1973 Florida Gators football team

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1973 Florida Gators football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 20
1973 record7–5 (3–4 SEC)
Head coachDoug Dickey (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorJimmy Dunn (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorDoug Knotts (4th season)
CaptainDavid Hitchcock
Vince Kendrick
Home stadiumFlorida Field
(Capacity: 61,200)[1]
Seasons
← 1972
1974 →
1973 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Alabama $ 8 0 0     11 1 0
No. 13 LSU 5 1 0     9 3 0
Ole Miss 4 3 0     6 5 0
No. 19 Tennessee 3 3 0     8 4 0
Georgia 3 4 0     7 4 1
Florida 3 4 0     7 5 0
Kentucky 3 4 0     5 6 0
Auburn 2 5 0     6 6 0
Mississippi State 2 5 0     4 5 2
Vanderbilt 1 5 0     5 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1973 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1973 NCAA Division I football season. The season was Doug Dickey's fourth as the Florida Gators football team's head coach. Dickey's 1973 Florida Gators finished with a 7–5 overall record and a 3–4 Southeastern Conference (SEC) record, tying for fifth among ten SEC teams.[2]

The Tangerine Bowl was temporarily moved from Orlando to Gainesville as the completion of the Citrus Bowl expansion was delayed. The fans were greeted by a record cold snap, with gametime temperatures at 25 degrees Fahrenheit (minus-4 degrees Celsius); the cold weather benefited the visiting Miami Redskins, who won 16–7.

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 157:30 ESTKansas State*No. 14W 21–1050,673
September 22vs. Southern Miss*No. 15W 14–1338,377
September 29at Mississippi StateNo. 16L 12–3334,000
October 67:30 CSTat No. 10 LSUL 3–2464,864
October 134:00 ESTNo. 3 Alabama
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
L 14–3564,864
October 204:00 ESTOle Missdagger
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
L 10–1347,079
November 31:30 ESTat No. 19 AuburnW 12–863,429
November 102:00 ESTvs. GeorgiaABCW 11–1070,266
November 172:00 ESTKentucky
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
W 20–1855,328
November 247:30 ESTat Miami (FL)*W 14–739,071
December 12:00 ESTFlorida State*
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
W 49–062,233
December 22vs. No. 15 Miami (OH)*
MTNL 7–1637,234
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide[2]

Attendance figures: 1974 University of Florida Press Guide.[3]


Roster[edit]

1973 Florida Gators football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
OG 74 Kris Anderson Sr
FB Vernon Barber Fr
C Mike Berry Fr
WR 89 Hollis Boardman Sr
QB 5 David Bowden Jr
RB Larry Brinson Fr
OL Ken Brock Fr
WR Charlie Brown Fr
OT Herbert Cain Fr
OL Gary Chotiner Fr
RB 17 Thom Clifford So
RB Alvin Cowans Fr
TE 88 Alvis Darby So
RB Henry Davis Fr
QB 12 Robbie Davis Jr
FB 35 Jim DuBose So
QB Jimmy Fisher Fr
TE 81 Hank Foldberg Sr
C Brian Fromang Fr
WR Derrick Gaffney Fr
QB 8 Don Gaffney So
QB 10 Chan Gailey Sr
FB 37 Carey Geiger Sr
TE Dan Grebe Fr
RB Bill Hallal Fr
WR Theo Hawkins Fr
QB Cleaver Hayling Fr
OT Ed Jacobsen Fr
RB 20 Vince Kendrick (C) Sr
OL Steve Kieter Fr
C 56 Jimmy Kynes Jr
OG 64 Burton Lawless Jr
OG 61 Gerald Loper So
FB Vernon Masters Fr
WR 25 Lee McGriff Jr
RB 33 Nat Moore Sr
C 51 Robbie Moore So
RB Robert Morgan Fr
OL Pete Morley Fr
OT 73 Bruce Mulliniks So
TE 83 Scott Nugent Jr
OT 70 Gary Padgett Sr
WR Bill Parker Fr
WR 44 Joel Parker Sr
OT 76 Paul Parker Jr
TE Joe Pupello Fr
RB 31 James Richards So
WR 22 Glenn Sever So
WR 40 Eddie Sirmons So
C Jeff Sprague Fr
OT 77 Mike Stanfield Jr
C 65 Jimmy Ray Stephens So
OT Mark Totten Fr
RB Keith Tribble Fr
RB 41 Andy Wade So
RB Alan Williams Fr
OG 63 Mike Williams So
OT Bill Wright Fr
QB David Wright Fr
OT 79 Joe Wunderly Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 92 Joe Abbott So
DE Robert Adkins Fr
CB 29 Robby Ball So
LB Bradd Barker Fr
LB 59 Rick Boedy Jr
DE 50 Ricky Browne Sr
CB 38 Alvin Butler Jr
LB 43 Glenn Cameron Jr
DL Darrell Carpenter Fr
DE Bill Conan Fr
LB Jim D'Onofrio Fr
DB Don Dickey Fr
LB 54 Ward Eastman So
DB 24 Wayne Fields So
LB 57 Johnny Foreman Jr
LB 99 Sammy Green So
DT 78 Clint Griffith Jr
DT 66 David Hitchcock Sr
DE Calvin Jones Fr
DE 90 Preston Kendrick Jr
DT 60 John Lacer Sr
CB 47 Roy Mallory Jr
LB Mark Maynor Fr
DE 84 Chris McCoun Sr
DE 85 Mike Moore Sr
DT 72 George Nicholas So
LB 55 Ralph Ortega Jr
S 30 Jim Revels Sr
CB 21 Tyson Sever Jr
DE 95 Mike Smith So
DT 75 David Starkey So
DL George Sullivan Fr
DB 32 Andy Summers Jr
S 28 Randy Talbot Jr
LB Jack Zukley Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 6 Elwood Aust Sr
P 13 Tom Dolfi So
P 9 Buster Morrison Jr
K David Posey Fr
K 18 John Williams So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Don Breaux
    Wide Receivers
  • Don Brown
    Offensive Line/Tight Ends
  • Bill Carr
    Scout
  • Jimmy Dunn
    Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Running Backs
  • Dave Fuller
    Scout Team
  • Jack Hall
    Freshman
  • Ken Hatfield
    Defensive Backs
  • Kim Helton
    Offensive Line
  • Doug Knotts
    Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Jack Thompson
    Defensive Line
  • Allen Trammell
    Recruiting

