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Florida Tuskers
Year founded: 2009
Florida Tuskers helmet
Florida Tuskers logo
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City Orlando, Florida
Head coach Jay Gruden
Affiliations
United Football League (2009-present)
Current uniform
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Team colors Blue, Black, White

              

Team history
  • Florida Tuskers (2009–present)
Championships
League championships (0)
Home fields

The Florida Tuskers are a professional American football team in Orlando, Florida that play in the United Football League.

The city of Orlando, Florida was awarded a franchise in the United Football League. Their home stadium is the Citrus Bowl. Their head coach for the 2009 season was Jim Haslett and their current head coach is Jay Gruden.

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Franchise history

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2009 season

Former NFL head coach of the New Orleans Saints and St. Louis Rams Jim Haslett, was named the first head coach of the team, on March 11, 2009.[1]

Tryouts for the four teams that would play in the 2009 season took place in Orlando and Las Vegas during the summer, with the draft taking place on June 19. With their first selection, the Tuskers picked Fred Bledsoe, who had gone undrafted in the 2008 NFL Draft before signing with the Green Bay Packers as a practice squad member.

The team's name, along with its colors and uniforms, were unveiled to the public in August, two months before the start of the season.[2] On the same day it was announced that the Tampa Bay Rays had bought interest in the team.[3]

In their inaugural season, the Tuskers were led by quarterback Brooks Bollinger, and wide receiver Taye Biddle. Bollinger was the league leader in passing yards, while Biddle led in receiving yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Odell Thurman led the team in tackles, Patrick Chukwurah was the league leader in sacks, and Jerome Carter led the league in interceptions.

The team was noted for having a large number of former players from the nearby Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Among the Buccaneer alumnus were Matt Bryant, who once kicked a game-winning 62-yard field goal as time expired, which is also the third-longest successful attempt in NFL history, Micheal Spurlock, the first player in Tampa Bay history to return a kickoff for a touchdown, and Super Bowl XXXVII MVP Dexter Jackson.[4]

The Tuskers put together a league-best undefeated 6–0 record in the regular season, clinching a spot in the championship game in Week 4. However in the championship game, the Tuskers were beaten by the Las Vegas Locomotives, losing on a game-winning field goal in overtime. Despite the team being unable to complete a perfect season, Jim Haslett was named Coach of the Year, while Bollinger was given the league's MVP award.[5]

2010 season

In January 2010, head coach Jim Haslett left the team to become the defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins.[6] On February 9, 2010, UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue named Jay Gruden as head coach.[7] On the same day it was announced that the Tampa Bay Rays had sold their interest in the team, meaning the Tuskers would be fully based in Orlando for the 2010 season.[8]

Season-by-season records

Season W L T Avg. Finish Postseason Awards
2009 6 0 0 1.000 1st Lost Championship Game (Las Vegas) 20–17 (OT) Brooks Bollinger (Season MVP)
Jim Haslett (COY)
Totals 6 1 0 .857 0-1 -

Current personnel

Current staff

Florida Tuskers staff
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Head Coaches

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Current roster

Florida Tuskers roster
Quarterbacks

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Tight Ends

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Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

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Special Teams

Reserve Lists
  • Currently vacant


Rookies in italics
Roster updated March 3, 2010
Depth ChartTransactions

46 Active, 0 Inactive

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References

  1. ^ "UFL Names Jim Haslett Head Coach of the Orlando Franchise". United Football League. 2009-03-11. http://www.ufl-football.com/press/2009/03/11/ufl_names_jim_haslett_head_coach_of_the_orlando_franchise. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  2. ^ "United Football League Introduces Florida Tuskers as Team Name & Unveils Uniforms". United Football League. 2009-08-12. http://www.ufl-football.com/press/2009/08/12/united_football_league_introduces_florida_tuskers_as_team_name_unveils_uniforms. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  3. ^ Lancaster, Marc (2009-08-12). "Rays buy into UFL franchise, slate game at Trop". Tampa Bay Online. http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/aug/12/121624/rays-buy-ufl-franchise-slate-game-trop/. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  4. ^ Harry, Chris (2009-10-28). "Former Bucs presence being felt in UFL". Orlando Sentinel. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2009-10-28/sports/0910270213_1_tuskers-bucs-super-bowl-xxxvii. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  5. ^ "United Football League Announces Season-End Awards". UFL. 2009-12-02. http://www.ufl-football.com/press/2009/12/02/united_football_league_announces_season_end_awards. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  6. ^ "Redskins hire Jim Haslett as defensive coordinator". The Washington Post. 2010-01-13. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/13/AR2010011300289.html. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  7. ^ "United Football League Names Jay Gruden Head Coach of Florida Tuskers". United Football League. 2010-02-09. http://www.ufl-football.com/press/2010/02/09/united_football_league_names_jay_gruden_head_coach_of_florida_tuskers. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  8. ^ "Florida Tuskers To Make Orlando Home". United Football League. 2010-02-09. http://www.ufl-football.com/press/2010/02/09/florida_tuskers_to_make_orlando_home. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 

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