Danny Wuerffel accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played quarterback for head coach Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators football team from 1993 to 1996. One of the most decorated players in Florida's football history, Wuerffel won the 1996 Heisman Trophy while quarterbacking the Gators to the Bowl Alliance national championship. He led the Florida Gators to four consecutive Southeastern Conference titles between 1993 and 1996, and the 1996 national championship, won in decisive fashion (52-20) over the archrival Florida State Seminoles at the 1997 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the only Heisman Trophy recipient to also receive the Draddy Trophy, which is presented annually by the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame to the nation's top football scholar-athlete. Wuerffel was also a first-team Academic All-American in 1995 and 1996.
Wuerffel was a first-team All-American in 1995 and a consensus first-team All-American in 1996. He received the Sammy Baugh Trophy in 1995, the Davey O'Brien Award in 1995 and 1996, and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award in 1996, and was named the Quarterback of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus in 1996. His Gators teammates picked him as the squad's most valuable player in 1995 and 1996; his coaches chose him as one of the Gators' team captains. He was named to The Gainesville Sun's Florida Gators Team of the Century in 1999 and was chosen the century's top Gator offensive player by the Sun, and also a member of the Florida Gators 100th Anniversary Team, which was chosen in 2006.
He finished his Gator career by completing 708 of 1,170 passes for 10,875 yards with 114 touchdown passes, the best in SEC history and second-most in major college history. His career pass efficiency rating of 163.56 was the best in major college history and his percentage of passes which went for a touchdown (9.74) ranked first in collegiate history. In 1995, his efficiency rating of 178.4 set a single-season collegiate record. During his Heisman-winning season of 1996, he completed 207 of 360 passes for 3,625 yards (an SEC record at the time) for thirty-nine touchdowns (leading the nation) and his efficiency rating of 170.6 made him the first quarterback to ever post a rating of 170 or better in back-to-back years.
Danny Wuerffel became the second player from the University of Florida to win the Heisman. It also marked the first time a Heisman winner came from a school coached by another former Heisman winner, in this case, Steve Spurrier. With 920 ballots mailed out, Wuerffel captured three sections, the Northeast, Mid Atlantic and South. Troy Davis of Iowa State also finished first in three sections, the Southwest, Midwest and Far West. Total Votes