ďSuper SteveĒ Spurrier, University of Florida quarterback 6í2, 203 pounds, broke many Florida and South eastern Conference records. Spurrier played quarterback for coach Ray Graves' Florida Gators football team from 1964 to 1966. In addition to being a stellar passer, he gained notoriety by waving off the starting place-kicker and booting a forty-yard field goal to defeat Auburn 30-27 in a key game during his senior season in 1966. Spurrier finished his three-year, thirty-one-game career as Florida's starting quarterback having completed 392 of 692 attempts, with 4,848 passing yards, thirty-seven touchdowns and 442 yards rushing. In addition to winning the Heisman Trophy as a senior, he was selected as a Football Writers Association first-team All-American as junior in 1965 and a unanimous first-team All-American in 1966. He was also the recipient of the Gators' Fergie Ferguson Award, recognizing the "senior football player who displays outstanding leadership, character and courage."
Florida's Steve Spurrier took every section except for the Midwest, which went to Bob Griese of Purdue. Griese's second-place finish started a succession of near misses for Boilermaker players, who finished third, second and second again over the next three seasons.