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2009 Florida Gators Football Team
2009 Florida Gators football
Florida Gators script logo.svg
SEC Eastern Division champion
Sugar Bowl champion
Sugar Bowl, W 51-24 vs. Cincinnati
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 3
2009 record13-1 (8-0 SEC)
Head coachUrban Meyer (5th season)
Offensive coordinatorSteve Addazio (1st season)
Offensive schemeSpread option
Defensive coordinatorCharlie Strong (7th season)
Base defense3-3-5
MVPTim Tebow
Joe Haden
CaptainBrandon James
Joey Sorrentino
Brandon Spikes
Ryan Stamper
Tim Tebow
Home stadiumBen Hill Griffin Stadium
(Capacity: 88,548)[1]
Seasons
← 2008
2010 →
2009 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 3 Florida x%   8 0         13 1  
Georgia   4 4         8 5  
Tennessee   4 4         7 6  
Kentucky   3 5         7 6  
South Carolina   3 5         7 6  
Vanderbilt   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
No. 1 Alabama x$#   8 0         14 0  
No. 17 LSU   5 3         9 4  
No. 20 Ole Miss   4 4         9 4  
Arkansas   3 5         8 5  
Auburn   3 5         8 5  
Mississippi State   3 5         5 7  
Championship: Alabama 32, Florida 13
    1. – BCS National Champion
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the sport of American football during the 2009 college football season. The Gators competed in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) 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 fifth-year head coach Urban Meyer, who coached the Gators to a first-place finish in the SEC East, a 51-24 Sugar Bowl victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats, and an overall win-loss record of 13-1 (.929).

With senior quarterback Tim Tebow and eleven defensive starters returning, the Gators had hoped to repeat as back-to-back national champions following their BCS National Championship at the end of the 2008 season. They finished with an undefeated 12-0 regular season, their first since 1995, but the Gators' 32-13 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship Game derailed their national title hopes, and forced them to settle for a berth in the Sugar Bowl. At the conclusion of the 2009 season, the Gators were ranked No. 3 in both major polls.

On December 26, 2009, Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley announced that Urban Meyer would step down as the team's head coach for health and family reasons.[2] The following day, Meyer stated that he would instead take an indefinite leave of absence, allowing him to resume his position as the head coach. Meyer returned to coach the Gators in spring practice in March 2010.

Previous season

In the 2008 season, the Gators went 11-1 in the regular season, suffering their only loss to Ole Miss in Gainesville. Their post-season success included a win over No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2008 SEC Championship Game, followed by a win over the No. 1-ranked Oklahoma Sooners in the 2009 BCS Championship Game. The Gators finished the 2008 season with a 13-1 record and ranked No. 1 in the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls. It was the third national championship for the Gators.

Pre-season

On January 11, 2009 during the national championship celebration at the University of Florida, quarterback Tim Tebow announced his intention to return for his senior season,[3] followed on January 15 by linebacker Brandon Spikes intention to return as well. With Spikes' return, the entire two-deep of the Gators defense was set to return for the 2009 season. One major loss was All-America wide receiver Percy Harvin, who opted to leave the University of Florida to enter the 2009 NFL Draft.

The Gators also lost offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Dan Mullen, who became the head coach at Mississippi State following Sylvester Croom's resignation. Former offensive line coach Steve Addazio was named as Mullen's replacement, with Scot Loeffler hired to take on the role of quarterback coach.

The Gators played their spring scrimmage on April 18, 2009, with the Orange winning.

Florida was voted #1 in both the preseason USA Today Coaches' Poll and the AP Poll. The Gators received the highest ever percentage of preseason #1 votes in the history of the AP Poll, which began in 1950.[4][5]

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 5Charleston Southern*No. 1FSNW 62-390,621
September 12Troy*No. 1
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
SECNW 56-690,349
September 19TennesseeNo. 1
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
CBSW 23-1390,894
September 26at KentuckyNo. 1ESPN2W 41-771,011
October 10at No. 4 LSUNo. 1CBSW 13-393,129
October 17ArkansasdaggerNo. 1
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
CBSW 23-2090,508
October 24at Mississippi StateNo. 2ESPNW 29-1957,178
October 31vs. GeorgiaNo. 1CBSW 41-1784,604
November 7VanderbiltNo. 1
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
ESPN2W 27-390,694
November 14at South CarolinaNo. 1CBSW 24-1479,297
November 21FIU*No. 1
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
PPVW 62-390,473
November 28Florida State*No. 1
CBSW 37-1090,907?
December 5vs. No. 2 AlabamaNo. 1CBSL 13-3275,514
January 1, 2010vs. No. 4 Cincinnati*No. 5FOXW 51-2465,207
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • ? New Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Attendance Record

Sources: 2012 Florida Gators Football Media Guide,[6] and GatorZone.com.[7]

Rankings

Ranking Movement
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking. Not ranked the previous week. Selected for BCS National Championship Game.
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Final
AP 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 5 3
Coaches 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 5 3
Harris Not released 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 5 N/A
BCS Not released 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 5 N/A

Game summaries

Charleston Southern

In the season opener, the Gators met the Charleston Southern Buccaneers in Gainesville. In a game that was never close, the Gators won 62-3. John Brantley threw for 67 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Troy

The Florida Gators met the Troy Trojans in Gainesville, Florida. After a slow start, the Gators scored four times in the second quarter before cruising to a 56-6 victory.

