Games (Starts): 24 (20) Plays: 1,075
A redshirt sophomore...Played in 23 regular season games...with 19 starts for 1,075 plays and also started the 2001 Sugar Bowl...138 career receptions for 2,375 (17.2 avg.) and 27 TD's...27 touchdown catches are most for a player in major college history during their combined freshman and sophomore seasons...Only player in school history to register back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons (2000-01)...14 career 100-yard receiving games rank first in UF history...138 career receptions rank 7th in school history...27 career TD catches are fourth best in school history and sixth best in SEC history...2,274 receiving yards is second best in UF history...A finalist for the 2001 Biletnikoff Award...A First Team All America selection in 2001 (joins Carlos Alvarez as the only sophomore wide receivers in UF history to achieve that distinction)...The Sporting News National Freshman of the Year for 2000...First-team All-SEC selection in 2000 and 2001 and in 2000, became the first freshman wide receiver in school history to earn first team all conference honors...SEC Freshman Player of the Year in 2000 as selected by the coaches...Set the NCAA Division IA record for touchdown receptions in a season by a freshman with 14 in 2000 as well as most receiving yards in a season (1,184) by a freshman...71 catches in 2000 set SEC single-season freshman record...Had at least 100 receiving yards in six consecutive games in 2000 tying the school record...Had at least one touchdown catch in nine of 12 games in 2000, including an eight-game consecutive streak, which then ranked second best in school history
Games (Starts): 11 (11) Plays: 526
One of the nation's premier receivers...One of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the nation's top receiver...Named a semifinalist for the Football News' National Offensive Player of the Year Award...Named First Team All America by Football Writers, Walter Camp Foundation, Football News (just the second sophomore receiver in school history to earn that honor)...First Team All-SEC honors for the second consecutive season...Ranked among the nation's top two receivers by the Sporting News...67 catches for 1,191 yards (17.8 avg.) on the season with 13 touchdown catches...67 catches leads squad as do his 1,191 receiving yards, while his 13 TD receptions also rank first...Average of 108.3 receiving yards per game ranks 7th in the nation and second in the SEC...Second in the SEC in catches (67) and second in receiving yardage (1,191)...SEC leader in TD catches with 13...1,191 receiving yards is fourth best season total in UF history...67 catches rank tied for sixth best seasonal total in UF history...First player in UF history to register back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons...Had 100+ receiving yards in eight of 11 games (Marshall-102, UL-Monroe-102 and Miss. St.-159, LSU-164, Auburn-110, Georgia-143, South Carolina- 110 and Tennessee- 101)...Eight 100-yard receiving games tied school record for most in a season...Leads the offensive squad in big plays (20+ yards) with 19...At least one TD catch in 9 of 11 games (all but Auburn and Miss. St.)...Had at least five catches in eight of 11 games (all but Auburn, Vanderbilt and Florida State)
2000: A redshirt freshman who emerged as one of the SEC's top receivers...Played in all 12 regular season games with eight starts (all but Ball State, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee and Kentucky) for 611 plays and also started the Nokia Sugar Bowl...The Sporting News National Freshman Player of the Year...Associated Press and Coaches SEC Freshman Player of the Year...Named to ABC Sports' BCS FOOTBALL.COM All-America second team...The first UF freshman WR to be named All-American...Named to The Sporting News Freshman All-American first-team...First-team All-SEC selection for 2000, by the Coaches, Associated Press, The Sporting News, Football News...First UF wide receiver to be named first-team All-SEC as a freshman... Received the Ray Graves Award as the team's MVP in 2000 and was also voted the squad's most outstanding receiver...Set the all-time NCAA Division IA record for touchdown receptions by a freshman with 14 ... Set the national freshman receiving yards record with 1,184 yards, which broke Louisiana-Lafayette's Brandon Stokley's record of 1,121 yards in 1995... Set the SEC record for receptions by a freshman with 71 (record was held by LSU's Jerel Myers who caught 64 passes in 1999) ... Set the SEC record for receiving yards by a freshman with 1,184, which broke Auburn's Ronney Daniels' record of 1,068 yards set in 1999...14 TD catches led the SEC and is tied for second nationally...71 catches and 1,184 receiving yards ranked as the third and fourth best seasonal