1952 Florida Gators football team
|1952 Florida Gators football|
|1952 record||8–3 (3–3 6th SEC)|
|Head coach||Bob Woodruff|
|Home stadium||Florida Field|
|1952 SEC football standings|
|#2 Georgia Tech $||7||–||0||–||0||12||–||0||–||0|
|#7 Ole Miss||4||–||0||–||2||8||–||1||–||2|
The 1952 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1952 college football season. The season was Bob Woodruff's third and most successful as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Woodruff's 1952 Florida Gators finished with an overall record of 8–3 and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 3–3, placing sixth among twelve SEC teams.
Before the season
After Sullivan's early departure for the Boston Red Sox left the Gators without a starting quarterback, Doug Dickey advanced from seventh on the Gators' depth chart to starter. The Gators were led by fullback Rick Casares, halfback J. "Pappa" Hall, alternating quarterbacks Doug Dickey and Fred Robinson, and lineman Charlie LaPradd, the Gators' lightest tackle and one of their two captains.[note 1] Also in the backfield was Buford Long.
Schedule and results
|9–20–1952||Stetson*||Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida||W 33–6|
|9–27–1952||Georgia Tech||Grant Field • Atlanta, Georgia||L 14–17|
|10–4–1952||The Citadel*||Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida||W 33–0|
|10–11–1952||Clemson*||Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida||W 54–13|
|10–18–1952||Vanderbilt||Dudley Field • Nashville, Tennessee||L 13–20|
|10–25–1952||Georgia||No. 20||Gator Bowl Stadium • Jacksonville, Florida||W 30–0|
|11–1–1952||Auburn||No. 17||Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (HC)||W 31–21|
|11–15–1952||No. 7 Tennessee||No. 18||Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, Tennessee||L 12–26|
|11–22–1952||Miami*||Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida||W 43–6|
|12–6–1952||Kentucky||No. 17||Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida||W 27–0|
|1–1–1953||No. 12 Tulsa*||No. 15||Gator Bowl Stadium • Jacksonville, Fla. (Gator Bowl)||W 14–13|
|*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.|
Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.
The season opened with a 33–6 defeat of the Stetson Hatters.
The national champion Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets beat Florida on a last-second field goal, 14–17.
The Citadel lost to Florida 33–0.
Florida blew out the Clemson Tigers 54–13.
The Gators dominated rival Georgia 33–0 in Jacksonville, remaining the Gators' largest victory over the Bulldogs for almost forty years. Casares ran for 108 yards, kicked a field goal, and made all the extra points. Even National champion Georgia Tech needed a last-second field goal to defeat the Gators.
The defeat of Georgia was followed by another conference victory, 31–21 over Auburn Tigers.
The Tennessee Volunteers defeated the Gators 12–26.
The Gators had another blowout of the in-state rival Miami Hurricanes 43–6.
Florida defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 27–0.
The season ended with the Gators' first appearance in a NCAA-sanctioned bowl game, a closely matched 14–13 Gator Bowl victory over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on January 1, 1953, in which star fullback Rick Casares kicked the winning extra points for the margin of victory.
- LaPradd became a football coach at FSU and then president of St. John's River Community College in Palatka.
- 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 107 (2015). Retrieved August 16, 2015.
- Norm Carlson, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia, p. 61 (2007).
- Associated Press, "LaPradd Is Thrilled By His Selection to All America," Daytona Beach Morning Journal, p. 7 (December 6, 1952). Retrieved March 21, 2010.
- McCarthy, p. 44
- College Football Data Warehouse, Florida vs. Georgia. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
- Golenbock, Go Gators!, p. 64
- Noel Nash, ed., The Gainesville Sun Presents The Greatest Moments in Florida Gators Football, Sports Publishing, Inc., Champaign, Illinois, pp. 16–18 (1998).
- Golenbock, Peter (2002). Go Gators! An Oral History of Florida's Pursuit of Gridiron Glory. St. Petersburg, Florida: Legends Publishing, LLC. ISBN 0-9650782-1-3.
- McCarthy, Kevin M (2000). Fightin' Gators: A History of University of Florida Football. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7385-0559-6.