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Florida Gators football
Florida Gators logo.svg FloridaGators.gif
First season 1906
Athletic director Jeremy Foley
Head coach Urban Meyer
5th year, 57–10  (.851)
Home stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Stadium capacity 88,548
Stadium surface Grass
Location Gainesville, Florida
Conference SEC
Division Eastern
All-time record 654–374–40 (.631)
Postseason bowl record 18–19
Claimed national titles 3
Conference titles 8
Heisman winners 3
Consensus All-Americans 27[1]
Current uniform
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Colors Blue and Orange            
Fight song Orange and Blue
Mascot Albert E. Gator and Alberta Gator
Marching band Pride of the Sunshine
Rivals Florida State Seminoles
Georgia Bulldogs
Tennessee Volunteers
LSU Tigers
Miami Hurricanes
Website GatorZone.com

The Florida Gators football team represents the University of Florida located in Gainesville, Florida. The Gators compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

The University of Florida first fielded a varsity football team in the fall of 1906. Since then, the Gators have won eight SEC championships, and three national championships (1996, 2006, and 2008). The Gators have won more games than any other college football team in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as "Division I-A") over the past twenty years.[2].

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Overview

The University of Florida is one of the twelve members of the Southeastern Conference, and the Florida Gators football team competes in the SEC Eastern Division. The Gators play their home games in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field (also known as "The Swamp") located on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus. The 2009 season was the team's fifth under current head coach Urban Meyer.

Florida plays an eight-game SEC football schedule. Five of these contests pit the Gators against the other members of the SEC Eastern Division: Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Vanderbilt. The conference schedule is filled out with an annual game against LSU and two additional foes from the SEC Western Division on a rotating basis. (Until 2003, the Gators also played Auburn every season with only one Western Division team in rotation.)

Key conference rivalries include "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" in which Florida and Georgia play annually in Jacksonville, Florida (usually around Halloween), the matchup with Tennessee (usually in mid-September), and an inter-divisional rivalry with their permanent SEC Western Division foe, LSU (in early to mid-October).

In addition to the conference foes, the Gators face in-state rival Florida State at the end of the regular season. The two teams' emergence as perennial football powers in the 1980s and 1990s helped build the Florida-Florida State rivalry into a game that has often held national title implications. Before 1988, in-state rival Miami was also an annual opponent, but due to expanded conference schedules, Florida and Miami have met only three times in the regular season since 1988. The remaining dates on Florida's regular season schedule are filled with various non-conference opponents that vary from year to year.

History

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New university, humble beginnings: 1906–1935

The modern University of Florida was created in 1905 when the Florida Legislature passed the Buckman Act, which abolished all of the State of Florida's existing publicly-supported educational institutions and consolidated the academic programs of four of them in the new all-male "University of the State of Florida." The new university operated for one school year (1905–1906) in Lake City, Florida, while the first buildings were constructed on the new Gainesville campus. Most importantly for the football team, consolidation brought members of Florida State College's football team to the new university, when Florida State College in Tallahassee became the new all-female Florida Female College in 1905.

The 1907 Florida football team.

Buoyed by their new enrollments, the as-yet un-nicknamed state university football team began varsity play when the new Gainesville campus opened in September 1906. Jack Forsythe coached the new Florida team for three winning seasons, including a 6–0 win over the Gainesville Athletic Club in their first game. The official name of the new university was shortened to the "University of Florida" in 1909, and G.E. Pyle assumed football coaching duties. Some time during these early years, the Florida sports teams adopted their orange and blue team colors, purportedly representing a combination of the blue and white of the old Florida Agricultural College and the orange and black of the old East Florida Seminary, two of the university's predecessor institutions.[3]

The 1910s saw the team face many of their current rivals for the first time. The newly-named Gators met South Carolina for the first time and played the Gamecocks to a 6–6 tie in 1911. The 1911 Gators went on to defeat The Citadel, Clemson and the College of Charleston, declared themselves to be the "champions of South Carolina," and finished their season 5–0–1—the only undefeated football season in the Gators' history. When Florida joined the now-defunct Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) in 1912, they faced Auburn for the first time, followed by Georgia in 1915. The Gators joined the Southern Conference in 1922, following their regional rivals' departure from the SIAA a year earlier.

Major James Van Fleet[4] coached the 1923 and 1924 teams to their first taste of national notoriety, finishing 6–1–2 and 6–2–2.[5] In 1923, Florida shocked heavily favored Alabama 16–6 in one of the biggest upsets of the year.[5] The 1924 Gators tied powerhouses Georgia Tech and Texas.[6] Led by coach Harold Sebring,[7] the Gators finished 8–2 in 1925,[8] and All-Southern back Edgar Jones scored 109 points, setting the team record for most points scored in a season—a record that would stand for another forty-four years.[9][10] Other Gators greats from this era included Max "Goldie" Goldstein, one of the first Gators to play professional football.

In 1928 and 1929, coach Charlie Bachman led the Gators to greater national recognition. Bachman had attended Notre Dame from 1914 to 1916, where he was an All-American guard for the Fighting Irish football team in 1916, and in 1918, had also played for the legendary Great Lakes Naval Station football team. Bachman's 1928 and 1929 Gators squads finished 8–1 and 8–2, respectively,[11] and represented the Gators' highest season win totals for thirty-two years. The 1928 team produced the Gators' first first-team All-American, end Dale Van Sickel, who later became Florida's first member of the College Football Hall of Fame, inducted in 1975.[12] The 1928 Gators' sole loss was to Tennessee, 12–13, in the final game of the 1928 season.

The University of Florida joined the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in December 1932, along with several other member schools from the Southern Conference—Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Georgia Tech. University of Florida president John J. Tigert, a former All-Southern halfback on the Vanderbilt football teams of 1901–1903, was instrumental in the organization of the new conference and served four separate terms as the SEC president. Tigert was also responsible for the construction of the Gators' first permanent stadium, Florida Field, in 1930.

Gator alumnus Dutch Stanley replaced Bachman as coach in 1933, the first SEC football season. Stanley, who was only 26, had been a stand-out end on the great 1928 Gators team. He brought an all-Gator-alumni coaching staff to the program, and the Gators experienced a brief two-year revival after two consecutive losing seasons in 1931 and 1932. Stanley's Gators posted 5–3–1 and 6–3–1 records in 1933 and 1934, but faltered with a 3–7 tally in 1935.

