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Florida Gators football
2018 Florida Gators football team
Florida Gators football logo.svg
First season 1906
Athletic director Scott Stricklin
Head coach Dan Mullen
1st season, 6–1 (.857)
Stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
(Capacity: 88,548)
Field Steve Spurrier-Florida Field
Field surface Grass
Location Gainesville, Florida
NCAA division Division I FBS
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Eastern
Past conferences Independent (1906–1911)
SIAA (1912–1921)
SoCon (1922–1932)
All-time record 716–415–40 (.629)
Bowl record 22–21 (.512)
Claimed nat'l titles 3 (1996, 2006, 2008)
Unclaimed nat'l titles 2 (1984, 1985)
National finalist 1 (1995)
Conference titles 8 (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2006, 2008)
Division titles 14 (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2003*, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012*, 2015, 2016)
Rivalries Georgia (rivalry)
Tennessee (rivalry)
Florida State (rivalry)
LSU (rivalry)
Auburn (rivalry)
Miami (rivalry)
Heisman winners 3 (Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel, Tim Tebow)
Consensus All-Americans 32[note 1]
Current uniform
SEC-Uniform-UF.png
Colors Orange and Blue[2]
         
Fight song "The Orange and Blue"
Mascot Albert and Alberta
Marching band Pride of the Sunshine
Website floridagators.com

The Florida Gators football program represents the University of Florida in American college football. Florida competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They play their home games in Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (nicknamed "The Swamp") on the university's Gainesville campus. The team's current head coach is Dan Mullen. The Gators have won three national championships and eight SEC titles in the 111-season history of Florida football.

History[edit]

The University of Florida was established in Gainesville in 1906 and fielded its first official varsity football team that fall. In over 110 years of football, the Gators have played in over forty bowl games; won three national championships (1996, 2006 and 2008) and eight Southeastern Conference championships (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2006 and 2008) and have produced three Heisman Trophy winners, more than ninety first-team All-Americans and fifty National Football League (NFL) first-round draft choices.

Since 1906, Florida's football team has had twenty-six head coaches, including three who were inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame for their coaching success. Its first head coach was Pee Wee Forsythe with Dan Mullen becoming the Gators' most recent head coach in 2018.

Florida's football program competed for its first several seasons as an independent before joining the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1912. They moved to the Southern Conference in 1922, then left with a dozen other schools to establish the new Southeastern Conference (SEC) in 1932. UF is currently one of fourteen member institutions in the SEC, and the Florida football team has competed in the SEC Eastern Division since the league began divisional play in 1992.

Florida plays an eight-game SEC schedule, with six games against the other Eastern Division teams: Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri and Vanderbilt. The schedule is filled out with an annual game against Louisiana State and a rotating SEC Western Division team. Until 2003, the Gators also played Auburn every season, but contests in the rivalry are now infrequent events as part of the SEC's rotating opponent system.

Key conference rivalries include the annual Florida–Georgia game in Jacksonville, Florida (usually around Halloween), the Florida–Tennessee rivalry (usually mid-September), and the inter-divisional Florida–LSU rivalry with their permanent SEC Western Division foe (in early to mid-October).

Florida has also played in-state rival Florida State every year since 1958, usually facing off in the last game of the regular season. The two teams' emergence as perennial football powers during the 1980s and 1990s helped build the Florida–Florida State rivalry into a game which often has national-title implications. Before 1988, in-state rival Miami was also an annual opponent; due to expanded conference schedules, the Florida–Miami rivalry has been renewed only three times in the regular season and twice in bowl games since then. The remaining dates on Florida's regular schedule are filled by non-conference opponents which vary from year to year.

Home fields[edit]

Florida's outdoor sports teams initially played most of their homes games at a municipal park near downtown Gainesville. In 1911, the university installed bleachers alongside a grassy area on the north edge of the campus and dubbed it University Athletic Field, which was expanded and renamed Fleming Field in 1915.

