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The 2012 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the sport of American football during the 2012 college football season. The Gators competed in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) 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 2012 season was the Gators' second under head coach Will Muschamp. They finished the season with 11–2 overall, 7–1 SEC. The team was invited to the 2013 Sugar Bowl, where they lost to the Louisville Cardinals, 33–23.

2012 Florida Gators football
Florida Gators script logo.svg
SEC Eastern Division co-champion
Sugar Bowl, L 23–33 vs. Louisville
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 10
APNo. 9
2012 record11–2 (7–1 SEC)
Head coachWill Muschamp (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorBrent Pease (1st season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorDan Quinn (2nd season)
Base defenseMultiple 4–3
Home stadiumBen Hill Griffin Stadium
(Capacity: 88,548)[1]
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 5т Georgia xy   7 1         12 2  
No. 9 Florida x%   7 1         11 2  
No. 8 South Carolina   6 2         11 2  
No. 23 Vanderbilt   5 3         9 4  
Missouri   2 6         5 7  
Tennessee   1 7         5 7  
Kentucky   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
No. 1 Alabama x$#   7 1         13 1  
No. 14 LSU   6 2         10 3  
No. 5т Texas A&M   6 2         11 2  
Mississippi State   4 4         8 5  
Ole Miss   3 5         7 6  
Arkansas   2 6         4 8  
Auburn   0 8         3 9  
Championship: Alabama 32, Georgia 28
  • # – BCS National Champion
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The 2011 Florida Gators compiled a 7–6 overall win-loss record, and a 3–5 record in the Southeastern Conference. They concluded the 2011 season with a victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Gator Bowl.

ScheduleEdit

The 2012 Orange and Blue Debut game was played on April 7 at 1 p.m. and was televised on Sun Sports.[2] Blue defeated Orange 21–20 in front of 38,100 fans.[3]

The October 20 game against South Carolina hosted ESPN's College Gameday.[4] In addition, their road games against Texas A&M and Tennessee were also hosted by College GameDay.

 
Image from Florida–Vanderbilt game.
DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 1Bowling Green*No. 23ESPNW 27–1484,704
September 8at Texas A&MNo. 24ESPNW 20–1787,114
September 15at No. 23 TennesseeNo. 18ESPNW 37–20102,455
September 22KentuckyNo. 14
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
SECNW 38–087,102
October 6No. 4 LSUNo. 10
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
CBSW 14–690,824
October 13at VanderbiltNo. 4ESPNUW 31–1740,350
October 20No. 9 South CarolinaNo. 3
CBSW 44–1190,833
October 27vs. No. 12 GeorgiaNo. 3CBSL 9–1784,644
November 3MissouriNo. 8
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
ESPN2W 14–790,496
November 10Louisiana–Lafayette* No. 7
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
SECNW 27–2086,482
November 17Jacksonville State*No. 7
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
PPVW 23–082,691
November 24at No. 10 Florida State*No. 6ABCW 37–2683,429
January 2vs. No. 22 Louisville*No. 4ESPNL 23–3354,178
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released before game time

Source:[5]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 23 24 18 14 11 10 4 3 3 (1) 8 7 7 6 5 4 9 
Coaches 23 23 17 14 12 11 6 4 3 8 7 7 6 5 4 10 
Harris Not released 6 3 3 (1) 8 7 7 5 5 4 Not released 
BCS Not released 2 2 7 6 6 4 4 3 Not released

RosterEdit

2012 Florida Gators roster

Quarterbacks

  • 6 Jeff DriskelSophomore
  • 9 Jacob Guy – Freshman
  • 10 Tyler Murphy  Sophomore
  • 12 Jacoby BrissettSophomore
  • 13 Christian Provancha – Sophomore
  • 17 Skyler Mornhinweg – Freshman
  • 19 Ryan McGriff –   Freshman

Running Backs

  • 16 Scott Peek –   Senior
  • 23 Mike GillisleeSenior
  • 24 Matt JonesFreshman
  • 32 Chris Johnson – Sophomore
  • 33 Mack Brown –   Sophomore
  • 35 Jessie Schmitt –   Freshman
  • 37 Mark Herndon – Freshman
  • 41 Hunter Joyer – Sophomore

Wide Receivers

  • 1 Quinton Dunbar  Sophomore
  • 4 Eric Rumph –   Junior
  • 8 Trey BurtonJunior
  • 13 Latroy Pittman – Freshman
  • 15 Ryan Parrish – Junior
  • 30 Michael McNeely – Sophomore
  • 33 Chris Maignan –   Junior
  • 81 Darius Masline – Freshman
  • 83 Solomon Patton – Junior
  • 85 Frankie Hammond  Senior
  • 86 Raphael Andrades – Freshman
  • 87 A. J. Mobley –   Sophomore
  • 89 Stephen Alli –   Junior