Depression, war and football: 1936–1949

The late 1930s and 1940s were generally not kind to the Gators. After posting a 6–3–1 record in 1934, Florida did not have another winning season until 1952.

Dutch Stanley resigned under fan pressure following the 1935 season, and was replaced by Josh Cody as head coach. Cody was a former star tackle for Dan McGugin's great Vanderbilt Commodores football teams of 1915, 1916 and 1919, and was the only three-time All-American in the history of Commodores football. Cody had previously coached the Clemson Tigers football team to a 29–11–1 record from 1927 to 1930, but had returned to his alma mater to be the head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores basketball team and serve as an assistant football coach under the legendary McGugin. Once again, however, a coach who showed great promise on paper was not able to lead the Gators from the football wilderness. Cody recorded a 17–24–2 tally in four seasons with the Gators, and left to accept an assistant coach position at Temple University.

Tom Lieb replaced Josh Cody as coach in 1940. Lieb was a former All-American Notre Dame football player and then protege assistant coach under Knute Rockne. Notably, he was also a bronze medalist in the discus throw in the 1924 Summer Olympics. Lieb had been the de facto head coach during the Irish's 1929 national championship season, while Rockne spent most of the season recovering from illness. Despite Gator fans' early hopes for Lieb's Gators, however, they posted a disappointing 20–26–1 record in five seasons.

The World War II years of 1942 to 1945 witnessed the withdrawal of most of the university's able-bodied students, followed by their enlistment in the U.S. military. Florida did not field a team for lack of available players in 1943. Returning war veterans arrived in force on the Gainesville campus in the fall of 1946, and Bear Wolf, the pre-war head coach of the North Carolina Tarheels football team, replaced Lieb as head coach. Unfortunately, the Gators football program slid even further under Wolf, posting a 13–24–2 record in four seasons.

There were bright spots, however. The Gators produced their second first-team All-American, end Fergie Ferguson, in 1941.[13] The iconic cheerleader, Mr. Two Bits, attended his first home game during the 1946 season, and began his personal sixty-year tradition of leading Gator fans in the "two bits" cheer at Florida Field. Bear Wolf's 1946 Gators, however, finished 0–9, the worst football season in Gators history, and his contract was not renewed after the 1949 season.

Woodruff era: 1950–1959

The Gators achieved a measure of respectability under coach Bob Woodruff during the 1950s. Woodruff was an eccentric who was a master of X's and O's and employed unusual methods to train and motivate his players. The Gators peaked under Woodruff in 1952, when they posted an 8–3 record, received their first official post-season bowl invitation, and defeated the University of Tulsa 14–13 in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day 1953. The 1952 Gators also produced Florida's third first-team All-American, tackle Charlie LaPradd. Woodruff never again equaled the success of his 1952 Gators team, but his ten-year tenure as coach was notable for a 6–4 record against rival Georgia, four Associated Press final football poll top-twenty rankings, and the fact that only two of his ten teams finished with losing records.

Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Steve Spurrier (11) running the Florida Gators offense in 1964.

Graves era: 1960–1969

Florida achieved its first consistent success in the 1960s, when Ray Graves coached the team to three nine-win seasons and a total of seventy victories,[14] a Florida record that stood for twenty-seven years.[15] Graves led his Gators to a series of "firsts," including the Gators' first nine-win season in 1960, and their first Sugar Bowl appearance on New Year's Day 1966 (an 18–20 loss). Graves fielded one of his best teams in 1966, led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Steve Spurrier;[16] the 1966 team finished 9–2 and defeated Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl, the team's first major bowl win.[17] During this same time, Dr. Robert Cade and other University of Florida researchers developed the popular sports drink Gatorade and tested it on the Gators football team because of consistently extreme conditions of heat and humidity under which the team played. Gatorade was a success, and the Gators developed a reputation as a "second-half team." Graves' final season in 1969 is remembered for the group of young stars known as the "super sophs," including quarterback John Reaves and All-American wide receiver Carlos Alvarez, fullback Tommy Durrance's single-season scoring record of 110 points,[18] an all-time best record of 9–1–1, and a 14–13 Gator Bowl victory over SEC champion Tennessee.[17] As dramatic evidence of the program-building progress made under Graves, the Gators produced three times the number of first-team All-Americans during the 1960s as they had in all of the previous fifty-four seasons of the team's existence.[19] Ray Graves' career record as the Gators' head coach was 70–31–4.[14]

Dickey era: 1970–1978

Florida alumnus and former Gators quarterback Doug Dickey took over the reins in 1970. Dickey had been the head coach of Tennessee for the preceding six seasons, where he had won the SEC championship twice and led the Volunteers to five straight bowl appearances.[20] Dickey's Gators peaked in 1974, with an 8–4 season and a Sugar Bowl appearance (a 13–10 loss).[20] He was never able to duplicate his prior success at Tennessee, posting a 58–43–2 record over nine seasons with the Gators, and he resigned after a 4–7 season in 1978.[20]

Pell-Hall era: 1979–1989

Charley Pell became the Gators' head coach in 1979, and brought the Gators respectability on the field, and scandal and disgrace off it. Though he began his career with an 0–10–1 season in 1979, the Gators posted a then-NCAA-record turn-around with an 8–3 season in 1980. Pell went 33–15 after the winless opening season, but he was fired by university president Marshall Criser during the 1984 season after Pell and his staff were charged with 107 NCAA major infractions. Offensive coordinator Galen Hall replaced Pell after the third game of the season, and rallied his players after a 1–1–1 start to win eight straight games to finish 9–1–1.

Prior to the 1990s, the 1984 team was considered by many sports commentators to be the finest Gators squad ever. The offense was especially potent behind an offensive line dubbed "The Great Wall of Florida" (Crawford Ker, Jeff Zimmerman, Phil Bromley, Billy Hinson, Scott Trimble and Lomas Brown) that paved the way for John L. Williams and Neal Anderson to run the ball and for freshman quarterback Kerwin Bell to lead the team to its first-ever SEC football championship. Several polls ranked the Gators as the best team in the nation after the conclusion of the 1984 season, but the team was ineligible for a bowl game because of the newly-imposed NCAA probation. To the shock and dismay of the team and fans, the SEC university presidents voted to vacate the Gators' 1984 championship in the spring of 1985.

