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The 2018 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Gators played their home games at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida. Florida played as a member of the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They were led by first-year head coach Dan Mullen. They finished the season 10–3, 5–3 in conference play, finishing tied at second place in the SEC Eastern Division. The Gators were invited to the Peach Bowl where they earned their first victory against Michigan by a score of 41–15.

2018 Florida Gators football
Florida Gators logo
Peach Bowl champion
Peach Bowl, W 41–15 vs. Michigan
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 6
APNo. 7 (tie)
2018 record10–3 (5–3 SEC)
Head coachDan Mullen (1st season)
Co-offensive coordinatorBilly Gonzales (1st season)
Co-offensive coordinatorJohn Hevesy (1st season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorTodd Grantham (1st season)
Base defense3–4
Home stadiumBen Hill Griffin Stadium
(Capacity: 88,548)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 7т Georgia x   7 1         11 3  
No. 12 Kentucky   5 3         10 3  
No. 7т Florida   5 3         10 3  
South Carolina   4 4         7 6  
Missouri   4 4         8 5  
Vanderbilt   3 5         6 7  
Tennessee   2 6         5 7  
West Division
No. 2 Alabama x$^   8 0         14 1  
No. 16 Texas A&M   5 3         9 4  
No. 6 LSU   5 3         10 3  
Mississippi State   4 4         8 5  
Auburn   3 5         8 5  
Ole Miss   1 7         5 7  
Arkansas   0 8         2 10  
Championship: Alabama 35, Georgia 28
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The Gators in 2017 were led by third-year head coach Jim McElwain through the end of October until his firing. Randy Shannon was named the interim head coach on October 29.[1] They finished the season 4–7, 3–5 in SEC play to finish in fifth place in the Eastern Division.

PreseasonEdit

Award watch listsEdit

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Lott Trophy[2] Chauncey Gardner-Johnson DB JR
Rimington Trophy[3] T. J. McCoy C JR
Chuck Bednarik Award[4] David Reese LB JR
Butkus Award[5] David Reese LB JR
Bronko Nagurski Trophy[6] Cece Jefferson DE SR
David Reese LB JR
Outland Trophy[7] Martez Ivey OL SR
Wuerffel Trophy[8] Fred Johnson OL SR
Ted Hendricks Award[9] Cece Jefferson DE SR
Jabari Zuniga DE JR
Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award[10] Tyrie Cleveland WR JR

SEC media pollEdit

The SEC media poll was released on July 20, 2018 with the Gators predicted to finish third in the East Division.[11]

Media poll (East)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Georgia 1,977 (271)
2 South Carolina 1,535 (8)
3 Florida 1,441 (4)
4 Missouri 1,057
5 Kentucky 874 (1)
6 Tennessee 704 (1)
7 Vanderbilt 392

Preseason All-SEC teamsEdit

The Gators had eight players selected to the preseason all-SEC teams.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 17:30 p.m.Charleston Southern*SECNW 53–681,164
September 87:30 p.m.KentuckyNo. 25
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
SECNL 16–2780,651
September 154:00 p.m.Colorado State*
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
SECNW 48–1080,021
September 227:00 p.m.at TennesseeESPNW 47–21100,027
September 296:00 p.m.at No. 23 Mississippi StateESPNW 13–661,406
October 63:30 p.m.No. 5 LSUNo. 22
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL (Rivalry)
CBSW 27–1990,283
October 1312:00 p.m.at VanderbiltNo. 14ESPNW 37–2731,118
October 273:30 p.m.vs. No. 7 GeorgiaNo. 9CBSL 17–3684,463
November 34:00 p.m.Missouri No. 13
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
SECNL 17–3880,017
November 1012:00 p.m.South CarolinaNo. 19
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
ESPNW 35–3182,696
November 1712:00 p.m.Idaho*No. 15
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
ESPNUW 63–1081,467
November 2412:00 p.m.at Florida State*No. 13ABCW 41–1471,953
December 2912:00 p.m.vs. No. 8 Michigan*No. 10ESPNW 41–1574,006
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

