Will Muschamp came to UF in December 2010, bringing 16 years of elite-level coaching experience to the Gators, including eight years as a coach/coordinator in the toughest conference in the nation––the SEC. Prior to accepting the job with the Gators, he was the coach-in-waiting and... Read more
Will Muschamp came to UF in December 2010, bringing 16 years of elite-level coaching experience to the Gators, including eight years as a coach/coordinator in the toughest conference in the nation––the SEC. Prior to accepting the job with the Gators, he was the coach-in-waiting and defensive coordinator at the The University of Texas (2008-10).
Muschamp saw incredible success as defensive coordinator at Auburn University (2006-07) and was named a finalist for the 2007 Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach. Prior to Auburn, Muschamp served as linebackers coach and defensive coordinator under Nick Saban at LSU from 2001-2004, and was a crucial part of a LSU’s National Championship staff in 2003.
Highly respected among both his peers and his players, Coach Muschamp brings big-game experience to Florida. He has coached in two national championship games, winning the ultimate prize in 2003 at LSU, followed by another BCS National Championship game victory in the 2008 season, when Texas won the Fiesta Bowl. In addition to his national championship past, Muschamp has coached in the SEC Championship Game twice and in the Big 12 Championship Game once, coming out on the winning side in each of those three contests.
In 2005, Muschamp served as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins where his unit ranked second in the league with 49 quarterback sacks.
Under Coach Muschamp’s mentorship, over 50 student athletes have been drafted into the National Football League, including these nine first-rounders:
Dominique Easley (New England Patriots - 2014, 29th overall)
Sharrif Floyd (Minnesota Vikings - 2013, 23rd overall)
Matt Elam (Baltimore Ravens - 2013, 32nd overall)
Kenny Vaccarro (New Orleans Saints - 2013, 15th overall)
Earl Thomas (Seattle Seahawks - 2010, 14th overall)
Brian Orakpo (Washington Redskins - 2009, 13th overall)
Glenn Dorsey (Kansas City Chiefs - 2008, 5th overall)
LaRon Landry (Washington Redskins - 2007, 6th overall)
Marcus Spears (Dallas Cowboys - 2005, 20th overall)
No stranger to Gator football, Muschamp grew up in Gainesville, attending games in the Swamp from an early age. The son of a football coach and a product of a family focused on excelling in the classroom and on the field, Coach Muschamp attended Oak Hall High School before moving to Rome, Ga., and lettering in football (four years), track (four years), baseball (four years) and basketball (three years). After high school, he turned down appointments at West Point and Annapolis to go from a walk-on to a four-year letterman as a safety at the University of Georgia (1991-1994), where he was voted defensive co-captain as a senior.
A true student of the game and excellent motivator, current Gator Defensive Coordinator D.J. Durkin first brought his experience and leadership to the University of Florida in 2010. Coach Durkin spent three seasons (2010-12) as the Gators’ Linebackers Coach and Special Teams Coordinator... Read more
A true student of the game and excellent motivator, Gators Defensive Coordinator D.J. Durkin first brought his experience and leadership to the University of Florida in 2010. Coach Durkin spent three seasons (2010-12) as the Gators’ Linebackers Coach and Special Teams Coordinator before being elevated to his current position. In his first year as Defensive Coordinator, the Gators D ranked 8th overall in the nation and ranked in the top 3 in the SEC among most of the major categories.
Under his guidance, coaching and mentorship, UF led the SEC in blocked kicks in all three of Durkin’s seasons as Special Teams Coordinator. Coach Durkin guided placekicker Caleb Sturgis, a two-time finalist for the Lou Groza Award (2011, ’12), as well as punter Chas Henry, winner of the 2010 Ray Guy Award and a consensus All-American.