Galen Hall coached the team from the middle of 1984 until 1989, and matched the 9–1–1 record in 1984 with another 9–1–1 season in 1985. Again, the 1985 Gators posted the best record in the SEC, but were ineligible for the conference title because of the NCAA probation imposed in 1984. Unfortunately, Hall had his own NCAA infractions scandal, primarily involving paying his assistant coaches from his own pocket and allegedly paying the child support-related legal expenses of one of his players,[21] and was fired by university president Robert A. Bryan during the 1989 season.[22] Hall ended his career with a 40–18 record at Florida, and interim head coach Gary Darnell finished the 1989 season.

Spurrier era: 1990–2001

The Gators football team has been the winningest Division I-A program since 1990—the year Steve Spurrier returned to his alma mater as coach. In Spurrier's first season, the Gators finished first in the SEC for the third time ever, but were again ineligible for the SEC title because of lingering NCAA probation. They won their first official SEC championship in 1991. The team played for the conference championship in the first-ever SEC Championship Game in 1992, but lost to the eventual national champions, Alabama. In the following years, the Gators won the next four consecutive SEC Championship Games (1993–1996), leading Spurrier to quip as the team posed for their championship photo that "this is our annual team picture." [23] Spurrier became the Gators' all-time winningest coach in 1996, exceeding Ray Graves' seventy career wins as Florida coach.

The Gators in their home, The Swamp
Head coach Urban Meyer (pictured) and the Gators celebrated 100 years of Florida Football with a BCS Championship in 2006.

The Gators had their first unbeaten and untied regular season in 1995, but were denied a national championship in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl, later nicknamed the "Fiasco Bowl" for its lopsided score in favor of Nebraska (62–24).

Much of the team's offense returned following the bittersweet 1995 season. The 1996 team would end up setting dozens of UF's scoring records, as the Gators rolled over most of their opponents to start the season 10–0. The top-ranked Gators faced the second-ranked Florida State Seminoles in Doak Campbell Stadium, the last regular-season 1-vs-2 matchup for a decade. Keyed by several blocking errors on offense and special teams, the Gators left Tallahassee with a 24–21 loss. But the pieces fell into place for Florida, as they beat the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship Game, 45–30, and Texas upset Nebraska in the inaugural Big 12 Championship Game to clear the path for fourth-ranked Florida to become the best available opponent for the Seminoles in the Sugar Bowl (second-ranked Arizona State of the Pac-10 was contracted to play in the Rose Bowl). To have a shot at a national title, the Gators needed help in the Rose Bowl, which Ohio State provided by defeating second-ranked Arizona State on the last play, thus setting up the Sugar Bowl to crown a national champion. The Gators seized the opportunity, as Heisman trophy-winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel avenged the earlier loss and garnered game MVP honors in a 52–20 rout of the Seminoles.

The following season, in 1997, the Gators looked like they would reload for another title, beating heavily-ranked Tennessee at home and obtaining the Number 1 ranking. But the team struggled midway through their schedule, losing to LSU on the road and a twenty-point loss to Georgia after having dominated both teams the previous year. Arguably the loudest, most intense game in The Swamp's history occurred later that year, as the tenth-ranked Gators upset their rivals, the top-ranked Florida State Seminoles in a 32–29 thriller that featured two last-minute lead changes.

Having won five SEC titles in six seasons in 1996, the Gators had trouble keeping pace with their amazing run in the conference later in the decade,[24] going three seasons before capturing the title again in 2000.[25] The Gators looked prime to return to the SEC Championship Game as favorites in 2001, but lost a 34–32 heartbreaker to the Tennessee Volunteers in a game postponed until December 1 due to the attacks of 9/11.[26]

Zook era: 2002–2004

On January 2, 2002, Steve Spurrier resigned as head coach of the Gators and ten days later became the head coach of the National Football League's Washington Redskins. Athletic Director Jeremy Foley initiated a coaching search that focused on then Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan and former Gator defensive coordinator and current head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners, Bob Stoops. After being turned down by both coaches, Foley decided on former Gator assistant coach Ron Zook as Spurrier's replacement.

As Spurrier admitted that he had "left the cupboard somewhat bare" in terms of the team's roster, Zook's primary challenge was with obtaining new recruits. Zook responded as a recruiter, lining up the twentieth ranked class in an abbreviated 2002 search, then the second ranked class in 2003 and the seventh ranked class in 2004. Although highly talented, as many of these young players would start and play prominent roles, Zook's teams were famous for their inconsistency.[27] They dealt Nick Saban's Louisiana State team their only loss on the way to a 2003 BCS National Championship and Georgia its only loss in 2002, but went winless against both of the SEC's teams from Mississippi, the University of Miami, and in its two bowl games.

After two consecutive five loss seasons and an embarrassing loss to Mississippi State, Zook was fired midway through the 2004 season but was allowed to finish out the regular season. In Zook's final game, the Gators beat Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium to give them their first win there since 1986. After his dismissal, he accepted the head coaching position at Illinois. Defensive coordinator Charlie Strong served as interim coach for the Peach Bowl against Miami, becoming the first African-American to serve as the head football coach at Florida and the second in SEC history.

Athletic Director Jeremy Foley again set out to find a new head coach for the Gators. With the benefit of an extra month to work with, he targeted a much higher profile candidate to replace Zook with the 2004 Sporting News National Coach of the Year, Urban Meyer of Utah. After a period of intense competition against Notre Dame for his services, Urban Meyer chose to accept the position at the University of Florida.

Meyer era: 2005–Present

Meyer was announced as Florida Football's new head coach in December 2004. His first season in 2005 was an improvement at 9–3, including an Outback Bowl win against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Although the Gators managed to defeat their three biggest rivals (Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida State) for only the fourth time in school history, they missed out on a chance to play in the SEC title game after a late-season upset loss to Spurrier's new team, South Carolina.

