Drafted: Pick 22 of the 1st round by Chicago
Positives: Has solid, compact muscle development with broad shoulders, big hands and adequate leg definition...Shows smoothness in his pass drop, taking short, quick strides...Gets rid of the ball on time with a quick release, displaying good velocity on his long tosses...Keeps his poise standing in the pocket and quickly comes back after the sack...Throws on time with touch, anticipating the receiver's moves and coverage...Hits his targets in stride, reads the field quickly and rarely hesitates to throw long...Very good at locating his secondary targets...Throws the long ball with an arch to gain distance and is seldom late in getting the ball to his target.
Negatives: Needs better judgement, as he tends to throw the ball to dangerous spots in the zone, risking the costly interception...Carries the ball a little low which causes his delivery to slow down at times...Feels pressure and slides his feet well to avoid, but his mobility is only marginal...Lacks a short touch, putting too much on his throws...Has trouble following through with his release when flushed out of the pocket...Lacks the burst needed to escape the pocket.
Considered one of the nation's premier performers in the nation after finishing second in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 2001 (only the fifth sophomore to ever finish in the top two of that prestigious balloting) and receiving the 2001 AP National Player of the Year Award, Rex went throw a learning process with the new coaching staff during the 2002 campaign...Started 29 of 33 regular season games during his career, completing 677 of 1110 passes for 9164 yards, 77 touchdowns and 36 interceptions...His 1110 pass attempts rank fourth in school history, while his 677 completions and 9164 yards rank third...Only Wayne Peace (61.6%, 1980-83) has a better pass completion percentage than his 61.0% in Gator annals...His 76 touchdowns are topped only by Danny Wuerffel's 114 (1993-96) on the school's career-record list.
All-Southeastern Conference second-team pick by the league's coaches...Started every game, setting school season-records as he completed 287 of 503 passes (57.1%) for 3402 yards, 22 touchdowns and a career-high 17 interceptions, topping the previous marks of 275 completions of 463 attempts by Shane Matthews in 1992...Carried 58 times for minus 65 yards and a score.
Alabama-Birmingham...Opened the season with 337 yards on 16 of 26 tries with 12 & 45-yard touchdowns to Taylor Jacobs.
Miami...Gained 191 yards on 19 of 45 throws, including 2 interceptions.
Ohio University...Hit on 18 of 31 attempts for 202 yards and a score.
Tennessee...Despite suffering knee and ankle sprains, he earned SEC Player of the Week honors as he connected on 20 of 34 tosses for 324 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Kentucky...Followed with 28 of 43 passes for 375 yards and a pair of scores.
Mississippi...Gained 205 yards with 2 touchdowns on 19 of 44 passes, but also threw 4 interceptions...His four interceptions were the most by a Gator passer since Shane Matthews had five throws picked off in 1992 vs. Mississippi State.
Louisiana State...Again had four interceptions, as he completed 18 of 43 attempts for 163 yards, playing with a knee sprain.
Auburn...Bounced back from the worst performance of his career to complete 27 of 35 passes for 242 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Georgia...Connected on 36 of 46 attempts for 339 yards and 2 touchdowns...Also made a pair of solo tackles (both happened after throwing interceptions).
Vanderbilt...Hit on 17 of 32 tosses for 170 yards and ran for a game-winning 1-yard score in a 21-17 decision.
South Carolina...Followed with 24 of 36 throws for 228 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Florida State...Hit Kelvin Knight with a 27-yard scoring strike and connected on 24 of 47 tries for 303 yards.
Michigan (Outback Bowl)...Finished his career with 21 of 41 attempts for 323 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Second in the Heisman Trophy balloting, only the fifth sophomore ever to finish in the top two...Finalist for the Walter Camp National Player of the Year Award...Finalist for Maxwell Award (College Player of the Year)...Finalist for Davey O'Brien National Quarterback of the Year Award...Associated Press National Player of the Year...First-team All-American pick by the Associated Press, Walter Camp Foundation and Football News, becoming the first sophomore quarterback in school history to achieve that distinction...Associated Press SEC Offensive Player of the Year, as selected by league coaches...Became the first player since BYU's Steve Young in 1983 to lead the nation in both passing efficiency (170.8) and total offense per game (354.9) in the same season...First-team All-SEC selection for the second consecutive season...Started all 11 regular season games and completed 259 of 395 passes (65.6%) for 3,896 yards with 34 touchdowns and 12 interceptions for a pass efficiency rating of 170.75 and rushed for five touchdowns on the season...Took 579 snaps...Ranked first in the nation in pass efficiency rating (170.8)...354.2 average passing yards per game ranked first in nation...Led nation in total offense with 354.9 yards per game...32 TD passes ranked tied for third in the nation...First in the nation in yards per pass attempt with 9.86...Ranked seventh in the nation in yards per completion (15.04)... Second nationally in points responsible for per game (21.27)...Led the nation in yards per play (9.10)...Ranked sixth in the nation in percentage of passes which went for a TD (8.61%)...Posted an efficiency rating of at least 168 in eight of 11 regular season games (all but Auburn, Florida State and Tennessee)...Threw for more than 300+ yards in ten of 11 regular season games (all but Florida State- 290), the most 300 + games in a season in UF history...3,896 passing yards rank as the best season mark in school history and second best in SEC history...His 34 touchdown passes ranked as the third best season mark in Gator history and sixth best in SEC history...First Gator to ever pass for 300 or more yards in more than three consecutive games with streak of nine straight games (Marshall, UL-Monroe, Kentucky and Miss. St., LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt and South Carolina)... Threw for at least three touchdowns in seven of 11 regular season games (all but Marshall, UL-Monroe, Kentucky, Miss. St., LSU, Vanderbilt and South Carolina)...Joined Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel as the only Gator quarterbacks to have two 400+ yard games in a season (464 vs. LSU and 407 vs. Georgia).
