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Where John Reaves ranks in Florida Gators history



Before the Florida Gators began churning out great quarterbacks (this current nadir excluded), there was John Reaves.

Three years after Steve Spurrier won the Heisman, Mr. Reaves began having his own tremendous success in Gainesville. The former Robinson High star left UF as the NCAA's all-time passing leader and broke the SEC's career passing touchdown record. Mr. Reaves was found dead yesterday in his South Tampa home. He was 67.

Even though the Spurrier and Urban Meyer days led to new, eye-popping statistics, Mr. Reaves' name still appears 44 times in UF's record book, including...

* Career pass attempts (1,128, fourth)

Most pass attempts in a season (396, fourth)

Most pass attempts in a game (66, first)

Career completions (603, seventh)

Career passing yards (7,549, seventh)

Career 300-yard games (six, sixth)

Career passing touchdowns (54, eighth)

Consecutive games with at least 200 passing yards (10, third)

Career total offense (7,283 yards, sixth)

He also has some not-so-good records. His nine interceptions against Auburn are the most in one game in NCAA history, and his 59 career interceptions are the most ever at UF.


[Last modified: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 12:18pm]


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