2013 Florida Gators football team

The 2013 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the sport of American football during the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS 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). They played their home games at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus, and the 2013 season was the Gators' third under head coach Will Muschamp. The Gators finished the season with a 4–8 overall win-loss record, and finished 3–5 in the SEC and in fifth place in the SEC Eastern Division. The Gators suffered their first losing season since 1979 and did not play in a bowl game for the first time since 1990, when the program was on NCAA probation.

2013 Florida Gators football
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ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
2013 record4–8 (3–5 SEC)
Head coachWill Muschamp (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorBrent Pease (2nd season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorD. J. Durkin (1st as coordinator; 4th overall season)
Base defenseMultiple 4–3
Home stadiumBen Hill Griffin Stadium
(Capacity: 88,548)[1]
Seasons
← 2012
2014 →
2013 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 5 Missouri x   7 1         12 2  
No. 4 South Carolina   6 2         11 2  
Georgia   5 3         8 5  
No. 24 Vanderbilt   4 4         9 4  
Florida   3 5         4 8  
Tennessee   2 6         5 7  
Kentucky   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
No. 2 Auburn xy$   7 1         12 2  
No. 7 Alabama x%   7 1         11 2  
No. 14 LSU   5 3         10 3  
No. 18 Texas A&M   4 4         9 4  
Mississippi State   3 5         7 6  
Ole Miss   3 5         8 5  
Arkansas   0 8         3 9  
Championship: Auburn 59, Missouri 42
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The 2012 Florida Gators compiled an 11–2 overall win-loss record, and a 7–1 record in the Southeastern Conference. The Gators were ranked as high as No. 3 in the Associated Press and Coaches polls. They concluded the 2012 season with a loss to the Louisville Cardinals in the Sugar Bowl.

2013 recapEdit

Following their success in 2012, the Gators were ranked No. 10 in both major polls coming into the 2013 season. They opened with a 24–6 home win over Toledo, then fell 21–16 to in-state rival Miami in a game in which the Gators gained almost twice as many yards as the Hurricanes but committed 5 turnovers, including a crucial late interception in the red zone.

The Gators next beat the SEC rival Tennessee Volunteers at home, but lost starting quarterback Jeff Driskel for the rest of the season with a broken leg. Tyler Murphy finished the Tennessee game at quarterback and garnered praise for his play in consecutive wins over Kentucky and Arkansas, at which point the team's record was 4–1.

The offense was held to just two field goals in the next game, a 17–6 loss at No. 10 LSU. This contest would start several negative trends, as the Gators ended the season on a seven-game losing streak in which the offense struggled mightily while major injuries ended the season for a dozen starting players, including Tyler Murphy and defensive leader Dominique Easley.

For the first time since the winless 1979 team, the Gators finished the 2013 season with a losing record. Several other streaks were broken, including 22 consecutive seasons going to a bowl game and a 22-game win streak against Vanderbilt. With a November loss to Georgia Southern, Florida suffered its first ever defeat to a lower division team[2] and its first loss to a current FCS team since the winless 1946 Gators lost to Villanova.[3] The Gator offense was ranked 112th nationally.[4]

Despite calls from the fanbase to fire Will Muschamp for the teams' performance, UF athletic director Jeremy Foley repeated several times that he would remain the Gators head coach through 2014. However, offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis were fired on the day after the season finale.[4] Muschamp hired Kurt Roper as the new offensive coordinator.[5]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 31Toledo*No. 10SECTVW 24–683,604
September 7at Miami (FL)*No. 12ESPNL 16–2176,968
September 21TennesseeNo. 19
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
CBSW 31–1790,074
September 28at KentuckyNo. 20ESPNUW 24–762,076
October 5ArkansasNo. 18
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
ESPN2W 30–1090,043
October 12at No. 10 LSUNo. 17CBSL 6–1792,980
October 19at No. 14 MissouriNo. 22SECTVL 17–3667,124
November 2vs. GeorgiaCBSL 20–2384,693
November 9Vanderbilt 
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
FSN/SunL 17–3488,004
November 16at No. 11 South CarolinaESPN2L 14–1983,853
November 23Georgia Southern*
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
PPVL 20–2682,459
November 30No. 2 Florida State*
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
ESPNL 7–3790,454
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Source:[6]

RankingsEdit

The Gators fell out of the AP Top 25 on October 20 for the first time since the final rankings of the 2011 season, when they won the Gator Bowl, following their third loss of the season to Missouri on October 19.

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP 10 12 18 19 20 18 17 22 RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
Coaches 10 9 20 18 19 19 17 22 RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
Harris Not released 21 RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released 
BCS Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

RosterEdit

2013 Florida Gators roster

Quarterbacks

  • 6 Jeff DriskelJunior
  • 3 Tyler Murphy  Junior
  • 17 Skyler Mornhinweg –   Freshman
  • 14 Chris Wilkes – Freshman
  • 9 Jacob Guy –   Freshman
  • 19 Ryan McGriff –   Sophomore
  • 12 Max Staver – Freshman
  • 13 Christian Provancha –   Junior
  • 15 Ryan Parrish –   Junior

Running Backs

Full Backs

  • 41 Hunter Joyer – Junior (5'11, 233)
  • 25 Gideon Ajagbe –   Junior (6'2, 243)
  • 29 Rhaheim Ledbetter –   Freshman

