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The 2016 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the sport of American football during the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Gators played their home games at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida and competed in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They were led by second-year head coach Jim McElwain. They finished the season 9–4, 6–2 in SEC play to be champions of the Eastern Division. They represented the Eastern Division in the SEC Championship Game where they lost to Alabama. They were invited to the Outback Bowl where they defeated Iowa.

2016 Florida Gators football
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SEC Eastern Division champion
Outback Bowl champion
Outback Bowl, W 30–3 vs. Iowa
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 13
APNo. 14
2016 record9–4 (6–2 SEC)
Head coachJim McElwain (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorDoug Nussmeier (2nd season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorGeoff Collins (2nd season)
Co-defensive coordinatorRandy Shannon (2nd season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumBen Hill Griffin Stadium
(Capacity: 88,548)[1]
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 14 Florida x   6 2         9 4  
No. 22 Tennessee   4 4         9 4  
Georgia   4 4         8 5  
Kentucky   4 4         7 6  
South Carolina   3 5         6 7  
Vanderbilt   3 5         6 7  
Missouri   2 6         4 8  
West Division
No. 2 Alabama x$^   8 0         14 1  
No. 24 Auburn   5 3         8 5  
No. 13 LSU   5 3         8 4  
Texas A&M   4 4         8 5  
Arkansas   3 5         7 6  
Mississippi State   3 5         6 7  
Ole Miss   2 6         5 7  
Championship: Alabama 54, Florida 16
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

Going into the season, the Florida football program, under the new leadership of Jim McElwain, was largely thought of as undergoing a rebuilding process. However, the team raced to a 6–0 start to the season, including an upset win versus then-no. 3 Ole Miss 38–10. The following game at Missouri was the last game of 2015 for Will Grier, who was suspended the following week for taking a banned substance. Treon Harris was called to lead the offense for the rest of the season. With Harris as quarterback, the Gators won four out of their next five games, including 27–3 over rival Georgia and losing only to Western Division rival LSU 28–35. With a 9–7 win against Vanderbilt, the Gators captured their first SEC Eastern Division championship since 2012, and earned a berth in the SEC Championship Game for the first time since 2009. Florida's reenergized offense began to struggle toward the end of the season, as did the special teams. The Gators needed overtime to defeat Florida Atlantic, who finished 3–9 on the season. The Gators lost their final three games against rival Florida State, Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, and Michigan in the Citrus Bowl respectively, ending the season with a 10–4 record.[2]

Florida's turnaround season earned McElwain the 2015 SEC Coach of the Year award. McElwain was also in contention for the 2015 AFCA Coach of the Year award by virtue of winning the regional AFCA award.[3]

ScheduleEdit

Florida announced its 2016 football schedule on October 29, 2015. The 2016 schedule consisted of seven home, five away, and one neutral site games in the regular season. The Gators were to host SEC foes Kentucky, LSU, Missouri, and South Carolina, and travel to Arkansas, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. Florida played Georgia in Jacksonville, Florida.[4]

The Gators traveled to Arkansas for the first time since 2008. The team hosted two of its three non–conference games, including Massachusetts and North Texas from Conference USA. They were set to play Presbyterian, from the Big South Conference, but the game was cancelled to make room for the makeup game against LSU. Florida traveled to Tallahassee for their final regular season game to play in–state rival Florida State from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 37:30 p.m.UMass*No. 25SECNW 24–788,121
September 103:30 p.m.Kentucky
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
CBSW 45–785,821
September 177:30 p.m.North Texas*No. 23
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
ESPNUW 32–086,848
September 243:30 p.m.at No. 14 TennesseeNo. 19CBSL 28–38102,455
October 112:00 p.m.at VanderbiltNo. 23SECNW 13–630,565
October 154:00 p.m.Missouri No. 18
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
SECNW 40–1488,825
October 293:30 p.m.vs. GeorgiaNo. 14CBSW 24–1084,681
November 53:30 p.m.at ArkansasNo. 10CBSL 10–3174,432
November 1212:00 p.m.South CarolinaNo. 22
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
CBSW 20–789,614
November 19[a]1:00 p.m.at No. 16 LSUNo. 21SECNW 16–10102,043
November 268:00 p.m.at No. 15 Florida State*No. 13ABCL 13–3178,342
December 34:00 p.m.vs. No. 1 AlabamaNo. 15CBSL 16–5474,632
January 2, 20171:00 p.m.vs. No. 21 Iowa*No. 20ABCW 30–351,119
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Eastern time
^[a] The game between Florida and LSU was postponed in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Matthew. It was originally scheduled for October 8 at Florida Field in Gainesville but was moved to November 19 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, replacing the previously scheduled game against Presbyterian.
Schedule 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 25 RV 23 19 23 18 18 15 14 10 22 21 13 15 20 14 
Coaches 25 25 23 16 21 18 14 12 12 9 16 18 13 16 18 13 
CFP Not released 11 NR 23 15 15 17 Not released

