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The University of Florida has been a major player inthe national scene of college football forthe better part ofthe last decade.the numbers speak forthemselves: 2 national championships, 3 SEC championships, 6 bowl wins and 10 first team All-Americans.the staple ofthe Gators teams has been teams rich with speedy, athletic players.these types of players have worked very well inthe offensive systems of legendary coach Steve Spurrier and more recently Urban Meyer. Florida did hit a bit of a down stretch for 3 seasons under Ron Zook who replaced Spurrier after Spurrier leftthe Gators forthe NFL. Overthat stretch Florida never won morethan 8 games. But Florida is back onthe map under Meyer, enteringthis season asthe reining national champions after demolishing a favored Ohio State team last season.

Of course one morething to keep in mind when considering Florida is how impressive of a jobthe program does at not only recruiting top notch prospects, but at developingthese players as well into future pros. Since 1996the Gators have had an astounding 66 players drafted by NFL teams.

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Florida Gators Football Records

  • 1996: 12-1 overall; 8-0 SEC (1st East Division)*

  • 1997: 10-2 overall; 6-2 SEC (2nd East Division)

  • 1998: 10-2 overall; 7-1 SEC (2nd East Division)

  • 1999: 9-4 overall; 7-1 SEC (1st East Division)

  • 2000: 10-3 overall; 7-1 SEC (1st East Division)*

  • 2001: 10-2 overall; 6-2 SEC (2nd East Division)

  • 2002: 8-5 overall; 6-2 SEC (2nd East Division)

  • 2003: 8-5 overall; 6-2 SEC (1st East Division)

  • 2004: 7-5 overall; 4-4 SEC (3rd East Division)

  • 2005: 9-3 overall; 5-3 SEC (2nd East Division)

  • 2006: 13-1 overall; 7-1 SEC (1st East Division)*

    * - SEC Champions

 

Florida Football Bowl Appearances

  • 1996 – Sugar Bowl: Florida 52 – Florida St 20

  • 1997 – Citrus Bowl: Florida 21 – Penn St 6

  • 1998 – Orange Bowl: Florida 31 – Syracuse 10

  • 1999 – Citrus Bowl: Michigan St 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: Florida 41 – Ohio State 14

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Florida Football National Championships

  • 1996 – Sugar Bowl: Florida 52 – Florida St 20

  • 2006 – BCS National Championship: Florida 41 – Ohio State 14

 

Florida Football Coaching Records

  • Steve Spurrier: 1990-2001 (122-27-1)

  • Ron Zook: 2002-2004 (23-14-0)

  • Charlie Strong: 2004 (0-1-0)

  • Urban Meyer: 2005-Present (26-6-0) – as of week 6 of 2007 season

 

Florida Gators Football All-Americans

  • 1996: Reidel Anthony (WR), Danny Wuerffel (QB)

  • 1997: Jacquez Green (WR)

  • 2000: Lito Sheppard (DB)

  • 2001: Alex Brown (DE), Jabar Gaffney (WR), Rex Grossman (QB), Mike Pearson (OL)

  • 2003: Keiwan Ratliff (CB)

  • 2006: Reggie Nelson (S)

 

Florida Gators Football Players Who Went Pro

  • 1996: Mark Campbell (DT), Jason Odom (T), Dexter Daniels (LB), Reggie Green, Chris Doering (WR), Johnie Church

  • 1997: Ike Hilliard (WR), Reidel Anthony (WR), Danny Wuerffel (QB), Jeff Mitchell (C)

  • 1998: Fred Taylor (RB), Mo Collins (T), Jacquez Green (WR), Fred Weary (DB), Elijah Williams (DB)

  • 1999: Jevon Kearse (DE), Reggie McGrew (DT), Mike Peterson (OLB), Johnny Rutledge (LB), Zach Piller (T), Tony George (DB), Travis McGriff (WR), Terry Jackson (RB)

  • 2000: Travis Taylor (WR), Erron Kinney (TE), Darrell Jackson (WR), Cooper Carlisle (G), Eugene McCaslin (LB)

  • 2001: Gerard Warren (DT), Kenyatta Walker (T), Jesse Palmer (QB), John Capel

  • 2002: Jabar Gaffney (WR), Mike Pearson (T), Reche Caldwell (WR), Jeff Chandler (K), Alex Brown (DE), Andra Davis (LB), Marquand Manuel (SS)

  • 2003: Rex Grossman (QB), Taylor Jacobs (WR), Todd Johnson (DB), Ian Scott (DT), Aaron Walker (TE), Tron LaFavor (DT), Michael Nattiel (LB), Clint Mitchell (DE)

  • 2004: Ben Troupe (TE), Keiwan Ratliff (CB), Max Starks (T), Guss Scott (SAF), Bobby McCray (DE)

  • 2005: Channing Crowder (OLB), Ciatrick Fason (RB), Reynaldo Hill (CB)

  • 2006: Chad Jackson (WR), Jeremy Mincey (LB), Dee Webb (CB)

  • 2007: Jarvis Moss (DE), Reggie Nelson (FS), Ray McDonald (DE), Marcusthomas (DT), Joe Cohen (DT), Ryan Smith (CB), Dallas Baker (WR), DeShawn Wynn (RB), Brandon Siler (LB)

 

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Florida Football Future Outlook

It’s another strong season in Gainesvillethis year, although at 6-2the Gators won’t be inthe hunt for a repeat national championship. Sophomore quarterback Tim Tebow is a legitimate heisman candidate already, and should be one of, if notthe favorite entering next season.

The Gators should have another strong recruiting class whenthe signing period comes to an endthis season.they already have commitments fromthree players ranked inthe Rivals 100, includingthe #14 overall prospect Will Allen,the all-purpose phenom out of St. Peter’s Prep in New Jersey.

 

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By Joey Whelan, CollegeSports-fans.com Staff Writer
Published October 2007

 


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