|FOOTBALL Regular Season|
|Aug 31||vs Toledo||
|Sept 7||AT Miami||TBA|
|Sept 21||vs Tennessee||
|Sept 28||AT Kentucky||TBA|
|Oct 5||vs Arkansas||
|Oct 12||AT LSU||TBA|
|Oct 19||AT Missouri||
|Nov 2||AT Georgia||TBA|
|Nov 9||vs Vanderbilt||
|Nov 16||AT South Carolina||TBA|
|Nov 23||vs Georgia Southern||
|Nov 30||vs Florida State||BA|
The Florida Gators had four players selected in the first two days of the 2013 NFL Draft; two taken in the opening round.
Defensive Tackle Sharrif Floyd was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings with the 23rd overall pick, while safety Matt Elam was selected by the defending Super Bowl Champions with the 32nd and final pick of the first round.
Floyd, a first-team All-SEC and All-American player last season, was recruited and played his freshamn year for Urban Meyer. A Philadelphia native, arrived in Gainesville as the highest rated football recruit since Percy Harvin in 2006. Floyd was one of seven true freshmen to make a start for the Gators in 2010.
As a sophomore, Floyd started the final 11 games of the season at defensive end in Muschamp's hybrid 3-4 defense totaling 46 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 quarterback sacks, a pass breakup and a blocked kick and tied for the team lead with four quarterback hurries.
In 2012, Floyd moved back to defensive tackle, his natural position and had 31 tackles (including 19 solo), a team-high 8.5 tackles for a loss, and was second with four quarterback hurries.
Following Florida's Sugar Bowl loss, Floyd announced that he would forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.
Elam, a native of Palm Beach Gardens, attended the accalimed William T. Dwyer High School where he was a multi-positional player and accepted an athletic scholarship to play for Meyer's Gators squad.
As a freshman in 2010, Elam played in all 13 games and recorded 22 tackles. The following season, Elam was a full-time starter during his sophomore campaign and registered 78 tackles, 11 TFL, two interceptions and two quarterback sacks.
In 2012, Elam capped off his three-year career with 58 solo tackles (76 total), two sacks, 11 TFL, four interceptions and forced a fumble. Elam was named a first-team All-American and All-Southeastern Conference selection and was a semifinalist for both the Thorpe Award and Bednarik Award.
Chicago Bears - 50th overall - Jon Bostic, LB
Washington Redskins - 85th overall - Jordan Reed, TE
Miami Dolphins - 104th overall - Jelani Jenkins, LB
Miami Dolphins - 164th overall - Mike Gillislee, RB
Miami Dolphins - 166th overall - Caleb Sturgis, K
Jacksonville Jaguars - 169th overall - Josh Evans, S
GAINESVILLE, FL (University of Florida Communications) —Twenty-one year coaching veteran Jeff Choate has been hired as the
“We are excited to have Jeff Choate join our staff,” said Muschamp. “He is a high-energy coach, an outstanding recruiter and evaluator, and has a reputation as one of the top special-teams coaches in the nation. He has coached on both sides of the ball and was most recently a defensive coordinator. He sees the big picture and will be a great addition to our staff.
“I got to know Jeff several years ago when I as at
“I’m excited about the opportunity to join the Gator staff and have the chance to compete at the highest level,” said Choate. “I’ve gotten to know Coach Muschamp over the past couple of years and have a tremendous amount of respect for him as a coach and a person. I’m looking forward to continuing the great special-teams tradition that has been established here and can’t wait to get to work.
“I would also like to thank everyone at UTEP, and most importantly Coach Kugler, for the support and opportunity they gave me. I wish him and the program nothing but the best of luck.”
Prior to spending the 2012 season as the linebackers coach at
Last season, Choate coached three linebackers to All-Pac 12 honorable mention honors (senior Travis Long, sophomore Cyrus Coen and freshman Darryl Monroe).
Choate also worked with nickelbacks in 2010 at Boise State, helping Winston Venable earn first team All-WAC honors as the Broncos rated second nationally in scoring defense (12.8 ppg) and total defense (254.7 ypg). In 2009 working with linebackers, he helped BSU rank 14th nationally in both total defense (300.2 ypg) and scoring defense (17.1 ppg). The Broncos led the WAC in six defensive statistical categories in 2009 – passing efficiency defense, total defense, scoring defense, pass defense, tackles for losses and sacks allowed.