The football program finally moved into a modern stadium in 1930, when the university built 22,000 seat Florida Field just south of Fleming Field. In 1989, the name was extended to "Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium" to honor alumnus and sports benefactor Ben Hill Griffin. In 2016, former player and coach Steve Spurrier was honored by having his name added to the name of the field; it is now officially known as "Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium". The facility is also commonly known as "The Swamp", a nickname that Spurrier coined in 1992, when he was Florida's head ball coach. Florida Field has been renovated and expanded many times over the decades and has a capacity of almost 90,000.

Even after Florida Field was constructed, Florida occasionally scheduled "home" game in other cities across the state, most often Tampa or Jacksonville. This practice was common in the early years of the program, when the Gators' home field was smaller and traveling to Gainesville was more difficult. The frequency of these rotating home games had decreased from one or two contests per season in the 1930s to one every few seasons by the 1980s. With the exception of the traditional rivalry game against Georgia, the Gators have not scheduled any home games outside of Gainesville since Florida Field expanded to became the largest football stadium in the state in 1990.

Conference affiliations[edit]

Florida's football program is a charter member of the Southeastern Conference, which began play in 1933. Before that, the Gators were affiliated with two different conferences after having founded the program without a conference affiliation.[3][4][5][6]

Championships[edit]

National Championships[edit]

The 1996, 2006 and 2008 Gators were ranked number one in the final AP and Coaches Polls and were recognized as consensus national champions after winning postseason national-championship games.[7]

Year Coach Selector Record Bowl Opponent Result
1996 Steve Spurrier AP, Coaches 12–1 Sugar Bowl (Bowl Alliance National Championship Game) Florida State W 52–20[8]
2006 Urban Meyer AP, Coaches, BCS 13–1 BCS National Championship Game Ohio State W 41–14[9]
2008 Urban Meyer AP, Coaches, BCS 13–1 BCS National Championship Game Oklahoma W 24–14[10]

The 1984 Gators were recognized as national champions by The Sporting News, The New York Times and the Billingsley, DeVold, Dunkel, FACT, Matthews, and Jeff Sagarin rankings. However, they finished third in the final AP Poll and seventh in the final UPI Coaches Poll behind the BYU Cougars, who were number one in both major polls and thus considered the national champions in the pre-Bowl Alliance and BCS era.[11] The 1985 Gators finished fifth in the final 1985 AP Poll and were recognized as national champion by one minor selector.[12] Partially because the football program was on NCAA probation in the mid-1980s, the university has never claimed a share of the national championship for either the 1984 or 1985 season.[13]

Conference championships[edit]

Florida has won a total of eight SEC championships. The Gators won their first championship with a conference record of 5–0–1 in 1984, but the title was vacated several months after the season ended by the SEC university presidents because of NCAA infractions by the Florida coaching staff under Charley Pell. The 1985 and 1990 teams also finished atop the standings with conference records of 5–1 and 6–1, respectively, but Florida was ineligible for the championship due to its NCAA probation for rule violations by previous coaching staffs. The Gators won their first official SEC football championship in 1991.[14]

Season Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1991 SEC Steve Spurrier 10–2 7–0[15]
1993 11–2 7–1[16]
1994 10–2–1 7–1[17]
1995 12–1 8–0[18]
1996 12–1 8–0[8]
2000 10–3 7–1[19]
2006 Urban Meyer 13–1 7–1[9]
2008 13–1 7–1[10]

Division championships[edit]

With the addition of Arkansas and South Carolina to the Southeastern Conference in 1992, the conference split into eastern and western divisions and a game between the division winners determined the SEC champion. Florida has made twelve appearances in the SEC Championship Game (the most by any SEC school), its most recent in 2016. The Gators have won seven of the twelve SEC Championship Games in which they have appeared.

