'06 DEFENSIVE LINE
JOE COHEN, STEVEN HARRIS, DERRICK HARVEY, RAY Mc DONALD, JARVIS MOSS
This year Florida's line was deep enough to withstand the dismissal of defensive tackle Marcus Thomas and talented enough that its leading sacker ( Harvey, with 11) wasn't even a consistent starter. The line was at its best against the nation's best, shutting down Arkansas's Heisman runner-up Darren McFadden and sacking Heisman winner Troy Smith five times in the national championship. Smith finished with only 35 yards passing and minus-29 yards rushing.
MOST FAVORABLE MATCHUP
Compare the quality of offensive opponents (in '06 only one SEC team, Ole Miss, scored fewer than 200 points; in '96 three teams failed to reach 200 points), and the '06 line looks that much more impressive.
'96 TERRY JACKSON, FRED TAYLOR, ELIJAH WILLIAMS
None of the backs had a breakout season in '96 (Williams led the team with 671 rushing yards), but each had his share of highlights. In dominant back-to-back victories against No. 11 LSU (56?13) and No. 16 Auburn (51?10), Taylor and Williams ran for more than 100 yards each in both games. And in the Sugar Bowl romp, Jackson gained 118 yards and scored two title-sealing touchdowns.
'06 KESTAHN MOORE, DESHAWN WYNN
Bothered this season by a shoulder injury, fifth-year senior Wynn, Florida's most experienced runner, finished with a team-high 699 rushing yards. But when Florida needed the tough yards, they called on either backup quarterback Tebow or rookie sensation Harvin.
Almost by default. Taylor wasn't a star until '97, but Wynn averaged less than 10 carries per game.