In 2006, the Gators completed a 13–1 season during which their sole loss was to the Auburn Tigers 17–27. In their final regular season SEC game, the Gators' managed a slender 17–16 victory when Jarvis Moss blocked a fourth quarter field goal by the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Gators defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks in the SEC Championship Game, winning their first SEC title since 2000. The Gators played in the 2007 BCS Championship Game on January 8, 2007, and, led by quarterback Chris Leak, beat the No. 1 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, 41–14, for the Gators' second national football championship. The Gators played the nation's toughest schedule in 2006.[28]

Tim Tebow became the full-time starting quarterback for the 2007 season. The Gators started the season 4–0 and were ranked as high as Number 3 in the various media polls. However, a midseason stretch in which the team lost three of four games to conference foes ended any hopes of a repeat national championship.

While the Gators finished with a relatively disappointing 9–4 record and Number 13 final ranking, Tim Tebow's record-setting season earned him many post-season awards, including the Heisman Trophy. Tebow was the first sophomore to receive the Heisman.

Florida Gators meet with Barack Obama after the championship.

The Gators responded in 2008 as an improved team led by linebacker Brandon Spikes and RB/WR Percy Harvin helped to rekindle the championship passion. Florida won their fourth straight game over Tennessee 30–6 and then followed it up with a 31–30 loss to Ole Miss. In an emotional press conference after the game, star quarterback Tim Tebow promised that no team would play harder than Florida the rest of the season (a speech that was later posted on a plaque outside the renovated football complex[1]). Florida delivered with dominant play on both sides of the ball the rest of the season on their way to a second national championship game berth in three years. Along the way, they beat the defending National Champions LSU Tigers 51–21, achieved revenge on SEC Rivals Georgia, handed former coach Steve Spurrier his worst loss in his career and thumped Florida State University in Doak Campbell Stadium 45–15. Florida earned the second slot in the BCS poll by knocking off a resurgent and then undefeated Alabama 31–20 for the SEC Championship. The Gators won the 2009 BCS National Championship Game on January 8, 2009 over the Oklahoma Sooners and former Gator defensive coordinator Bob Stoops 24–14 and became the first program to win two BCS championships with the same coach (LSU has won two BCS titles, but with different coaches). Shortly after winning the 2008 BCS Title, Tim Tebow and linebacker Brandon Spikes announced that they would return for their senior seasons.

2009 Season

The Gators were voted Number 1 in the preseason Associated Press and Coaches polls. Despite several injuries on offense and defense, the Gators got off to a quick start with dominating wins over Charleston Southern and Troy. A much anticipated matchup with Tennessee followed. Volunteers Coach Lane Kiffin made taunting comments about the Gators football program and Coach Urban Meyer several times during the off-season; the Gators prevailed 23–13. The Gators overcame several obstacles over the next several weeks, as influenza sidelined many players in a 41–7 route of Kentucky. During the game, Tebow suffered a serious hit to the head that caused a concussion. Following a bye week, a relatively healthy Tebow and a stifling defense knocked off LSU 13–3 for the Gators' first win in Baton Rouge since 2003, extending their record to 5–0. The next week, the Gators overcame a 20–13 fourth quarter deficit and four turnovers to beat the Arkansas Razorbacks 23–20 in a scare. Florida ran their record to 7–0 with a 29–19 win at Mississippi State despite two interceptions returned for touchdowns by the team coached by former Gator offensive coordinator Dan Mullen. The win ended a four-game losing streak in Starkville and marked the first time since 1998 that the Gators beat all SEC western division opponents in the same regular season. Next, Florida beat Georgia for the seventeenth time in the past twenty seasons, 41–17. In the game, Tebow broke the SEC rushing touchdown record held by former Bulldog running back Herschel Walker. The following week, they knocked off Vanderbilt 27–3 at home to improve to 9–0. Following a 24–14 win over South Carolina and Steve Spurrier in Columbia, the Gators defeated FIU 62–3. Florida finished a 12–0 regular season with a 37–10 win over rival Florida State on senior day at Florida Field. The Gators then advanced to the SEC Championship Game where they were defeated 32–13 by Alabama. The Gators defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats 51–24 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. With their bowl win, the Gators became the only Division I team to have back-to-back thirteen-win seasons.

Meyer Leave of Absence

On December 26, 2009, Meyer announced he would resign as head coach of the Florida Gators following their bowl game due to health and family concerns.[29] Meyer stated: “I have ignored my health for years, but recent developments have forced me to re-evaluate my priorities of faith and family.” He also said: “I’m proud to be a part of the Gainesville community and the Gator Nation and I plan to remain in Gainesville and involved with the University of Florida." It was later revealed that Meyer's health problems included a non-life threatening heart muscle defect. Sources also stated that Meyer would assume a non-coaching role in the University of Florida athletic program.[30] 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. During Meyer's absence, offensive coordinator Steve Addazio will run the team.[31]

Logos and uniforms

Rivalries

Florida State

The yearly meeting of Florida State has alternated yearly between Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and the Seminoles' home turf of Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee since 1964. The Gators currently have won six straight.

Georgia

Previously known as "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party," the official name of the rivalry with Georgia is the "Florida-Georgia/Georgia-Florida Game". Currently, the game is held at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida, usually on the last Saturday in October or the first in November. The designated "home" team alternates from year to year, with ticket distribution split evenly between the two schools. In past years, fans from Florida and Georgia were assigned seats grouped in alternating sections of the stadium, and the contrasting colors worn by the fans created a "beach ball" visual effect in the stands. Recently the seating arrangement has split the stadium lengthwise and fans sit on the side corresponding to the sideline their team occupies.

The teams' first meeting was in Jacksonville in 1915. In the early days of the rivalry, games rotated through neutral site locations in Savannah, Georgia and Tampa, Florida along with Jacksonville and, occasionally, Gainesville and Athens. Since 1933, however, the contest has been held in Jacksonville every year except 1994 and 1995, when renovations to rebuild Jacksonville Municipal Stadium for the NFL's new Jacksonville Jaguars temporarily moved the game back to on-campus sites.

Starting in 2009, the Okefenokee Oar has been awarded annually to the winner of the Florida-Georgia game. Although the rivalry has existed since 1915, no trophy has been previously awarded to the game's winner.