Marshall...Named SEC Player of the Week after completing 20 of 30 passes for a then career-high 375 yards and three touchdowns.
Louisiana-Monroe...Completed 23 of 34 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns.
Kentucky...Hit on 22 of 36 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns with a pass efficiency rating of 168.24.
Mississippi State...Connected on 22 of 31 passes for 393 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing for one more, with a pass efficiency rating of 230.68 (fourth best rating in school history for a QB who completed at least 20 passes).
Louisiana State...Completed 22 of 32 passes for a school-record 464 yards passing and five touchdowns, with one interception and a pass efficiency rating of 235.86 (second best in UF history)
Auburn...Had 25 of 42 throws for 364 yards with two scores and four interceptions.
Auburn...Named SEC Player of the Week, with 27 out of 35 attempts, while throwing for 407 yards and two touchdowns, with two interceptions, for a pass efficiency rating of 182.25.
Vanderbilt...Completed 17 of 29 passes for three touchdowns and 306 yards, with one interception, and a pass efficiency rating of 174.49 in just the first half.
South Carolina...Hit on 21 of 33 passes, while throwing for 302 yards and three touch-downs.
Florida State...Connected on 27 of 42 attempts, while throwing for 290 yards, with three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing).
Tennessee...Established career highs in completions (33) and attempts (51) along with 362 yards passing and two touchdowns...Also added a one-yard touchdown run.
Maryland (Orange Bowl)...Completed 20 of 28 passes for 248 yards, including four scores.
First-team All-SEC selection by The Sporting News and Football News, the first freshman quarterback in UF history to be named first-team All-SEC...Freshman All-SEC first-team selection by the Coaches...Freshman All-America second-team selection by The Sporting News...Second-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press...Became the first fresh-man ever to be named the MVP of the SEC Championship Game...Played in 11 of 12 regular season games (all but Tennessee) with seven starts (LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Florida State and SEC Championship game vs. Auburn) for 406 plays...Also started the Nokia Sugar Bowl...Completed 131 of 212 (61.8%) for 1866 yardswith 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions for a 161.81 passing efficiency rating... Passing efficiency rating of 161.81 led the SEC, ranked third nationally and ranked as the third best by a freshman in NCAA history...21 touchdown passes led the SEC and tied for the most in the nation by a freshman quarterback...21 touchdown passes was second best seasonal total for a freshman in SEC history...161.81 efficiency rating ranked as the third best seasonal total in UF history.
Middle Tennessee...Threw for three touchdowns and completed a 9 of 14 passes for 95 yards.
Mississippi State...Completed 13 of 16 16 attempts for 231 yards.
Louisiana State...Hit on 18 of 28 throws for 276 yards and three touchdown passes in his first career start.
Auburn...Named SEC Offensive Player of the Week as a result of performance, hitting on 14 of 23 for 232 yards and threw a career high five touchdown passes (TD passes set a school record for a freshman).
Auburn (SEC Championship)...Was named the SEC Championship Game MVP as a result of his performance vs. Auburn (17 of 26 for 238 yards and four touchdowns.
Miami (Sugar Bowl)...Completed 18 of 41 yards for 252 yardswith a touchdown and two interceptions.
Did not see any game action and was redshirted...Worked with the scout team at quarter-back.
Bothered by knee and ankle sprains vs. Tennessee in 2002...Also sprained his knee in the 2002 Louisiana State clash.
Campus Agility Tests
5.06 in the 40-yard dash...32-inch arm length...9 1/2-inch hands.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE
29 1/4 9 1/4 29
Attended Bloomington South (Ind.) High...Considered one of the nation's elite prep quarterbacks in 1998...One of seven quarterbacks named to prestigious Parade All-American team...Named to Prep Star's All-American Dream Team and that publication ranked him the top QB in the Midwest region and among the top nine in the nation... Named to National Recruiting Advisor's All-American team and that publication ranked him among the top five players in the nation in its "pro-style QB" rating...Named to Super Prep's All-American team and that publication also named him its Midwest Offensive Player of the Year...USA Today selected him the Indiana Player of the Year for '98... Ranked among the nation's top 15 QBs by Super Prep...Passed for 3080 yards and 34 touchdowns in '98 in leading the school to the state 5A title...Had 7518 career passing yards with 97 touchdown passes...Coach was Mo Moriarity.
Travel and Tourism major...Son of Maureen and Daniel Grossman...Born Rex Grossman on 8/23/80 in Bloomington, Indiana.
YEAR ATT COMP PCT YARDS TD YD/ATT YD/CMP INT I/PCT LG GM/AVG