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2009 Florida Gators football
Sugar Bowl Champions
SEC Eastern Division Champions
SEC Championship Game vs. Alabama, L 13–32
Sugar Bowl vs. Cincinnati, W 51–24
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern Division
Ranking
Coaches #3
AP #3
2009 record 13–1 (8–0 SEC)
Head coach Urban Meyer (5th year)
Offensive coordinator Steve Addazio
Offensive scheme Spread Option
Defensive coordinator Charlie Strong
Base defense 3-3-5

Home stadium

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Seasons
« 2008 2010 »
2009 SEC football standings
     Conf       Overall
Team W   L     W   L
Eastern Division
#3 Florida 8 0     13 1
Tennessee 4 4     7 6
Georgia 4 4     8 5
South Carolina 3 5     7 6
Kentucky 3 5     7 6
Vanderbilt 0 8     2 10
Western Division
#1 Alabama 8 0     14 0
#17 LSU 5 3     9 4
#20 Ole Miss 4 4     9 4
Arkansas 3 5     8 5
Auburn 3 5     8 5
Mississippi State 3 5     5 7
Championship: #2 Alabama 32, #1 Florida 13
December 5, 2009
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
As of January 8, 2010 • Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009 Florida Gators football team represents the University of Florida in the college football season of 2009. The team is coached by Urban Meyer and play their home games in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The Gators are coming off of a national championship during the 2009 college football bowl season. With Tim Tebow and 11 defensive starters returning, the Gators were looking for back-to-back national championships but a loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship Game forced the team to settle for a berth in the Sugar Bowl, where they defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats.

They finished with an undefeated 12–0 regular season, their first since 1995, and won their second straight SEC Eastern Division Championship.

On December 26, 2009, it was announced that Urban Meyer would step down as the team's head coach for health and family reasons.[1] The following day, Meyer stated that he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence allowing him to resume his position as the head coach.

Contents

Previous season

In the 2008 season, the Gators went 11–1 in the regular season suffering their only loss at home to Ole Miss. Their post-season success included a win over then-#1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2008 SEC Championship Game followed by a win over the then-#1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners in the 2009 BCS Championship Game finishing the season 13–1 and ranked #1 in the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls. This was the third national championship for the Gators.

Pre-season

On January 11, 2009 during the national championship celebration at the University of Florida, quarterback Tim Tebow announced his intention to return for his senior season,[2] followed on January 15 by linebacker Brandon Spikes intention to return as well. With Spikes' return, the entire two-deep of the Gators defense was set to return for the 2009 season. One major loss was All-America wide receiver Percy Harvin, who opted to leave the University of Florida to enter the 2009 NFL Draft.

The Gators also lost offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Dan Mullen, who became the head coach at Mississippi State following Sylvester Croom's resignation. Former offensive line coach Steve Addazio was named as Mullen's replacement, with Scot Loeffler hired to take on the role of quarterback coach.

Orange and Blue Game

The Gators played their spring scrimmage on April 18, 2009 with the Orange winning.

Pre-season polls

Florida was voted #1 in both the preseason USA Today Coaches' Poll and the AP Poll. The Gators received the highest ever percentage of preseason #1 votes in the history of the AP Poll, which began in 1950.[3][4]

Schedule

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5, 2009* 7:00 p.m. Charleston Southern #1 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL FSN W 62–3   90,621
September 12, 2009* 12:21 p.m. Troy #1 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL SEC Network W 56–6   90,349
September 19, 2009 3:30 p.m. Tennessee #1 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL
(Florida-Tennessee rivalry)
CBS W 23–13   90,894
September 26, 2009 6:00 p.m. at Kentucky #1 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY ESPN2 W 41–7   71,011
October 10, 2009 8:00 p.m. at #4 LSU #1 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA CBS W 13–3   93,129
October 17, 2009† 3:30 p.m. Arkansas #1 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL CBS W 23–20   90,508
October 24, 2009 7:30 p.m. at Mississippi State #2 Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS ESPN W 29–19   57,178
October 31, 2009 3:30 p.m. vs. Georgia #1 Jacksonville Municipal StadiumJacksonville, FL
(Florida vs. Georgia Football Classic)
CBS W 41–17   84,604
November 7, 2009 7:15 p.m. Vanderbilt #1 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL ESPN2 W 27–3   90,694
November 14, 2009 3:30 p.m. at South Carolina #1 Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC CBS W 24–14   79,297
November 21, 2009* 12:30 p.m. Florida International #1 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL PPV W 62–3   90,473
November 28, 2009* 3:30 p.m. Florida State #1 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL
(Florida-Florida State rivalry)
CBS W 37–10   90,907
December 5, 2009 4:00 p.m. vs. #2 Alabama #1 Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA
(SEC Championship Game)
CBS L 13–32   75,514
January 1, 2010* 8:30 p.m. vs. #4 Cincinnati #5 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA
(Sugar Bowl)
FOX W 51–24   65,207
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time Zone.

