You throw around phrases like choosing to forget history and fact but state yourself that Seems like after the loss to Bama in the ship game he didnt want to coach in the SEC any more. He started 18 games on the offensive line during his time in Pittsburgh, including the Super Bowl. Mullen rode plenty of hype into Florida when he took over in 2018. Not so fast Joey, the fact is that the program declined during Meyers tenure. Bunch of B.S. Florida was then blown out 55-20 by Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, a game that may have served as a harbinger for what was to come this season as UF sat a number of its star players for various reasons. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2007 to 2010 and was on the squad that won Super Bowl XLIII at the conclusion of the 2008 campaign. Floridas lone blemish, of course, was a one-point loss to then-unranked Ole Miss at home during the fourth week of the 2008 campaign. Ive been around a lot of coaches, right?
 Two Gators coaches have also won SEC championships: Spurrier won six, and Meyer won two. Carlos Dunlap. College Football Hall of Fame, Hall of Famers. On the first drive Florida went straight down the field for score, and then never let up.
document.getElementById( "ak_js_1" ).setAttribute( "value", ( new Date() ).getTime() ); Florida Gators redshirt sophomore quarterback Anthony Richardson announced Sunday that he will no longer be utilizingRead More. National Champions, with the first ever Sophomore to win the Hesiman, Tim Tebow, leading the way. The 2008 Florida Gators were a team that went down in the History of College Football. He came into town and immediately let it be known that we were the #1 team in Florida, refusing to call FSU by name. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. pic.twitter.com/qzsrmDSUpz. Your email address will not be published. Highest Floor and Highest Upside in Each Round. The game was highlighted by Brandon James' kick return for touchdown and various other great kick returns. Napier, of course, was referring not only to the assistant coaches that he would eventually lock-in but also to the enormous support staff - comprised of 48 individuals that were eventually brought on to help build out the staff. Florida went 22-5 (11-5 SEC) over Mullen's first two seasons with a pair of New Year's Six bowl game victories.  During their tenures, Spurrier won one and Meyer won two national championships with the Gators. Next up, we will take a look at one of Napier's right-hand men, co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach Patrick Toney. Couple of injuries here and there and we suck. Thanks Will. And then, Toney would finally meet Napier, who hired him away from UTSA to coach with him at Louisiana, becoming his safeties coach for two years (2018-20) before being promoted to the team's defensive coordinator/safeties coach (2020) and finally DC/outside linebackers coach (2021). Additionally, a total of 11 players signed after the process as undrafted free agents have either played in the NFL or are currently a member of an NFL roster. ^ Newton transferred to Blinn College then Auburn before being drafted. Season 2008 Regularseason August 28December 6 Wikipedia, 2008 Texas A&M Aggies football team NCAATeamFootballSeason Year=2008 Team=Texas A M Aggies Conference=Big 12 Conference Division=South ShortConference=Big 12 CoachRank= APRank= Record=24 ConfRecord=02 HeadCoach=Mike Sherman OffCoach=Nolan Cromwell DefCoach=Joe Kines OScheme=West Wikipedia, 2008 Ole Miss Rebels football team NCAATeamFootballSeason Year=2008 Team=Ole Miss Rebels ImageSize=150 Conference=Southeastern Conference ShortConference=SEC Division=West CoachRank= APRank= BCSRank= Record=3 3 ConfRecord=1 2 HeadCoach=Houston Nutt OffCoach=Kent Austin Wikipedia, Florida vs. Georgia Football Classic First contested October 15, 1904 520, UGA (According to Georgia) November 6, 1915 370, UGA (According to Florida) Number of meetings 90 (according t Wikipedia, 2007 USC Trojans football team NCAATeamFootballSeason Year=2007 Team=USC Trojans Conference=Pac 10 Conference Division= ShortConference=Pac 10 Record=112 ConfRecord=72 BCSRank= CoachRank=2 APRank=3 HeadCoach=Pete Carroll OffCoach=Steve Sarkisian DefCoach=Nick Holt Wikipedia, 2008 South Carolina Gamecocks football team. , Spurrier is the leader in seasons coached, games won and winning percentage, with 122 victories and a winning percentage of .817 during his twelve years leading the program. Stapleton joined the Rutgers program in 2005 after two playing years at Hudson Valley Community College. The staff would consist of assistants who have gotten recognition around the college