Tommy Durrance

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Tommy Durrance
Florida GatorsNo. 33
Position Halfback
Career history
College Florida (19691971)
High school Mainland
Personal information
Born:(1950-02-08)February 8, 1950
Died: July 22, 2005(2005-07-22) (aged 55)
Ormond Beach, Florida
Career highlights and awards
  • All-SEC (1969)

Thomas L. Durrance was a college football player. He was a prominent halfback for the Florida Gators of the University of Florida from 1969 to 1971; [1] one of the "Super Sophs". [2] During his sophomore season, he scored 110 points—then the school record, and still tied for second on the Gators' single-season records list. He was only the second person in SEC history to score 100. [3] His 18 touchdowns gave him the nickname of "Touchdown Tommy." [4] Durrance finished his three-year college career with 2,582 yards of combined rushing and receiving yardage. [5] He was from Daytona Beach. [6]

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References

  1. "Tommy Durrance: A Great Gator, A Better Man". Scout.com. 22 July 2005.
  2. "1969 Super Soph Tommy Durrance dies at 55". Gainesville.com.
  3. Robert Thomas. "'Touchdown Tommy' Needs A New Nickname". St. Petersbug Times.
  4. "Popular Florida star Durrance dies at 55". tribunedigital-orlandosentinel.
  5. 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived 2015-12-08 at the Wayback Machine ., University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida (2015).
  6. Bernard Kahn (October 4, 1969). "What's In A Name? Ask Tommy Durrance". Daytona Beach Morning Journal.