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Florida Football: 5 Best Quarterbacks in Gator History

Florida Football: 5 Best Quarterbacks in Gator History

Florida Football: 5 Best Quarterbacks in Gator History

Florida quarterback Kyle Trask has helped put his team in control of its own destiny late in the season. The Gators have clinched the SEC East and have a shot at making their first College Football Playoff. Trask has put himself into the Heisman Trophy conversation as he leads FBS with 38 touchdown passes and has already thrown for 3,243 yards. If Florida wins out, does Trask have a shot at being one of the program's greatest quarterbacks ever? Let's take a look.

5. Rex Grossman (2000-02)

In 2001, Grossman nearly became Florida's fourth Heisman Trophy winner in a season where he tossed a then-NCAA record 55 touchdown passes. In the end, he lost the award to Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch by a mere 62 votes.

4. Chris Leak (2003-06)

Leak adjusted to three offensive coordinators and learned three new schemes during his time in Gainesville. In 2006, he quarterbacked the Gators to the national title and is the program's all-time leader in completions and passing yards.

3. Steve Spurrier (1964-66)

After alternating with Tommy Shannon his sophomore season in 1964, Spurrier became the starting quarterback in '65 and led Florida to two straight bowl appearances. In 1966, the Gators went 9-2 and beat Georgia Tech 27-12 in the Orange Bowl, while Spurrier won the Heisman Trophy.

2. Tim Tebow (2006-09)

Tebow came off the bench in key situations during the Gators' 2006 national championship season. When he became the starter in 2007, Tebow went 35-6 over three seasons, won another national title in '08, and became the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy. When he left, his 145 career touchdowns (88 passing, 57 rushing) were an NCAA record.

1. Danny Wuerffel (1993-96)

Florida head coach Steve Spurrier often rotated quarterbacks during the 1990s and Wuerffel split duties with Terry Dean during his first two seasons. When he assumed the full-time starter role in 1995, Wuerffel became a two-time SEC Player of the Year and first-team All-American. In 1996, he led the Gators to their first national title and won the Heisman Trophy. Wuerffel also is the first quarterback in NCAA history to post a pass efficiency rating of 170 or higher in back-to-back seasons.

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports' Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.