football world as some of the best in the game. "" indicates the team played but either without a coach or no coach is on record. American Football Database is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. Aaron Hernandez. Rivalry in college football is what makes this sport so amazing. When Florida Gators head coach Billy Napier was introduced as the team's next head coach, he promised the Gator Nation an "army" when describing his incoming coaching staff. Go gators! Change), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Kirby Smart inks deal to become highest-paid coach, California Gov. When computing the winloss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss. Toney's recruiting history is short due to his fast-tracked start in college football and the world of recruiting at the FBS level. We are better off without Meyer, a quitter and a liar. They closed their season with a 24-14 win over Oklahoma to win the BCS Championship. Could you imagine if Cam hadnt stolen that laptop/been kicked off the team? Will Hill. Though fellow defensive back Kamar Wilcoxson attended IMG Academy for a short time, he ultimately never suited up for the high school. Overall, he played in 26 career games with the Steelers. Heres hoping Roper can rescue our offense and team morale. When it was announced that Urban Meyer would be our new coach there was a palpable buzz on campus. To say that there is no added incentive to beat Tenn, UGA, or FSU drives me nuts. It is tough to argue with the Gators success. The Scarlet Knights went to two bowl games during Stapleton's tenure, which also included a Big East title. With that said, over the next couple of weeks, we at AllGators will be releasing profiles to get to know each assistant coach, including their background, recruiting history, quotes and more. Hard to stop that kind of momentum. Would have been a bama like run or better. Ive worked with not only with some of the best head coaches but it gets overlooked (also) some of the best assistant coaches you get a chance to be around. He made up the sickness story to get out of town and save face and next thing you know he feels a lot better and is going to OSU. To think we went from one of the best of all time to a punchline on late night tv all in just 5 years. Overall, he played in 26 career games with the Steelers. * McCray has not played yet due to injury. Percy Harvin. The offensive line coach at Pace University for six months prior to joining the Bucknell staff, Stapleton completed two years as a graduate assistant at Rutgers, working closely with an offensive line that ranked in the top 10 nationally in fewest sacks allowed in 2012. Stapleton heads to Gainesville after spending the 2021 the season with Napier at Louisiana, where he helped the Ragin' Cajuns to a Sun Belt Conference championship. However, the Gators have lost four straight games against FBS opponents and are 2-9 against Power Five teams dating back to the final three games of the 2020 season. 2009-2022 OnlyGators.com: Florida Gators news, analysis, schedules and scores. Just a handful of players from the 2008 team that went on to play in the NFL. Even with the talent drop off after Tebow, look what he did at Auburn with that team. This football program would be a whole different story IMO. We need a 30 for 30 on this team. While Muschamp is a likeable guy, I find it hard to buy into his blue collar approach, essentially saying all games are equally important. While there was a step off in talent his last year, I would be hard pressed to say he left the cupboards empty. 2004-2022 CBS Interactive. UFs success did not stop at the players on the field. Yet even the Gators 1996 national title-winning team can compete with those numbers. Former Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer opined during a football camp last week that his 2008 squad, winners of the 2009 BCS Championship, were the best team in the history of college football. Stay tuned to AllGators for continuous coverage of Florida Gators football, basketball and recruiting. Breakdown: 2008 Florida Gators one of the greatest teams in college football history, Former Gators in the NFL: 2013 Preseason Week 3, Former Gators in the NFL: 2013 Preseason Week 2, Former Gators in the NFL: 2013 Preseason Week 1. Meyer just recently got his first crack at an NFL gig, taking over as the Head Coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. [table 74 not found /] Ive worked in some of the best programs in the entire country. Already briefly touched on, Toney played a significant role in Florida landing its first IMG Academy player in Wilson. He was signed after the games were over.
