The one-two punch of Everett and Siler proved essential to the Gators' dominance against the run this season. Everett, a senior, led the team in tackles (85) for the second straight year. Siler had two sacks in the final seven games of the season, including one that staved off a late scoring threat from Georgia on Oct. 28. In the fourth quarter Siler sacked the Bulldogs quarterback for a six-yard loss.
Arguably the most talented team of linebackers in school history.
MOST FAVORABLE MATCHUP
How hard was it to contain both Anthony and Hilliard? At least one of the two scored a touchdown in every game of the season.(Anthony found the end zone in 11 straight games.)
'96 WIDE RECEIVERS
REIDEL ANTHONY, JACQUEZ GREEN, IKE HILLIARD, TRAVIS Mc GRIFF
The trio of Anthony, Green and Hilliard combined for 2,819 yards and 37 touchdown receptions in '96. The season was filled with prime-time performances (five individual games of at least 150 receiving yards) and signature moments: What Gators fan can forget Anthony's fourth-down catch versus the Vols? Or Green's 85-yard touchdown against the Tide in the SEC title game? Or Hilliard's stop-and-start touchdown catch in the Sugar Bowl, one of his three in the 52?20 rout of the 'Noles?
'06 WIDE RECEIVERS
DALLAS BAKER, ANDRE CALDWELL, JEMALLE CORNELIUS, PERCY HARVIN
While not nearly as prolific as the '96 crew, these receivers were no slouches. Steady senior Baker was Leak's favorite target all year; he led the team in receptions (60) and scoring with 10 touchdowns. Harvin, who as a freshman caught 34 passes for 427 yards, is the team's most electrifying player since the Spurrier era. Caldwell finished second in total receiving yards with 577, while Cornelius averaged 15.4 yards per catch.
'96 DEFENSIVE LINE
TIM BEAUCHAMP, ED CHESTER, WILLIE COHENS, CAMERON DAVIS, REGGIE Mc GREW
The tackle tandem of Chester (whose 21 forced hurries led the team) and SEC all-freshman McGrew anchored the line, but the Gators were also solid at the ends. Beauchamp had a team-best seven sacks. With Florida's offense scoring so often (and so quickly) the defense had plenty of chances to pressure the opposing team's quarterback—by the end of the season, the Gators' defense had racked up a total of 48 sacks.