Season Division Opponent CG result
1992 SEC Eastern Alabama L 21–28[20]
1993 Alabama W 28–13[16]
1994 Alabama W 24–23[17]
1995 Arkansas W 34–3[18]
1996 Alabama W 45–30[8]
1999 Alabama L 7–34[21]
2000 Auburn W 28–6[19]
2003 [22]
2006 Arkansas W 38–28[9]
2008 Alabama W 31–20[10]
2009 Alabama L 13–32[23]
2012 [24]
2015 Alabama L 15–29[25]
2016 Alabama L 16–54[26]

† In 1992, Florida finished the season tied with Georgia for the SEC East; however, Florida had defeated Georgia and won the tie-breaker to represent the division in the 1992 SEC Championship Game. In 2003 Florida ended the regular season in a three-way tie for the SEC East title with Georgia and Tennessee, and in 2012 the Gators were tied with Georgia. According to the SEC's tie-breaking procedure, Georgia was selected to represent the division in the 2003 SEC Championship Game and 2012 SEC Championship Game.

Bowl games[edit]

Florida has appeared in 43 NCAA-sanctioned bowl games, garnering a 22–21 record. This includes a streak of 22 consecutive bowl-game appearances from 1991 through 2012, the fifth-longest in college football history.[27] Four of their bowl games were for a National Championship, with two under the Bowl Alliance and two in the Bowl Championship Series. Florida is 3–1 in national championship games.

Season Coach Bowl Opponent Result
1912 George E. Pyle Bacardi Bowl Vedado Athletic Club W 28–0[28]
1952 Bob Woodruff Gator Bowl Tulsa W 14–13[29]
1958 Bob Woodruff Gator Bowl Mississippi L 3–7[30]
1960 Ray Graves Gator Bowl Baylor W 13–12[31]
1962 Ray Graves Gator Bowl Penn State W 17–7[32]
1965 Ray Graves Sugar Bowl Missouri L 18–20[33]
1966 Ray Graves Orange Bowl Georgia Tech W 27–12[34]
1969 Ray Graves Gator Bowl Tennessee W 14–13[35]
1973 Doug Dickey Tangerine Bowl Miami (OH) L 7–16[36]
1974 Doug Dickey Sugar Bowl Nebraska L 10–13[37]
1975 Doug Dickey Gator Bowl Maryland L 0–13[38]
1976 Doug Dickey Sun Bowl Texas A&M L 14–37[39]
1980 Charley Pell Tangerine Bowl Maryland W 35–20[40]
1981 Charley Pell Peach Bowl West Virginia L 6–26[41]
1982 Charley Pell Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl Arkansas L 24–28[42]
1983 Charley Pell Gator Bowl Iowa W 14–6[43]
1987 Galen Hall Aloha Bowl UCLA L 16–20[44]
1988 Galen Hall All-American Bowl Illinois W 14–10[45]
1989 Gary Darnell Freedom Bowl Washington L 7–34[46]
1991 Steve Spurrier Sugar Bowl Notre Dame L 28–39[15]
1992 Steve Spurrier Gator Bowl NC State W 27–10[20]
1993 Steve Spurrier Sugar Bowl West Virginia W 41–7[16]
1994 Steve Spurrier Sugar Bowl Florida State L 17–23[17]
1995 Steve Spurrier Fiesta Bowl Nebraska L 24–62[18]
1996 Steve Spurrier Sugar Bowl Florida State W 52–20[8]
1997 Steve Spurrier Florida Citrus Bowl Penn State W 21–6[47]
1998 Steve Spurrier Orange Bowl Syracuse W 31–10[48]
1999 Steve Spurrier Florida Citrus Bowl Michigan State L 34–37[21]
2000 Steve Spurrier Sugar Bowl Miami (FL) L 20–37[19]
2001 Steve Spurrier Orange Bowl Maryland W 56–23[49]
2002 Ron Zook Outback Bowl Michigan L 30–38[50]
2003 Ron Zook Outback Bowl Iowa L 17–37[22]
2004 Charlie Strong (interim) Peach Bowl Miami (FL) L 10–27[51]
2005 Urban Meyer Outback Bowl Iowa W 31–24[52]
2006 Urban Meyer BCS National Championship Game Ohio State W 41–14[9]
2007 Urban Meyer Capital One Bowl Michigan L 35–41[53]
2008 Urban Meyer BCS National Championship Game Oklahoma W 24–14[10]
2009 Urban Meyer Sugar Bowl Cincinnati W 51–24[23]
2010 Urban Meyer Outback Bowl Penn State W 37–24[54]
2011 Will Muschamp Gator Bowl Ohio State W 24–17[55]
2012 Will Muschamp Sugar Bowl Louisville L 23–33[24]
2014 D. J. Durkin (interim) Birmingham Bowl East Carolina W 28–20[56]
2015 Jim McElwain Citrus Bowl Michigan L 7–41[25]
2016 Jim McElwain Outback Bowl Iowa W 30–3