Wide Receivers

  • 1 Quinton Dunbar  Junior (6'2, 194)
  • 8 Trey BurtonSenior (6'2, 224)
  • 9 Latroy Pittman – Sophomore (6'0, 207)
  • 11 Demarcus Robinson – Freshman (6'2, 204)
  • 4 Andre Debose  Senior (6'0, 187)
  • 81 Marqui Hawkins – Freshman (6'1, 179)
  • 89 Alvin Bailey – Freshman (6'0, 170)
  • 5 Ahmad Fulwood – Freshman (6'4, 200)
  • 85 Chris Thompson – Freshman (6'0, 167)
  • 30 Michael McNeely –   Junior
  • 33 Chris Maignan –   Senior
  • 45 Braxton Skinner –   Senior
  • 81 Darius Masline –   Freshman
  • 83 Solomon PattonSenior
  • 86 Raphael Andrades – Sophomore
  • 87 A. J. Mobley –   Junior

Tight Ends

  • 18 Kent Taylor – Sophomore
  • 82 Bair Diamond –   Freshman
  • 84 Colin Thompson –   Freshman
  • 87 Tevin WestbrookJunior
  • 88 Clay Burton – Junior

Offensive Line

  • 67 Jon Halapio  Senior
  • 70 D.J. HumphriesSophomore
  • 72 Jonotthan Harrison  Senior
  • 76 Max Garcia –   Junior
  • 75 Chaz Green  Junior
  • 73 Tyler Moore –   Sophomore
  • 74 Trenton Brown – Junior
  • 64 Kyle Koehne –   Senior
  • 63 Trip Thurman –   Sophomore
  • 50 Octavius Jackson – Freshman
  • 71 Cameron Dillard – Freshman
  • 55 Rod Johnson – Freshman
  • 78 Quinteze Williams –   Freshman
  • 77 Ian Silberman –   Junior
  • 79 Matthew Fuchs –   Freshman

Defensive Line (NT)(DT)

  • 2 Dominique EasleySenior (6'3, 286)
  • 55 Darious Cummings – Junior (6'1, 309)
  • 4 Damien Jacobs – Senior (6'2, 286)
  • 44 Leon Orr –   Junior (6'5, 310)
  • 57 Caleb Brantley – Freshman (6'3, 304)
  • 99 Jay-nard Bostwick – Freshman (6'4 291)

Defensive Line (DE)

  • 90 Jonathan Bullard – Sophomore (6'3, 270)
  • 94 Bryan Cox Jr. –   Freshman (6'3 260)
  • 95 Alex McCallister –   Freshman (6'6 238)
  • 91 Joey IvieFreshman (6'3 263)
  • 17 Jordan Sherit – Freshman (6'5 234)
  • 45 Antonio Riles – Freshman (6'4 286)
  • 57 Dakota Wilson –   Sophomore
  • 97 Evan Holmes –   Sophomore

Buck

Linebackers

  • 3 Antonio Morrison – Sophomore
  • 7 Ronald Powell  Junior
  • 11 Neiron Ball –   Junior
  • 49 Darrin Kitchens – Senior
  • 51 Michael Taylor –   Junior
  • 13 Daniel McMillian – Freshman
  • 34 Alex AnzaloneFreshman
  • 9 Matt Rolin – Freshman
  • 40 Jarrad Davis – Freshman
  • 28 Jeremi Powell –   Freshman
  • 36 David Campbell –   Senior
  • 38 Samuel Nowakowski –   Freshman
  • 53 Cody Adams –   Sophomore

Defensive backs

Safety

  • 31 Cody Riggs –   Junior
  • 20 Marcus Maye –   Freshman
  • 21 Jabari Gorman – Junior
  • 22 Nick Washington – Freshman
  • 42 Keanu Neal – Freshman
  • 26 Marcell Harris – Freshman
  • 21 Evan Schroeder –   Sophomore
  • 22 Hugh Miles –   Sophomore
  • 27 Ben Peacock –   Sophomore
  • 30 Tim Clark –   Senior

Punters

  • 4 Kyle ChristyJunior
  • 39 Todd Fennell –   Sophomore
  • 40 Justin Vogel –   Freshman
  • 42 Grant Van Aman –   Freshman
  • 19 Johnny Townsend – Freshman

Kickers

  • 16 Austin Hardin –   Freshman
  • 95 Francisco Velez –   Junior
  • 97 Brad Phillips – Senior

Long Snappers

  • 43 Kyle Crofoot –   Sophomore
  • 46 Drew Ferris –   Junior

Coaching staffEdit

Name Current Responsibilities Joined Staff
Will Muschamp Head Coach 2011
Brent Pease Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 2012
D. J. Durkin Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers 2010
Jeff Choate Assistant Head Coach, Outside Linebackers/Special Teams 2013
Joker Phillips Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator 2013
Brad Lawing Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line 2013
Tim Davis Offensive Line/Running Game Coordinator 2012
Travaris Robinson Defensive Backs 2011
Brian White Running Backs 2009
Derek Lewis Tight Ends 2011

Players drafted into the NFLEdit

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
1 29 Dominique Easley DT New England Patriots
4 101 Jaylen Watkins CB Philadelphia Eagles
5 169 Ronald Powell OLB New Orleans Saints
6 179 Jon Halapio G New England Patriots

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ University of Florida Sports Information Department. "Florida 2013 Media Guide" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  2. ^ GSU Recap
  3. ^ GSU story
  4. ^ a b Florida Gators fire embattled Brent Pease - ESPN
  5. ^ "Florida hires Kurt Roper as offensive coordinator". USA TODAY. 26 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Gator Football Schedule/Results - GatorZone.com". Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2013-01-01.