Three Gators ranked among top-80 college QBs of 2000s

The University of Florida has been home to many great signal callers, and three former Gators were named on ESPN’s top-80 quarterbacks of the 2000s list on Tuesday.

The list features Kyle Trask at No. 52, Rex Grossman at No. 34 and, of course, Tim Tebow at No. 4. Some might include Cam Newton since he is a former Gator, but he checks in at No. 2 for what he did at Auburn, not in Gainesville.

“In 2006, Tebow served as short-yardage back and scary red zone passing option as Florida won the national title. In 2007, he posted 4,181 combined rushing and passing yards and won the Heisman,” ESPN staff writer Bill Connelly said.

“In 2008, he gave an immortal speech and led the Gators to a 13-1 record and second title. In 2009, he led the Gators to another 13-1 record, posted 3,805 rushing and passing yards and finished in the Heisman top five for a third straight year.

“It’s almost impossible to put together a career more complete than that.”

Trask is the most recent Gator to crack the list. He made it to Gainesville as a two-star backup and delivered over 7,000 passing yards across 22 games after taking over the starting spot.

Grossman could have been higher on this list, but he lost the 2001 Heisman vote by 62 points and lost the BCS national championship game by two points. So close.

For those wondering, Oklahoma‘s Baker Mayfield finished at No. 1 on the list. Vince Young (Texas) finished third, ahead of Tebow.

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