† The 1912 Bacardi Bowl was not sanctioned by the NCAA and was intended to be one half of a two game event which was never completed. As such, the University of Florida Athletic Association does not include the contest in the Gators' official bowl record.[14]

Yearly records[edit]

Florida's season records are from the record books of the university's athletic association. Through 2016,[needs update] Florida has compiled an overall record of 710 wins, 404 losses, and 40 ties (including post-season bowl games).[14]

All-time record against SEC teams[edit]

Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage Streak First Last
Alabama 14 26 0 .350 Lost 6 1916 2016[57]
Arkansas 9 2 0 .900 Lost 1 1982 2016[58]
Auburn 38 43 2 .470 Lost 3 1912 2011[59]
Georgia 43 50 2 .468 Lost 1 1915 2017[60]
Kentucky 51 18 0 .750 Lost 1 1917 2018[61][62]
LSU 33 29 3 .531 Won 1 1937 2018[63]
Mississippi State 34 19 2 .636 Won 1 1923 2018[64]
Missouri 3 4 0 .429 Lost 1 1966 2017[65]
Ole Miss 11 12 1 .479 Won 1 1926 2015[66]
South Carolina 26 9 3 .716 Lost 1 1911 2017[67]
Tennessee 28 20 0 .583 Won 2 1916 2018[68]
Texas A&M 2 2 0 .500 Lost 1 1962 2017[69]
Vanderbilt 40 10 2 .788 Won 5 1945 2018[70]
Totals 323 238 15 .574

Rivalries[edit]

Georgia[edit]

Steve Spurrier under center v. Georgia, 1966

Previously known as "the world's largest outdoor cocktail party," it is most commonly called the "Florida–Georgia game" by Gator fans.[71] The game is held at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida, usually on the last Saturday in October or the first Saturday in November.[72] The designated "home" team alternates, with ticket distribution split evenly between the schools.[73]

In the rivalry's early years, games rotated among locations in Savannah, Georgia, Tampa, Florida, Jacksonville and, occasionally, Gainesville and Athens.[60] Since 1933 the game has been played in Jacksonville, except for 1994 and 1995 (when the teams played a pair of home-and-home games at their respective stadiums).[60]

Georgia had early success in the rivalry, winning the first six games and holding a 21–5–1 series lead before 1950.[60] After the 2014 game Florida had won 21 out of the most-recent 27 games, and holds a 38–28–1 advantage in the series since 1950.[60] The Bulldogs lead the series overall, 49–43–2.[60]

Since 2009, the Okefenokee Oar has been awarded to the winner of the Florida-Georgia game.[74] Florida last received the oar for its 2016 victory.[75]

Tennessee[edit]

Tim Tebow in the spread v. UT

Although Florida and Tennessee are charter members of the SEC, irregular conference scheduling resulted in the teams meeting infrequently for many years. Tennessee won the first ten games between 1916 and 1954, when Florida finally defeated the Volunteers.[68] In 1969, Florida hired Tennessee head coach (and former Florida quarterback) Doug Dickey to replace the retiring Ray Graves immediately after their teams met in the Gator Bowl.[76]