Game summariesEdit

UMassEdit

UMass Minutemen at Florida Gators – Game summary
1 2 34Total
UMass 0 7 007
No. 25 Florida 7 3 01424

at Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida

  • Date: September 3, 2016
  • Game time: 7:40 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 79 °F (26 °C) • Wind: SW at 8 miles per hour (13 km/h) • Weather: Light rain, 87% humidity
  • Game attendance: 88,121
  • Referee: James Carter
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Tom Hart and Andre Ware[6]
  • Boxscore
Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
First meeting

The 2016 season kicked off with a prime time game against the UMass Minutemen, and was the first contest ever between the two schools.[7] Before the game, the Gators conducted a ceremony to honor Steve Spurrier, Florida's winningest football coach, by renaming the playing surface to Steve Spurrier–Florida Field.[8]

KentuckyEdit

Kentucky Wildcats at Florida Gators – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Kentucky 0 0 077
Florida 14 10 14745

at Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida

  • Date: September 10, 2016
  • Game time: 3:39 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 91 °F (33 °C) • Wind: NE at 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h) • Weather: Cloudy, 50% humidity
  • Game attendance: 85,821
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson[9]
  • Boxscore
Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
49–17 September 19, 2015 Florida, 14–9

Florida's last loss to Kentucky came in 1986. Since then, Florida has defeated the Wildcats 29 years in a row, the longest active winning streak over an annual opponent. The all-time record is Notre Dame's 43-game winning streak against Navy from 1964 to 2006. Last year's game at Commonwealth Stadium was closely contested. Florida did lead 14–3 at halftime, although Kentucky was able to narrow the Gators' lead to 5 with two fourth quarter field goals before time expired.[10]

North TexasEdit

North Texas Mean Green at Florida Gators – Game summary
1 2 34Total
North Texas 0 0 000
No. 23 Florida 5 14 01332

at Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida

  • Date: September 17, 2016
  • Game time: 7:32 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 83 °F (28 °C) • Wind: E at 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h) • Weather: Cloudy, 73% humidity
  • Game attendance: 86,848
  • Referee: David Smith
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Clay Matvick and Dusty Dvoracek[11]
  • Boxscore
Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
0–1 October 4, 1947 North Texas State, 20–12

This was the second meeting between the two schools, with North Texas having won the only prior game, 20–12, in 1947.[12]

TennesseeEdit

Florida Gators at Tennessee Volunteers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 19 Florida 7 14 0728
No. 14 Tennessee 0 3 142138

at Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee

  • Date: September 24, 2016
  • Game time: 3:39 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 91 °F (33 °C) • Wind: NNE at 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h) • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 102,455
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson[13]
  • Boxscore
Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
26–19 September 26, 2015 Florida, 28–27

Florida engineered a thrilling fourth quarter comeback in last year's contest. Tennessee led 27–14 with 10:19 remaining in the game. The Gators scored a touchdown with 4:09 remaining, and forced Tennessee to punt on the following possession. The next drive ended when Will Grier, facing 4th-and-14 at their own 37-yard line, completed a pass to Antonio Callaway who raced to the end zone to tie the game at 27. Jorge Powell made the extra point to give the Gators a one-point lead with 1:26 remaining. On the ensuing drive, Tennessee's Aaron Medley was able to attempt a game-winning 55-yard field goal with 3 seconds remaining, but missed wide right.[14]