Prior to coming to the Gators, Durkin saw success at Stanford University (2007-09), where he coached defensive ends and coordinated the special teams’ units. Coach Durkin worked as a graduate assistant at Notre Dame (2003-04), working closely with Notre Dame’s all-time sack leader and two-time NFL Super Bowl champion, Justin Tuck. His distinguished coaching career began at Bowling Green, serving as a defensive graduate assistant on head coach Urban Meyer’s staff for two seasons (2001-02) before returning in 2005-06. Coach Durkin has helped guide numerous students into the National Football League including:
Special teams guru Coleman Hutzler, returns to the Gators family after a successful two-year stint as Special Teams and Outside Linebacker Coach at the University of New Mexico. Under Coach Hutzler, the Lobos’ kickoff return unit ranked 16th in the nation in 2013, averaging 24.0 yards per return... Read more
Special teams guru Coleman Hutzler, returns to the Gators family after a successful two-year stint as Special Teams and Outside Linebacker Coach at the University of New Mexico. Under Coach Hutzler, the Lobos’ kickoff return unit ranked 16th in the nation in 2013, averaging 24.0 yards per return. Additionally, Lobos’ sophomore Carlos Wiggins, was named the 2013 Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year and was the only player in the country to return three kickoffs for touchdowns in 2013. Hutzler also coached punter Ben Skaer, helping him become first-team All-Mountain West selection in 2013. The 2010-2012 seasons were spent with the Gators, where Coach Hutzler assisted off the field with the defense and special teams, working closely with current defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin. Prior to his time at Florida and the University of New Mexico, Coach Hutzler spent four seasons working for coach Jim Harbaugh, first in 2006 at the University of San Diego and then the 2007-09 seasons at Stanford.
Coach Lawing brings his 30 years of coaching experience, all with the defensive line, to the trenches every day. In his first season with the Gators in 2013, Coach Lawing’s defensive line was part of a powerful defensive unit that ranked second in the SEC and eighth overall in the nation in ... Read more
Coach Lawing brings his 30 years of coaching experience, all with the defensive line, to the trenches every day. In his first season with the Gators in 2013, Coach Lawing’s defensive line was part of a powerful defensive unit that ranked second in the SEC and eighth overall in the nation in total defense (314.3 yds/gm). The Gators also placed in the top three in the SEC in scoring defense (3rd, 21.1 pts/gm), rushing defense (2nd, 142.4 yds/gm), passing defense (1st, 171.8 yds/gm) and first downs allowed (2nd, 16.1/gm).
Coach Lawing has achieved success at every coaching level. Just prior to coming to the Gators, his 2012 South Carolina team set a single-season school record with 43 sacks, while sophomore Jadeveon Clowney was a unanimous first-team All-American. Prior to that, Lawing spent three seasons as North Carolina's defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator from 2003-05, where each of his three recruiting classes were ranked among the nation's top 25. During his distinguished tenure at Michigan State, the Spartans led the Big Ten in total defense during the 1999 and 2000 regular seasons and he was instrumental in the development of four NFL players: All-American and first-round draft pick Julian Peterson, Robaire Smith, Jace Sayler and Josh Shaw. Coach Lawing began his college-coaching career at Appalachian State, where eight of his players earned all-conference honors, including 1987 Southern Conference Player of the Year Anthony Downs and future NFL players Tommy Dawkins and Mike Frier.
The list of talented students that Coach Lawing helped guide to the National Football League draft includes - but is not limited too:
Coach Leak joined the Florida staff prior to the 2013 season as a graduate assistant, working with the quarterbacks – a group that saw three different starters on the season. He was promoted to his current position prior to the 2014 season... Read more
Coach Leak joined the Florida staff prior to the 2013 season as a graduate assistant, working with the quarterbacks – a group that saw three different starters on the season. He was promoted to his current position prior to the 2014 season.
Leak started 33 games in his career at Florida, leading the Gators to an SEC title and BCS National Championship in 2006 - where he was named the game's MVP. He finished his career as UF’s all-time passing leader (11,213 yards) and threw for 88 touchdowns, second–most in school history. Leak was listed on the SEC Academic Honor Roll each year he attended Florida, and was a finalist for the 2006 Draddy Trophy, also known as the "Academic Heisman." Following his collegiate career, he played in the Canadian Football League for three seasons, winning the 2009 Grey Cup, and spent one season in the Arena Football League.