The rivalry reached a peak during the 1990s. In 1992, the SEC expanded to twelve schools and split into two divisions.[77][78] Florida and Tennessee (in the Eastern Division) have met every year since, usually in mid-September for both teams' first conference game of the season.[68] Led by coaches Steve Spurrier and Phillip Fulmer and featuring players such as Danny Wuerffel and Peyton Manning, both teams were highly ranked and the game had conference- and national-title implications. Florida and Tennessee combined to win two national championships during the decade.[79]

Since becoming annual opponents, the Gators and Volunteers have combined to represent the Eastern Division in the SEC Championship Game fifteen times in twenty seasons. Florida had an eleven-game winning streak against Tennessee (from 2005 to 2015) and leads the series, 27–20.[68]

Florida State[edit]

Teams in formation near the end zone
2007 Florida State game

The University of Florida and the Florida State College for Women became co-educational in 1947.[80] The new Florida State Seminoles football team began playing small colleges, moving up to the major-college ranks in 1955.[81] Almost immediately, Florida State students and supporters called for the teams of Florida's two largest universities to play each other annually.[82]

Contrary to popular belief, Florida's state legislature did not decree that Florida and Florida State should meet on the field; a bill mandating the game was rejected by the Florida Senate.[83] Prodding by Florida governor LeRoy Collins facilitated an agreement between the two universities to begin an annual series in 1958.[84] Due to Florida State's smaller stadium, the first six games were played at Florida Field. The series has alternated between the campuses since 1964, when Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee was expanded.[85] Florida dominated the early series with a 16–2–1 record through 1976. Both teams have produced significant winning streaks, and the series is nearly tied over the past four decades; Florida State holds a 23–16–1 advantage. Florida leads the all-time series, 34–26–2.[86]

The Florida–Florida State game has had national-championship implications since 1990, and both teams have entered the game with top-10 rankings thirteen times.[87] Among these was the Sugar Bowl rematch at the end of the 1996 season, when Florida avenged its only regular-season loss and won its first national championship 52–20.[88]

LSU[edit]

Louisiana State and Florida first met on the football field in 1937, and have been annual opponents since 1971.[63] Since 1992, LSU has been Florida's permanent inter-divisional rival from the SEC Western Division. 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. This rivalry has been known recently for close games, with both teams highly ranked. Florida leads the all-time series, 32–29–3.[63]

Auburn[edit]

Auburn and Florida played annually from 1945 to 2002.[59] In the overall series won-lost record, Auburn is Florida's most evenly-matched SEC opponent. Beginning in the 1980s, one team was usually highly ranked coming into the game and it had conference- and national-title implications.[89][90]

The series has had several notable upsets. Auburn defeated previously-unbeaten Florida teams in 1993, 1994, 2001, 2006 and 2007, although the Gators won SEC championships in 1993, 1994 and 2006.[14]

The annual series ended in 2002, when the SEC adjusted its football schedules so each team played one permanent and two rotating opponents from the opposite SEC division every year (instead of one rotating and two permanent teams).[91] When Texas A&M and Missouri joined the conference in 2012, the schedule was changed again; each team played one permanent and one rotating opponent from the opposite division every year. LSU was designated as Florida's annual SEC Western Division opponent, and Florida and Auburn play two regular-season games every twelve years. Auburn leads the series, 43–38–2.[59]

Miami[edit]

Florida and Miami formerly played each other for the Seminole War Canoe Trophy, but they canceled after the 1987 season[92] when Florida's annual SEC schedule expanded to eight games. The teams did not play each other again until the 2001 Sugar Bowl.[92] Florida and Miami played a home-and-home series in 2002 and 2003, and met again in the 2004 Peach Bowl.[92] The Gators won the first leg of a home-and-home series in 2008, ending a six-game losing streak against the Hurricanes.[92] Their 2008 victory against Miami was Florida's only victory against them in the last 30 years. The last scheduled regular-season meeting of the Gators and the Hurricanes was in Miami in 2013, where the Hurricanes won 21–16. The next scheduled matchup between the schools will open up the 2019 season on August 31 at the Camping World Kickoff in Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.[93]

Individual award winners[edit]

College Football Hall of Fame members[edit]

Twelve people associated with Florida have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, four as head coaches and nine as players.