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 RV 25 NR NR RV 22 14 11 9 13 19 15 13 11 10  
Coaches RV 25 NR RV RV RV 16 12 11 14 21 16 13 10 10 6 
CFP Not released 11 15 13 11 9 10 Not released

Game summariesEdit

Charleston SouthernEdit

Charleston Southern Buccaneers at Florida Gators – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Charleston Southern 0 0 066
Florida 10 28 13253

at Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida

  • Date: September 1, 2018
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 85 °F (29 °C) • Wind: E at 7 miles per hour (11 km/h) • Weather: 67% humidity, clear
  • Game attendance: 81,164
  • Referee: John McDaid
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, and Cole Cubelic[12]
  • Boxscore
Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
1–0 September 5, 2009 Florida, 62–3

KentuckyEdit

Kentucky Wildcats at Florida Gators – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Kentucky 7 0 14627
No. 25 Florida 0 10 0616

at Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida

  • Date: September 8, 2018
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 79 °F (26 °C) • Wind: ESE at 1 mile per hour (1.6 km/h) • Weather: 81% humidity, partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 80,651
  • Referee: David Smith
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, and Cole Cubelic[13]
  • Boxscore
Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
51–17 September 23, 2017 Florida, 28–27

Colorado StateEdit

Colorado State Rams at Florida Gators – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Colorado State 0 3 7010
Florida 6 21 02148

at Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida

Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
First meeting

TennesseeEdit

Florida Gators at Tennessee Volunteers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Florida 14 12 71447
Tennessee 0 3 10821

at Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee

  • Date: September 22, 2018
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 85 °F (29 °C) • Wind: N at 3 miles per hour (4.8 km/h) • Weather: Partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 100,027
  • Referee: James Carter
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Adam Amin, Rod Gilmore, and Quint Kessenich[15]
  • Boxscore
Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
27–20 September 16, 2017 Florida, 26–20

Mississippi StateEdit

Florida Gators at Mississippi State Bulldogs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Florida 0 3 7313
No. 23 Mississippi State 3 3 006

at Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, Mississippi

  • Date: September 29, 2018
  • Game time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 79 °F (26 °C) • Wind: N at 1 mile per hour (1.6 km/h) • Weather: Partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 61,406
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill[16]
  • Boxscore
Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
33–19–2 October 16, 2010 Mississippi State, 10–7

LSUEdit

LSU Tigers at Florida Gators – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 5 LSU 7 3 3619
No. 22 Florida 0 14 01327

at Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida

  • Date: October 6, 2018
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 88 °F (31 °C) • Wind: ENE at 7 miles per hour (11 km/h) • Weather: 51% humidity, sunny
  • Game attendance: 90,283
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson, and Jamie Erdahl[17]
  • Boxscore
Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
32–29–3 October 7, 2017 LSU, 17–16

VanderbiltEdit

Florida Gators at Vanderbilt Commodores – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 14 Florida 0 13 71737
Vanderbilt 7 14 0627

at Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, Tennessee

  • Date: October 13, 2018
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 50 °F (10 °C) • Wind: NE at 7 miles per hour (11 km/h) • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 31,118
  • Referee: Lee Hedrick
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill[18]
  • Boxscore
Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
39–10–2 September 30, 2017 Florida, 38–24

GeorgiaEdit

Florida Gators vs. Georgia Bulldogs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 9 Florida 0 7 7317
No. 7 Georgia 10 3 101336

at TIAA Bank FieldJacksonville, Florida

  • Date: October 27, 2018
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 68 °F (20 °C) • Wind: W at 13 miles per hour (21 km/h) • Weather: Mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 84,463
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson, and Jamie Erdahl[19]
  • Boxscore
Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
43–50–2 (per Florida)
43–51–2 (per Georgia)
October 28, 2017 Georgia, 42–7

MissouriEdit

Missouri Tigers at Florida Gators – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Missouri 7 14 14338
No. 13 Florida 3 7 7017

at Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida

Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
3–4 November 4, 2017 Missouri, 45–16