As running backs coach at
In Choate’s lone season with
From 1997-2001, Choate was the head coach at Post Falls (Idaho) High School and also served as athletic director the final two years.
Choate graduated from Montana Western after a playing career as a linebacker. He and his wife, Janet, have one son, Jory, and one daughter, Jacy.
2013 UTEP (Defensive Coordinator)
1994-95 Challis HS (
Prominent Players Coached
· K KYLE BROTZMAN – Former walk-on went on to become the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer with 439 career points (since surpassed). He finished with 67 career field goals and 238 PATs in four seasons. Also served as the punter, averaging 44.6 yards per punt in his career, a BSU school record.
· DB/PR KYLE WILSON –
· WR/KR TITUS YOUNG – Named First-Team All-WAC Special Teams Player in 2009 as a kick returner. Returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and averaged 26.9 yards per kick return, 20th in the nation. Selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.
· LB WINSTON VENABLE – First-Team All-WAC selection in 2010 and Second-Team All-WAC selection in 2009, totaling 116 tackles with 17.5 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 sacks in his two seasons with the Broncos. Signed as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears in 2011.
· RB IAN JOHNSON – Ranks fifth all-time in WAC history with 4,183 rushing yards and set the WAC record for career touchdowns scored (58, since surpassed). Twice selected to the First-Team All-WAC (2006, 2007) and was an All-American in 2006 by Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports.
NFL Players (Round Drafted)
FB Korey Hall (6th) – Boise State ’07 – Green Bay Packers FB Derek Schouman (7th) – Boise State ’07 – Buffalo Bills RB Ian Johnson (UFA) – Boise State ’09 – Minnesota Vikings DB Kyle Wilson (1st) – Boise State ’10 – New York Jets WR Titus Young (2nd) – Boise State ’11 – Detroit Lions LB Winston Venable (UFA) – Boise State ’11 – Chicago Bears DB Brandyn Thompson (7th) – Boise State ’11 – Washington Redskins
Bowl Games as a Coach
GAINESVILLE, FL (University of Florida Communications) -University of Florida defensive line coach Bryant Young has stepped down from his post with the Florida football team due to personal reasons, Young announced to the team on Wednesday afternoon. Young served on the Gators' football staff for the past two seasons.
"After heavy consideration and giving over two decades to the game of football, I have made a personal decision to resign from my position at the
"However, I have come to the realization that it is time to invest more in my family during this fleeting season in life. I have truly loved my time being a Gator, enjoyed a great working relationship with Coach Muschamp and will also miss the dedicated staff at this University. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity and support I have received from Coach Muschamp, Jeremy Foley and the entire athletic department."
Young joined Muschamp's staff prior to the 2011 season after coaching for one season at
"We are very thankful for Coach Young's contributions to the program and I respect his decision. This is strictly a personal decision and has nothing to do with NCAA compliance, but just an opportunity to evaluate his future path," said Head Coach Will Muschamp. "I always have and will continue to be very supportive of Coach Young and his family. Our entire staff will be there for him to provide any assistance and guidance in the future. We wish he and his family nothing but the best."
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — SEC champion Florida is going to its third straight NCAA regional final, while the improbable tournament journey for Florida Gulf Coast is over.
The Eagles, the No. 15 seed few people even knew of on Selection Sunday, had their season ended just before midnight Friday with a 62-50 loss to one of the big schools from Florida.
The high-flying team from "Dunk City" jumped out to an early 11-point lead. But the No. 3 seed Gators (29-7) and their roster filled with NCAA tourney experience were just too strong and too good. FGCU matched its season low for points.
Michael Frazier made a pair of 3-pointers from the left side, in front of the Gulf Coast bench, to start a 16-0 run late in the first half. Those were Frazier's only baskets of the game, but they came during a 4½-minute span when the Eagles (26-11) suddenly couldn't even get off a shot. They missed their only field goal attempt while turning the ball over four times in that span.
That slump finally ended when Sherwood Brown, their dreadlocked senior showman, made a layup in the final minute to get Florida Gulf Coast back within 30-26 by halftime.
But FGCU players walked down the steps off the raised court at Cowboys Stadium at the break with their heads down — much different than the team that looked so loose and ready for a good time after an early 11-0 run — similar to extended spurts they had in upsetting No. 2 seed Georgetown and No. 7 seed San Diego State.