The Gators have currently won seventeen of the last twenty games, but the Bulldogs still lead the all-time series, 46–39–2.

Tennessee

In the decades before the SEC expanded to 12 teams and split into divisions in 1992, Florida and Tennessee played on a rotation of two years on, four years off. Before 1969, they met irregularly. Because of this, these charter members of the SEC had only met 22 times before 1992.

Since then, however, Florida and Tennessee have faced off every season in mid-September except for 2001, when the game was postponed until December when the terrorists attack of September 11th occurred a few days before the scheduled contest. This relatively new rivalry quickly gained conference and national importance, as the teams have combined to represent the Eastern Division in the SEC Championship Game 16 times in 19 years, and each has come into the game highly ranked many times. The Gators have currently won the last five games and lead the all-time series 20–19.

LSU

LSU is Florida's permanent inter-divisional rival from the SEC Western Division. Florida leads the series 30–23–3. The winner of the Florida-LSU game went on to win the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) national championship game in the 2006, 2007, and 2008 seasons. With a few exceptions, this rivalry has been known for close games in recent years, with both teams usually coming into the match-up highly ranked.

Miami

Florida and Miami play each other for the Seminole War Canoe Trophy. This formerly annual rivalry ended after the 1987 season, and the two schools did not play each other again until the 2001 Sugar Bowl. Florida and Miami played a home-and-home series in 2002 and 2003, and met again in the 2004 Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Florida won the first leg of a home-and-home series in 2008, ending a six-game losing streak against the Hurricanes. The next scheduled regular season meeting between the Gators and the Hurricanes will be in Miami in 2013.[32] Miami holds a 28–26 edge in the all-time series.

National championships

Year Coach Selector Record Bowl Result
1996 Steve Spurrier AP, Coaches 12–1 Sugar Bowl Florida 52, Florida State 20
2006 Urban Meyer BCS, AP 13–1 BCS National Title Game Florida 41, Ohio State 14
2008 Urban Meyer BCS, AP 13–1 BCS National Title Game Florida 24, Oklahoma 14
Total national championships: 3

Note: In 1984, Florida finished #3 in the AP poll, but was recognized as the national champion by The Sporting News, The New York Times, Billingsley, DeVold, Dunkel, FACT, Matthews, and Jeff Sagarin rankings.[33]

Conference affiliations

Conference championships

Florida has won a total of eight officially recognized Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships. The Gators won their first SEC football championship with a conference record of 5–0–1 in 1984, but the title was vacated several months after the season by a vote of the SEC university presidents because of major NCAA infractions committed by the Gators coaching staff under Charley Pell. The 1985 and 1990 teams also finished their campaigns atop the conference standings with records of 5–1 and 6–1, respectively. But during those seasons, Florida was ineligible for the SEC championship due to NCAA probation arising from rules violations committed by previous coaching staffs. Florida won its first officially recognized SEC football championship in 1991.

Year Conference Overall Record Conference Record
1991 SEC 10–2 7–0
1993 SEC 11–2 8–1
1994 SEC 10–2–1 8–1
1995 SEC 12–1 9–0
1996 SEC 12–1 9–0
2000 SEC 10–3 8–1
2006 SEC 13–1 8–1
2008 SEC 13–1 8–1
Total Conference Titles 8

With the addition of Arkansas and South Carolina as new members of the Southeastern Conference in 1992, the SEC split into Eastern and Western Divisions and created a championship game between the division winners to determine the league football champion. Florida has made ten appearances in the SEC Championship Game, more than any other SEC school, with the most recent in 2009. The Gators have won seven of the ten SEC Championship Games in which they have appeared.

Year Division Championship SEC CG Result Opponent PF PA
1992 SEC East L Alabama 21 28
1993 SEC East W Alabama 28 13
1994 SEC East W Alabama 24 23
1995 SEC East W Arkansas 34 3
1996 SEC East W Alabama 45 30
1999 SEC East L Alabama 7 34
2000 SEC East W Auburn 28 6
2006 SEC East W Arkansas 38 28
2008 SEC East W Alabama 31 20
2009 SEC East L Alabama 13 32
Totals 10 7-3 - 259 217

Yearly records

The Florida Gators football season records are taken from the official record books of the University Athletic Association.[34]

