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8 Rex Grossman
  • Quarterback
  • 6-1, 220
  • 1999-2002, 3L
  • Bloomington, IN (Bloomington South HS)

Considered one of the nation's premier performers after finishing second in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 2001 (only the fifth sophomore to ever finish in the top two of that prestigious balloting) and receiving the 2001 AP National Player of the Year Award...Declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season...Drafted in the first round by the Chicago Bears with the 22nd overall choice in the 2003 NFL Draft.

CAREER: Appeared in 35 games with 31 starts for 1,765 plays and also started the 2001 Sugar Bowl, while playing in the 2002 Orange Bowl...Started each of his last 30 regular season games...23-8 record as a starter (18-4 in SEC play)...Holder of 18 UF records...Completed 677 of 1,110 passes for 9,164 yards and 77 touchdowns with 36 interceptions in his career for a pass efficiency rating of 146.77...Career pass efficiency rating of 146.77 ranks 19th in NCAA history and ranks third in SEC history...55 career touchdown passes is a NCAA Division IA record for most TD passes in a combined freshman-sophomore seasons...Third all-time in the SEC with 77 career touchdown passes...Second in UF history with 77 career touchdown passes...All three of his individual season totals for TD passes rank among the top 10 in school-history (T10th with 21 in 2000; 3rd with 34 in 2001; T8th with 22 in 2002)...Third in UF and fifth in SEC history with 9,164 career passing yards...Second in school-history with a 61% career completion percentage with a minimum of 400 completions...Owns two of top three season completion totals in UF history (287 in 2002, a school-record and 259 in 2001)...Had a school-record 17 career 300-plus yard passing games, and became the first Gator to throw for 300-plus yards in more than three consecutive games (first nine game of 2001)...Owns 5 of the top 16 single game passing yardage totals (UF is 5-0 in those five games)...Holds three of the top six single-game pass efficiency marks (min. 20 comp.) in UF history (#1 - 235.86 vs. LSU, 2001; #3 - 230.68 vs. Miss. St., 2001; #6 - 198.0 vs. Marshall, 2001)...Set UF record for lowest interception percentage in a career (3.24)...258 total yards per game and 7.34 total yards gained per play are second best in school history...9,031 total yards in offense is third best in school history and 1,229 plays is fifth...1,110 pass attempts is fourth best in school history and 677 completions is third best...26 200-yard passing games is third best in UF history...13 consecutive 200-yard passing games ranks second in UF history...Did not throw an interception in 11 of his 31 career starts...Ranks second in UF history with 118 pass attempts without throwing an interception...Second in 2001 Heisman Trophy balloting, only the fifth sophomore ever to finish in the top two...Finalist for the Walter Camp Award, Maxwell Award, and O'Brien Award in 2001...Associated Press National Player of the Year in 2001...A First Team All-America selection in 2001, the first sophomore QB in school history to earn that distinction...Three-time All-SEC selection...A first-team All-SEC selection in 2000 and 2001 and in 2000, became the first freshman quarterback in UF history to be named first-team All-SEC...Named Second-Team All-SEC in 2002...Recipient of the 2001 Ray Graves Award, given to UF's "Most Valuable Player"...Set an NCAA record by averaging 9.1 yards per play in 2001...Efficiency rating of 161.81 in 2000 ranked as the third best for a freshman quarterback in major college history (trailing only Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb)...21 TD passes in 2000 led the SEC and ranked as the second best seasonal total for a freshman in SEC...

2002: Played and started in all 13 games, saw action on 993 plays...Second-Team All-SEC by the league coaches...Started every regular season game for the second straight season (11 in 2001 and 12 in 2002)...Served as a UF game captain seven times (Miami, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Georgia, Vandy and FSU)...Set school-records with 503 attempts and 287 completions in a season...3,402 yards passing is the most ever by a UF junior and ranks third most in school-history...561 plays in total offense was a school record...Named USA Today Player of the Week after the Tennessee game...Had a career-best 118 consecutive pass attempts without an interception from the Georgia game to the FSU game...Threw three interceptions in the last six games (two vs. Georgia, one vs. FSU) after throwing 14 in the first seven games, completing 65 percent (128-of-196) of his passes...Threw for 300+ yards in six games (UAB, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, FSU and Michigan in the Outback Bowl) to rank second in school-history for most 300-yard passing games in a season...Thrown for five of the SEC's top 10 passing performances, best of any SEC quarterback...Threw for 200+ yards in 10 games (UAB, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida State and Michigan), which is tied for second in UF history for most 200-yard passing games in a season...Ranked first in the SEC in total offense per game (256.7) and passing yards per game (261.7)...Led UF to four straight wins (Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt and South Carolina) after losing back-to-back games for the first time in his career...Threw for 323 yards on 21-of-41 passing vs. Michigan in the Outback Bowl, marking the second straight bowl game that he passed for over 300 yards...Completed a school-record 36 passes in win over No. 5 Georgia, the second highest total in the SEC this season...His 78.2 completion percentage (36-of-41) against Georgia set a UF single-game record (min. 30 completions) and ranks as sixth best in SEC history...Completed better than 77 percent (63-of-81) of his passes for 581 yards and four touchdowns in back-to-back games vs. Auburn and Georgia...Four TD, zero INT performance against South Carolina was the fourth time in his career that he threw for at least four TDs in a game without throwing an interception (done it at least once in all three seasons of playing)...375 passing yards against Kentucky tied for the fourth most passing yards in a game in his career...Caught a pass on a fake from Keiwan Ratliff for 21 yards vs. South Carolina...Considered one of the nation's most elite quarterbacks and has been named to many preseason honors categories including National Offensive Player of the Year, SEC Offensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-American, and First- Team All SEC...Named to the Davey O'Brien Watch List, the FWAA Preseason Watch List and the Walter Camp Award Watch List...