The Gators play Michigan in the South Regional final at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday. They are trying to get to their first NCAA Final Four since consecutive national championships in 2006 and 2007.
Michigan overcame a 14-point deficit earlier Friday and beat No. 1 seed Kansas 87-85 in overtime.
After the Gators turned up the defensive pressure, the most fun team this side of the Harlem Globetrotters was suddenly having a lot fewer laughs. Those high-flying dunks and alley-oops weren't there and Florida forced 20 turnovers.
FGCU heads back to Fort Myers (aka Dunk City), where they have man-made lakes and a beach on campus, having given the tournament a blast of fresh air while its players were just having a blast. The south Florida state school also got about the best free publicity its administrators could ever hope for.
Mike Rosario led the Gators with 15 points, while Scottie Wilbekin had 13 and Casey Prather 11.
Brown led FGCU with 14 points, and Chase Fieler had 12.
Fieler started the Eagles' big run, the only one they'd have, with a 3-pointer from the top of the key before the kind of plays that earned their "Dunk City" moniker.
After Brett Comer stole a pass, he ran down the court and threw up an alley-oop pass for the trailing Brown, delivering a slam that sent the announced crowd of more than 40,000 into a frenzy — except for those in Gator orange.
Comer then flipped another backward pass to Bernard Thompson for a 3-pointer. Then Fielder had another 3-pointer — less than 3 minutes after the first one — for a 15-4 lead only six minutes into the game.
Could the first No. 15 seed to make it into the round of 16 actually go further?
Not against Florida, the team that had been here so many times before. The FGCU run came too early, leaving the Gators plenty of time to recover.
After Frazier's second 3, Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield — the gap-toothed coach married to a former model — was angry when he called timeout and gathered his team together. The timeout and another attempted lob pass inside didn't stop the Gators surge.
Rosario knocked away the pass inside to Eric McKnight, sending the break the other way. Casey Prather grabbed an offensive rebound, and with his back to the basket, basically flipped the ball over his head and it went in.
McKnight missed two free throws after that, and Wilbekin penetrated for a short jumper to tie the game at 24. Rosario hit a go-ahead 3-pointer after a steal by Will Yeguete.
Eddie Murray had a steal for Florida Gulf Coast, but Patric Young took it right back and got it to Boynton. He made the layup while being fouled, and added the free throw for a 30-24 lead.
The Eagles has 12 turnovers in the first half — one less than they had in each of their first two NCAA tourney games. They took twice as many shots (32-16) as Florida, but that wasn't enough.
There was still 10 minutes left on the halftime clock when FGCU returned to the court, and players started taking shots even as their mascot was on the court doing a halftime routine.
But Florida scored the first seven points of the second half. Boynton drove for a layup and was fouled before making the free throw. Rosario then drove for a shot off the glass and after another FGCU turnover had a floater that rattled in before Enfield called timeout with his team suddenly down 37-26.
But they never threatened and soon their NCAA run was over.
It had been six years since Tubby Smith (then head coach of Kentucky) and Billy Donovan faced eachother, but old foes die hard with Smith owning the all-time record against the long-time Gators head coach 14-10.
As far as Florida and Minnesota went, the two schools had met on the court only once in the 1993 NIT when the Golden Gophers defeated the Gators 74-66.
Sunday evening in Austin, Florida evened the record, while Donovan moved one closer to the former Georgia and Kentucky skipper.
Mike Rosario, who lit up the scoreboard from behind the arc, led the Gators with 25 points; the most in the NCAA Tournament for a Florida player since Vernon Macklin dropped a quarter-of-a-hundred in 2011.
Erik Murphy fouled out with under three minutes to play in the contest, but managed to tally 15 points all in the first half to help give the Gators a 48-27 lead after the first 20 minutes.
It seemed as if Florida would walk away with this one, but Minnesota opened the second half with a 13-2 run to start the second half, and got as close as within eight. but better shot selection and focused free throw shooting extended the Gators lead and they never looked back.
Next up, Florida will meet Florida Gulf Coast - the first No. 15 seed to make it this far in the tournament's history - in the Gators' third-straight trip to the Sweet 16; the first time they have accomplished the streak in the school's history.