Rex Grossman might remember his record-setting year at Florida more for the sting of a season-shattering loss.
Despite a gallant effort by Grossman, Florida lost to Tennessee, 34-32, last week and missed a chance to play for the Southeastern Conference title and a spot in the BCS national championship game in the Rose Bowl.
The loss did little to hurt the stature of the nation's top-rated passer, who was chosen Wednesday as the Associated Press college player of the year.
"Our season fell short of what we hoped," Grossman said. "We're a little down in Gainesville. I thought I had a pretty good year, but two losses is kind of all we can think about right now."
Grossman received 18 votes in balloting by the 72 members of the AP college football poll board, which includes member newspapers, TV and radio stations. He edged Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey by three votes, with Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch third with 12 votes.
Oklahoma safety Roy Williams was fourth with seven votes, and Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El and Miami left tackle Bryant McKinnie tied for fifth with five votes each.
"There are some tremendous players around the country and I am privileged to be in their company and receive this award," Grossman said.