2001: Second in the Heisman Trophy balloting, only the fifth sophomore ever to finish in the top two...Finalist for the Walter Camp National Player of the Year Award...Finalist for Maxwell Award (College Player of the Year)...Finalist for Davey O'Brien National Quarterback of the Year Award...Associated Press National Player of the Year...A First Team All-America selection by AP, Walter Camp Foundation and Football News, becoming the first sophomore QB in school history to achieve that distinction...AP SEC Offensive Player of the Year, as selected by league coaches...Became the first player since BYU's Steve Young in 1983 to lead the nation in both passing efficiency (170.8) and total offense per game (354.9) in the same season...First Team All-SEC selection for the second consecutive season...Started all 11 regular season games and played in 2002 Orange Bowl...Season stats: completed 259 of 395 passes (65.6%) for 3,896 yards with 34 touchdowns with 12 interceptions for a pass efficiency rating of 170.75 and rushed for five touchdowns on the season...Took 579 snaps...Ranked first in the nation in pass efficiency rating (170.8)...354.2 average passing yards per game ranked first in nation...Led nation in total offense with 354.9 yards per game...32 TD passes ranked tied for third in the nation...First in the nation in yards per pass attempt with 9.86...Ranked seventh in the nation in yards per completion (15.04)...Second nationally in points responsible for per game (21.27)...Led the nation in yards per play (9.10) and set NCAA single-season record...Ranked sixth in the nation in percentage of passes which went for a TD (8.61%)...Posted an efficiency rating of at least 168 in eight of 11 regular season games (all but Auburn, Florida State and Tennessee)...Threw for more than 300+ yards in ten of 11 regular season games (all but Florida State- 290), the most 300 + games in a season in UF history...3,896 passing yards rank as the best season mark in school history and second best in SEC history...34 TD passes ranked as the third best season mark in Gator history and sixth best in SEC history...First Gator to ever pass for 300 or more yards in more than three consecutive games with streak of nine straight games (Marshall, UL-Monroe, Kentucky and Miss. St., LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt and South Carolina)...Threw for at least three TDs in seven of 11 regular season games (all but Marshall, UL-Monroe, Kentucky, Miss. St., LSU, Vanderbilt and South Carolina)...Joined Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel as the only Gator quarterbacks to have two 400+ yard games in a season (464 vs. LSU and 407 vs. Georgia)...Named SEC Player of the Week (9/4) after completing 20 of 30 passes for a then career-high 375 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception, vs. Marshall (pass efficiency rating of 198.0)...Completed 23 of 34 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception vs. UL-Monroe...Completed 22 of 36 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns with a pass efficiency rating of 168.24 vs. Kentucky...Completed 22 of 31 passes for a career-high 393 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing for one more, with a pass efficiency rating of 230.68 vs. Miss. St. (fourth best rating in school history for a QB who completed at least 20 passes)...Completed 22 of 32 passes vs. LSU for a school-record 464 yards passing and five touchdowns, with one interception and a pass efficiency rating of 235.86 (second best in UF history, min. of 20 completions)...Career-high completions (25) and attempts (42) for 364 yards with two TDs and four interceptions vs. Auburn...Named SEC Player of the Week vs. Georgia, establishing a new career-high in completions with 27 out of 35 attempts, while throwing for 407 yards and two touchdowns, with two interceptions, for a pass efficiency rating of 182.25 vs. Georgia...Completed 17 of 29 passes for three touchdowns and 306 yards, with one interception, and a pass efficiency rating of 174.49 in just the first half vs. Vanderbilt...Completed 21 of 33 passes, while throwing for 302 yards and three touchdowns, with no INTs, for a pass efficiency rating of 170.51 vs. South Carolina...Tied career highs in completions (27) and attempts (42), while throwing for 290 yards, with three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) and one INT for a pass efficiency rating of 133.24 vs. Florida State...Established career highs in completions (33) and attempts (51) along with 362 yards passing and two touchdowns, with one interception, vs. Tennessee for a pass efficiency rating of 133.35. Also added a one-yard touchdown run...Completed 20 of 28 passes for 248 yards, including four touchdowns, with no INTs, vs. Maryland in 2002 Orange Bowl ...