South CarolinaEdit

South Carolina Gamecocks at Florida Gators – Game summary
1 2 34Total
South Carolina 14 7 10031
No. 19 Florida 0 14 71435

at Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida

  • Date: November 10, 2018
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 68 °F (20 °C) • Wind: N at 8 miles per hour (13 km/h) • Weather: 83% humidity, cloudy
  • Game attendance: 82,696
  • Referee: David Smith
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill[21]
  • Boxscore
Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
26–9–3 November 11, 2017 South Carolina, 28–20

IdahoEdit

Idaho Vandals at Florida Gators – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Idaho 0 0 3710
No. 15 Florida 28 21 7763

at Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida

  • Date: November 17, 2018
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 65 °F (18 °C) • Wind: NE at 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h) • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 81,467
  • Referee: James Carter
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Kevin Brown and Andre Ware[22]
  • Boxscore
Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
First meeting

Florida StateEdit

Florida Gators at Florida State Seminoles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 13 Florida 3 10 141441
Florida State 0 7 7014

at Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida

  • Date: November 24, 2018
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 66 °F (19 °C) • Wind: NW at 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h) • Weather: 94% humidity, 30% chance of rain
  • Game attendance: 71,953
  • Referee: Gary Patterson
  • TV announcers (ABC): Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill[23]
  • Boxscore
Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
34–26–2 November 25, 2017 Florida State, 38–22

Michigan (Peach Bowl)Edit

Florida Gators vs. Michigan Wolverines – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 10 Florida 3 10 141441
No. 8 Michigan 7 3 0515

at Mercedes-Benz StadiumAtlanta, GA

Game information
Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner
0–4 September 2, 2017 Michigan, 33–17

PersonnelEdit

RosterEdit

As of 23 September 2018[24]
2018 Florida Gators roster

Quarterbacks

  • 5 Emory Jones – Freshman
  • 11 Kyle Trask –   Sophomore
  • 13 Feleipe Franks  Sophomore

Running Backs

  • 20 Malik Davis –   Sophomore
  • 22 Lamical Perine – Junior
  • 24 Iverson Clement – Freshman
  • 25 Jordan Scarlett –   Junior
  • 27 Dameon Pierce – Freshman

Wide Receivers

  •  8 Trevon Grimes – Sophomore
  •  9 Dre Massey –   Senior
  • 10 Josh Hammond – Junior
  • 12 Van Jefferson –   Junior
  • 15 Jacob Copeland – Freshman
  • 16 Freddie Swain – Junior
  • 18 Daquon Green – Sophomore
  • 83 Rick Wells –   Sophomore
  • 89 Tyrie ClevelandJunior

Tight Ends

  • 14 Lucas Krull –   Sophomore
  • 80 C'yontai Lewis –   Senior
  • 81 Dante Lang – Freshman
  • 82 Moral Stephens –   Senior
  • 84 Kyle Pitts – Freshman
  • 88 Kemore Gamble –   Freshman

Offensive Line

  • 53 Kavaris Harkless –   Senior
  • 55 Noah Banks –   Junior
  • 56 Jean DeLance –   Sophomore
  • 59 T.J. McCoy –   Junior
  • 61 Brett Heggie –   Sophomore
  • 62 Griffin McDowell – Freshman
  • 64 Tyler Jordan – Senior
  • 65 Jawaan TaylorJunior
  • 66 Nick Buchanan –   Junior
  • 67 Christopher Bleich – Freshman
  • 70 Tanner Rowell –   Sophomore
  • 71 Nick Villano –   Junior
  • 72 Stone Forsythe –   Sophomore
  • 73 Martez IveySenior
  • 74 Fred Johnson – Senior
  • 75 T.J. Moore –   Freshman
  • 76 Richard Gouraige – Freshman

Defensive Line

  • 17 Zachary Carter –   Freshman
  • 35 Malik Langham – Freshman
  • 54 Khairi Clark –   Senior
  • 55 Kyree Campbell – Sophomore
  • 56 Tedarrell Slaton – Sophomore
  • 77 Antonneous Clayton Sr. – Junior
  • 91 Marlon Dunlap Jr. – Junior
  • 92 Jabari Zuniga –   Junior
  • 93 Elijah Conliffe – Sophomore
  • 95 Adam Shuler – Graduate
  • 96 CeCe Jefferson – Senior
  • 98 Luke Ancrum –   Junior
  • 99 Jachai PoliteJunior

