Nick Florence

Nick Florence was one of the most prolific passers in the history of the Garland ISD. As a senior at South Garland High School, Florence was named the 2007 District 10-5A MVP and selected to the 2007 Dallas Morning News’ all-area first team. He passed for more than 8,000 yards in his three-year career and established 10 district records, including most passing yards (8,001), total offense yards (9,131) and total-offense touchdowns (87). As a senior, he set GISD single-season records for passing yards (3,047), total-offense yards (3,495), touchdown passes (30) and total-offense touchdowns (39). He completed 212-of-357 passes for 3,047 yards and 30 touchdowns with just four interceptions. He also rushed 138 times for 448 yards and nine touchdowns, and set a single-game school record with five touchdown passes vs. Garland. That year, the Colonels finished 10-2 and claimed the District 10-5A title with a 7-0 mark.

After graduating as the Salutatorian for the class of 2007, Florence accepted a scholarship to Baylor. Florence began the season as third-string quarterback and started seven-of-nine games following injuries to Robert Griffin III and Blake Szymanski. He finished the season completing 165-of-266 passes for 1,786 yards, six touchdowns. Florence returned to backup as a sophomore and junior, playing in nine games. In his senior season in 2012, he took over as starter and had a sensational year, completing 286-of-464 passes for 4,309 yards, 33 touchdowns. He also ran for 568 yards and 10 touchdowns. In the 2012 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl, Florence broke Griffin’s single-season passing yards record.

He graduated in December 2011 with a degree in economics and later obtained his masters of business before departing Baylor.