totals, respectively, in school history... Set the school record for touchdown catches by a freshman (14) (record was held by Reidel Anthony (1994) and Jacquez Green (1995), who both had five) ... Set the school record for most catches in a season (71) by a freshman receiver (record was held by Jack Jackson with 35 in 1992) ... Set the school record for most receiving yards in a season by a freshman with 1184 yards (record was held by Reidel Anthony (1994) who had 615 yards) ...Had at least 100 receiving yards in six consecutive games (Mississippi State, LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt and South Carolina), which ties the school record held by Darrell Jackson (1999) and Carlos Alvarez (1969) who also had streaks of six-consecutive games...Had at least one touchdown catch in nine of 12 games (all but Ball State, Middle Tennessee and Florida State, including an eight-game streak (Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi State, LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt and South Carolina), that ranks second best in school history, behind Reidel Anthony's 11 game stretch in 1996...Broke the school record for receiving yards by a freshman in a game with 168 yards vs. South Carolina, that record was held by Reidel Anthony's 149 receiving yards vs. Southern Mississippi in 1994...Tied the school record for receptions in a game by a freshman (8) three times (vs. Mississippi State, LSU and Georgia) ...Led the squad in receptions in seven games (Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and the SEC Championship game vs. Auburn) and has tied for the team-high in receptions in three games (Middle Tennessee, Kentucky and Florida State) ...Led the squad in receptions (71), receiving yards (1184) and touchdown catches (14) ...Led the team in receptions with six for 91 yards vs. Tennessee and caught a 3-yard pass with 14 seconds remaining to give UF a 27-23 victory...Set career highs in three statistical categories vs. Mississippi State with eight receptions, 135 receiving yards and two touchdowns...Three touchdown catches vs. LSU marked his career-high and eight receptions tied his career-high, including his career-long 59-yard catch for a touchdown...Four catches for 101 yards and three touchdowns (tied a career high) vs. Auburn. Four receptions in that game gave him 37 for the year, a new UF freshman seasonal record, and three touchdowns catches gave him 10 on the year, best total for a freshman in SEC history...Eight receptions for a career-high 138 yards and one TD vs. Georgia, which marked the third time this season he has tied the school record for receptions by a freshman (8) ...Seven receptions for 101 yards and one TD vs. Vanderbilt...Seven receptions for a career-high and school freshman record 168 yards, including a career-long 70 yard catch, and one TD vs. South Carolina...Seven receptions for 95 yards vs. Florida State...Five receptions for 84 yards and one TD in SEC Championship game vs. Auburn...
1999: Worked with the scout team and was redshirted...
Prep: National Blue Chips ranked him amongst the top 20 players in the nation at the flanker position...Named to Prep Stars All-SEC Regional team...A two-year starter at wide receiver at outstanding Raines team that won the state title in 1997 (Gaffney caught the game-winning fourth-quarter pass in the championship game at Florida Field)...28 catches for 486 yards and 10 TDs in 1998...Named to Who's Who Among American High School Students...Has spoken at local elementary and middle schools...High School coach was Welton Coffey...Also visited Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Virginia...
Personal: Born Born Derrick Jabar Gaffney on December 1, 1980 in San Antonio, Texas...High School teammate of fellow Gator signee Lito Sheppard...Father Derrick played wide receiver at UF and with the New York Jets and was on the receiving end of the longest pass play in Gator history (a 99-yarder from Chris Collinsworth vs. Rice in 1979)...Uncle Don was a quarterback at UF in the 1970s and uncles Johnny and Warren also played for the Gators...Former Gator wide receiver great Wes Chandler, now an assistant coach with the Dallas Cowboys, is his godfather...Seven different relatives have attended Florida...Hobbies include playing basketball and video games... Cousin of Gator CB Lito Sheppard... Parents: Derrick and Ozetta Gaffney...
Major: Recreation Program Delivery
|CAREER RECEIVING YARDS STATISTICS|
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|* - Represents postseason bowl games which are not counted in season or career statistics|
Receptions: 9 (Miss. St., 2001, Georgia, 2001)
Receiving Yards: 168 (South Carolina, 2000)
Longest Reception: 80 (Auburn, 2001)
Touchdown: 3 (two times, most recent, Auburn, 2000)