2000: Played in 11 of 12 regular season games (all but Tennessee) with seven starts (LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Florida State and SEC Championship game vs. Auburn) for 406 plays...Also started the Nokia Sugar Bowl...A redshirt freshman who emerged as the starter at quarterback, starting each of the final eight games of the season...A first-team All-SEC selection by The Sporting News and Football News, the first freshman quarterback in UF history to be named first-team All-SEC...Freshman All-SEC first-team selection by the Coaches...Freshman All-America second-team selection by The Sporting News...Second-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press...Became the first freshman ever to be named the MVP of the SEC Championship Game...131 of 212 (61.8%) for 1,866 yards on the season with 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions for a 161.81 passing efficiency rating...Passing efficiency rating of 161.81 led the SEC, ranked third nationally and ranked as the third best by a freshman in NCAA history...21 touchdown passes led the SEC and tied for the most in the nation by a freshman quarterback...21 touchdown passes was second best seasonal total for a freshman in SEC history...161.81 efficiency rating ranked as the third best seasonal total in UF history...2-of-4 for 32 yards against Ball State in his first career game...Threw for three touchdowns and completed a 9-of-14 passes for 95 yards vs. Middle Tennessee...Completed 13-of-16 16 attempts for 231 yards against Mississippi State with two touchdowns...Completed 18-of-28 attempts for 276 yards and three touchdown passes in his first career start vs. LSU...Named SEC Offensive Player of the Week as a result of performance vs. Auburn (14-of-23 for 232 yards and threw a career high five touchdown passes)...Five TD passes against Auburn set a school record for a freshman...Completed 12-of-24 passes for 152 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions against Georgia...Completed 21-of-34 attempts for a career high 334 yards and two touchdown passes...Completed 12-of-19 passes for 106 yards versus South Carolina ...Completed 10-of-16 passes for 98 yards with one interception against Florida State...Was named the SEC Championship Game MVP as a result of his performance vs. Auburn (17-of-26 for 238 yards and four touchdowns)...Completed 18-of-41 yards for 252 yards against Miami in the Sugar Bowl with a touchdown and two INTs...

1999: Did not see any game action and was redshirted...Worked with the scout team at quarterback...

PREP: Considered one of the nation's elite prep quarterbacks in 1998...Enrolled at UF for spring '99 term...One of seven quarterbacks named to prestigious Parade All-America Team...Named to PrepStar's All-America Dream Team and that publication ranked him the top QB in the midwest region and among the top nine in the nation...Named to National Recruiting Advisor's All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the top five players in the nation in its "pro-style QB" rating...Named to SuperPrep's All-America Team and that publication also named him its Midwest Offensive Player of the Year...USA Today selected him the Indiana Player of the Year for '98...Ranked among the nation's top 15 QBs by SuperPrep...Passed for 3,080 yards and 34 touchdowns in '98 in leading Bloomington South HS to state 5A title...7,518 career passing yards with 97 career touchdown passes...High school coach was Mo Moriarity...

PERSONAL: Born Rex Grossman on August 23, 1980 in Bloomington, Indiana...Parents: Daniel and Maureen Grossman...

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GROSSMAN'S CAREER PASSING STATISTICS
YEAR ATT COMP YDS PCT INT TDS LONG PASSEFF
2000 212 131 1,866 61.8 7 21 66 161.52
2001 395 259 3,896 65.6 12 34 80 170.75
2002 503 287 3,402 57.1 17 22 59 121.58
TOTAL 1,110 677 9,164 61.1 36 77 80 146.77
CAREER RUSHING STATS
YEAR ATT. YDS AVG. TDS LONG
2000 27 -76 -2.8 0 5
2001 34 8 1.3 5 31
2002 58 -65 -1.1 1 18
Totals 119 -133 -1.1 6 31

CAREER HIGHS (Game)
Attempts: 51 (Tennessee, 2001)
Completions: 36 (Georgia, 2002)
Longest Pass Play: 80 (Auburn, 2001)
Yards: 464 (LSU, 2001)
TD Passes: 5 (3 times: Auburn, 2000; Miss. St. 2001, LSU, 2001)