VanderbiltEdit

Florida Gators at Vanderbilt Commodores – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 23 Florida 0 10 0313
Vanderbilt 0 3 306

at Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, Tennessee

  • Date: October 1, 2016
  • Game time: 12:01 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 66 °F (19 °C) • Wind: W at 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h) • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 30,565
  • Referee: James Carter
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Tom Hart and Andre Ware[15]
  • Boxscore
Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
37–10–2 November 7, 2015 Florida, 9–7

Florida scored a touchdown in the first quarter of last year's game, but the extra point was missed. Vanderbilt's rush leader, Ralph Webb, ran 74-yards for a game-tying touchdown, and Hayden Lekacz made the extra point to put the Commodores ahead 7–6 to go into halftime. Every drive of the third quarter for both teams ended with a punt. Finally with 3:10 remaining in the fourth quarter, Austin Hardin made a 43-yard field goal to put the Gators ahead 9–7. The defense was able to hold off Vanderbilt on the ensuing drive, and the Gators were able to run off the final seconds to earn a 9–7 escape.[16]

MissouriEdit

Missouri Tigers at Florida Gators – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Missouri 0 0 7714
No. 18 Florida 0 20 61440

at Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida

  • Date: October 15, 2016
  • Game time: 4:01 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 82 °F (28 °C) • Wind: E at 11 miles per hour (18 km/h) • Weather: Light rain, 75% humidity
  • Game attendance: 88,825
  • Referee: Brad Rogers
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer[17]
  • Boxscore
Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
2–2 October 10, 2015 Florida, 21–3

Last year's game saw both teams score on their opening drives – Florida with a touchdown, Missouri with a field goal. Florida scored a second touchdown in the first quarter, which after a scoreless second quarter gave the Gators a 14–3 lead over the Tigers. The Gators scored again with their third and final touchdown of the game in the third quarter, and held the Tigers scoreless through the second half, earning the Gators a 21–3 victory and 6–0 start to the season.[18]

GeorgiaEdit

Florida Gators vs. Georgia Bulldogs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 14 Florida 7 7 7324
Georgia 3 7 0010

at EverBank FieldJacksonville, Florida

  • Date: October 29, 2016
  • Game time: 3:39 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 80 °F (27 °C) • Wind: NE at 13 miles per hour (21 km/h) • Weather: Partly cloudy, 67% humidity
  • Game attendance: 84,681
  • Referee: Hubert Owens
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson[19]
  • Boxscore
Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
42–49–2 (per Florida)
42–50–2 (per Georgia)
October 31, 2015 Florida, 27–3

One of only two neutral-site SEC series (Arkansas–Texas A&M), Florida and Georgia have played a storied series since 1906 (though Georgia contends that they first met in 1904). The game has been held in Jacksonville since 1933, only playing a home-and-home in 1994 and 1995 due to construction of Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.
Florida drew first blood in last year's game when a muffed punt was recovered by Florida in Georgia's end zone at the end of the first quarter. Florida entered the second quarter leading 6–0 after a muffed punt in the end zone, despite a blocked extra point. The Gators added to their lead in the second quarter with two touchdowns, one from HarrisCallaway touchdown pass, the other from a 3-yard run by Kelvin Taylor following Georgia quarterback Faton Bauta's second interception and went to the locker room with a 20–0 lead. Georgia scored the only points of the third quarter with Marshall Morgan's 26-yard field goal. Georgia's Faton Bauta threw his third interception of the game in the fourth quarter, and Florida answered with a 3-minute touchdown drive. Georgia's final drive of the game ended with a fifth interception for Faton Bauta, and Jim McElwain earned his first victory over the Gators' bitter rival in his first year.[20]

ArkansasEdit

Florida Gators at Arkansas Razorbacks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 10 Florida 7 0 0310
Arkansas 14 7 01031

at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, Arkansas

  • Date: November 5, 2016
  • Game time: 3:37 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 66 °F (19 °C) • Wind: E at 3 miles per hour (4.8 km/h) • Weather: Scattered clouds
  • Game attendance: 74,432
  • Referee: David Smith
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler and Aaron Taylor[21]
  • Boxscore
Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
9–1 October 5, 2013 Florida, 30–10