Year Conference Overall Record Conference Record
1906 none 5–3 n/a
1907 none 4–1–1 n/a
1908 none 5–2–1 n/a
1909 none 6–1–1 n/a
1910 none 6–1–0 n/a
1911 none 5–0–1 n/a
1912 SIAA 5–2–1 n/a
1913 SIAA 4–3 n/a
1914 SIAA 5–2 n/a
1915 SIAA 4–3 n/a
1916 SIAA 0–5 n/a
1917 SIAA 2–4 n/a
1918 SIAA 0–1 n/a
1919 SIAA 5–3 n/a
1920 SIAA 5–3 n/a
1921 SIAA 6–3–2 n/a
1922 Southern 7–2 2–0
1923 Southern 6–1–2 1–0–2
1924 Southern 6–2–2 2–0–1
1925 Southern 8–2 3–2
1926 Southern 2–6–2 1–4–1
1927 Southern 7–3 5–2
1928 Southern 8–1 6–1
1929 Southern 8–2 6–1
1930 Southern 6–3–1 4–2–1
1931 Southern 2–6–2 2–4–2
1932 Southern 3–6 1–6
1933 SEC 5–3–1 2–3
1934 SEC 6–3–1 2–2–1
1935 SEC 3–7 1–6
1936 SEC 4–6 1–5
1937 SEC 4–7 3–4
1938 SEC 4–6–1 2–2–1
1939 SEC 5–5–1 0–3–1
1940 SEC 5–5 2–3
1941 SEC 4–6 1–3
1942 SEC 3–7 1–3
1943 SEC no team no team
1944 SEC 4–3 0–3
1945 SEC 4–5–1 1–3–1
1946 SEC 0–9 0–5
1947 SEC 4–5–1 0–3–1
1948 SEC 5–5 1–5
1949 SEC 4–5–1 1–4–1
1950 SEC 5–5 2–4
1951 SEC 5–5 2–4
1952 SEC 8–3 3–3
1953 SEC 3–5–2 1–3–2
1954 SEC 5–5 5–2
1955 SEC 4–6 3–5
1956 SEC 6–3–1 5–2
1957 SEC 6–2–1 4–2–1
1958 SEC 6–4–1 2–4–1
1959 SEC 5–4–1 2–4
1960 SEC 9–2 5–1
1961 SEC 4–5–1 3–3
1962 SEC 7–4 4–2
1963 SEC 6–3–1 3–3–1
1964 SEC 7–3 4–2
1965 SEC 7–4 4–2
1966 SEC 9–2 4–1
1967 SEC 6–4 4–2
1968 SEC 6–3–1 2–2–1
1969 SEC 9–1–1 4–1–1
1970 SEC 7–4 3–3
1971 SEC 4–7 1–6
1972 SEC 5–5–1 3–3–1
1973 SEC 7–5 3–4
1974 SEC 8–4 3–3
1975 SEC 9–3 5–1
1976 SEC 8–4 4–2
1977 SEC 6–4–1 3–3
1978 SEC 4–7 3–3
1979 SEC 0–10–1 0–6
1980 SEC 8–4 4–2
1981 SEC 7–5 3–3
1982 SEC 8–4 3–3
1983 SEC 9–2–1 4–2
1984 SEC 9–1–1 5–0–1
1985 SEC 9–1–1 5–1
1986 SEC 6–5 3–3
1987 SEC 6–6 3–3
1988 SEC 7–5 4–3
1989 SEC 7–5 4–3
1990 SEC 9–2 6–1
1991 SEC 10–2 7–0*
1992 SEC 9–4 6–3
1993 SEC 11–2 8–1*
1994 SEC 10–2–1 8–1*
1995 SEC 12–1 9–0*
1996 SEC 12–1** 9–0*
1997 SEC 10–2 6–2
1998 SEC 10–2 7–1
1999 SEC 9–4 7–2
2000 SEC 10–3 8–1*
2001 SEC 10–2 6–2
2002 SEC 8–5 6–2
2003 SEC 8–5 6–2
2004 SEC 7–5 4–4
2005 SEC 9–3 5–3
2006 SEC 13–1** 8–1*
2007 SEC 9–4 5–3
2008 SEC 13–1** 8–1*
2009 SEC 13–1 8–1
** = Consensus National Champions * = Conference Champions

All-time record vs. SEC teams and in-state rivals

Opponent UF Record Percentage UF Streak First Meeting Last Meeting
Alabama 14–21–0 .4000 Lost 1 1916 2009[35]
Arkansas 8–1–0 .8889 Won 8 1982 2009[36]
Auburn 38–42–2 .4756 Lost 2 1912 2007[37]
Florida State 33–19–2 .6296 Won 6 1958 2009[38]
Georgia 39–46–2 .4597 Won 2 1915 2009[39]
Kentucky 43–17–0 .7167 Won 23 1917 2009[40]
LSU 30–23–3 .5625 Won 2 1937 2009[41]
Miami 26–28–0 .4815 Won 1 1938 2008[42]
Mississippi State 33–18–2 .6415 Won 2 1923 2009[43]
Ole Miss 10–12–1 .4565 Lost 1 1926 2008[44]
South Carolina 23–4–3 .8167 Won 4 1911 2009[45]
Tennessee 20–19–0 .5128 Won 5 1916 2009[46]
Vanderbilt 31–9–2 .7619 Won 19 1945 2009[47]
Total 348–259–17 .5713

Most points scored by season

No Year Coach Record  % PF PA
1 2008 Urban Meyer 13–1 0.928 611 181
2 1996 Steve Spurrier 12–1 0.923 611 221
3 1995 Steve Spurrier 12–1 0.923 558 263
4 2007 Urban Meyer 9–4 0.692 552 331
5 2001 Steve Spurrier 10–2 0.833 538 178
6 1994 Steve Spurrier 10–2–1 0.807 538 228
7 1993 Steve Spurrier 11–2 0.846 513 244
8 2009 Urban Meyer 13–1 0.928 502 174
9 2000 Steve Spurrier 10–3 0.769 468 273
10 1997 Steve Spurrier 10–2 0.833 430 205

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Bowl games

Season Bowl Game Winner Loser
1912 Bacardi Bowl Florida 28 Vedado Athletic Club 0
1952 Gator Bowl Florida 14 Tulsa 13
1958 Gator Bowl Mississippi 7 Florida 3
1960 Gator Bowl Florida 13 Baylor 12
1962 Gator Bowl Florida 17 Penn State 7
1965 Sugar Bowl Missouri 20 Florida 18
1966 Orange Bowl Florida 27 Georgia Tech 12
1969 Gator Bowl Florida 14 Tennessee 13
1973 Tangerine Bowl Miami University 16 Florida 7
1974 Sugar Bowl Nebraska 13 Florida 10
1975 Gator Bowl Maryland 13 Florida 0
1976 Sun Bowl Texas A&M 37 Florida 14
1980 Tangerine Bowl Florida 35 Maryland 20
1981 Peach Bowl West Virginia 26 Florida 6
1982 Bluebonnet Bowl Arkansas 28 Florida 24
1983 Gator Bowl Florida 14 Iowa 6
1987 Aloha Bowl UCLA 20 Florida 16
1988 All-American Bowl Florida 14 Illinois 10
1989 Freedom Bowl Washington 34 Florida 7
1991 Sugar Bowl Notre Dame 39 Florida 28
1992 Gator Bowl Florida 27 NC State 10
1993 Sugar Bowl Florida 41 West Virginia 7
1994 Sugar Bowl Florida State 23 Florida 17
1995 Fiesta Bowl (Title Game) Nebraska 62 Florida 24
1996 Sugar Bowl (Title Game) Florida 52 Florida State 20
1997 Florida Citrus Bowl Florida 21 Penn State 6
1998 Orange Bowl Florida 31 Syracuse 10
1999 Florida Citrus Bowl Michigan State 37 Florida 34
2000 Sugar Bowl Miami 37 Florida 20
2001 Orange Bowl Florida 56 Maryland 23
2002 Outback Bowl Michigan 38 Florida 30
2003 Outback Bowl Iowa 37 Florida 17
2004 Peach Bowl Miami 27 Florida 10
2005 Outback Bowl Florida 31 Iowa 24
2006 BCS National Championship Game Florida 41 Ohio State 14
2007 Capital One Bowl Michigan 41 Florida 35
2008 BCS National Championship Game Florida 24 Oklahoma 14
2009 Sugar Bowl Florida 51 Cincinnati 24

Overall bowl record: 18–19 (37 Games)

† The University Athletic Association does not recognize the 1912 "Bacardi Bowl" in the Gators' official bowl record.

