2012 Florida Gators football team

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2012 Florida Gators football
Florida Gators script logo.png
SEC Eastern Division Co-Champions
Sugar Bowl vs. #22 Louisville, L, 23–33
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern Division
Ranking
Coaches #10
AP #9
2012 record 11–2 (7–1 SEC)
Head coach Will Muschamp (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Brent Pease (1st year)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn (2nd year)
Base defense 4-3
Home stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Seasons
« 2011 2013 »
2012 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#5 Georgia xy   7 1         12 2  
#9 Florida x   7 1         11 2  
#8 South Carolina   6 2         11 2  
#23 Vanderbilt   5 3         9 4  
Missouri   2 6         5 7  
Tennessee   1 7         5 7  
Kentucky   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
#1 Alabama x   7 1         13 1  
#14 LSU   6 2         10 3  
#5 Texas A&M   6 2         11 2  
Mississippi State   4 4         8 5  
Ole Miss   3 5         7 6  
Arkansas   2 6         4 8  
Auburn   0 8         3 9  
Championship: Alabama 32, Georgia 28
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the sport of American football during the 2012 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. The 2012 season was the Gators' second under head coach Will Muschamp. They finished the season with 11–2 overall, 7–1 SEC, earning the title SEC Eastern Division Co-Champions with Georgia. The team was invited to the 2013 Sugar Bowl, where they lost to the Louisville Cardinals, 33–23.

Previous season[edit]

The 2011 Florida Gators compiled an 7–6 overall win-loss record, and a 3–5 record in the Southeastern Conference. They concluded the 2011 season with a victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Gator Bowl.

Schedule[edit]

The 2012 Orange and Blue Debut game was played on April 7 at 1 p.m. and was televised on Sun Sports.[1] Blue defeated Orange 21–20 in front of 38,100 fans.[2]

The October 20 game against South Carolina hosted ESPN's College Gameday.[3] In addition, their road games against Texas A&M and Tennessee were also hosted by College GameDay.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 3:30 p.m. Bowling Green* #23 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL ESPN W 27–14   84,704
September 8 3:30 p.m. at Texas A&M #24 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX ESPN W 20–17   87,114
September 15 6:00 p.m. at #23 Tennessee #18 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN (Rivalry) ESPN W 37–20   102,455
September 22 12:21 p.m. Kentucky #14 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL SECN W 38–0   87,102
October 6 3:30 p.m. #4 LSU #10 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL (Rivalry) CBS W 14–6   90,824
October 13 6:00 p.m. at Vanderbilt #4 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN ESPNU W 31–17   40,350
October 20 3:30 p.m. #9 South Carolina #3 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL CBS W 44–11   90,833
October 27 3:30 p.m. vs. #12 Georgia #3 EverBank FieldJacksonville, FL (Rivalry) CBS L 9–17   84,644
November 3 12:00 p.m. Missouri #8 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL ESPN2 W 14–7   90,496
November 10 12:21 p.m. Louisiana–Lafayette*dagger #7 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL SECN W 27–20   86,482
November 17 1:00 p.m. Jacksonville State* #7 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL PPV W 23–0   82,691
November 24 3:30 p.m. at #10 Florida State* #6 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL (Rivalry) ABC W 37–26   83,429
January 2, 2013 8:30 p.m. vs. #22 Louisville* #4 Mercedes-Benz SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) ESPN L 23–33   54,178
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released before game time. All times are in Eastern Time.

Source:[4]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 23 24 18 14 11 10 4 3 3 8 7 7 6 5 4 9 
Coaches' 23 23 17 14 12 11 6 4 3 8 7 7 6 5 4 10 
Harris Not released 6 3 3 8 7 7 5 5 4 Not released 
BCS Not released 2 2 7 6 6 4 4 3 Not released


Roster[edit]

2012 Florida Gators roster

Quarterbacks

  • 6 Jeff DriskelSophomore
  • 9 Jacob Guy – Freshman
  • 10 Tyler MurphyRedshirt Sophomore
  • 12 Jacoby Brissett – Sophomore
  • 13 Christian Provancha – Sophomore
  • 17 Skyler Mornhinweg – Freshman
  • 19 Ryan McGriff – Redshirt Freshman