Name Position Florida years Inducted Ref.
Carlos Alvarez Wide receiver 1969–71 2011 [111]
Charlie Bachman Coach 1928–32 1978 [112]
Wes Chandler Wide receiver 1974–77 2015 [113]
Doug Dickey Coach 1970–78 2003 [114]
Ray Graves Coach 1960–69 1990 [115]
Marcelino Huerta Coach 1947–49 2002 [116]
Wilber Marshall Linebacker 1980–83 2008 [117]
Emmitt Smith Running back 1987–89 2006 [118]
Steve Spurrier Quarterback,
Coach
1963–66 (QB);
1990-2001 (Coach)
1986,
2017
[119]
Dale Van Sickel End 1927–29 1975 [120]
Danny Wuerffel Quarterback 1993–96 2013 [121]
Jack Youngblood Defensive end 1967–70 1992 [122]

All-Americans[edit]

Since Florida's first season in 1906, eighty-nine players have received one or more selections as first-team All-Americans.[14] This includes thirty-two consensus All-Americans, of which six were unanimous.[124] The first Florida first-team All-American was end Dale Van Sickel, a member of the 1928 team.[125] Florida's first consensus All-American was quarterback Steve Spurrier, the winner of the Heisman Trophy for the 1966 Gators.[14][126]

SEC Legends[edit]

Since 1994, the Southeastern Conference has annually designated one former football player from each SEC member school as an "SEC Legend." Through 2017, the following Gators have been named SEC Legends:

Fergie Ferguson Award[edit]

The Fergie Ferguson Award is given in memory of one of the University of Florida's finest athletes, Forest K. Ferguson. Ferguson was an All-SEC end for Florida in 1941 and state boxing champion in 1942. Subsequently, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, he led an infantry platoon during the D-Day landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944.[127] Ferguson helped clear the way for his troops to advance on the Axis position, and was severely wounded leading his men in the assault.[127] A recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions,[127] he died from war-related injuries in 1954. The award, a trophy, is given to the senior football player who most displays "leadership, character, and courage."[128]

Ring of Honor[edit]

The Gators do not currently have any retired jersey numbers. Although Steve Spurrier's (11) and Scot Brantley's (55) numbers were once retired, Spurrier reissued them as head coach.[129]

The Florida Football Ring of Honor, the Gator's alternative to retiring a player's number, pays homage to former players and coaches. The University of Florida Athletic Association created the Ring of Honor in 2006 to commemorate 100 years of Florida Football. Jerseys with numbers worn by Wilber Marshall, Emmitt Smith, Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel, and Jack Youngblood are displayed on the facade of the north end zone of Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium; their numbers are used by current players.[130] In July 2018, the university announced that Tim Tebow would be inducted into the Ring of Honor during a game on October 6, 2018.[131]

Name Position No. Florida years Inducted
Wilber Marshall Linebacker 88 1980–83 2007
Emmitt Smith Running back 22 1987–89 2006
Steve Spurrier Quarterback 11 1964–66 (player),
1990–2001 (coach)
2006
Danny Wuerffel Quarterback 7 1993–96 2006
Jack Youngblood Defensive end 74 1967–70 2006
Tim Tebow Quarterback 15 2006-09 2018 (To be inducted Oct. 6, 2018)

To be considered for induction into the Ring of Honor, a former player or coach must be absent from the university for five seasons, be in good standing, and meet at least one of the following criteria:[132]

  • Heisman Trophy winner (Spurrier, Wuerffel, Tebow)
  • Former All-Americans inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as players (Smith, Youngblood)
  • Former All-Americans who are NFL career category leaders (Smith)
  • College-career category leaders (Tebow)
  • Coaches with one or more national championship (Spurrier)
  • Coaches with three or more SEC championships (Spurrier)
  • Players with two or more consensus All-America honors who were also named national offensive or defensive player of the year (Marshall, Tebow)

All-Time teams[edit]

A Florida Football All-Time Team was compiled by the Florida Alumnus, the official publication of the Florida alumni, in 1927.[133]