A member of the St. Louis Rams’ Super Bowl XXXIV championship team, Derek Lewis joined the Gators’ staff in 2011 as Tight Ends Coach. Coaching from a former player’s perspective, Lewis instructed and mentored first-team, All-SEC selection Jordan Reed in 2012, who led the team with 45 catches... Read more
A member of the St. Louis Rams’ Super Bowl XXXIV championship team, Derek Lewis joined the Gators’ staff in 2011 as Tight Ends Coach. Coaching from a former player’s perspective, Lewis instructed and mentored first-team, All-SEC selection Jordan Reed in 2012, who led the team with 45 catches for 559 yards. A starting tight end at the University of Texas from 1995-98 where he won two conference championships, Lewis returned to his alma mater in 2005 as a graduate assistant and was part of the staff that captured the 2005 BCS National Title. He also coached TE David Thomas who left UT after posting career records for receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns by a tight end. Following his time with the Longhorns, Lewis spent a season with North Texas before joining the University of Minnesota staff for three seasons (2008-10).
Coach Robinson enters his fourth season guiding the Gators’ vaunted secondary. His secondary teams have ranked in the nation’s top seven in passing defense in each of his first three seasons – leading the SEC each of the last two years. Florida allowed just 9 passing touchdowns in 2013 - 2nd fewest in the nation... Read more
Coach Robinson enters his fourth season guiding the Gators’ vaunted secondary. His secondary teams have ranked in the nation’s top seven in passing defense in each of his first three seasons – leading the SEC each of the last two years. Florida allowed just 9 passing touchdowns in 2013 - 2nd fewest in the nation. Florida’s secondary had 20 interceptions in 2012, tied for the 10th-most in school history and ranking seventh nationally for the year.
Coach Robinson began his coaching career working under Will Muschamp for two seasons as a graduate assistant at Auburn. Embracing what it truly means to be a member of the Gators family, Coach Robinson was named the nation’s top recruiter by ESPN.com in 2013.
NFL Players (Round Drafted)
One of college football’s most innovative offensive minds, Kurt Roper brings 18 years of coaching experience to the Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach position at Florida. Prior to coming to UF, Coach Roper served as the offensive coordinator at Duke, where the Blue Devils enjoyed a... Read more
One of college football’s most innovative offensive minds, Kurt Roper brings 18 years of coaching experience to the Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach position at Florida. Prior to coming to UF, Coach Roper served as the offensive coordinator at Duke, where the Blue Devils enjoyed a record-setting season in 2013, winning a school-record 10 games en route to winning the ACC’s Coastal Division championship. Under Coach Roper’s direction and instruction, Duke set the school record for total touchdowns (54) while becoming the first squad in program history to post 20+ rushing and 20+ passing touchdowns in the same season. His 2012 Duke squad featured the second pair of 1,000-yard teammate receivers in ACC history (Jamison Crowder and Conner Vernon).
A quarterback expert with 14 years of experience coaching the QB position at several offensive powerhouses, Coach Roper has groomed several quarterbacks that have gone on to play in the NFL. Among his pupils during his time at Ole Miss was record-setting, All-America signal-caller Eli Manning, the 2003 SEC Player of the Year who was the number one overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. Over his career, Coach Roper has develop numerous student athletes to become drafted into the National Football League including:
NFL Players (Round Drafted)
SEC games are won in the trenches, so the Gators have brought in one of the best. Coach Summers brings 34 years of experience to the University of Florida, including 15 years as an offensive coordinator. Before coming to UF, Coach Summers was the run game coordinator/offensive line coach at... Read more
SEC games are won in the trenches, so the Gators have brought in one of the best. Coach Summers brings 34 years of experience to the University of Florida, including 15 years as an offensive coordinator. Before coming to UF, Coach Summers was the run game coordinator/offensive line coach at USC last season after spending the previous three seasons (2010-12) as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach at Kentucky. At Arkansas (2008-09), Summers coached and developed center Jonathan Luigs, a 2008 Rimington Trophy winner, and Mitch Petrus, a 2009 First-Team All-SEC selection. From 2003-2006, Coach Summers guided the Louisville Cardinals O-Line, producing six players who landed on NFL rosters, including George Bussey, Renardo Foster, Travis Leffew, Kurt Quarterman, Jason Spitz and Eric Wood. Coach Summers also brings to Florida valuable NFL experience, having served as the Offensive Line Coach with the Atlanta Falcons.