Tennessee

In what may have been the most talked about game all pre-season, the Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers met in Gainesville, Florida. Most of the pre-game talk surrounded comments made by Volunteer's head coach Lane Kiffin. The game remained close until the end with the Gators holding on for a 23-13 victory.

Kentucky

Pregame Line: -20.5

In their first road game of the season, the Florida Gators traveled to Lexington, Kentucky to face the Wildcats. The Gators quickly took at 31-0 lead in the first quarter before going on to win 41-7. The biggest news story to come out of the game was a concussion suffered by Tim Tebow during the third quarter. Tebow spent the night in a Lexington hospital;[8] returning two weeks later for Florida's 13-3 win at LSU.

LSU

Arkansas

Mississippi State

Pregame Line: -22

Georgia

Pregame Line: -16

Vanderbilt

Pregame Line: -35

South Carolina

Pregame Line: -17.5

Florida International

Pregame Line: -45

Florida State

In the regular season finale, the Gators blew by the Seminoles 37-10. A new attendance record at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium was set with 90,907 present.[9]

SEC Championship Game vs. Alabama

In a rematch of last year's SEC Championship Game, the Crimson Tide handed the Gators their only loss of the season. Alabama running back Mark Ingram scored three touchdowns in the 32-13 win.

Sugar Bowl vs. Cincinnati

Personnel

Depth chart

(revised 12-2-09)

Roster

Coaching staff

[10]

Statistics

Team

Gators Opponents
Scoring 502 174
Points per game 35.9 12.4
First Downs 314 208
Rushing 158 84
Passing 142 103
Penalty 14 21
Total Offense 6410 3536
Avg per play 7.0 4.2
Avg per game 457.9 252.6
Fumbles-Lost 17-11 19-3
Penalties-Yards 95-735 78-638
Avg per game 52.5 45.6
Gators Opponents
Punts-Yards 34-1,476 81-3,253
Avg per punt 43.4 40.2
Time of Possession/Game 30:45 29:15
3rd Down Conversions 87/177 58/194
4th Down Conversions 11/17 11/22
Touchdowns scored 63 18
Field Goals-Attempts 22-31 17-21
PAT-Attempts 58-63 15-16
Total Attendance 634,446 300,615
Games/Avg per Game 7/90,635 7/75,131

Scores by quarter

Offense

Rushing

Name CAR YDS YPC Long TD
Tebow 217 910 4.2 55 14
Demps 99 745 7.5 62 7
Rainey 89 575 6.5 76 5
Moody 58 378 6.5 32 3
Gillislee 31 267 8.6 52 1
James 20 109 5.4 25 0
Brantley 13 67 5.2 23 0
Scott 9 26 2.9 13 0
Hernandez 1 16 16.0 16 0
Cooper 1 14 14.0 14 0
Blaylock 4 6 1.5 9 0
Brown 3 1 0.3 2 0
Thompson 1 -2 -2.0 0 0
Total 555 3,105 5.6 76 30
Opponents 449 1,397 3.1 42 6

Passing

Name GP-GS Cmp-Att-Int Pct Yds TD
Tebow 14-14 213-314-5 67.8% 2,895 21
Brantley 7-0 36-48-0 75% 410 7
Cooper 14-0 0-1-0 0% 0 0
Total 249-364-5 68.4% 3,305 28
Opponents 208-396-20 52.5% 2,139 10

Receiving

Name REC YDS YPR Long TD
Hernandez 68 850 12.5 64 5
Cooper 51 961 18.8 80 9
Nelson 25 291 11.6 30 2
Thompson 24 343 14.3 77 4
James 24 215 9.0 32 1
Hines 14 172 12.3 25 1
Rainey 10 161 16.1 33 1
Demps 8 52 6.5 11 0
Moody 8 45 5.6 18 0
Holliday 6 102 17.0 33 1
Williams 6 50 8.3 16 2
Hammond 4 57 14.2 31 1
Gillislee 1 6 6.0 6 1
Total 249 3,305 13.3 80 28
Opponents 208 2,139 10.3 75 10

Players drafted into the NFL

See also

References

  1. ^ University of Florida Sports Information Department. "Florida 2009 Media Guide" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "UF's Urban Meyer Steps Down as Head Football Coach". Archived from the original on 2010-01-02. Retrieved 2009.
  3. ^ "Tebow wants to do it all over again". ESPN.com. 2009-01-11. Archived from the original on 2009-08-03. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Gators are No. 1 in AP preseason Top 25 poll
  5. ^ "Gators shrug off top ranking in preseason coaches' poll". Archived from the original on 2009-09-07. Retrieved .
  6. ^ 2012 Florida Football Media Guide Archived 2013-05-27 at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 114 & 116 (2012). Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  7. ^ GatorZone.com, Football, History, Florida Football 2009 Archived 2012-05-02 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  8. ^ "Florida Gators QB Tim Tebow taken to hospital after hard sack". ESPN.
  9. ^ "Gatorzone.com: No. 1 Florida Defeats FSU, 37-10, on Senior Day". Archived from the original on 2009-12-02. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "2009 University of Florida Football Roster and Coaches". Archived from the original on 2009-07-05. Retrieved .

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