Game notes

Charleston Southern

Pregame Line[5]: Off

1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 3 0 0 3
Gators 14 28 13 7 62

In the season opener the Florida Gators met the Charleston Southern Buccaneers in Gainesville, Florida. In a game that was never close the Gators won 62–3.


Troy

Pregame Line: -37

1 2 3 4 Total
Trojans 3 0 3 0 6
Gators 7 28 14 7 56

The Florida Gators met the Troy Trojans in Gainesville, Florida. After a slow start the Gators scored four times in the second quarter before cruising to a 56–6 victory.


Tennessee

Pregame Line: -30

1 2 3 4 Total
Volunteers 3 3 0 7 13
Gators 3 10 10 0 23

In what may have been the most talked about game all pre-season, the Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers met in Gainesville, Florida. Most of the pre-game talk surrounded comments made by Volunteer's head coach Lane Kiffin. The game remained close until the end with the Gators holding on for a 23–13 victory.


Kentucky

Pregame Line: -20.5

1 2 3 4 Total
Gators 31 0 3 7 41
Wildcats 0 7 0 0 7

In their first road game of the season the Florida Gators traveled to Lexington, Kentucky to face the Wildcats. The Gators quickly took at 31–0 lead in the first quarter before going on to win 41–7. The biggest news story to come out of the game was a concusion suffered by Tim Tebow during the third quarter.


LSU

Pregame Line: -10

1 2 3 4 Total
Gators 3 7 0 3 13
Tigers 0 3 0 0 3


Arkansas

Pregame Line: -24.5

1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 0 10 3 7 20
Gators 0 3 10 10 23


Mississippi State

Pregame Line: -22

1 2 3 4 Total
Gators 3 10 3 13 29
Bulldogs 3 7 3 6 19


Georgia

Pregame Line: -16

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 10 7 0 17
Gators 14 10 7 10 41


Vanderbilt

Pregame Line: -35

1 2 3 4 Total
Commodores 0 0 3 0 3
Gators 3 10 7 7 27


South Carolina

Pregame Line: -17.5

1 2 3 4 Total
Gators 10 7 0 7 24
Gamecocks 7 7 0 0 14


Florida International

Pregame Line: -45

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Panthers 0 3 0 0 3
Gators 14 21 14 13 62


Florida State

Pregame Line: -24.5


A new attendance record at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium was set with 90,907 present.[6]

Tebow accounts for five TDs in his final home game as a Gator.

1 2 3 4 Total
Seminoles 0 0 3 7 10
Gators 7 17 6 7 37


Alabama (SEC Championship Game)

Pregame Line: -5.0

1 2 3 4 Total
Gators 3 10 0 0 13
Crimson Tide 9 10 7 6 32


Cincinnati (Sugar Bowl)

1 2 3 4 Total
#5 Gators 9 21 14 7 51
#4 Bearcats 0 3 7 14 24

Scores by quarter

1 2 3 4 Total
Opponents 25 63 22 27 137
Gators 112 164 87 91 454

Rankings

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week. ██ Selected for BCS National Championship Game.
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Final
AP 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 5 3
Coaches 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 5 3
Harris Not released 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 5
BCS Not released 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 5

Personnel

Depth chart

(revised 12-2–09)

FS
Major Wright
Josh Evans
WLB MLB SLB
Ryan Stamper Brandon Spikes A.J. Jones
Jelani Jenkins Brandon Beal Brandon Hicks
SS
Ahmad Black
Will Hill
CB
Joe Haden
Markihe Anderson
DE NT DE
Jermaine Cunningham Jaye Howard Carlos Dunlap
William Green Justin Trattou Justin Trattou
CB
Janoris Jenkins
Wondy Pierre-Louis
Offensive Starters
WR
Riley Cooper
Justin Williams
WR
Deonte Thompson
Frankie Hammond, Jr.
LT LG C RG RT
Carl Johnson James Wilson Maurkice Pouncey Mike Pouncey Marcus Gilbert
Matt Patchan Corey Hobbs Sam Robey Maurice Hurt David Young
TE
Aaron Hernandez
Josh Postell
WR
David Nelson
Omarius Hines
QB
Tim Tebow
John Brantley
Key Reserves
KR Chris Rainey
QB Jordan Reed
TB Emmanuel Moody
RB
Jeffery Demps
Chris Rainey
Special Teams
PK Jonathan Phillips
PK Caleb Sturgis
P Chas Henry
P David Lerner
KR Brandon James
PR Brandon James
LS Mike Williamson