GAME-BY-GAME
2002 (8-4)
Result Cmp. Att. Yds. Tds Ints PassEff.
*UAB W, 51-3 16 26 337 2 1  
*Miami L, 16-41 19 45 191 0 2  
*Ohio W, 34 -6 18 31 202 1 1  
*Tennessee W, 30-13 20 34 324 3 2  
*Kentucky W, 41-34 28 43 375 2 0  
*Ole Miss L, 14-17 19 44 205 2 4  
*LSU L, 36-7 18 43 163 1 4  
*Auburn W, 30-23 OT 27 35 242 2 0  
*Georgia W, 20-13 36 46 339 2 2  
*Vanderbilt W, 21-17 17 32 170 0 0  
*South Carolina W, 28-7 24 36 228 4 0  
*Florida State L, 31-14 24 47 303 1 1  
*Michigan (Outback Bowl) L, 38-30 21 41 323 2 0  
2001 (9-2)
Result Cmp. Att. Yds. Tds Ints PassEff.
*Marshall W, 49-14 20 30 375 3 1 198.00
*UL-Monroe W, 55-6 23 34 331 3 1 184.54
*Kentucky W, 44-10 22 36 302 4 0 168.24
*Mississippi State W, 52-0 22 31 393 5 0 230.68
*LSU W, 44-15 22 32 464 5 1 235.86
*Auburn L, 20-23 25 42 364 2 4 128.99
*Georgia W, 24-10 27 35 407 2 2 182.25
*Vanderbilt W, 71-13 17 29 306 3 1 174.50
*South Carolina W, 54-17 21 33 302 3 0 170.51
*Florida State W, 37-13 27 42 290 2 1 133.24
*Tennessee L, 32-34 33 51 362 2 1 133.35
+Maryland (Orange Bowl) W, 56-23 20 28 248 4 0  
2000 (6-2)
Result Cmp. Att. Yds. Tds Ints PassEff.
Ball State W, 40-19 2 4 32 0 0  
Middle Tennessee W, 55-0 9 14 95 3 1  
Tennessee W, 27-23 0 0 0 0 0  
Kentucky W, 59-31 3 8 72 1 0  
Mississippi State L, 47-35 13 16 231 2 0  
*Louisiana State W, 41-9 18 28 276 3 0 182.44
*Auburn W, 38-7 14 23 232 5 0 217.34
*Georgia W, 34-23 12 24 152 1 3 91.95
*Vanderbilt W, 43-20 34 21 334 2 1 157.81
*South Carolina W, 41-21 12 19 106 0 0 110.02
*Florida State L, 7-30 10 16 98 0 1 101.45
*Auburn (SEC Championship) W, 28-6 17 26 238 4 1 185.35
*+Miami (Sugar Bowl) L, 20-37 18 41 252 1 2 93.82
*Indicates he started the game
+Bowl games are not included in his career stats; only the 2003 Outback Bowl counts towards his career stats

PERSONALITY PROFILE

  • His grandfather, Rex, played quarterback and linebacker for Indiana University from 1945-46 and in the NFL for the Baltimore Colts... on his desk in a Gainesville home, Rex has a framed picture of the first Rex Grossman with a caption that says "Hi, I'm Rex Grossman, 6-1, 215 pounds. I play for the Baltimore Colts." Rex is nearly identical at 6-1, 220 to his grandfather.
  • Father was an Indiana quarterback from 1970-72 and is currently the athletic department's ophthalmologist
  • Everyone in Grossman's immediate family went to Indiana except sister Amy, who attended Colorado but kept the football connection going by babysitting then-coach Rick Neuheisel.
  • Parents and two sisters have won national championships in competitions in the International Arabian Horse Association
  • Lives 2.5 miles from the Indiana University campus
  • Bobby Knight fan and his parents are friends with the former IU coach. Family had season tickets to basketball games for 20 years four rows behind the IU bench
  • Uncle Doby Grossman was a 1972 letterman in football at South Carolina (quarterback)
  • Ran for a 60-yard touchdown on his first play of organized football as an 8-year old running back
  • According to his father, has been playing football since before the age of 2
  • A Grossman owns every passing record at Bloomington South (Ind.) HS. Father, Dan, has two, uncle Doby one and Rex owns the rest
  • Played running back his first four years of football, until his mother demanded a position switch his sixth grade season
  • Rex came to the state of Florida to check out colleges because of its reputation for college football. He also wanted to visit Florida State but once he got there, he realized UF was the campus for him.
  • Though he grew up on a horse farm in Indiana, he hated riding horses
  • One of his heros is Reggie Miller, as Grossman grew up as a die-hard Pacers fan. "Reggie would always bust a three at the end of the game. He is the biggest clutch player in any sport that I could ever think of."
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