It’s always interesting to look back on the past and reflect on how life brought you to a certain place. Our Spotlight segments that we do on recruits, help shine a light on them so they can be noticed by Gator Nation. Today, we are doing a Spotlight segment on a former Gator, Eric Kresser.
It was an interesting route to Gainesville for Quarterback Eric Kresser. Kresser grew up as a fan of Florida State, which didn’t last long. His dad began taking him to Miami Hurricane games and Eric’s brother went to the Hurricanes so his allegiance to FSU faded. Kresser then started thinking about joining Jimmy Johnson at Miami.
During Kresser’s Junior year, Jimmy Johnson decided to leave Miami and that left the door open for other Universities.
Kresser was first recruited by Charlie Strong but Spurrier often spoke to Kresser as well. “Spurrier would tell me how well Shane Matthews just did at UF and how I can come in and play for a NFL QB,” Kresser said.
Kresser was sold on the Gators and decided to commit to playing for the University of Florida and the Ol Ball Coach. Kresser wasn’t the only QB that came in to play for the Gators in that class. They also landed Danny Wuerffel.
Wuerffel had the upper hand when Matthews left Florida as the favorite for the backup position due to his familiarity with the playbook. But Kresser worked hard and it didn’t go unnoticed by Spurrier.
Spurrier would often insert Kresser into the game when the Gators had it well in hand but made sure to let him have his fun.
Kresser’s most notable moment as a Gator has to be his game against Northern Illinois where he threw for 458 yards and 6 touchdowns, including a huge 96 yard bomb to Jacquez Green (Green will be featured in an upcoming Spotlight)
Kresser loved the University of Florida and being a Gator but wanted a shot to start week in and week out so he transferred to Marshall University for his Senior season.
“I left Florida because Danny Wuerffel was very familiar with the playbook when he came in and never played bad enough to be replaced,” Kresser said. “I loved my time at the University of Florida and wouldn’t change it for anything, I just wanted a shot.”
Kresser ended up getting his shot with a former Gators coach Bobby Pruett and Marshall University. Kresser said his relationship with Pruett and the fact that Marshall was a top FCS school is why he transferred to Marshall.
When Kresser arrived at Marshall, he had an opportunity to start right away because the quarterback they currently had needed time to develop. That quarterback was none other than Chad Pennington.
Kresser had an amazing season with the Thundering Herd throwing for over 3,400 yards and 35 touchdowns. The yards came easy for Kresser since he was throwing to Wide Receiver Randy Moss.
“Randy Moss is the best receiver to ever play the game and sure made my life easier as a quarterback,” Kresser said.
Kresser led Marshall to an undefeated season and a National Championship. That same year, Danny Wuerffel led the Florida Gators to the National Championship as well.
Going undefeated and winning a National Championship are among the most memorable moments for Kresser. “But I also enjoyed winning the SEC Championship,” Kresser said.
Now a days, Kresser is a teacher and coach at The Benjamin school a High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Kresser is also a private Quarterbacks coach.
We are thankful to spend the time reliving the past with Eric Kresser and spotlighting his journey through the Swamp.