michigan 32 (2007)
A preseason top 5 team fell victim to the greatest upset in the school’s history when Corey Lynch blocked what would have been the game winner and the Mountaineers hung on for a stunner in the Big House.
The rest of the Top 5: Texas 41, USC 38 (2005), Florida 41, Ohio State 14 (2006), Ole Miss 31, Florida 30 (2008), Boise State 43, Oklahoma 42 (2006)
Boise State 43, Oklahoma 42 (2006)
All seemed lost for BSU a number of times, the last one being a 4th and forever with time running out, but a hook and lateral for a TD tied it at 35 and forced OT, where Ian Johnson took a statue of liberty for the winning two point conversion.
The rest of the Top 5: LSU 28, Florida 24 (2007), Ohio State 31, Miami 24 (2002), Auburn 28, Alabama 27 (2010), Florida 31, Alabama 20 (2008)
Urban Meyer (Bowling Green: 2001-02, Utah: 2003-04, Florida: 2005-10)
4 BCS Bowl victories, 2 national championships, 3 conference championships, the winningest senior class ever, a Heisman trophy winner, a #1 overall draft pick, and 17-2 against his rivals at Florida. Sorry, Saban, you’re close, but you’re still a year away.
The rest of the Top 5: Nick Saban (LSU, Alabama), Pete Carroll (USC), Bob Stoops (Oklahoma), Mack Brown (Texas)
Tim Tebow (Florida: 2006-2009)
48-7 record, 2 national championships, 3 BCS Bowl wins, 3 SEC East Championships, 2 SEC Championships, a Heisman trophy, a 3 time Heisman finalist, and an unmatchable willpower to win and to make his teammates better.
The rest of the Top 10: Vince Young (Texas), Matt Leinart (USC), JaMarcus Russell (LSU), Percy Harvin (Florida), Colt McCoy (Texas), Michael Crabtree (Texas Tech), Dexte McCluster (LSU), Ken Dorsey (Miami), Cam Newton (Florida, Auburn)
Most Explosive Player
Devin Hester (Miami: 2003-05)
An explosive kick/punt returner for Miami, Hester was also a great receiving threat, as well as a very effective cornerback. As much as I’d love to put a Gator here, Hester gets the nod as the most explosive player of the decade.
The rest of the top 10: Percy Harvin (Florida), Michael Crabtree (Texas Tech), Brandon James (Florida), CJ Spiller (Clemson), DeSean Jackson (Cal), Knowshon Moreno (Georgia), Frank Gore (Miami), Jeremy Maclin (Missouri), Marshawn Lynch (Cal)
There was simply no way to attack this team. Try going deep, and Ed Reed would pick it off. Run, and get buried for a huge loss by a monstrous front 7. This team used its defense to bulldoze its way to a national championship win over Nebraska.
The rest of the top 5: Alabama 2009, Florida 2006, Miami 2002, TCU 2010
From the first year of the decade we go to the last, and the team that lived and died by its offense en route to a national championship this past season wins the crown. Michael Dyer owned the ground, and Cam Newton had a dizzying array of weapons to choose from in the air.
The rest of the top 5: Oklahoma 2008, Florida 2008, Texas Tech 2008, Oregon 2010
Yes, they had a loss. A freakish one point loss to a team that turned out to be much better than people thought, the 9-4 Cotton Bowl Champions, Ole Miss. A loss that inspired the Gators to pound on ranked teams with scores like 56-6, 49-10, 45-15, 51-21, and win the BCS Championship.
Dumbest Winning Coach
Les Miles (LSU)
He was a genius for gambling and winning 5 times against Florida in 2007 on 4th down, en route to a BCS Championship. Not so much in 2009, where Addazio-esque clock mismanagement cost him a Magnolia Bowl win. And then last year, with the debacle against Tennessee, to the bounce pass fake field goal against Florida, to the tight end reverse against ‘Bama, this guy never can stay away from controversy.