2002 Florida Gators football team

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2002 Florida Gators football
Florida Gators script logo.svg
Outback Bowl, L 38–30 vs. Michigan
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 24
2002 record8–5 (6–2 SEC)
Head coachRon Zook (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorEd Zaunbrecher (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorJohn Thompson (1st season)
CaptainEarnest Graham
Rex Grossman
Byron Hardmon
Taylor Jacobs
Todd Johnson
Home stadiumBen Hill Griffin Stadium
(Capacity: 83,000)[1]
Seasons
← 2001
2003 →
2002 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 3 Georgia x$   7 1         13 1  
Florida   6 2         8 5  
Tennessee   5 3         8 5  
Kentucky   3 5         7 5  
South Carolina   3 5         5 7  
Vanderbilt   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
No. 11 Alabama   6 2         10 3  
Arkansas xy   5 3         9 5  
No. 14 Auburn x   5 3         9 4  
LSU x   5 3         8 5  
Ole Miss   3 5         7 6  
Mississippi State   0 8         3 9  
Championship: Georgia 30, Arkansas 3
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • Alabama had the best division record, but did not participate in postseason play due to NCAA probation.
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2002 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the sport of American football during the 2002 college football season. The Gators competed in Division I-A of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and played their home games at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus. They were led by first-year head coach Ron Zook, who coached them to a second-place finish in the SEC East, an Outback Bowl berth, and an overall record of 8–5 (.615).

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 UAB* No. 6 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida PPV W 51–3   85,575
September 7 No. 1 Miami (FL)* No. 6 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida CBS L 16–41   85,777
September 14 Ohio* No. 12 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida PPV W 34–6   84,002
September 21 at No. 4 Tennessee No. 10 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee CBS W 30–13   108,722
September 28 Kentucky No. 7 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida CBS W 41–34   85,333
October 5 at Ole Miss No. 6 Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, Mississippi CBS L 14–17   61,140
October 12 No. 18 LSU No. 16 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida ESPN L 7–36   85,252
October 19 Auburn Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida ESPN W 30–23 OT  85,135
November 2 vs. No. 5 Georgia Alltel StadiumJacksonville, Florida ESPN W 20–13   84,433
November 9 at Vanderbilt No. 23 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, Tennessee PPV W 21–17   28,881
November 16 South Carolinadagger No. 20 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida ESPN W 28–7   85,222
November 30 at No. 23 Florida State* No. 15 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida ABC L 14–31   83,938
January 1 vs. No. 12 Michigan* No. 15 Raymond James StadiumTampa, Florida (Outback Bowl) ESPN L 30–38   65,101
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

Sources: 2012 Florida Football Media Guide,[2] and GatorZone.com.[3]

Game summaries[edit]

Kentucky[edit]

1 234Total
Kentucky 0 0286 34
• Florida 6 13139 41
  • Date: September 28
  • Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Game start: 3:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:38
  • Game attendance: 85,333
  • Game weather: Sunny; 86°F; wind 9 W
  • Referee: Steve Shaw

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Georgia[edit]

1 234Total
Florida 0 1208 20
Georgia 7 600 13
  • Date: Saturday, November 2
  • Location: Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Game start: 7:45 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:25
  • Game attendance: 84,433
  • Game weather: Clear, 58 F
  • Referee: Penn Wagers
  • Television network: ESPN

[5]

Roster[edit]

2002 Florida Gators football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 5 Earnest Graham Sr
QB 8 Rex Grossman Sr
WR 6 Taylor Jacobs Sr
OL 54 David Jorgensen Sr
WR 2 Kelvin Kight Jr
QB 10 Ingle Martin Fr
G 75 Shannon Snell Jr
TE 82 Aaron Walker Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 98 Tron LaFavor Sr
DE 86 Darrell Lee Jr
LB 42 Byron Hardmon Sr
LB 59 Mike Nattiel Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster

Coaching staff[edit]

Season links[edit]

1. Schedule/Results – http://gatorzone.com/sched.php?sport=footb
2. Coaching Staff – http://gatorzone.com/football/bios.php?year=2002

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ University of Florida Sports Information Department. "Florida 2002 Media Guide" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  2. ^ 2012 Florida Football Media Guide Archived 2013-05-27 at the Wayback Machine., University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 113 & 116 (2012). Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  3. ^ GatorZone.com, Football, History, Florida Football 20032. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  4. ^ GatorZone.com. Retrieved 2015-Sep-06.
  5. ^ "Gators Upend No. 5 Georgia, 20-13". Gatorzone.com. Retrieved 02-May-2012.

Bibliography[edit]

  • 2009 Southeastern Conference Football Media Guide, Florida Year-by-Year Records, Southeastern Conference, Birmingham, Alabama, p. 60 (2009).
  • 2012 Florida Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 107–116 (2012).
  • Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.
  • Golenbock, Peter, Go Gators! An Oral History of Florida's Pursuit of Gridiron Glory, Legends Publishing, LLC, St. Petersburg, Florida (2002). ISBN 0-9650782-1-3.
  • Hairston, Jack, Tales from the Gator Swamp: A Collection of the Greatest Gator Stories Ever Told, Sports Publishing, LLC, Champaign, Illinois (2002). ISBN 1-58261-514-4.