Fergie Ferguson Award

The Forrest K. Ferguson Award is given in memory of one of the University of Florida's finest athletes. Ferguson was an All-American end for the Gators in 1941 and was state boxing champion in 1942. He subsequently served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, and led an infantry platoon during the D-Day landings in Normandy, France on June 6, 1944.[49] Ferguson helped clear the way for his troops to advance on the enemy position, and was severely wounded leading his men in the assault.[49] He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions.[49] He subsequently died from war-related injuries in 1954. The Fergie Ferguson Award is made annually in the form of a trophy, which remains in the permanent possession of the school, and is given to the football player selected by the football coaches to the Gator's Most Valuable Senior who displays "leadership, character, and courage."[50]

Retired jersey numbers

Unlike many other collegiate and professional sports teams, the Gators do not currently have any retired jersey numbers from former players. The numbers of Steve Spurrier (11) and Scot Brantley (55) were retired in the past, but their formerly retired jersey numbers were re-issued to current team members during Spurrier's tenure as Florida head coach.

University of Florida All-Time Team

The University of Florida All-Time Team was chosen by the Miami Herald by a fan vote in August 1983.

First Team Offense
QB – Steve Spurrier
RB – Larry Smith
RB – Nat Moore
WR – Cris Collinsworth
WR – Wes Chandler
TE – Jim Yarbrough
OT – Randy Jackson
OT – Mike Williams
OG – Burton Lawless
OG – Guy Dennis
C – Bill Carr
PK – David Posey

First Team Defense
DL – Jack Youngblood
DL – Scott Hutchinson
DL – David Galloway
DL – Charlie LaPradd
LB – Ralph Ortega
LB – Scot Brantley
LB – Wilber Marshall
LB – Glenn Cameron
DB – Steve Tannen
DB – Jackie Simpson
DB – Bernie Parrish
P – Bobby Joe Green

Second Team Offense
QB – John Reaves
RB – Rick Casares
RB – James Jones
WR – Carlos Alvarez
WR – Charles Casey
TE – Chris Faulkner
OT – Mac Steen
OT – Charlie Mitchell
OG – Larry Beckman
OG – John Barrow
C – Steve DeLaTorre
PK – Brian Clark

Second Team Defense
DL – Robin Fisher
DL – Joe D'Agostino
DL – Lynn Matthews
DL – Vel Heckman
LB – David Little
LB – Fred Abbott
LB – Sammy Green
DB – Bruce Bennett
DB – Tony Lilly
DB – Hagood Clarke
P – Don Chandler

Florida Gator All-Century Team

The Florida Gator All-Century team was chosen by Gator fans and organized by the Gainesville Sun in the Fall of 1999.

First Team Offense
QB – Danny Wuerffel (1993–1996)
RB – Neal Anderson (1982–1985)
RB – Emmitt Smith (1987–1989)
WR – Carlos Alvarez (1969–1971)
WR – Wes Chandler (1974–1977)
TE – Jim Yarbrough (1966–1968)
OT – Lomas Brown (1981–1984)
OT – David Williams (1985–1988)
OG – Burton Lawless (1972–1974)
OG – Donnie Young (1993–1996)
OC – Jeff Mitchell (1993–1996)
PK – Judd Davis (1992–1994)
KR – Jacquez Green (1995–1997)

First Team Defense
DE – Jack Youngblood (1968–1970)
DE – Kevin Carter (1991–1994)
DT – Brad Culpepper (1988–1991)
DT – Ellis Johnson (1991–1994)
LB – Wilber Marshall (1980–1983)
LB – Scot Brantley (1976–1979)
LB – David Little (1977–1980)
CB – Steve Tannen (1967–1969)
CB – Jarvis Williams (1984–1987)
S – Louis Oliver (1985–1988)
S – Bruce Bennett (1963–1965)
P – Bobby Joe Green (1958–1959)

Second Team Offense
QB – Steve Spurrier (1964–1966)
RB – Rick Casares (1951–1953)
RB – James Jones (1979–1982)
WR – Reidel Anthony (1994–1996)
WR – Ike Hilliard (1994–1996)
TE – Kirk Kirkpatrick (1987–1990)
OT – Jason Odom (1992–1995)
OT – Mike Williams (1973–1975)
OG – Larry Gagner (1963–1965)
OG – Jeff Zimmerman (1983–1986)
OC – Phil Bromley (1981–1984)
PK – David Posey (1973–1976)
KR – Jack Jackson (1992–1994)

Second Team Defense
DE – David Ghesquiere (1967–1969)
DE – Lynn Matthews (1963–1965)
DT – David Galloway (1979–1981)
DT – Charlie LaPradd (1950–1952)
LB – Sammy Green (1972–1975)
LB – Alonzo Johnson (1983–1985)
LB – Ralph Ortega (1972–1974)
CB – Fred Weary (1994–1997)
CB – Richard Fain (1987–1990)
S – Tony Lilly (1980–1983)
S – Wayne Fields (1972–1975)
P – Ray Criswell (1982–1985)

University of Florida Gator 100th Anniversary Team

The University of Florida Gator 100th Anniversary Team was selected in conjunction with the celebration of 100 Years of Florida Football. In 2006, fans voted with mail-in ballots and on the internet.

