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Gators' legendary QB John Reaves dead at age 67

Gators' legendary QB John Reaves dead at age 67

UF record-setting quarterback John Reaves was found dead at his home Tuesday in Tampa. He was 67.

Reaves, wide receiver Carlos Alvarez and running back Tommy Durrance formed the corps of the so-called “Super Sophs” that finished 9-1-1 during the 1969 season.

Reaves’ first game for the Gators that set the tone for his record-setting career. During a 59-34 win against Houston, Reaves passed for a school-record 342 yards and five touchdowns, breaking the marks of 1966 Heisman Trophy-winning QB Steve Spurrier.

“He was an all-time special Gator,” Spurrier told the Orlando Sentinel. “I hate to see it happen. I feel for his family, but when it’s over and done, let’s all...