Another University of Florida all-time team was chosen by the Miami Herald according to a fan vote in August 1983.[not specific enough to verify]

All-Century Team[edit]

The Florida Football All-Century Team, chosen by Gator fans, was compiled by The Gainesville Sun in the fall of 1999.[134]

100th-Anniversary Team[edit]

The 100th-Anniversary Florida Team was selected in 2006 to celebrate a century of Florida football. Fans voted by mail and online.[135]

Uniforms[edit]

Gators (in blue and white) and Florida Atlantic Owls (in white)
Florida's most common home uniform since 1990
Florida's "Swamp green" alternative uniforms, October 2017

The Florida football team has worn a home uniform of blue jerseys (usually a variation of royal blue) with white pants for most of the program's history. The most notable exception was a decade-long period from 1979 until 1989, when at the suggestion of coach Charlie Pell, the Gators switched to orange home jerseys.[136] For road games, Florida wears white jerseys with blue, orange, or white pants, depending on the colors of the opponent or the choice of the players that week.

Steve Spurrier restored the home blue jerseys when he became the Gators' head ball coach in 1990.[137] From 1990 until 2014, Florida's primary home uniforms were blue jerseys with white pants, with blue pants an option for high-profile games, especially at night. Former coach Jim McElwain usually allowed his senior players to decide which uniform combination the team wore for each game. Since this practice began during the 2015 season, the Gators have worn many different combinations of blue or orange jerseys along with blue, orange, or white pants.[138][139]

Florida has occasionally worn alternative uniforms, which are usually similar to current or former uniforms and used an orange and blue color scheme. One exception were the "swamp green" uniforms used at a home game against Texas A&M in October 2017. These used a dark green theme for the entire uniform from shoes to helmet that was inspired by the appearance of actual alligators. The uniform marked the 25th anniversary of former coach Steve Spurrier introducing the Swamp nickname for Florida Field.[140]

Helmets[edit]

Florida has had a number of helmet designs, especially early in the program's history. Since the end of the leather helmet era, base colors have alternated between orange, white, and (occasionally) blue, and logos have included an interlocking "UF", a simple "F", and the player number.[141]

From 1979 until 2006, Florida wore orange helmets with a script "Gators" logo in all contests. To commemorate the 100th year of the football program in 2006, the Gators played one game wearing throwback uniforms modeled after their mid-1960s uniforms which included white helmets with a simple "F" logo.[142] In 2009 the Gators participated in Nike's Pro Combat uniform campaign, wearing specially-designed blue uniforms and white helmets with a slant-F logo.[143] These uniforms were worn for the last regular-season game against Florida State, and the white helmets were worn again the following week against Alabama in the SEC Championship Game with white jerseys and pants.[144] Florida introduced a different white alternative helmet in 2016 which featured the script "Gators" logo on one side and a Gator head logo on the other. In 2017, the Gators wore "swamp green" helmets for one game. These dark green helmets featured a color-altered Gator head logo on one side and the player's number in orange on the other.

Team logos[edit]

Current coaching staff[edit]

Head Coach Dan Mullen was hired immediately following the conclusion of the Gators' 2017 season on November 27, 2017. This is Mullen's coaching staff.[when?]

Name Position First season Previous team
Dan Mullen Head Coach 2018 Mississippi State
Todd Grantham Defensive Coordinator 2018 Mississippi State
John Hevesy Co-Offensive Coordinator, Offensive Line 2018 Mississippi State
Billy Gonzales Co-Offensive Coordinator, Wide Receivers 2018 Mississippi State
Larry Scott Tight Ends 2018 Tennessee
Greg Knox Running Backs, Special Teams 2018 Mississippi State
Brian Johnson Quarterbacks 2018 Houston
Sal Sunseri Defensive Line 2018 Oakland Raiders
Christian Robinson Linebackers 2018 Mississippi State
Charlton Warren Cornerbacks 2018 Tennessee
Ron English Safeties 2018 Mississippi State
Nick Savage Director of Strength & Conditioning 2018 Mississippi State

Both Gonzales (2005-2009) and Hevesy (2005-2008) coached with Mullen while he was the offensive coordinator at Florida under Urban Meyer from 2005-2009.

