2005 Florida Gators football team
The 2005 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the sport of American football during the 2005 college football season. The Gators competed in Division I-A 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 season was the team's first of six under head coach Urban Meyer, who led the Gators to an Outback Bowl berth and an overall win-loss record of 9–3 (.750).
|2005 Florida Gators football|
Outback Bowl champion
|2005 record||9–3 (5–3 SEC)|
|Head coach||Urban Meyer (1st season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Dan Mullen (1st season)|
|Offensive scheme||Spread option|
|Co-defensive coordinator||Charlie Strong (3rd season)|
|Co-defensive coordinator||Greg Mattison (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium|
|2005 Southeastern Conference football standings|
|No. 10 Georgia x$||6||–||2||10||–||3|
|No. 12 Florida||5||–||3||9||–||3|
|No. 5 LSU xy||7||–||1||11||–||2|
|No. 14 Auburn x||7||–||1||9||–||3|
|No. 8 Alabama||6||–||2||10||–||2|
|Championship: Georgia 34, LSU 14|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 2005 season would open with high expectations of new head coach Urban Meyer. Fourteen starters, seven from offense and seven from defense, would return for the 2005 season. The Gators would open the season in Gainesville against Wyoming from the Mountain West Conference. This year would also be the first time former Gator coach Steve Spurrier would coach against his alma mater.
|September 3||Wyoming*||No. 10||PPV||W 32–14||90,707|
|September 10||Louisiana Tech*||No. 10||PPV||W 41–3||90,099|
|September 17||No. 5 Tennessee||No. 6||CBS||W 16–7||90,716|
|September 24||at Kentucky||No. 5||CBS||W 49–28||66,820|
|October 1||at No. 15 Alabama||No. 5||CBS||NC 3–31A||81,018|
|October 8||Mississippi State||No. 13||JPS||W 35–9||90,104|
|October 15||at No. 10 LSU||No. 11||CBS||L 17–21||92,402|
|October 29||vs. No. 4 Georgia||No. 16||CBS||W 14–10||84,501|
|November 5||Vanderbilt||No. 13||ESPN2||W 49–42 2OT||90,140|
|November 12||at South Carolina||No. 12||JPS||L 22–30||83,421|
|November 26||No. 23 Florida State*||No. 19||CBS||W 34–7||90,669|
|January 2, 2006||vs. No. 25 Iowa*||No. 16||ESPN||W 31–24||65,881|
A NCAA subsequently vacated Alabama victory for a small infraction of NCAA rules that most teams would not have been punished for. As a result, Alabama does not count the game as a victory, but Florida continues to count it as a loss.
- Urban Meyer – Head Coach – first year at UF
- Steve Addazio – Tackles/Tight Ends – first year
- Stan Drayton – Running Backs – first year
- Billy Gonzales – Wide Receivers – first year
- Chuck Heater – Recruiting Coordinator/Cornerbacks – first year
- John Hevesy – Centers/Guards – 0 years
- John "Doc" Holliday – Associate Head Coach/Safeties – first year
- Greg Mattison – Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line – first year
- Dan Mullen – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks – first year
- Charlie Strong – Assistant Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – sixth year
Players drafted into the NFLEdit
|2||36||Chad Jackson||WR||New England Patriots|
|6||191||Jeremy Mincey||DE||New England Patriots|
|7||236||Dee Webb||CB||Jacksonville Jaguars|
- 2009 Southeastern Conference Football Media Guide, Florida Year-by-Year Records, Southeastern Conference, Birmingham, Alabama, p. 60 (2009).
- 2012 Florida Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 107–116 (2012).
- Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.
- University of Florida Sports Information Department. "Florida 2005 Media Guide" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
- 2012 Florida Football Media Guide Archived 2013-05-27 at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 114 & 116 (2012). Retrieved September 16, 2012.
- GatorZone.com, Football, History, Florida Football 2005 Archived 2012-05-02 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved November 25, 2011.