South CarolinaEdit

South Carolina Gamecocks at Florida Gators – Game summary
1 2 34Total
South Carolina 0 0 077
No. 22 Florida 7 7 6020

at Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida

  • Date: November 12, 2016
  • Game time: 12:08 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: 72 °F (22 °C) • Wind: ENE at 4 miles per hour (6.4 km/h) • Weather: Sunny, 51% humidity
  • Game attendance: 89,614
  • Referee: Brad Rogers
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler & Aaron Taylor[22]
  • Boxscore
Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
25–8–3 November 14, 2015 Florida, 24–14

Jim McElwain's predecessor Will Muschamp, in his first year as Steve Spurrier's full-time successor at South Carolina, returned to The Swamp for the first time since his 2014 firing from Florida.
Last year, Florida 17–0 lead to enter the fourth quarter before Pharoh Cooper and Perry Orth caught touchdown passes from each other on consecutive drives. On the ensuing drive, however, Florida was able to consolidate their squandered lead, and earned the game's final score as the Gamecocks were unable to answer.[23]

LSUEdit

Postponement and reschedulingEdit

The 2016 Florida-LSU game was originally scheduled to be played at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, on October 8. However, it was postponed on the Thursday before the contest due to the approach of Hurricane Matthew, which forced over one million Floridians to evacuate and caused almost $3 billion in damage as it moved up Florida's Atlantic coast on October 6 and 7.[24][25] Administrators at the two schools had difficulty coming to agreement on when and where to reschedule the game. The most likely date appeared to be November 19, when both schools were scheduled to play home games against non-conference opponents. However, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva refused to buy out the school's contract with South Alabama and play Florida in Gainesville as originally scheduled, stating that "We are going to have a home game on November 19th."[26] The reluctance of Florida officials to agree to move the game to Baton Rouge cast doubt on whether the contest would be played at all, and led to accusations that the Gators were "scared" to play LSU, comments that head coach Jim McElwain and Gator players strongly refuted.[27]

Eventually, the SEC ruled that neither LSU nor Florida could to compete in the SEC Championship Game if they did not play eight regular season conference games as originally scheduled.[28] With Florida vying for the SEC East title at the time, the school agreed to play LSU in Baton Rouge on November 19. In exchange, the 2017 LSU – Florida game was to be moved from Baton Rouge to Gainesville. Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley was displeased with both the process and the outcome, which resulted in the loss of two home games from the Gators' seven game home slate in 2016. "The conference office asked us to find a solution in working with LSU, yet LSU was never a true partner in our discussions", Foley said in a written statement. "The Southeastern Conference offered some other solutions and the LSU administration made it clear that they were unwilling to consider other reasonable options."[29]

The gameEdit

The first half was a defensive struggle, with LSU leading 7–3. The Tigers drove the ball inside the Florida 5-yard line to start the second half but came away with zero points after a fumbled snap on a field goal attempt passed incomplete. The Gators took advantage of that LSU miscue by scoring a 98-yard touchdown pass from graduate quarterback Austin Appleby to freshman receiver Tyrie Cleveland down the sideline to take a 10–7 lead. After an exchange of punts, LSU scored a field goal to tie the game at 10. Florida then made a pair of field goals to take a 16–10 lead, the second field goal being set up by an LSU lost fumble on a kickoff return. After driving down the field with less than a minute left, LSU had first-and-goal at UF's 7–yard line with 50 seconds left. The Tigers picked up 6 yards on the first two plays, but nothing on their next two. Gators defensive back Marcell Harris and defensive lineman Jordan Sherit helped stop running back Derrius Guice at the goal line on the last play of the game, sealing the victory and setting off a Gator celebration in the end zone. Florida head coach Jim McElwain became the first coach in conference history to lead his team to the SEC Championship Game in his first two seasons.