Tight Ends

  • 11 Jordan Reed  Junior
  • 18 Kent Taylor – Freshman
  • 20 Omarius Hines  Senior
  • 80 Tevin Westbrook – Sophomore
  • 82 Bair Diamond – Freshman
  • 84 Colin Thompson – Freshman
  • 88 Clay Burton – Sophomore

Offensive Line

  • 50 Sam Robey –   Senior
  • 62 Cole Gilliam –   Junior
  • 63 Trip Thurman –   Freshman
  • 64 Kyle Koehne –   Junior
  • 65 Tommy Jordan –   Freshman
  • 66 James Wilson –   Senior
  • 67 Jon Halapio –   Junior
  • 68 John Reichardt – Senior
  • 70 D. J. HumphriesFreshman
  • 71 Matt Patchan –   Junior
  • 72 Jonotthan Harrison  Junior
  • 73 Xavier NixonSenior
  • 74 Jessamen Dunker – Freshman
  • 75 Chaz Green  Sophomore
  • 76 Max Garcia – Incoming Transfer
  • 77 Ian Silberman –   Sophomore

Defensive Line

  • 2 Dominique EasleyJunior
  • 4 Damien Jacobs – Junior
  • 6 Dante Fowler, Jr.Freshman
  • 7 Ronald PowellJunior
  • 44 Leon Orr –   Sophomore
  • 57 Dakota Wilson – Freshman
  • 58 Nick Alajajian – Senior
  • 68 John Reichardt –   Junior
  • 73 Sharrif FloydJunior
  • 90 Jonathan BullardFreshman
  • 91 Earl Okine –   Senior
  • 93 Kedric Johnson –   Junior
  • 94 Bryan Cox Jr. – Freshman
  • 95 Alex McCallister – Freshman
  • 98 Quinteze Williams – Freshman
  • 99 Omar Hunter –   Senior

Linebackers

  • 1 Jon BosticSenior
  • 3 Jelani Jenkins  Junior
  • 11 Neiron Ball –   Sophomore
  • 12 Antonio Morrison – Freshman
  • 25 Gideon Ajagbe –   Sophomore
  • 28 Jeremi Powell – Freshman
  • 34 Lerentee McCray  Senior
  • 36 David Campbell –   Junior
  • 48 Wes Owings – Freshman
  • 49 Darrin Kitchens – Junior
  • 51 Michael Taylor –   Sophomore
  • 53 Cody Adams –   Freshman

Cornerbacks

Safeties

  • 9 Josh EvansSenior
  • 10 Valdez Showers –   Freshman
  • 20 Marcus Maye – Freshman
  • 21 Jabari Gorman – Sophomore
  • 21 Evan Schroeder –   Freshman
  • 22 Matt ElamJunior
  • 26 De'Ante Saunders – Sophomore
  • 27 Ben Peacock –   Freshman
  • 29 Rhaheim Ledbetter – Freshman
  • 30 Tim Clark –   Junior

Punters

  • 0 Grant Van Aman – Freshman
  • 4 Kyle ChristySophomore
  • 39 Todd Fennell –   Freshman
  • 40 Justin Vogel – Freshman

Kickers

  • 16 Austin Hardin – Freshman
  • 19 Caleb Sturgis  Senior
  • 47 John Crofoot –   Junior
  • 95 Francisco Velez – Junior
  • 97 Brad Phillips – Junior

Long Snappers

  • 43 Kyle Crofoot –   Freshman
  • 46 Drew Ferris – Junior
  • 54 Christopher Guido – Senior

Coaching staffEdit

  • Wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill resigned during the offseason, so Pease and graduate assistant Bush Hamdan coached wide receivers.
Name Current Responsibilities Joined Staff
Will Muschamp Head Coach 2011
Brent Pease Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks* 2012
Dan Quinn Defensive Coordinator 2011
D.J. Durkin Linebackers/Special Teams 2010
Tim Davis Offensive Line/Running Game Coordinator 2012
Brian White Running Backs 2009
Derek Lewis Tight Ends 2011
Travaris Robinson Defensive Backs 2011
Bryant Young Defensive Line 2011