RECENT NFL PLAYERS (ROUND DRAFTED)
A 28-year coaching veteran and 2004 winner of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division I Assistant Coach of the Year, White joined the Gators staff in 2009, serving his first season as tight ends/full backs coach before shifting to running backs. Brian White brings... Read more
A 28-year coaching veteran and 2004 winner of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division I Assistant Coach of the Year, White joined the Gators staff in 2009, serving his first season as tight ends/full backs coach before shifting to running backs. Brian White brings big game coaching chops to the Gators, having coached in 16 bowl games. Coach White served on coaching staffs that have won a national title and two league championships.
Among the highlights of his storied career, White guided Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne while at Wisconsin, three 1st-Round draft picks and nine 1,000-yard rushers. Coach White saw early on in his career what it takes to win, having served as a graduate assistant for the 1988 Notre Dame National Championship team. Coach White has mentored several players who went on to be drafted by the NFL including:
Jeff Dillman prides himself as a man of hard work and results. He came to UF after serving as the Head of Physical Conditioning at the IMG Performance Institute in Bradenton, Fla., for three years. There he oversaw the strength and conditioning... Read more
Jeff Dillman prides himself as a man of hard work and results. He came to UF after serving as the Head of Physical Conditioning at the IMG Performance Institute in Bradenton, Fla., for three years. There he oversaw the strength and conditioning programs for all youth, adult, collegiate and professional athletes who trained at the Academy, including NBA and NFL offseason workouts, NFL Combine training and the Madden Football Academy. No stranger to a championship culture on the gridiron, he oversaw two Division I-AA back-to-back national titles as the head strength and conditioning coach at Appalachian State in 2006 and 2007 and the historic upset of No. 5-ranked Michigan in 2007. Dillman also served on the staff at LSU for its SEC and BCS Championships in 2003 and is a member of the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association and the American Football Coaches Association
The Gators only use 5-Star helmets provided from Riddell, providing the best protection possible. The orange helmet shell features a one-inch white center strip flanked on either side by a half-inch blue stripe and the iconic "Gators" script logo on both sides – as it has since 1979.
As a Nike Elite school, University of Florida football players have the option of gloves for ball reception and carrying (The Vapor Jet 3.0 with a mesh center panel to allow for maximum breathability and mobility with a magna grip palm) or protection (Superbad 3.0 with knuckle coverage for maximum protection and a magna grip palm).
Modeled by Riddell and designed by UF scientists, the Gators' specially designed shoulder pads feature an internal cooling system. During the warm Florida heat, the Gators are able to keep their body's cooler by simply "plugging into" the sideline cooling system which forces cold air through ventilation channels running along the interior of their pads.
The Gators utilize Nike's most advanced football uniform system to date. A lightweight, breathable material, the Chain Maille Mesh provides enhanced thermoregulation and more durability. The technology is also incorporated into the back of the jersey and under the arms to allow for exceptional ventilation.
Using the same Nike Chain Maille Mesh technology, the Gators' uniform pants feature a side panel that allows for extra ventilation without sacrificing durability. Additionally, the uniform pants include the Nike Pro Combat Deflex padding layer which has a base layer constructed with fabric selected for its a ability to help keep the body cool and wick away sweat – allowing for the uniform and the player to be lighter and dryer.