Roster

2009 Florida Gators roster

Quarterbacks

  • 12 John Brantley – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 14 Andrew Blaylock – Redshirt Junior
  • 15 Tim TebowSenior
  • 16 Jordan Reed – Freshman

Running Backs

  • 3 Chris Rainey – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 21 Emmanuel MoodyRedshirt Junior
  • 23 Mike Gillislee – Freshman
  • 29 Christopher Scott – Redshirt Junior
  • 37 Vincent Brown – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 44 Ean McQuay – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 48 Marquis Hannah – Redshirt Junior

Athlete

Fullbacks

  • 37 Marcus Nemeth – Freshman
  • 42 Steven Wilks – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 45 T.J. Pridemore – Redshirt Freshman
  • 48 Rick Burgess – Senior

Wide Receivers

  • 3 Brandon Frazier – Redshirt Junior
  • 4 Andre Debose – Redshirt Freshman
  • 6 Deonte Thompson – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 7 Justin Williams – Redshirt Junior
  • 9 Carl Moore – Senior
  • 11 Riley CooperSenior
  • 18 T.J. Lawrence – Redshirt Freshman
  • 22 Cade Holliday – Redshirt Senior
  • 39 Joey Sorrentino – Redshirt Senior
  • 82 Omarius Hines – Redshirt Freshman
  • 83 David Nelson – Redshirt Senior
  • 85 Frankie Hammond Jr. – Redshirt Freshman
  • 89 Stephen Alli – Freshman

Tight Ends

  • 80 Desmond Parks – Freshman
  • 81 Aaron HernandezJunior
  • 84 Christopher Coleman – Redshirt Senior
  • 87 Josh Postell – Redshirt Freshman
 

Offensive Line

  • 50 Sam Robey – Redshirt Freshman
  • 55 Mike PounceyJunior
  • 56 Maurkice PounceyJunior
  • 57 Carl Johnson – Redshirt Junior
  • 58 Nick Alajajian – Freshman
  • 58 Christopher Guido – Freshman
  • 60 William Steinmann – Sophomore
  • 61 Gary Beemer – Redshirt Junior
  • 62 Hayden Chance – Freshamn
  • 63 Cole Gilliam – Freshman
  • 64 Kyle Koehne – Freshman
  • 66 James Wilson – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 67 Jon Halapio – Freshman
  • 70 Shawn Schmieder – Redshirt Junior
  • 71 Matt Patchan – Sophomore
  • 72 Jonotthan Harrison – Freshman
  • 73 Xavier Nixon – Freshman
  • 74 Maurice Hurt – Redshirt Junior
  • 76 Marcus Gilbert – Redshirt Junior
  • 78 David Young – Redshirt Freshman
  • 79 Corey Hobbs – Redshirt Junior

Defensive Line

  • 6 Jaye Howard – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 8 Carlos DunlapJunior
  • 34 Lerentee McCray – Sophomore
  • 44 Duke Lemmens – Junior
  • 47 Brandon Antwine – Redshirt Junior
  • 49 Jermaine Cunningham – Senior
  • 57 Samuel Johnson – Redshirt Freshman
  • 62 Lamar Abel – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 65 Glen Watson – Redshirt Freshman
  • 90 Lawrence Marsh – Redshirt Junior
  • 91 Earl Okine – Redshirt Freshman
  • 93 Kedric Johnson – Freshman
  • 94 Justin Trattou – Junior
  • 95 Gary Brown – Freshman
  • 96 William Green – Sophomore
  • 97 Edwin Herbert – Junior
  • 98 Troy Epps – Senior
  • 99 Omar Hunter – Redshirt Freshman
 

Linebackers

  • 16 A.J. Jones – Redshirt Junior
  • 26 Lorenzo Edwards – Junior
  • 30 Chris Pintano – Redshirt Junior
  • 32 Dustin Doe – Senior
  • 33 Scott Peek – Redshirt Freshman
  • 40 Brandon Hicks – Junior
  • 41 Ryan Stamper – Redshirt Senior
  • 43 Jelani Jenkins – Freshman
  • 46 Michael Ross – Redshirt Freshman
  • 51 Brandon SpikesSenior
  • 52 Jonathan Bostic – Freshman
  • 54 Brandon Beal – Sophomore

Defensive Backs

  • 23 Corey Henderson – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 24 Josh Evans – Freshman
  • 34 Reginald Hopkins – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 42 Miguel Carodine – Redshirt Junior