Running Backs

  • 8 Trey Burton – Junior
  • 16 Scott Peek – Redshirt Senior
  • 23 Mike GillisleeSenior
  • 24 Matt Jones – Freshman
  • 32 Chris Johnson – Sophomore
  • 33 Mack Brown – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 35 Jessie Schmitt – Redshirt Freshman
  • 37 Mark Herndon – Freshman
  • 41 Hunter Joyer – Sophomore

Wide Receivers

  • 1 Quinton Dunbar – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 4 Andre Debose – Redshirt Junior
  • 13 Latroy Pittman – Freshman
  • 15 Ryan Parrish – Junior
  • 30 Michael McNeely – Sophomore
  • 33 Chris Maignan – Redshirt Junior
  • 81 Darius Masline – Freshman
  • 83 Solomon Patton – Junior
  • 85 Frankie Hammond, Jr. – Redshirt Senior
  • 86 Raphael Andrades – Freshman
  • 87 A. J. Mobley – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 89 Stephen Alli – Redshirt Junior

Tight Ends

  • 11 Jordan ReedRedshirt Junior
  • 18 Kent Taylor – Freshman
  • 20 Omarius Hines – Redshirt Senior
  • 80 Tevin Westbrook – Sophomore
  • 82 Bair Diamond – Freshman
  • 84 Colin Thompson – Freshman
  • 88 Clay Burton – Sophomore
 

Offensive Line

  • 50 Sam Robey – Redshirt Senior
  • 62 Cole Gilliam – Redshirt Junior
  • 63 Trip Thurman – Redshirt Freshman
  • 64 Kyle Koehne – Redshirt Junior
  • 65 Tommy Jordan – Redshirt Freshman
  • 66 James Wilson – Redshirt Senior
  • 67 Jon Halapio – Redshirt Junior
  • 68 John Reichardt – Senior
  • 70 D. J. Humphries – Freshman
  • 71 Matt Patchan – Redshirt Junior
  • 72 Jonotthan Harrison – Redshirt Junior
  • 73 Xavier NixonSenior
  • 74 Jessamen Dunker – Freshman
  • 75 Chaz Green – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 76 Max Garcia – Incoming Transfer
  • 77 Ian Silberman – Redshirt Sophomore

Defensive Line

  • 2 Dominique EasleyJunior
  • 4 Damien Jacobs – Junior
  • 6 Dante Fowler, Jr. – Freshman
  • 7 Ronald PowellJunior
  • 44 Leon Orr – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 57 Dakota Wilson – Freshman
  • 58 Nick Alajajian – Senior
  • 68 John Reichardt – Redshirt Junior
  • 73 Sharrif FloydJunior
  • 90 Jonathan Bullard – Freshman
  • 91 Earl Okine – Redshirt Senior
  • 93 Kedric Johnson – Redshirt Junior
  • 94 Bryan Cox Jr. – Freshman
  • 95 Alex McCallister – Freshman
  • 98 Quinteze Williams – Freshman
  • 99 Omar Hunter – Redshirt Senior
 

Linebackers

  • 1 Jon BosticSenior
  • 3 Jelani JenkinsRedshirt Junior
  • 11 Neiron Ball – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 12 Antonio Morrison – Freshman
  • 25 Gideon Ajagbe – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 28 Jeremi Powell – Freshman
  • 34 Lerentee McCrayRedshirt Senior
  • 36 David Campbell – Redshirt Junior
  • 48 Wes Owings – Freshman
  • 49 Darrin Kitchens – Junior
  • 51 Michael Taylor – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 53 Cody Adams – Redshirt Freshman

Cornerbacks

  • 5 Marcus Roberson – Sophomore
  • 8 Jeremy Brown – Redshirt Junior
  • 14 Jaylen Watkins – Junior
  • 15 Loucheiz Purifoy – Sophomore
  • 22 Hugh Miles – Redshirt Freshman
  • 24 Brian Poole – Freshman
  • 27 Willie Bailey – Freshman
  • 31 Cody Riggs – Junior

Safeties

  • 9 Josh EvansSenior
  • 10 Valdez Showers – Redshirt Freshman
  • 20 Marcus Maye – Freshman
  • 21 Jabari Gorman – Sophomore
  • 21 Evan Schroeder – Redshirt Freshman
  • 22 Matt ElamJunior
  • 26 De'Ante Saunders – Sophomore
  • 27 Ben Peacock – Redshirt Freshman
  • 29 Rhaheim Ledbetter – Freshman
  • 30 Tim Clark – Redshirt Junior

