- Jeff Barlis, College Football
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Here are the Gators' top performances from their 37-7 loss to the No. 2 Seminoles on Saturday:
Loucheiz Purifoy, CB: The junior had a standout day before telling ESPN's Joe Schad that he plans to leave school early and declare for the NFL draft. In the first quarter, Purifoy broke up a Jameis Winston pass with his back to the ball and managed to corral his own deflection for a crowd-pleasing interception. In the second quarter, Purifoy showed off why he has been one of Florida's best special teams gunners in recent memory when he downed a punt at the FSU 4-yard line. At 6-foot and 185 pounds, Purifoy is the No. 5 defensive back eligible for the draft, according to ESPNs Todd McShay. Purifoy finished the season with 24 tackles, two interceptions, seven pass breakups and two sacks. He also had 82 yards on four kickoff returns, 35 yards on three punt returns and 15 yards rushing on one carry.
Quinton Dunbar, WR: With just two catches for 17 yards, the junior did not have a sticker-worthy game overall. But Dunbar continued a very special streak on Saturday and therefore deserves recognition. Dunbar caught a pass in his 28th game in a row. Two weeks ago he surpassed Gators great Carlos Alvarez's mark of a catch in 25 straight games (1969-71). Alvarez, who once held nearly every receiving record at Florida, also happened to be on hand for Saturday's game and led the crowd in the traditional two-bits cheer before the opening kickoff.
Tim Tebow: How about a helmet sticker for old time's sake? The legendary Gator returned to Florida Field to root for a team that bore little resemblance to the dominant UF teams of Tebow's 2006-09 run when he helped lead the Gators to a 26-2 record at the Swamp. He gave a stirring speech to his 2013 brethren before the game, and it appeared to have the desired effect. Tebow preached about overcoming adversity by finding the strength and courage to change yourself. And for nearly two quarters, the Gators were a changed team in one important respect -- they played harder than they had in weeks. Unfortunately, in a 37-7 loss that was marred by so few performances worthy of a helmet sticker, this one goes to Tebow by default.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Here are the Gators' top performances from their 37-7 loss to the No. 2 Seminoles on Saturday:Loucheiz Purifoy, CB: The junior had a standout day before telling ESPN's Joe Schad that he plans to leave school early and declare for the NFL draft.