Linebackers

  • 7 Jeremiah Moon –   Sophomore
  • 11 Vosean JosephJunior
  • 28 Kylan Johnson –   Junior
  • 33 David Reese – Junior
  • 34 Lacedrick Brunson –   Freshman
  • 40 Nick Smith –   Freshman
  • 41 James Houston IV –   Freshman
  • 44 Rayshad Jackson –   Junior
  • 51 Ventrell Miller –   Freshman
  • 58 Jahim Lawrence –   Junior
  • 90 Andrew Chatfield Jr. – Freshman

Defensive Backs

  •  2 Brad Stewart Jr. – Sophomore
  •  3 Marco Wilson –   Sophomore
  •  4 David Reese – Freshman
  •  5 CJ Henderson – Sophomore
  •  6 Brian Edwards – Sophomore
  • 12 C.J. McWilliams –   Sophomore
  • 13 Donovan Stiner – Sophomore
  • 21 Trey Dean III – Freshman
  • 23 Chauncey Gardner-JohnsonJunior
  • 26 John Huggins – Freshman
  • 27 Quincy Lenton –     Sophomore
  • 29 Jeawon Taylor – Junior
  • 31 Shawn Davis – Sophomore

Punters

  • 43 Tommy Townsend –   Junior
  • 86 Jacob Finn –   Sophomore
  • 97 Jon Gould –   Junior

Placekickers

  • 19 Evan McPherson – Freshman
  • 71 Chris Howard –   Freshman
  • 98 Jorge Powell –   Senior

Long Snappers

  • 41 Ryan Farr – Senior
  • 48 Brett DioGuardi –   Sophomore
  • 49 Jacob Tilghman –   Junior
  • 50 Marco Ortiz – Freshman

Athletes

  •  4 Kadarius Toney – Sophomore
  • 17 Nick Sproles –   Sophomore
  • 19 Jack Ruskell –   Freshman
  • 25 Erik Askeland –   Freshman
  • 27 Joshua Tse –   Freshman
  • 30 Amari Burney – Freshman
  • 33 Daniel Cross – Freshman
  • 36 Robert Clay –   Junior
  • 37 Patrick Moorer –   Freshman
  • 37 Brandon Reddick – Graduate
  • 38 Anthony Giglia –   Senior
  • 38 Nick Oelrich –   Sophomore
  • 39 Brady Walters –   Junior
  • 42 Jaylin Jackson – Freshman
  • 42 Umstead Sanders – Junior
  • 43 Glenn Jarriel –   Junior
  • 43 Nicolas Sutton –   Sophomore
  • 44 Garrett Conner –   Junior
  • 45 R.J. Raymond –   Senior
  • 46 Harry Gornto V –   Junior
  • 46 Will Thomas –   Sophomore
  • 47 Austin Perry –   Freshman
  • 47 Isaac Ricks –   Freshman
  • 52 Quaylin Crum –   Freshman
  • 57 Coleman Crozier – Freshman
  • 59 Danny Weldon –   Junior
  • 60 Houston Underwood –   Junior
  • 63 James Washington -   Freshman
  • 85 Trey Thompson –   Freshman
  • 86 Andres Saldivar –   Junior
  • 87 Dennis Gross –   Junior
  • 93 Moses Gordon III –   Junior
  •   Redshirt
  •   Injury

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Joined Staff
Dan Mullen Head Coach 2018
Todd Grantham Defensive Coordinator 2018
John Hevesy Co-Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line 2018
Billy Gonzales Co-Offensive Coordinator / Wide Receivers 2018
Greg Knox Running Backs / Special Teams Coordinator 2018
Sal Sunseri Defensive Line 2018
Ron English Safeties 2018
Brian Johnson Quarterbacks 2018
Larry Scott Tight Ends 2018
Charlton Warren Cornerbacks 2018
Christian Robinson Linebackers 2018
Nick Savage Director of Strength & Conditioning 2018

RecruitsEdit

The Gators signed a total of 19 recruits.

Players drafted into the NFLEdit

ReferencesEdit