The latest addition to the coaching staff was announced on Friday with former University of Louisiana-Lafayette assistant offensive line coach Darnell Stapleton. The Gators put together a record-setting offense in 2020 that kept them in College Football Playoff contention deep into the season before they unraveled in an upset loss to LSU and close defeat at the hands of Alabama in the SEC title game. He had led Mississippi State to its best stretch in program history from 2009-17 with the Bulldogs going 69-49 with eight straight bowl appearances. Anyone that watched the Gators that year knows the team was great one of the greatest and has the hardware, statistics and professional success to prove it. ~ Jenkins transferred to North Alabama before being drafted. Florida nearly upset then-No. List of Denver Broncos starting quarterbacks, List of Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterbacks, List of Washington Redskins starting quarterbacks, File:Will Muschamp, UF Spring Game, 2011.jpg, List of University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame members, 2010 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision Records, http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/2011/Bowls.pdf, https://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/2006-08-24-overtime_x.htm, https://www.nytimes.com/1987/09/06/sports/college-football-big-plays-help-paterno-to-200th.html, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=azYdAAAAIBAJ&sjid=taUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3254%2C8509834, Fightin' Gators: A History of University of Florida Football, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Photo: Patrick Toney; Credit: Alex Shepherd. Janoris Jenkins. Regardless of the success, Head Coach Urban Meyer still faced criticism for his leniency, in part to the long list of arrests and misconduct under his tenure.  Raymond Wolf has the lowest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .359. 13-1, with six wins over top 25 opponents, including wins over then #3 LSU and #1 Alabama in the SEC Championship game. Though he has years of experience at the FBS level, this will be his first opportunity to coach at the Power Five stage, beginning his coaching career at the prep level at Fallbrook (Calif.) High School as the team's defensive line coach (2008). document.getElementById( "ak_js_1" ).setAttribute( "value", ( new Date() ).getTime() ); Could Russell Wilsons Career Actually Be Over inSeattle. The Gators' lone win since early October came 70-52 against Samford, a game in which Florida allowed a program-record 42 points in the first half to an at-the-time 4-5 FCS team. Whether 2008 Florida is the best team in college football history is of little matter in the long run. Only three of those draft selections are no longer in the league (for a variety of reasons, see table). Aside from bama taking charge, fsu was also recruiting well so yea, it was time for him to abandon ship while he could with some legacy intact. Prior to Louisiana, Stapleton spent four seasons at Sam Houston State, where he was the offensive line coach and the run game coordinator from 2017-20. (LogOut/ Stapleton anchored an offensive line that blocked for future NFL Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice. All rights reserved. Symptoms of fair weather fandom. Your email address will not be published. Copyright 2009-2022 Only Gators, LLC.
` Hernandez would still be playing in the league if not for his murder charge. "We're going to create an infrastructure not only in the personnel department but also from an on-campus recruiting, creative media, name, image and likeness. That Florida squad also scored 611 points but did so in 13 games while allowing 221, averaging 30 more points per game. According to the release from the University ofFlorida,Stapleton's unit blocked for 2021 Sun Belt Conference Championship Game MVP Levi Lewis, who compiled 2,646 yards of passing, the second-best in the league, threw the third-most touchdowns in the conference (19) and ranked fifth with 203.5 passing yards per game through 13 games. Good stuff as always.
One-fourth of the Gators official 120-man roster which includes walk-ons has either played a game in the NFL or is currently under contract with a team in the league. Change). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2011) (PDF).
New Florida head coach Billy Napier continues to fill out his initial football coaching staff in Gainesville. Then, a member of the New England Patriots, Hernandez was waived by the team and later arrested and charged with first-degree murder. "The program has a bright future ahead with the young talent on the team and the new football facility that will be finished next spring," Mullen said in the statement. % Demps would have been drafted but told teams he wanted to run track and compete in the 2012 London Olympics. Maurkice & Mike Pouncey. Will Muschamp, current head coach of the Florida Gators, This list of Florida Gators head football coaches includes those coaches who have led the Florida Gators football team that represents the University of Florida in the sport of American football.  Of the twenty-three head coaches who have led the Gators, Charlie Bachman, Graves and Dickey have been inducted as head coaches into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana.. Toney also was the primary recruiter for 2022 Gators signees, linebacker Shemar James and safety Devin Moore. 2 Florida State, which it demolished just over a month later by 32 points to capture the national championship.  During that time, twelve coaches have led the Gators in postseason bowl games: George E. Pyle, Bob Woodruff, Ray Graves, Doug Dickey, Charley Pell, Galen Hall, Gary Darnell, Steve Spurrier, Ron Zook, Charlie Strong, Urban Meyer, and Will Muschamp. List of College Football Hall of Fame inductees (coaches), The SEC reorganized itself into two six-team divisions in. We're going to create -- we've got a great vision for the organization that we're going to create here.". The 2008 Florida Gators won the BCS National Championship. Joe Haden. He made up the sickness story to get out of town and save face , While Meyer didnt do is any favors when he left, there was still enough to go 11-2 with a BCS bowl. So 41 of 121. After that, Toney got his first crack at Division I football, an FCS program called Southeastern Louisiana, as a defensive assistant/secondary coach (2012-13) before being promoted as the team's safeties coach/special teams coordinator (2014). Interim head coaches are represented with "Int" and are not counted in the running total. Ive often thought the same thing. Change), You are commenting using your Facebook account. UF outscored opponents 611-181 in 2008, averaging nearly 31 points per game more than their adversaries. (LogOut/ WATCH: Kentucky's Levis takes his coffee withmayo? Everyone is entitled to their opinion in the Urbs vs Muschamp debate, and heres mine.
Stapleton graduated from Rutgers in 2007 with a degree in business and labor relations. All Rights Reserved. Even with the run-ins with the law, Florida was still littered with talent across the board. Left the program in shambles with a bunch of undisciplined players with an entitlement mentality. Required fields are marked *. Didnt leave us with much to work with. I mean, Ive worked in some of the best programs in the entire country. But if not, I for one look forward to the introduction of our next head coach. Of the 121 players on that roster, 41 have been arrested.
