The No. 25 Gators, as a heavy favorite, were expected to cruise to victory. Outside of Florida or North Carolina, it’s unlikely many fans were paying close attention to the game in Gainesville—until a viral highlight began making the rounds on social media.
Gators wide receiver Ricky Pearsall did his best to make fans pay attention to the action in the Swamp, as he hauled in what was quite possibly the catch of the year in the first quarter from quarterback Graham Mertz.
Not only did Pearsall make a spectacular adjustment in midair to a high throw, but he hauled it in one-handed before getting absolutely drilled by a Charlotte defender.
For my money, it’s the catch of the year in college football thus far, and it’s not particularly close.
Here are some of the best reactions on social media to the unreal catch by Pearsall on Saturday night.
Put that catch on the Jumpman logo NOW!— Matt Ragland (@mattragland) September 23, 2023
You’re welcome pic.twitter.com/cfbkxnaAk2— Matt Ragland (@mattragland) September 23, 2023
Serious skills. Just an absolute amazing catch with no fear.— Rustam Irani (@Rustam_Irani) September 24, 2023
Best catch I saw this season. Similar to Oklahoma’s DJ Graham interception a couple years ago.— Boys will be boys....unless the woke gets them. (@UGAMAN007) September 23, 2023
That may be the greatest catch I've ever seen, college or pros. It at least matches OBJ's epic one-handed catch.— Sean Doty (@Intimigator18) September 23, 2023