Cornerbacks

  • 1 Janoris JenkinsSophomore
  • 4 Wondy Pierre-Louis – Senior
  • 5 Joe HadenJunior
  • 14 Markihe Anderson – Senior
  • 27 Adrian Bushell – Redshirt Freshman
  • 28 Jeremy Brown – Freshman
  • 36 Moses Jenkins – Junior
 

Safeties

  • 10 Will Hill – Sophomore
  • 13 Dee Finley – Freshman
  • 20 Dorian Munroe – Redshirt Senior
  • 21 Major WrightJunior
  • 35 Ahmad BlackJunior
  • 46 Cody Worton – Redshirt Junior

Punters

  • 17 Chas Henry – Junior
  • 40 David Lerner – Redshirt Freshman

Kickers

  • 19 Caleb Sturgis – Sophomore
  • 38 Jonathan Phillips – Redshirt Senior

Long Snappers

  • 47 John Crofoot – Freshman
  • 50 Cody Hampton – Redshirt Senior
  • 53 Mike Williamson – Redshirt Senior
  • 59 John Fairbanks – Redshirt Junior

Coaching staff

2009 Florida Gators coaching staff
  • Urban Meyer - Head Coach - 4 years at UF
  • Steve Addazio - Assistant Head Coach, Offense/Offensive Line - 4 years
  • Vance Bedford - Cornerbacks - 1 year
  • Kenny Carter - Running Backs - 1 year
  • Billy Gonzales - Recruiting Coordinator/Wide Receivers - 4 years
  • Chuck Heater - Assistant Defensive Coordinator/Safeties - 4 years
  • Scot Loeffler - Quarterbacks - 0 years
  • Dan McCarney - Assistant Head Coach, Defense/Defensive Line - 1 year
  • Charlie Strong - Defensive Coordinator, Associate Head Coach/Linebackers - 9 years
  • Brian White - Tight Ends - 0 years

[7]

Statistics

Team

Team Opp
Scoring 502 174
  Points per Game 35.9 12.4
First Downs 314 208
  Rushing 158 84
  Passing 142 103
  Penalty 14 21
Total Offense 6410 3536
  Avg per Play 7.0 4.2
  Avg per Game 457.9 252.6
Fumbles-Lost 17-11 19-3
Penalties-Yards 95-735 78-638
  Avg per Game 52.5 45.6
Team Opp
Punts-Yards 34-1476 81-3253
  Avg per Punt 43.4 40.2
Time of Possession/Game 30:45 29:15
3rd Down Conversions 87/177 58/194
4th Down Conversions 11/17 11/22
Touchdowns Scored 63 18
Field Goals-Attempts-Long 22/31-? 17/21-?
PAT-Attempts    
Attendance 634446 300615
  Games/Avg per Game 7/90635 7/75131

Offense

Rushing

Through 3 games.

Name CAR YDS YPC Long TD
Brantley 8 41 5.1 23 0
Demps 16 207 12.9 41 4
James 8 44 5.5 25 0
Moody 13 131 10.1 23 0
Rainey 22 225 10.2 76 2
Tebow 39 148 3.8 15 3
Gillislee 11 49 4.5 14 1
Cooper 1 14 14.0 14 0
Blaylock 1 9 9.0 9 0
Brown 2 2 1.0 2 0
Thompson 1 −2 −2.0 −2 0
Total 123 868 7.1 76 10
Opponents          

Passing

Through 3 games.

Name GP-GS Att-Cmp-Int Pct Yds TD
Brantley 2–0 24–18–0 75% 202 3
Tebow 3–3 58–39–1 67.2% 540 5
Total   82–57–1 71.1% 742 8
Opponents          

Receiving

Through 3 games.

Name REC YDS YPR Long TD
Hernandez 12 144 12.0 28 1
Cooper 13 212 16.3 68 1
Hines 7 98 14.0 25 0
Holliday 4 75 18.8 33 1
James 5 72 14.4 32 1
Nelson 5 39 7.8 14 0
Thompson 2 39 19.5 33 2
Williams 4 26 6.5 8 1
Demps 2 15 7.5 10 0
Hammond, Jr. 1 13 13.0 13 0
Gillislee 1 6 6.0 6 0
Moody 1 3 3.0 3 0
Total 57 742 13.0 68 8
Opponents          

Defense

Name GP Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Interceptions Fumbles Blkd
Kick
Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds BrUp QBH No.-Yds Avg TD Long Rcv-Yds FF
Total

Special teams

Name Punting Kickoffs
No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 Blkd No. Yds Avg TB OB
Henry
 
Total
Name Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
 
Total

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