1946 Florida Gators football team

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1946 Florida Gators football
Conference Southeastern Conference
1946 record 0–9 (0–5 SEC)
Head coach Raymond Wolf (1st season)
Offensive scheme Double-wing
Captain William Raborn
Home stadium Florida Field
Seasons
← 1945
1947 →
1946 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 3 Georgia + 5 0 0     11 0 0
No. 7 Tennessee + 5 0 0     9 2 0
No. 8 LSU 5 1 0     9 1 1
No. 11 Georgia Tech 4 2 0     9 2 0
Mississippi State 3 2 0     8 2 0
Alabama 4 3 0     7 4 0
Vanderbilt 3 4 0     5 4 0
Kentucky 2 3 0     7 3 0
Tulane 2 4 0     3 7 0
Auburn 1 5 0     4 6 0
Ole Miss 1 6 0     2 7 0
Florida 0 5 0     0 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1946 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1946 college football season. The season was Raymond Wolf's first of four as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Wolf's first Gators squad was composed mostly of college freshmen and returning World War II veterans who had not played football in several years. The winless 0–9 season was also the worst win–loss record in the history of Gators football to date, surpassing the winless 0–5 record of the overmatched 1916 Gators. Wolf's 1946 Florida Gators finished 0–5 in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), placing last of 12 SEC teams.[1] Despite the winless record, the Gators developed the seventh best passing attack in the nation, with end Broughton Williams leading the nation in receiving.[2][3] Harold Griffin led the nation in punt return average.

The 1946 season was at the center of a school record 13-game losing streak which stretched from the last game of the 1945 campaign until the fourth contest of 1947. The players on these squads ironically dubbed their time at Florida the "Golden Era," and members of the "Golden Era Gang" regularly held reunions and raised funds for scholarships and facilities improvements at UF for many subsequent years.[4] Players on these teams included future Florida attorney general James W. Kynes and College Football Hall of Fame coach Marcelino Huerta.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 28 Ole Miss Fairfield StadiumJacksonville, FL L 7–13    
October 5 Tulane Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, LA L 13–27   30,000
October 12 Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN L 0–20    
October 19 Miami (FL)*dagger Florida FieldGainesville, FL L 13–20    
October 26 2:30 p.m. No. 10 North Carolina* Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC L 19–40    
November 9 No. 5 Georgia Fairfield Stadium • Jacksonville, FL L 14–33    
November 16 Villanova* Florida Field • Gainesville, FL L 20–27   15,000
November 23 NC State* Phillips FieldTampa, FL L 6–37    
November 30 Auburn Florida Field • Gainesville, FL L 12–47    
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived 2015-12-08 at the Wayback Machine., University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 110–111 (2015). Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  2. ^ "Florida Hopes For Triumph Over Georgia". The Anniston Star. November 8, 1946. p. 10. Retrieved November 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ See ESPN College Football Encyclopedia.
  4. ^ Great Teams and Eras: The Golden Era - GatorZone.com