StatisticsEdit

Florida Gators at LSU Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 21 Florida 0 3 7616
No. 16 Louisiana State 7 0 0310

at Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana

  • Date: November 19, 2016
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: 69 °F (21 °C) • Wind: N at 16 miles per hour (26 km/h) • Weather: Sunny, 36% humidity
  • Game attendance: 102,043
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV: SECN
  • Play-by-play
Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
31–28–3 October 17, 2015 LSU, 35–28

Florida StateEdit

Florida Gators at Florida State Seminoles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 13 Florida 0 3 3713
No. 15 Florida State 7 3 71431

at Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida

  • Date: November 26, 2016
  • Game time: 8:14 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: 53 °F (12 °C) • Wind: N at 10 miles per hour (16 km/h) • Weather: Clear skies
  • Game attendance: 78,342
  • Referee: Jeff Flanagan
  • TV announcers (ABC): Joe Tessitore and Todd Blackledge[30]
  • Boxscore
Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
34–24–2 November 28, 2015 Florida State, 27–2

The record-breaking[31] crowd at The Swamp witnessed the lowest score Florida has ever attained in the Florida–Florida State series. After a scoreless first quarter, Roberto Aguayo made a 45-yard field goal to give the Seminoles a 3–0 lead. Sean Maguire connected with Jeremy Kerr to extend the lead to ten before the halftime break. 9:39 into the third quarter, Roberto Aguayo made his second field goal, this time from 51 yards to extend the Seminole lead to 13. Florida's offense continued to be ineffective, and it took a safety midway through the fourth quarter to put the Gators on the board, trailing by 11. However, Dalvin Cook ran for 15 and 29 yards for two touchdowns, the latter coming with twenty seconds remaining in the game, and the no. 14 Seminoles embarrassed the no. 10 Gators at home 27–2.[32]

AlabamaEdit

Florida Gators vs. Alabama Crimson Tide – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 1 Alabama 16 17 71454
No. 15 Florida 9 7 0016

at Georgia DomeAtlanta

Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
14–25 December 5, 2015 Alabama, 29–15

Since defeating Alabama in the 2008 SEC Championship Game, Florida has lost the last five games against Alabama. Florida trails 14–26 in the all-time series, but has a 4–4 record when playing the Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship Game.[34]

IowaEdit

Florida Gators vs. Iowa Hawkeyes – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 20 Florida 3 7 71330
No. 21 Iowa 3 0 003

at Raymond James StadiumTampa, Florida

  • Date: January 2, 2017
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: 83 °F (28 °C) • Wind: 10 miles per hour (16 km/h) • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 51,119
  • Referee: Brad Van Vark
  • TV announcers (ABC): Mike Patrick and Ed Cunningham[35]
  • Boxscore
Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
2–1 January 2, 2006 Florida, 31–24

PersonnelEdit

RosterEdit

2016 Florida Gators roster

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

  • 22 Lamical Perine – Freshman
  • 24 Mark Thompson–   Junior
  • 25 Jordan ScarlettSophomore
  • 32 Jordan Cronkrite – Sophomore
  • 33 Tyriek Hopkins –   Freshman
  • 36 Case Harrison –   Junior
  • 37 Mark Herndon –   Senior

Wide Receivers

  •  4 Brandon PowellJunior
  •  5 Ahmad Fulwood – Senior
  •  9 Dre Massey – Junior
  • 10 Josh Hammond – Freshman
  • 16 Freddie Swain – Freshman
  • 18 C.J. Worton – Junior
  • 43 Glenn Jarriel –   Freshman
  • 46 Isaac O'Neal –   Freshman
  • 81 Antonio CallawaySophomore
  • 83 Rick Wells – Freshman
  • 85 Chris Thompson – Senior
  • 87 Kalif Jackson –   Freshman
  • 89 Tyrie ClevelandFreshman

Tight Ends

  • 16 Brian Fallace –   Sophomore
  • 30 DeAndre Goolsby – Junior
  • 39 Ryan Ferguson –   Sophomore
  • 80 C'yontai Lewis –   Sophomore
  • 82 Moral Stephens –   Sophomore
  • 84 Camrin Knight – Sophomore