Punters

  • 0 Grant Van Aman – Freshman
  • 4 Kyle ChristySophomore
  • 39 Todd Fennell – Redshirt Freshman
  • 40 Justin Vogel – Freshman

Kickers

  • 16 Austin Hardin – Freshman
  • 19 Caleb SturgisRedshirt Senior
  • 47 John Crofoot – Redshirt Junior
  • 95 Francisco Velez – Junior
  • 97 Brad Phillips – Junior

Long Snappers

  • 43 Kyle Crofoot – Redshirt Freshman
  • 46 Drew Ferris – Junior
  • 54 Christopher Guido – Senior

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Receivers Coach Hill resigned so Coach Pease and graduate assistant Bush Hamdan will coach receivers
Name Current Responsibilities Joined Staff
Will Muschamp Head Coach 2011
Brent Pease Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks* 2012
Dan Quinn Defensive Coordinator 2011
D.J. Durkin Linebackers/Special Teams 2010
Tim Davis Offensive Line/Running Game Coordinator 2012
Brian White Running Backs 2009
Derek Lewis Tight Ends 2011
Travaris Robinson Defensive Backs 2011
Bryant Young Defensive Line 2011

Recruiting class[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Raphael Andrades
WR
Tallahassee, Florida Lincoln 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Feb 1, 2012 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 75
Willie Bailey
CB
Hallandale, Florida Hallandale 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Apr 6, 2011 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
Jonathan Bullard
DE
Shelby, North Carolina Crest 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Jan 7, 2012 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 82
Bryan Cox Jr.
DE
Fort Lauderdale, Florida St. Thomas Aquinas 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 230 lb (100 kg) Jan 21, 2012 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 78
Jessamen Dunker
OL
Boynton Beach, Florida Boynton Beach 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 315 lb (143 kg) Mar 21, 2011 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 82
Dante Fowler Jr.
DE
St. Petersburg, Florida Lakewood 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Feb 1, 2012 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 81
Austin Hardin
K
Atlanta, Georgia Marist 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jun 22, 2011 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
D.J. Humphries
OL
Charlotte, North Carolina Mallard Creek 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 270 lb (120 kg) Aug 5, 2011 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 85
Damien Jacobs
DT
Scooba, Mississippi East Mississippi C.C. 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 295 lb (134 kg) Dec 21, 2011 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: JC
Matt Jones
RB
Seffner, Florida Armwood 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Feb 15, 2011 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Rhaheim Ledbetter
S
Boiling Springs, North Carolina Crest 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jul 15, 2011 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Jafar Mann
DT
Stone Mountain, Georgia Stephenson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 275 lb (125 kg) Mar 25, 2011 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
Marcus Maye
S
Melbourne, Florida Holy Trinity 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jul 18, 2011 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Alex McCalister
DE
Clemmons, North Carolina West Forsyth 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jan 23, 2012 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
Skyler Mornhinweg
QB
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania St. Joseph’s 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jan 27, 2012 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Antonio Morrison
LB
Bolingbrook, Illinois Bolingbrook 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Aug 3, 2011 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
Dante Phillips
DT
Venice, Florida Venice 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 270 lb (120 kg) Oct 25, 2010 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Latroy Pittman
WR
Citra, Florida North Marion 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Aug 18, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Brian Poole
CB
Bradenton, Florida Southeast 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jun 14, 2011 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 81
Jeremi Powell
MLB
Largo, Florida Pinellas Park 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Feb 19, 2011 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
Kent Taylor
TE
Land O’ Lakes, Florida Land O’ Lakes 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Oct 27, 2011 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Colin Thompson
TE
Warminster, Pennsylvania Archbishop Wood Catholic 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 255 lb (116 kg) May 5, 2011 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Quinteze Williams
DE
Tyrone, Georgia Sandy Creek 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 290 lb (130 kg) Mar 30, 2011 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 5   Rivals: 3  ESPN: 4
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Orange & Blue Debut, Presented by Sunniland, Set for April 7". gatorzone.com. Retrieved January 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Gator Football Boxscores". gatorzone.com. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ "ESPN College Football". espn.com. Retrieved October 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.gatorzone.com/schedule.php?sport=footb

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