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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Carlos Alvarez inducted into HOF

By Edward Aschoff

Little surprise must have circulated through Carlos Alvarez when he got the news.

On Tuesday, the 2011 National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame inductees were announced at the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City and the former Florida wide receiver was one of 79 players on the ballot.

Alvarez remains one of Florida's most prolific receivers. Playing for the Gators from 1969-71, he broke nearly every school receiving record. He still holds the school records for receptions in a season (88), receptions in a game (15) and career receiving yards (2,563).

His school record of 172 career receptions wasn't broken until 2007 by Andre Caldwell. It lasted as an SEC record until 1984.

Alvarez led the Gators in receptions in each of his three seasons. As a sophomore in 1969, his 88 receptions led the SEC and with 1,329 yards and 12 touchdowns to go with those catches, he averaged 15.1 yards per reception.

Alvarez, a Cuban refugee, was a consensus All-America that same year, becoming the youngest player to ever be named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America team. He made more All-America teams as a sophomore than any player since Doak Walker in 1947.

Against Miami that season, he set a school record for receiving yards in a single game when he totaled 237 yards against the Hurricanes. The record would stand until 2002.

One notable highlight from his career was his time-expiring catch against Miami in 1971 after the infamous Gator Flop to give quarterback John Reaves enough yards to break Jim Plunkett's NCAA career passing record of 7,544 yards.

He was named to Florida’s Team of the Century in 1999 and was also named a three-time Academic All-American and inducted into the Academic All-American Hall of Fame in 1989.