Upon arrival to campus, each Florida player has their left and right foot measurements taken on a Brannock device. The Gators provide their student-athletes with the proper footwear for all occasions. Should a player need the support of a hightop cleat or the speed of a low top cleat, Nike provides the Gators with the newest technology – including the Nike Vapor Carbon in 2014. Each player will have access to a pair of practice cleats and game cleats, as well as running/training shoes and lifting shoes designed specifically for weight training.
Matt Elam - Safety
Will Hill - Safety
Deonte Thompson - Wide Receiver#GatorMade
Brandon Spikes - Linebacker#GatorMade
Jon Bostic - Linebacker#GatorMade
Carlos Dunlap - Defensive End
Reggie Nelson - Safety
Joe Haden - Defensive Back
Andre Caldwell - Wide Receiver
Lerentee McCray - Linebacker#GatorMade
Xavier Nixon - Offensive Tackle
Jonotthan Harrison - Center
Loucheiz Purifoy - Cornerback
Josh Evans - Safety#GatorMade
Frankie Hammond - Wide Receiver
Jaye Howard - Defensive Tackle
Mike Pouncey - Center
Jelani Jenkins - Linebacker
Mike Gillislee - Running Back
Caleb Sturgis - Place kicker#GatorMade
Sharrif Floyd - Defensive Tackle
Justin Trattou - Defensive End#GatorMade
David Nelson - Wide Receiver
Jermaine Cunningham - Linebacker
Riley Cooper - Wide Receiver
Trey Burton - Tight End
Jaylen Watkins - Defensive Back
Maurkice Pouncey - Center
Marcus Gilbert - Offensive Tackle
Ray McDonald - Defensive Tackle#GatorMade
Percy Harvin - Wide Receiver#GatorMade
Solomon Patton - Wide Receiver
Jeff Demps - Running Back
Louis Murphy - Wide Receiver
Major Wright - Safety
Jordan Reed - Tight End
Running Back 1982-85, UF Hall of Fame
NFL Career: 1986 - 1993
4-Time Pro Bowl Selection (1988-91)#GatorGreats
Defensive End 1988-89, First-Team All-American (1988), UF Hall of Fame
NFL Career: 1989-2003
Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders
Pro Bowl (2000)
First-Team All-AFC (2000)
AFC Sacks Leader (2000)
100 sacks club
Wide Receiver 1994-96, First Team All–American (1996), UF Hall of Fame
NFL Career: 1997-2001
Tampa Bay Buccaneers#GatorGreats
Offensive Tackle 1981-84 , First-Team All-American (1984), UF Hall of Fame
NFL Career: 1985-2001
Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7-Time Pro Bowl Selection (1990-96)
3-Time First-Team All-Pro (1991-91, ’95)
4-Time First-Team All-NFC (1990, ’94-96)
Super Bowl XXXVII Champion
UF Defensive End 1991-94, First-Team All-American (1994), UF Hall of Fame
NFL Career: 1995-2008
St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2-Time Pro Bowl Selection (1999, 2002)
Super Bowl XXXIV Champion
NFL sacks leader (1999)
100 Sacks Club
UF Wide Receiver, 1974-‘77, 2-Time First-Team All-American (1976-77), First-Team Academic All-American (1977), UF Hall of Fame
NFL Career: 1978-88, 2000-08
Player: New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers
Coach: Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns
4-Time Pro Bowl Selection (1979, ’82-83, ’85)
First-team All-Pro (1982)
San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame
UF Wide Receiver 1977-‘80, First Team All-American
NFL Career: 1981-88
3-Time Pro Bowl Selection (1981-83)
2-Time AFC champion (1981, ’88)
First-Team All-Pro (1983)
Defensive Tackle 1988-91, First Team All-American (1991), Draddy Award Recipient (1991), UF Hall of Fame
NFL Career: 1992-2000
Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears#GatorGreats
Wide receiver 1997-‘99, First Team All-SEC (1999)
NFL Career: 2000-08
Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos#GatorGreats
Fullback 1995-98, Second-Team Academic All-American (1998)
NFL Career: 1999-2005
San Francisco 49ers#GatorGreats
Defensive End 1995-98, AP SEC Defensive Player of the Year (1998), First-Team All-American (1998)
NFL Career: 1999-2009
Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans
AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1999)
PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year (1999)
AFC Defensive Player of the Year (1999)
3-Tim Pro Bowl Selection (1999-2001)
AFC champion (1999)
Linebacker 1980-83, First team All-American (1982-83), College Football Hall of Fame, UF Hall of Fame
NFL Career: 1984-95
Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins, Houston Oilers, Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets
3-Time Pro Bowl (1986-87, ’92)
3-Time All-Pro (1986, ‘91-92)
2-Time Super Bowl Champion (XX, XXVI)
NFC Defensive Player of the Year (1992)
NFLPA NFC Linebacker of the Year (1992-93)
Washington Redskins 70th Anniversary Team
Offensive Tackle 1999-2001, First-Team All-American (2001)
NFL Career: 2002-05
Linebacker 1995-98, First Team All-American (1998)
NFL Career: 1999-2012
Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons#GatorGreats
Cornerback 1999-2001, First team All-American (2000)
NFL Career: 2002-11
Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders
2-Time Pro Bowl Selection (2004, ‘06)
NFC Champion (2004)
Running Back 1987-89, SEC and National Freshman of the Year (1987), First-Team All-American (1989), SEC MVP (1989), College Football Hall of Fame, UF Hall of Fame and Ring of Honor
NFL Career: 1990-2002
Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals
Pro Football Hall of Fame (2010)
8-Time Pro Bowl selection (1990-95, ’98-99)
4-Time AP First-Team All-Pro (1992-95)
4-Time NFL rushing leader (1991-93,’95)
3-Time Super Bowl champion (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX)
Super Bowl MVP (XXVIII)
NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
1990 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (AP, PFWA)
1993 NFL MVP
Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor
Career rushing yards (18,355)
Career rushing touchdowns (164)
Career 100-yard rushing games (78)
Dallas Cowboys all-time leading rusher
Quarterback 1963-66, Heisman Trophy Winner (1966), First Team All-American (1965-66), Head Coach (1990-2001), College Football Hall of Fame, UF Hall of Fame
NFL Career: 1967-76, 2002-03
As a Player:
San Francisco 49ers (1967-75)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1976)
As a Coach:
Washington Redskins (2002-03)
Running back 1994-97, First-Team All-American (1997), UF Hall of Fame
NFL Career: 1998-2012
Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots
Pro Bowl (2007)
FedEx Ground Player of the Year (2007)
10,000 Rushing Yards Club
Quarterback, 2006-09, Heisman Trophy Winner (2007), Davie O’Brien Award Recipient (2007), 2-Time First-Team All-American (2007-08), AP Player of the Year (2007), SEC Offensive Player of the Year (2008)
NFL Career: 2010-12
Denver Broncos, New York Jets#GatorGreats
Quarterback 1993-96, Heisman Trophy Winner (1996), Draddy Award Recipient (1996), 2-Time Davey O’Brien Award Recipient (1995-96), 2-Time First Team All-American (1995-96), 2-Time SEC Player of the Year (1995-96), College Football Hall of Fame, UF Hall of Fame
NFL Career: 1997-2002
New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins#GatorGreats
Defensive End 1968-70, SEC Lineman of the Year (1970), First-Team All-American (1970), College Football Hall of Fame, UF Hall of Fame, Ring of Honor
NFL Career: 1971-84
Los Angeles Rams
Pro Football Hall of Fame (2001)
7-Time Pro Bowl selection (1973-79)
5-Time First-Team All-Pro (1974-76, ‘78-‘79)
7-Time First-team All-NFC (1974-80)
NFL Defensive Lineman of the Year (1975)
UPI NFC Defensive Player of the Year (1975)
2-Time NFC Defensive Player of the Year (1975-‘76)
NFL All-Rookie Team (1971)
NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
St. Louis Rams Ring of Fame
St. Louis Rams #85 retired
Graduation Success Rate
among the highest in the SEC
• Ranked 1st among public colleges in Florida
• 1st among public colleges in the SEC
• 14th best public university in the nation
-U.S. News & World Report, 2014 Best Colleges
• Second-highest return on investment of any university in the nation
• No. 2 on the 2012 list of colleges and universities that help graduates get top salaries
-Wall Street Journal’s SmartMoney Magazine
• The University of Florida ranked 1st in the number of undergraduate minority degrees in the most recent survey of the Association of American Universities
• Third highest graduation success rate (GSR) among all SEC schools in 2012
• Top 20% nationally with a 969 academic progress rate (APR) in 2013
The University of Florida has 16 colleges, more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes, and offers more than 100 undergraduate majors.
