2001 Florida Gators football team
|2001 Florida Gators football|
Orange Bowl champions
|Conference||Southeastern Conference Eastern Division|
|2001 record||10–2 (6–2 SEC)|
|Head coach||Steve Spurrier|
|Defensive coordinator||Jon Hoke|
|Home stadium||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium|
|2001 SEC football standings|
|#4 Tennessee x||7||–||1||11||–||2|
|#3 Florida ‡||6||–||2||10||–||2|
|#13 South Carolina||5||–||3||9||–||3|
|#7 LSU xy†||5||–||3||10||–||3|
|Championship: LSU 31, Tennessee 20|
|† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
The 2001 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the sport of American football during the 2001 college football season. The Gators competed in Division I-A 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 coached by Steve Spurrier, who led the Gators to a 56–23 Orange Bowl victory over the Maryland Terrapins, and an overall win-loss record of 10–2 (.833). The season was the team's twelfth and last under Spurrier before his departure to the NFL.
Schedule and results
|9–1–2001||Marshall*||#1||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL||ESPN2||W 49–14||85,445|
|9–8–2001||Louisiana–Monroe*||#2||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL||PPV||W 55–6||85,011|
|9–22–2001||Kentucky||#2||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY||JP||W 44–10||66,126|
|9–29–2001||#21 Mississippi State||#2||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL||CBS||W 52–0||85,579|
|10–6–2001||#18 Louisiana State||#2||Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA||CBS||W 44–15||92,010|
|10–13–2001||Auburn||#1||Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL||ESPN||L 20–23||86,063|
|10–27–2001||#15 Georgia||#6||Alltel Stadium • Jacksonville, FL||CBS||W 24–10||84,401|
|11–3–2001||Vanderbilt||#4||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL (HC)||JP||W 71–13||85,052|
|11–10–2001||#14 South Carolina||#4||Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC||ESPN||W 54–17||84,900|
|11–17–2001||#20 Florida State*||#4||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL||CBS||W 37–13||85,732|
|12–1–2001||#5 Tennessee||#2||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL||CBS||L 32–34||85,771|
|1–2–2002||#6 Maryland*||#5||Pro Player Stadium • Miami Gardens, FL (Orange Bowl)||ABC||W 56–23||73,640|
|*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.|
September 11 impact The annual rivalry game with Tennessee scheduled for September 15th, was rescheduled to the final week of the regular season as a result of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
- Steve Spurrier - Head Coach
- Jim Collins - Special Teams Coordinator, Outside Linebackers, Recruiting Coordinator
- Dwayne Dixon - Wide Receivers
- Jon Hoke - Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, Secondary
- Lawson Holland - Running Backs
- Ricky Hunley - Defensive Line
- John Hunt - Offensive Tackles
- Jerry Odom - Inside Linebackers
- Jimmy Ray Stephens - Offensive Line, Run Game Coordinator
- Buddy Teevens - Assistant Offensive Coordinator, Tight Ends
- Rob Glass - Director of Strength and Conditioning
- QB Rex Grossman: 279/423 (66.0%) for 4,144 yards (9.80 YPA) with 38 TD vs. 12 INT (2.84%)
- QB Brock Berlin: 47/79 (59.5%) for 679 yards (8.59 YPA) with 10 TD vs. 3 INT (3.80%)
- RB Earnest Graham: 141 carries for 799 yards (5.67 YPC) with 11 TD. 12 catches for 129 yards (10.75 YPC) with 0 TD.
- RB Robert Gillespie: 98 carries for 458 yards (4.67 YPC) with 2 TD. 45 catches for 474 yards (10.53 YPC) with 2 TD.
- WR Jabar Gaffney: 74 catches for 1,309 yards (17.69 YPC) with 15 TD.
- WR Reche Caldwell: 69 catches for 1,106 yards (16.03 YPC) with 10 TD.
- WR Taylor Jacobs: 48 catches for 882 yards (18.38 YPC) with 9 TD.
- K Jeff Chandler: 19 FGM and 54 XPM.
- Auburn–Florida football rivalry
- Florida–Florida State football rivalry
- Florida Gators
- Florida–Georgia football rivalry
- Florida–LSU football rivalry
- Florida–Tennessee football rivalry
- History of the University of Florida
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