Offense
QB – Danny Wuerffel (1993–1996)
RB – Errict Rhett (1990–1993)
RB – Emmitt Smith (1987–1989)
RB – Fred Taylor (1994–1997)
WR – Carlos Alvarez (1969–1971)
WR – Cris Collinsworth (1977–1980)
WR – Chris Doering (1992–1995)
WR – Ike Hilliard (1994–1996)
OL – Lomas Brown (1981–1984)
OL – Mike Degory (2002–2005)
OL – Jeff Mitchell (1993–1996)
OL – Jason Odom (1992–1995)
PK – Jeff Chandler (1998–2001)

Defense
DL – Trace Armstrong (1988)
DL – Alex Brown (1998–2001)
DL – Kevin Carter (1991–1994)
DL – Brad Culpepper (1988–1991)
DL – Jack Youngblood (1968–1970)
LB – Scot Brantley (1976–1979)
LB – Channing Crowder (2003–2004)
LB – Jevon Kearse (1996–1998)
LB – Wilber Marshall (1980–1983)
DB – Louis Oliver (1985–1988)
DB – Lito Sheppard (1999–2001)
DB – Fred Weary (1994–1997)
P – Shayne Edge (1991–94)

Florida's All-Time Team

Florida's All-Time Team was chosen by Athlon Sports in 2001.[51]

Offense
WR – Carlos Alvarez (1969–1971)
WR – Wes Chandler (1974–1977)
TE – Jim Yarbrough (1966–1968)
TE – Kirk Kirkpatrick (1987–1990)
OL – Lomas Brown (1981–1984)
OL – Jason Odom (1992–1995)
OL – Bill Carr (1964–1966)
OL – Burton Lawless (1972–1974)
OL – Jeff Zimmerman (1983–1986)
QB – Steve Spurrier (1964–1966)
QB – Danny Wuerffel (1993–1996)
RB – Neal Anderson (1982–1985)
RB – Emmitt Smith (1987–1989)
RB – Errict Rhett (1990–1993)
PK – Jeff Chandler (1998–2001)

Defense
DL – Jack Youngblood (1968–1970)
DL – Brad Culpepper (1988–1991)
DL – Huey Richardson (1987–1990)
DL – Kevin Carter (1991–1994)
DL – Ellis Johnson (1991–1994)
LB – Wilber Marshall (1980–1983)
LB – David Little (1977–1980)
LB – Alonzo Johnson (1981–1985)
LB – Scot Brantley (1976–1979)
LB – Sammy Green (1972–1975)
DB – Bruce Bennett (1963–1965)
DB – Steve Tannen (1967–1969)
DB – Will White (1989–1992)
DB – Louis Oliver (1985–1988)
DB – Fred Weary (1994–1997)
P – Ray Criswell (1982–1985)

College Football Hall of Fame members

The following former three Florida coaches and five players are members of the College Football Hall of Fame:

Name Position UF Years Inducted
Charlie Bachman[52] Coach 1928–1932 1978
Doug Dickey[53] Coach 1970–1978 2003
Ray Graves[54] Coach 1960–1969 1990
Wilber Marshall[55] Linebacker 1980–1983 2008
Emmitt Smith[56] Running Back 1987–1989 2006
Steve Spurrier[57] Quarterback 1963–1966 1986
Dale Van Sickel[12] End 1927–1929 1975
Jack Youngblood[58] Defensive End 1967–1970 1992

Doug Dickey was also the Gators' quarterback from 1951 to 1952, but was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003 for his record as the head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers from 1964 to 1969 and the Florida Gators from 1970 to 1978. Steve Spurrier was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986 for his record as the Gators' Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from 1964 to 1966. Spurrier also served as the Gators' head coach from 1990 to 2001, but is still an active coach and is not eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame as a coach until he retires.

Individual award winners

Steve Spurrier (1966)[16]
Danny Wuerffel (1996)[59]
Tim Tebow (2007)[60]
Danny Wuerffel (1996)
Tim Tebow (2007, 2008)
Danny Wuerffel (1996)
John Reaves (1971)
Danny Wuerffel (1995)
Danny Wuerffel (1995, 1996)
Tim Tebow (2007)
Maurkice Pouncey (2009)
Lawrence Wright (1996)
Danny Wuerffel (1996)
Judd Davis (1993)
Aaron Hernandez (2009)
Brad Culpepper (1991)
Danny Wuerffel (1996)
Tim Tebow (2009)
Tim Tebow (2008)
Tim Tebow (2008)

All-Time SEC Team Gator honorees

All-Time SEC Team
(1933–1982) The All-Time Team for the first 50 years
Selected by the SEC Skywriters

First Team Defense
DE – Jack Youngblood (1968–1970)
Second Team Offense
WR – Wes Chandler (1974–1977)
Second Team Defense
LB – Wilber Marshall 1980–1982)

Quarter Century All-SEC Team
(1950–1974) A Bicentennial Project
of the Birmingham Quarterback Club

First Team Defense
DE – Jack Youngblood (1968–1970)

25 Year All-SEC Team
(1961–1985)
The 25-Year All-SEC team
chosen for the Lakeland Ledger

Offense
WR – Cris Collinsworth 1978–1980)
WR – Wes Chandler (1974–1976)
Defense
DE – Jack Youngblood (1968–1970)
LB – Wilber Marshall (1980–1982)

NCAA honors

FWAA 1969-94 All-America Team
Selected by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) for the 25th Anniversary of the centennial year of college football.

  • Jack Youngblood (1968–1970)[61]

Sports Illustrated All-Century Team

  • Jack Youngblood (1968–1970)[62]

Gators SEC Legends

The following are SEC Legends that played for the Gators.

Current coaching staff

Name Current Responsibilities Joined Staff Alma mater
Urban Meyer Head Coach 2005 Cincinnati
Steve Addazio Offensive Coordinator
Offensive Line
2005 Central Connecticut State
Teryl Austin Defensive Coordinator
Cornerbacks
2010 Pittsburgh
Zach Azzanni Wide Receivers 2010 Central Michigan
Stan Drayton Running backs 2010 Allegheny College
D.J. Durkin Linebackers
Special Teams
2010 Bowling Green
Chuck Heater Co-Defensive Coordinator
Safeties
2005 Michigan
Scot Loeffler Quarterbacks 2009 Michigan
Dan McCarney Assistant Head Coach
Defensive Line
2008 Iowa
Brian White Tight Ends 2009 Harvard

Notable alumni

Notable current players

  • Mike Pouncey, All-American starting guard
  • John Brantley, 2006 Florida high school player of the year, will become starter in 2010

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