In addition, UF has over 300 undergraduate and graduate majors, and 150 separate undergraduate degree programs – the most among all SEC schools and third-most in the country.
Designed to prepare student-athletes after college, the OSL is located just beyond the shadow of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. It provides and supports quality programs and services that facilitate graduation and promote overall development of student-athletes. Included assistance at the OSL:
• Individual and group tutoring sessions
• Over 200 tutors with bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D degrees
• Dedicated study rooms and 2 computer labs
The University of Florida Career Resource Center within OSL has been ranked in the Top 5 in Princeton Review’s Annual College Rankings of “Best Career Services offices in the U.S.” in each of the last three years.
The Career Development arm of the Student-Athlete Development program is designed to assist all student-athletes with their career and life planning. Athletes have the opportunity to take part in several career development programs such as:
• Career workshops
• Job and Internship search assistance
• Recruitment Roundtable/Interviews
Each week during the spring and summer semesters, Florida football players take part in the Beyond Football program. The exclusive weekly team meeting educates the student-athletes with off-field topics such as balancing a checkbook, resume writing, how to dress for success, dealing with the opposite sex and meal etiquette.
Thought to be the first program of its kind, the Florida Players Network is comprised of former Gator football players with the goal to network and give back to the community. The overarching goal in the formation of the FPN is to strengthen Gator athletes as individuals and as a collective group through networking and service.
“Our mission is to bring together former Gator football players into a networking environment that will help strengthen us individually and provide support to players and families in need.” –Chris Doering, former UF wide receiver.
Located across the street from the football stadium, the Training Table is an exclusive dining facility for UF student-athletes offering:
• Individually designed meal plans and recommendations, and continual diet analysis
• One-on-one nutritional training and live plate coaching
• Variety of premium choice entrees, side dishes, salads, fruits, smoothies and beverages
In addition to the Training Table, a UF sports dietician is always available in the weight room to monitor hydration, recovery post lift, weight losses/gains and in the athletic training room for any questions or concerns.
The Griffin-Oakley Strength & Conditioning Complex is the crowning jewel of the Stadium facility. Completely renovated in 2008, the 25,000 square foot weight room features 15 lifting platforms as well as a plethora of machines and free weights.
There is also no shortage of technology in the weight room, which features two video Analysis stations that can take 360-degree video, and allow student-athletes to evaluate their technique. Add in a state-of-the-art sound system and high-def TVs and this weight room has it all.
UF forms its first organized football team and a tradition of winning is born.
Bleed Orange and Blue: The University of Florida adopts orange and blue as the school’s colors.
The Gator is established as UF’s mascot.
Fight song, We are the Boys from Old Florida, is composed. Now a tradition at the end of the third quarter, Gator fans join together by locking arms, singing and swaying to the song.
The Orange and Blue visit the White House. On the way to Boston to face Harvard, the Gators football team meets with President Warren G. Harding at the White House. This visit would foreshadow three more visits by the Gators… as National Champions.
UF’s Alma Mater is composed by Milton L. Yeats: “ Florida, our Alma Mater, thy glorious name we praise. All thy loyal sons and daughters, a joyous song shall raise. Where palm and pine are blowing, where southern seas are flowing, Shine forth thy noble gothic walls, thy lovely vine clad halls. Neath the orange and blue victorious, our love shall never fail. There's no other name so glorious, all hail, Florida, hail!