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: 2018-Dec-23

Season summary[edit]

Auburn[edit]

Florida Gators (2-4) at #19 Auburn Tigers (4-2)
1 2 34Total
Florida 0 6 6012
Auburn 0 0 088

at Jordan–Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL

  • Date: November 3
  • Game attendance: 63,429
  • [4]

Don Gaffney made the start, becoming the first black quarterback in school history, and Florida won at Jordan–Hare Stadium for the first time.[5]

Georgia[edit]

Florida Gators (3-4) vs. Georgia Bulldogs (4-3-1)
1 2 34Total
Georgia 0 7 0310
Florida 3 0 0811

at Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, FL

  • Date: November 10
  • Game time: 2:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 70,266
  • TV: ABC

[6]



[7]

Kentucky[edit]

Miami (FL)[edit]

Florida Gators at Miami Hurricanes
1 2 34Total
Florida 7 7 0014
Miami (FL) 0 0 077

at Orange Bowl, Miami, FL

  • Date: November 24
  • Game attendance: 39,071
  • [8]

Florida's defense held the Hurricanes out of the end zone from the five-yard line with 33 seconds left in the game.

Florida State[edit]

Tangerine Bowl[edit]

Awards/honors[edit]

Ricky Browne

  • 1st Team All-SEC (AP)

David Hitchock

  • 2nd Team All-SEC (AP)

Burton Lawless

  • 2nd Team All-SEC (AP)

Lee McGriff

  • 2nd Team All-SEC (AP)

Ralph Ortega

  • 1st Team All-SEC (AP, UPI)

Jim Revels

  • 1st Team All-SEC (AP)

Jimmy Ray Stephens

  • 2nd Team All-SEC (AP)

[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sports Publicity Department. "1973 University of Florida Football Brochure" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Sports Publicity Department. "1974 University of Florida Press Guide" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Kendrick Leads UF to Upset." Ocala Star-Banner. 1973 Nov 04. Retrieved 2018-Dec-24.
  5. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1973 Nov 04. Retrieved 2018-Dec-24.
  6. ^ "Florida Rally Sinks Georgia." Ocala Star-Banner. 1973 Nov 11. Retrieved 2018-Dec-24.
  7. ^ "Florida rallies." Eugene Register-Guard. 1973 Nov 11. Retrieved 2018-Dec-24.
  8. ^ Ocala Star-Banner. 1973 Nov 25. Retrieved 2018-Dec-25.
  9. ^ 2018 Florida Gators football media guide. Retrieved 2018-Dec-23.