Christian Robinson will serve as a coordinator for the first time in his coaching career. Robinson's career as a linebacker in college concluded in 2013 when he graduated from the University of Georgia. He went on to become a graduate assistant at Ole Miss, Georgia and MSU under Mullen.

Future opponents[edit]

Non-division opponents[edit]

Florida plays Louisiana State (LSU) (a non-division opponent) annually; with the other six SEC Western Division teams rotated on a six-year cycle, Florida plays every Western Division team once every six years (twice every twelve years) with alternating home and away games.[145]

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
vs LSU at LSU vs LSU at LSU vs LSU at LSU vs LSU at LSU
at MSU vs Auburn at Ole Miss vs Alabama at Texas A&M vs Arkansas at Auburn vs MSU

Non-conference opponents[edit]

Announced schedules as of June 7, 2018[146]

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027
vs. Miami (FL)
at Orlando, FL
August 31
vs. Eastern Washington
September 5
vs. South Florida
September 6
vs. UT Martin
September 7
vs. South Alabama
September 19
vs. South Florida
September 17
at South Florida
September 9
vs. Towson
September 28
vs. Samford
November 20
vs. Florida State
November 30
at Florida State
November 28
vs. Florida State
November 27
at Florida State
November 26
vs. Florida State
November 25
at Florida State
November 30
vs. Florida State
November 29
at Florida State
November 28
vs. Florida State
November 27

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The NCAA records for "consensus" All-Americans do not reflect the total number of All-American honors received by Gators football players, only those players who received a majority of the various first-team All-American selections at their position in any given season. The Gators' first consensus All-American was quarterback Steve Spurrier in 1966; the thirty-second and most recent was cornerback Vernon Hargreaves in 2015.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NCAA Football Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, pp. 7–13 (2015).
  2. ^ "UF Identity Style Guide". University of Florida. March 1, 2016. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
  3. ^ Marty Gitlin (1 September 2012). Florida Gators. ABDO Publishing Company. p. 14. ISBN 978-1-61480-310-2.
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Further reading[edit]

  • 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida (2015).
  • Carlson, Norm (2007). University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators. Atlanta, Georgia: Whitman Publishing, LLC. ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.
  • Golenbock, Peter (2002). Go Gators! An Oral History of Florida's Pursuit of Gridiron Glory. St. Petersburg, Florida: Legends Publishing, LLC. ISBN 0-9650782-1-3.
  • Graham, Klein. History of the University of Florida.
  • Hairston, Jack (2002). Tales from the Gator Swamp: A Collection of the Greatest Gator Stories Ever Told. Champaign, Illinois: Sports Publishing, LLC. ISBN 1-58261-514-4.
  • Horne, Larry E. (2012). Florida Gators IQ. ISBN 1-4499-8947-0.
  • Kabat, Ric A. (July 1991). "Before the Seminoles: Football at Florida State College, 1902–1904". Florida Historical Quarterly. 70 (1). JSTOR 30148092.
  • McCarthy, Kevin M (2000). Fightin' Gators: A History of University of Florida Football. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7385-0559-6.
  • McEwen, Tom (1974). The Gators: A Story of Florida Football. Huntsville, Alabama: The Strode Publishers. ISBN 0-87397-025-X.
  • Nash, Noel, ed., The Gainesville Sun Presents The Greatest Moments in Florida Gators Football, Sports Publishing, Inc., Champaign, Illinois (1998). ISBN 1-57167-196-X.
  • Pleasants, Julian M. (2006). Gator Tales: An Oral History of the University of Florida. Gainesville, Florida: University of Florida.
  • Proctor, Samuel, & Wright Langley, Gator History: A Pictorial History of the University of Florida, South Star Publishing Company, Gainesville, Florida (1986). ISBN 0-938637-00-2.

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