Recruiting classEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Raphael Andrades
WR
Tallahassee, Florida Lincoln 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Feb 1, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Willie Bailey
CB
Hallandale, Florida Hallandale 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Apr 6, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Jonathan Bullard
DE
Shelby, North Carolina Crest 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Jan 7, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Bryan Cox Jr.
DE
Fort Lauderdale, Florida St. Thomas Aquinas 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 230 lb (100 kg) Jan 21, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Jessamen Dunker
OL
Boynton Beach, Florida Boynton Beach 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 315 lb (143 kg) Mar 21, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Dante Fowler Jr.
DE
St. Petersburg, Florida Lakewood 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Feb 1, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Austin Hardin
K
Atlanta, Georgia Marist Brothers 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jun 22, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
D.J. Humphries
OL
Charlotte, North Carolina Mallard Creek 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 270 lb (120 kg) Aug 5, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Damien Jacobs
DT
Scooba, Mississippi East Mississippi C.C. 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 295 lb (134 kg) Dec 21, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPNN/A
Matt Jones
RB
Seffner, Florida Armwood 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Feb 15, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Rhaheim Ledbetter
S
Boiling Springs, North Carolina Crest 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jul 15, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Jafar Mann
DT
Stone Mountain, Georgia Stephenson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 275 lb (125 kg) Mar 25, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Marcus Maye
S
Melbourne, Florida Holy Trinity 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jul 18, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Alex McCalister
DE
Clemmons, North Carolina West Forsyth 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jan 23, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Skyler Mornhinweg
QB
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania St. Joseph's 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jan 27, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Antonio Morrison
LB
Bolingbrook, Illinois Bolingbrook 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Aug 3, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Latroy Pittman
WR
Citra, Florida North Marion 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Aug 18, 2010 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Brian Poole
CB
Bradenton, Florida Southeast 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jun 14, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Jeremi Powell
MLB
Largo, Florida Pinellas Park 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Feb 19, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Kent Taylor
TE
Land O' Lakes, Florida Land O' Lakes 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Oct 27, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Colin Thompson
TE
Warminster, Pennsylvania Archbishop Wood Catholic 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 255 lb (116 kg) May 5, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Quinteze Williams
DE
Tyrone, Georgia Sandy Creek 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 290 lb (130 kg) Mar 30, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 5   Rivals: 3  247Sports: 4  ESPN: 4
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2012 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

Season summaryEdit

Bowling GreenEdit

1 234Total
Bowling Green 7 070 14
• Florida 0 14310 27

Texas A&MEdit

1 234Total
• Florida 7 337 20
Texas A&M 3 1400 17

TennesseeEdit

1 234Total
• Florida 7 31710 37
Tennessee 7 760 20

KentuckyEdit

1 234Total
Kentucky 0 000 0
• Florida 3 2177 38
  • Date: September 22
  • Location: Ben Hill Griffith Stadium

LSUEdit

1 234Total
LSU 3 300 6
• Florida 0 077 14
  • Date: October 6
  • Location: Ben Hill Griffith Stadium

VanderbiltEdit

1 234Total
• Florida 0 11713 31
Vanderbilt 7 0010 17

South CarolinaEdit

1 234Total
South Carolina 3 323 11
• Florida 7 14167 44
  • Date: October 20
  • Location: Ben Hill Griffith Stadium

GeorgiaEdit

1 234Total
Florida 0 603 9
• Georgia 7 037 17

MissouriEdit

1 234Total
Missouri 0 700 7
• Florida 0 077 14
  • Date: November 3
  • Location: Ben Hill Griffith Stadium

Louisiana-LafayetteEdit

1 234Total
Louisiana 3 0143 20
• Florida 3 7314 27
  • Date: November 10
  • Location: Ben Hill Griffith Stadium

Jacksonville StateEdit

1 234Total
Jacksonville St 0 000 0
• Florida 10 076 23
  • Date: November 17
  • Location: Ben Hill Griffith Stadium

Florida StateEdit

#6 Florida Gators (10–1) at #10 Florida State Seminoles (10–1)
1 2 34Total
Florida 3 10 02437
Florida State 0 3 17626

at Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida

  • Date: November 24
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Sunny • 66 °F (19 °C) • Wind N/NW 10 miles per hour (16 km/h; 8.7 kn)
  • Game attendance: 83,429
  • Referee: Brad Allen
  • Automated ScoreBook

Sugar BowlEdit

1 234Total
• Louisville 14 1063 33
Florida 0 10013 23

Players drafted into the NFLEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ University of Florida Sports Information Department. "Florida 2012 Media Guide" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Orange & Blue Debut, Presented by Sunniland, Set for April 7". gatorzone.com. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
  3. ^ "Gator Football Boxscores". gatorzone.com. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  4. ^ "ESPN College Football". espn.com. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-04-28. Retrieved 2011-12-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)