|Sports teams in the SEC are tried by fire in one of the toughest college athletics conferences in the nation. Few programs have been better refined than the University of Florida Gators.
In football, the Florida Gators participate in famous rivalries with the Florida State Seminoles, the Georgia Bulldogs and the Tennessee Volunteers. The Florida vs. Georgia game has come to be known as "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party", a series that Georgia currently leads.
The Florida Gators football squads have won two national titles:
1996: 11-1-0, Coach: Steve Spurrier
2006: 13-1-0, Coach: Urban Meyer
Among the many Florida Gators football players to have won awards are the following:
Heisman Trophy (Most outstanding collegiate football player)
Steve Spurrier - 1966
Danny Wuerffel - 1996
Maxwell Award (Most outstanding collegiate football player, , adjudged by a panel of sportscasters, sportswriters, and National Collegiate Athletic Association head coaches and the membership of the Maxwell Football Club)
Walter Camp Award (Most outstanding collegiate football player, adjudged by a group of National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I-A head coaches and sports information directors)
Sammy Baugh Trophy (Most outstanding quarterback, adjudged by a panel of college football coaches and awarded by the Touchdown Club of Columbus)
John Reaves - 1971
Danny Wuerffel - 1995
Davey O'Brien Award (Most outstanding quarterback adjudged by the Davey O'Brien Foundation)
Jim Thorpe Award (Most outstanding defensive back)
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (Most outstanding senior quarterback)
Lou Groza Award (Most outstanding placekicker)
Under the guidance of coach Billy Donovan, the Florida Gators basketball squad has come to rival the football team in prominence. Since Donovan became coach of the Gators in 1996, they have been to three Final Fours which led to three national championship games, two of these trips resulting in national championships.
Basketball national titles:
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