The Gator Football Team celebrates winning the 2009 BCS Championship
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The Gator football team home is Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, better known as “The Swamp”, located in Gainesville, FL.
The Swamp has been around since 1930 and several major renovations over the years makes this state of the art stadium home to over 90,000 screaming fans on Saturdays.
In 1991, head coach, Steve Spurrier coined the name “The Swamp” when he said, “The Swamp is where Gators live. We feel comfortable there, but we hope our opponents feel tentative. A swamp is hot and sticky and can be dangerous.”
Coach Steve Spurrier, arguably one of the best head coaches in the SEC in the last 15 years, left his mark on Gator Football. Spurrier led the Gators to six SEC titles between 1990-2000 and its first National Championship in 1996. The “old Ball coach” Steve Spurrier will always be a legend in “The Swamp”.
The Florida Gators on Offense during the 2009 BCS Championship
Gator Football Today
In 2005 the Gators welcomed former Utah head coach, Urban Meyer, as the new head coach. It didn’t take long for Coach Meyer to have a major impact on Gator Football. In his second season as Head Coach, Meyer brought the University of Florida its second National Championship in 10 years. In 2006, The Gators defeated number 1 ranked Ohio State 41-14 to capture the BCS Championship in Glendale, Arizona.
Gator Football Players Drafted by the NFL
Since 1990 there have been 93 Gator Football players drafted by NFL teams. 18 of those players were drafted in the first round. The 2007 draft saw both Jarvis Moss and Reggie Nelson go in the first round. In 2008, Derrick Harvey was the 8th overall pick in the NFL draft and is currently playing for the Jaguars.
Heisman Tradition at Florida
The University of Florida Gators is proud to have 3 Heisman Trophy winners come out of the Gator Nation. Steve Spurrier took the Heisman Trophy in 1966, Danny Wuerffell won it in 1996, and current Gator Quarterback, Tim Tebow, was the first sophomore ever to win the Heisman Trophy in 2007.
Gator Football Season 2008
In 2008, The Gators have once again proved to be a dominant force in the SEC and the nation. With an overall record of 12-1 and a SEC record of 7-1, The Gators are headed to Miami to once again compete for the National Championship. On Jan 8, 2009, The Gators will face Oklahoma and try to win their third National Championship overall and their second in the last 3 years.
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium where the Gators play in Gainesville
2008 - 2009 Gator Football Schedule and Results
|August 30, 2008||Hawaii||W 56-10|
|September 6, 2008||Miami||W 26-3|
|September 20, 2008||at Tennessee||W 30-6|
|September 27, 2008||Ole Miss||L 30-31|
|October 4, 2008||at Arkansas||W 38-7|
|October 11, 2008||LSU||W 51-21|
|October 25, 2008||Kentucky||W 63-5|
|November 1, 2008||Georgia||W 49-10|
|November 8, 2008||At Vanderbilt||W 42-14|
|November 15, 2008||South Carolina||W 56-6|
|November 22, 2008||The Citadel||W 70-19|
|November 29, 2008||At FSU||W 45-15|
|December 6, 2008||SEC Championship VS Alabama||W 31-20|
|Jan 8, 2008||BCS Championship VS Oklahoma||W 24-14|
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