In 2019, the Bearkat offensive line produced a pair of All-Southland Conference selections in first teamer Colby Thomas and third teamer Tyler Edwards, who help running back Donovan Williams finish second in the Southland in rushing with 925 yards and 14 touchdowns. Beating rivals was his mantra and he reestablished our dominating ways in the Swamp. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Commissioner.com is a registered trademark of CBS Interactive Inc. site: media | arena: collegefootball | pageType: stories | Guess Urban would have stuck it out with 3-4 NCs under his belt!
Though all still in college, half of the 10-member Florida coaching staff that year (including Meyer himself) are currently head coaches at other institutions: Meyer (Ohio State), assistant head coach Steve Addazio (Boston College), assistant head coach Dan McCarney (Marshall), offensive coordinator Dan Mullen (Mississippi State), defensive coordinator Charlie Strong (Texas). Also a four-time All-Patriot League selection, Davenport became Bucknell's first NFL Draft pick since 1969 when he was taken in the fourth round by the Houston Texans.  In December 2010, Will Muschamp was hired as the Gators' latest head coach and Muschamp assumed full responsibility for the team after his predecessor, Urban Meyer, coached the Gators in their January 2011 bowl game. Kabat, Ric A., "Before the Seminoles: Football at Florida State College, 19021904. A running total of the number of head coaches, with coaches who served separate tenures being counted only once.
While they happened to have Americas Golden Boy, they also had a roster full of trouble-makers. The run ended with the departure of Dan Mullen, and no one, not even Cam Newton would have overcome the lack of offensive coaching after that. Stapleton is a former Super Bowl Champion with the Pittsburg Steelers. "X" indicates an interim year without play. Just for reference, there were 121 players on that 2008 squad. There is plenty of competition for that non-existent crown Nebraska (1971, 1995), Miami (2001), USC (1972), Alabama (1961) and Florida State (1999). Mullen was also a "coming home" hire as the Gators' star offensive coordinator under coach Urban Meyer who led a transcendent offense that helped win the program's last two national championships in 2006 and 2008. Tebow. 1 Alabama in The Swamp back in September but has consecutively lost at Kentucky, at LSU, at South Carolina and at Missouri with a tough 34-7 defeat in the annual Florida-Georgia game. Toney also had a hand in putting Southeastern Louisiana players, cornerback Harlan Miller (Round 6, Arizona Cardinals) and Robert Alford (Round 2, Atlanta Falcons) into the NFL via the draft in 2016 and 2013, respectively. Its likely though, even if he is successful in Jacksonville, his time (and teams) back in Gainsville will never be forgotten. Patchan transferred to Boston College before being signed. The program announced it was parting ways with Mullen and running backs coach Greg Knox will serve as the Gators interim coach as UF searches for Mullen's replacement. Floridafired coach Dan Mullen on Sunday after the Gators fell to 2-6 in SEC play, their worst conference winning percentage in a season since 1979.
He was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2007 to 2010 and was on the squad that won Super Bowl XLIII at the conclusion of the 2008 campaign. Toney, 31, is a young up-and-comer in the realm of college football. Mullen thanked Florida fans in a statement released on Twitter. Though he wasn't the man who brought them in, he has molded a few defensive backs into NFL-caliber players during his coaching career, including UL safety Percey Butler, who was selected by the Washington Commanders in the fourth round of this year's draft. He would briefly coach at the junior college level in 2009 at Palomar (Calif.) College as a wide receivers coach before going back to the prep level as an offensive coordinator at La Costa Canyon High School (2010-11). However, he's already made an impact at Florida, becoming the team's primary recruiter for one of the top safeties in the 2022 recruiting class, safety Kamari Wilson, with help from corners coach Corey Raymond. Hernandez, arguably the most troubled of the bunch, saw his NFL career end after he became the center of a 2013 murder investigation. I agree, Urbs should get more credit for the downturn. Toney is also working hand-and-hand with Raymond on recruiting some of the best defensive backs in the country in the class of 2023 to Florida, including CB Cormani McClain (Lake Gibson, Fla) and AJ Harris (Central, Ala) among several others. wants answers from UCLA on Big Ten move, Miami nixes Turnover Chain after five-year run, Harsin steadfast, positive after offseason coup attempt, Florida fires coach Dan Mullen during fourth season, Gov. Marcus Gilbert. wants answers from UCLA on Big Ten move, Miami retires Turnover Chain after five-year run, Kirby Smart wants UGA-UF rivalry moved to home sites, ACC commish: Everything on the table amid expansion, TAMU WR Ainias Smith suspended after arrest.