1953 Florida Gators football team

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1953 Florida Gators football
Conference Southeastern Conference
1953 record 3–5–2 (1–3–2 9th SEC)
Head coach Bob Woodruff
Home stadium Florida Field
Seasons
← 1952
1954 →
1953 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#13 Alabama $ 4 0 3     6 3 3
#8 Georgia Tech 4 1 1     9 2 1
#16 Kentucky 4 1 1     7 2 1
Ole Miss 4 1 1     7 2 1
#17 Auburn 4 2 1     7 3 1
Mississippi State 3 1 3     5 2 3
Tennessee 3 2 1     6 4 1
LSU 2 3 3     5 3 3
Florida 1 3 2     3 5 2
Vanderbilt 1 5 0     3 7 0
Georgia 1 5 0     3 8 0
Tulane 0 7 0     1 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1953 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1953 college football season. The season was the fourth for Bob Woodruff as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. The 1953 season was a year of rebuilding and backsliding after the graduation of All-American Charlie LaPradd and the loss of fullback Rick Casares to the U.S. Army. The highlight of the season was the Gators' second consecutive victory over the Georgia Bulldogs, but the Gators began a pattern of agonizingly close losses to the Rice Owls (16–20), Auburn Tigers (7–16), Tennessee Volunteers (7–9) and Miami Hurricanes (10–14), as well as two ties with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (0–0) and LSU Tigers (21–21). Woodruff's 1953 Florida Gators finished with a 3–5–2 overall record and a 1–3–2 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), placing ninth of twelve SEC teams.[1]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
9–19–1953 No. 12 Rice* No. 15 Rice StadiumHouston, Texas L 16–20  
9–26–1953 No. 3 Georgia Tech Florida FieldGainesville, Florida T 0–0  
10–3–1953 Kentucky McLean StadiumLexington, Kentucky L 13–26  
10–10–1953 Stetson* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 45–0  
10–17–1953 The Citadel* Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida W 60–0  
10–24–1953 No. 14 LSU Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (HC) T 21–21  
11–31–1953 Auburn Cliff Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama L 7–16  
11–7–1953 Georgia Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida W 21–7  
11–14–1953 No. 18 Tennessee Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida L 7–9  
11–28–1953 Miami* Burdine StadiumMiami, Florida L 10–14  
*Non-conference game. #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, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 107 (2015). Retrieved August 16, 2015.