SEC Network analyst, former Florida WR Chris Doering names greatest Gator ever
As a Gainesville, Florida native, former Florida All-American and current SEC Network analyst, Chris Doering is well-versed in the history of Gator football. During his career, Doering caught many touchdown passes from future Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel but his choice for Gator GOAT isn’t a quarterback.
During an appearance on SiriusXM, Doering gave the nod to a non-Heisman winner.
“Tim Tebow, Danny Wuerffel, and Steve Spurrier all won Heisman trophies, but Percy Harvin is the best player ever to play football at the University of Florida,” Doering said. “There’s no doubt in my mind. If you go back and look, the offensive drop-off from 2008 to 2009 was rather significant. And largely because, they still had Tim Tebow, but what they didn’t have was Percy Harvin, and it completely changed the dynamics of that offense.”
After marveling about Harvin’s playmaking capabilities as both a downfield pass-catcher and ball-carrier out of the backfield, Doering cited a recent story told by Cam Newton.
“I remember the play that Cam Newton’s talking about,” Doering said. “(Harvin) is essentially just a better player. It was ultimately going back to middle school football where you give the best player on the field the football and let him do the rest of it. He made those athletes that Cam Newton was talking about LSU had look very average. That’s what he routinely did time and time again at Florida, and in the NFL for that matter.”
While Harvin isn’t in UF’s Ring of Honor, Doering certainly isn’t alone in considering him the best to ever suit up at Florida.