Florida's famous home field advantage begins. Florida Field, now Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, opens with a capacity just over 21,000.
Red Barber hosts the first live radio broadcast of a Gator football game. He would later go on to become a Hall of Fame broadcaster in Major League Baseball.
UF joins the newly formed Southeastern Conference. Reason to celebrate, it was also the first year of UF’s homecoming pep rally was organized, known as Gator Growl.
Florida fan George Edmonson adopts the persona of “Mr. Two Bits” by leading a cheer at home football games wearing his iconic yellow long-sleeve button-down shirt, blue trousers, and orange and blue striped tie. The Cheer: “Two bits! Four bits! Six bits! A dollar! All for the Gators, stand up and holler!” Mr. Two Bits became a UF icon until retiring recently in 2008.
Top twenty at the half-century mark. Florida breaks into the AP Top 20 for the first time in school history, defeating No. 13 Vanderbilt in Nashville
The first of its kind, the mega-popular sports drink Gatorade was invented by led by UF scientist Robert Cade. The first flavor developed…Lemon-Lime.
Before becoming the “Ole Ball Coach”, quarterback Steve Spurrier becomes the school’s first Heisman trophy award winner.
Demolishing the idea of a sophomore jinx, The Gators' "Super Sophs" go 9-1-1, beginning the season with a 59-34 win over Houston – who had been ranked preseason No. 1.
Leonard George and Willie Jackson, Sr. become the first African American players on the Gators football team.
In a showdown with the USC Trojans in Gainesville, Linebacker Wilber Marshall recorded 14 tackles and 4 sacks leading the Gators to a 17-9 win.
Florida earns the No. 1 spot in the AP poll for the first time after defeating Auburn, 14-10, on the road and holding Bo Jackson to 48 yards on 16 carries.
Showing hall of fame talent at the sound of the first whistle, freshman Emmitt Smith makes his first career start and runs for a then-school-record 224 yards in a 23-14 win at Alabama.
UF wins their first SEC Championship. Steve Spurrier dubs Florida Field as "The Swamp" because “only Gators get out alive.”
Paired against the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Gators secure their second SEC Championship defeating Alabama 28–13.
UF wins their third SEC Championship defeating Alabama for the second straight year in the title game.
Florida earns a third SEC Championship in a row and fourth total, routing the Arkansas Razorbacks 34–3.
UF wins their 4th straight SEC Championship, fifth total, to go on to play in the National Championship game. The Gators defeated rival and top-ranked Florida State, 52–20. The 32-point margin of victory over FSU was the largest versus a number one ranked team in bowl history. Leading his team to the ultimate victory, Quarterback Danny Wuerffel wins the Heisman Trophy.
Adding more fuel to an already heated in-state rivalry, UF upsets No. 1 ranked Florida State, 32-29. Fred Taylor would run for 162 yards and four touchdowns on the nation's top-ranked run defense, one of those touchdowns being the winning score with less than two minutes to play. This game is commonly referred to as “The Greatest Game Ever Played in the Swamp."
Gators go on to win their incredible sixth SEC championship with a 28-6 victory over Auburn.
Jack Youngblood is enshrined into the National Football League Hall of Fame, becoming the first Gator to receive the honor.
UF wins their second National Championship, defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes. While OSU was the heavy favorite, the Gators didn’t think so and with a crushing victory, won 41-14.
Tim Tebow wins the Heisman trophy, becoming the first sophomore in NCAA history to receive the honor.
With a loss early in the season, quarterback Tim Tebow delivers his famous “Promise” speech after which the Gators dominated teams, averaging 49.5 points per game, while only allowing 13 points. This led UF to clinch both their eighth SEC Championship (another win vs. ‘Bama) and third National Championship title, beating the Oklahoma Sooners 24-14.
Will Muschamp is named the 23rd head coach of the Florida Gators.
Will Muschamp leads the Gators to an 11-1 regular season and to their first BCS Bowl Game since 2008.