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'96 vs '06
Ryan Hunt
January 17, 2007
In a fantasy game between Florida's two national champions, here's who would come away with bragging rights
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January 17, 2007

'96 Vs '06

In a fantasy game between Florida's two national champions, here's who would come away with bragging rights

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SKINNY
Ingram, who came to Florida as a quarterback, emerged as a receiving threat late in the season. After becoming one of Leak's trusted receivers, he averaged 13.4 yards per catch in his final five games. The sophomore from Hawthorne, Fla., saved his best performance for the SEC Championship Game against Arkansas. In the Gators' 38?28 victory, Ingram went 71 yards on six receptions.

EDGE '06
Ingram made his switch to tight end worthwhile. Defenses had a difficult time against the athletic 6' 4" target.

OFFENSIVE LINE

'96 MO COLLINS, RYAN KALICH, JEFF MITCHELL, ZACH PILLER, COREY YARBROUGH, DONNIE YOUNG

SKINNY
In all, seven line combinations were used during the season because of injuries. Despite all the talent—Piller, Collins and Mitchell became NFL mainstays—the lack of cohesion showed at times. The Gators allowed 35 sacks, and Wuerffel was abused during the team's only loss, at Florida State.

'06 CARLTON MEDDER, DREW MILLER, STEVE RISSLER, JIM TARTT, PHIL TRAUTWEIN

SKINNY
Despite having four new starters (only Rissler had made more than five career starts entering the season), Florida allowed just 23 sacks—14 fewer than it did in '05. One big reason: The unit combined to miss only one start due to injury.

EDGE EVEN
The '96 team had more talent and experience, but '06 played consistently as a unit.

'96 SECONDARY
TEAKO BROWN, ANTHONE LOTT, SHEA SHOWERS, FRED WEARY, LAWRENCE WRIGHT

SKINNY:
He didn't intercept a pass all season, but Wright, winner of the Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back, was the heart and soul of the defense. Florida also relied on the bookend corners of junior Weary, the school's alltime leader in picks (15), and senior Lott. The most timely performance of the season by the secondary? Florida picked off Tennessee's Peyton Manning four times (as many interceptions as he threw in all of '95), and Lott returned a fumble for a touchdown that gave the Gators a 35?0 lead after just 20 minutes.

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