Punters

Offensive Line

  • 51 Antonio Riles –   Junior
  • 53 Kavaris Harkless –   Sophomore
  • 54 Cameron Dillard –   Junior
  • 59 T.J. McCoy –   Freshman
  • 60 Zach Shinn –   Sophomore
  • 61 Brett Heggie – Freshman
  • 64 Tyler Jordan – Sophomore
  • 65 Jawaan TaylorFreshman
  • 66 Nick Buchanan –   Freshman
  • 67 Brandon Sandifer –   Freshman
  • 68 Richerd Desir-Jones –   Freshman
  • 69 Marcus Givens –   Freshman
  • 71 Nick Villano –   Freshman
  • 72 Stone Forsythe – Freshman
  • 73 Martez IveySophomore
  • 74 Fred JohnsonSophomore
  • 76 Marcel Benalcazar – Senior
  • 77 Andrew Mike –   Sophomore
  • 78 David SharpeJunior

Defensive Line

  • 17 Jordan Sherit –   Junior
  • 42 Jordan Smith – Freshman
  • 54 Khairi Clark –   Sophomore
  • 55 Thomas Holley –   Sophomore
  • 57 Caleb Brantley  Junior
  • 62 Andrew Ivie –   Freshman
  • 70 Forrest Palmore –   Sophomore
  • 90 Antonneous Clayton – Freshman
  • 91 Joey IvieSenior
  • 92 Jabari Zuniga –   Freshman
  • 93 Taven Bryan  Sophomore
  • 94 Bryan Cox Jr.  Senior
  • 95 Keivonnis Davis – Sophomore
  • 96 CeCe Jefferson – Sophomore
  • 97 Justus Reed –   Sophomore
  • 98 Luke Ancrum –   Freshman
  • 99 Jachai PoliteFreshman

Placekickers

  • 15 Eddy Piñeiro  Sophomore
  • 34 Neil MacInnes – Senior
  • 79 Daniel Justino – Freshman
  • 98 Jorge Powell –   Sophomore

Linebackers

  • 11 Vosean JosephFreshman
  • 13 Daniel McMillian – Senior
  • 25 Matt Rolin –   Junior
  • 28 Kylan Johnson –   Freshman
  • 33 David Reese – Freshman
  • 34 Alex AnzaloneSenior
  • 40 Jarrad DavisSenior
  • 41 Darius Singletary –   Freshman
  • 44 Rayshad Jackson –   Freshman
  • 45 R.J. Raymond –   Sophomore
  • 46 Will Thomas – Freshman
  • 50 Jeremiah Moon – Freshman
  • 52 Steven Stipe –   Junior
  • 56 Cristian Garcia –   Junior
  • 58 Jahim Lawrence –   Freshman

Defensive Backs

  •  6 Quincy WilsonJunior
  •  7 Duke DawsonJunior
  •  8 Nick Washington –   Junior
  • 12 Christopher McWilliams – Freshman
  • 14 Chris Williamson – Sophomore
  • 20 Marcus Maye  Senior
  • 21 McArthur Burnett – Freshman
  • 23 Chauncey GardnerFreshman
  • 26 Marcell Harris  Junior
  • 27 Quincy Lenton – Freshman
  • 29 Jeawon Taylor – Freshman
  • 30 Garrett Stephens –   Junior
  • 31 Teez TaborJunior
  • 35 Joseph Putu – Junior
  • 36 Eddie Giles –   Sophomore
  • 39 Michael Iorio –   Senior
  • 43 Mark Norvelis –   Senior

Long snappers

  • 41 Ryan Farr – Sophomore
  • 47 Jonathan Haney –   Senior
  • 49 Devin Grimm –   Sophomore
  • 49 Jacob Tilghman –   Freshman

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Joined Staff
Jim McElwain Head Coach 2015
Doug Nussmeier Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks 2015
Geoff Collins Defensive Coordinator 2015
Greg Nord Tight Ends / Special Teams 2015
Tim Skipper Running Backs 2015
Kerry Dixon II Wide Receivers 2015
Mike Summers Offensive Line 2014
Randy Shannon Associate Head Coach / Linebackers 2015
Chris Rumph Defensive Line 2015
Torrian Gray Defensive Backs 2016
Mike Kent Director of strength & conditioning 2015

Players drafted into the NFLEdit

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