Like father, like son

Kelvin Taylor has a long way to reach his father's lofty Gators numbers

Updated: February 28, 2013, 2:17 PM ET
By Michael DiRocco | GatorNation

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Like father, like son. At least that's what Florida coach Will Muschamp is hoping, anyway.

UF signed a pair of players -- running back Kelvin Taylor and safety Marcell Harris -- whose fathers were pretty good players for the Gators in the 1990s.

[+] EnlargeMarcell Harris
Miller Safrit/ESPN.comMarcell Harris had 148 tackles over his final two high school seasons.

Fred Taylor was a running back at Florida from 1994-97 and finished his career fourth on the school's all-time rushing yardage list (3,075) after rushing for 1,292 yards as a senior. Mike Harris was a reserve safety at UF from 1994-97 and finished his career with 174 tackles and two interceptions in 42 games.

Only time will tell how good Kelvin Taylor and Marcell Harris will be. But if the past is any indication, they're going to turn out to be pretty good, too. The Gators have had good luck with legacies in the past.

Here's a look at how some father-son duos have fared at Florida:

The Brantleys
Father: John III (1977-78)
Son: John IV (2008-11)

John Brantley III led the Gators in passing in 1978 (1,334 yards, 11 TDs).

John Brantley IV started at quarterback for two seasons and finished his career completing 398 of 645 passes for 4,750 yards with 30 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He was UF's starter in 2010-11.

The Browns
Father: Vernell Sr. (1982-85)
Son: Vernell Jr. (2002-05)

Vernell Brown Sr., was a defensive back who totaled 80 tackles, 14 pass breakups, and four interceptions in his career.

Former UF coach Urban Meyer tabbed Vernell Brown Jr., as the face of Florida football because of his work ethic, commitment and leadership. Brown began his career as a receiver but was moved to cornerback. He finished his career with 63 tackles and three interceptions and also caught six passes for 28 yards, ran seven times for 31 yards and averaged 8.3 yards on 59 punt returns.

The Culpeppers
Father: Bruce (1960-62)
Son: Brad (1988-91)

Bruce Culpepper was a three-year letter winner at center and was the co-captain of the 1962 team.

Brad Culpepper was a second-team All-SEC selection at defensive tackle in 1990, and then followed that with a monster season in 1991. He had 21.5 tackles for loss (47.5 in his career) and seven sacks and earned All-SEC first team and All-American honors. He was a 10th-round draft pick by Minnesota in 1992 and went on to play nine seasons with the Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears. He had 34 sacks in his NFL career.

The Gaffneys
Father: Derrick (1974-77)
Son: Jabar (2000-01)

Derrick Gaffney was a receiver at Florida whose most memorable moment came in 1977, when he caught a 99-yard touchdown pass from Cris Collinsworth against Rice. The play remains the longest touchdown pass in SEC history. He went on to play for the New York Jets for eight seasons.

Jabar Gaffney played just two seasons at Florida before leaving early for the NFL. He caught 138 passes for 2,375 yards (second-most in school history) and 27 touchdowns. He holds the school record with 14 100-yard receiving games. He was a freshman All-American in 2000 and a consensus All-American in 2001. He was selected by Houston in the second-round of the 2002 NFL draft and played 11 seasons.

The Jacksons
Father: Willie Sr. (1970-72)
Sons: Willie Jr. (1991-93); Terry (1995-98)

Willie Jackson Sr., doesn't have has name in the UF record book for his on-field performance, but the former receiver is perhaps the most significant player in school history: He was the first black football player to play in a game for Florida.

Willie Jackson Jr., does have his name in UF's record books. His 162 career receptions and eight 100-yard receiving games are third all-time. His 2,172 receiving yards are ninth all-time. He led the SEC with 62 catches in 1992, earning first-team All-SEC status that season. He was a third-round draft pick by Dallas in 1994 and caught 284 passes in nine seasons with five teams.

Terry Jackson was a running back who led the Gators in rushing in 1998 (587 yards). He ran for 1,794 yards and 19 touchdowns and caught 59 passes for 645 yards and four touchdowns in his UF career.

The McDonalds
Father: Ray Sr. (1982-85)
Son: Ray Jr. (2003-06)

Ray McDonald Sr., was a reserve receiver who finished his career with 38 catches for 512 yards and seven touchdowns.

Ray McDonald Jr., played defensive tackle and defensive end in his career and totaled 133 tackles (25.5 for loss), two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and knocked down six passes. He was a first-team All-SEC selection in 2006. He was drafted in third round by San Francisco in 2007 and is still with the 49ers. He has 102 tackles and 13 sacks in his six NFL seasons.

The McGriffs
Father: Lee (1972-74)
Son: Travis (1995-98)

Lee McGriff was a walk-on receiver who eventually earned a scholarship and caught 74 passes 1,401 yards and 12 touchdowns in his final two seasons. He's best known for making two big catches in UF's 11-10 win over Georgia in 1973. He caught a 50-yard pass and later caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Don Gaffney on fourth down with 3:48 to play. UF scored the two-point conversion and won the game. McGriff was a first-team All-SEC selection in 1974.

Travis McGriff was a scholarship receiver who had a monster year in 1998, catching 70 passes for an SEC-record 1,357 yards. That total included 13 receptions for 222 yards against South Carolina -- numbers which rank second and third, respectively, in the school's single-game record list. McGriff earned first-team All-SEC honors that season.

The Odoms
Father: Gerald Sr. (1960, 1962-63)
Son: Gerald Jr. (1987-90)

Gerald Sr. was a mainstay on the UF offensive line and helped the Gators win a pair of Gator Bowls.

Gerald Jr. was a four-year letter winner who started every game his final two seasons. He led the Gators with 85 tackles in 1990 and finished with 223 tackles, 11 sacks and four interceptions in his career.

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