Posted December 28, 2012 on
The Florida program has come full circle since the end of the 2009 season. The Gators finished that year with a berth in the Sugar Bowl where they pounded Cincinnati to send a successful senior class out with a 27-point win. The last two seasons have been inconsistent, but the Gators are back in New Orleans to cap off this season with another berth in the Sugar Bowl, rejoining the national elite.
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We’re back from the holidays, but two (now former) Florida Gators won’t be. Redshirt junior offensive lineman Matt Patchan and sophomore safety De’Ante “Pop” Saunders are leaving the program.
Patchan came to the Gators out of Tampa, FL (Armwood) in 2008. After being one of the nation’s most sought after recruits, he saw immediate playing time as a freshman. After spending...
Senior linebacker Jon Bostic always had the tools. He came to Gainesville with an impressive blend of size and speed, adding coverage skills from a childhood of playing in the secondary before he hit a growth spurt. He finally put it all together in 2012 to complete a strong season. The Gators have candidates to replace Bostic next season, but they’ll need some inexperienced players to improve.
NEW ORLEANS -- Most of them lurked in the shadows three years ago when the Gators were last here for the Sugar Bowl.
They were on the team but it wasn't their team.
The 2009 Florida team that trampled Cincinnati to cap a 13-1 season belonged to a group of upperclassmen led by seniors Tim Tebow and Brandon Spikes. Florida's starting lineup that night featured 16 players...
NEW ORLEANS Most of them lurked in the shadows three years ago when the Gators were last here for the Sugar Bowl. They were on the team but it wasn't their team.
The 2009 Florida squad which trampled Cincinnati to cap a 13-1 season belonged to a group of upperclassmen led by seniors Tim Tebow and Brandon Spikes. Florida's starting lineup that night featured 16 players on...
Florida safety De'Ante Saunders and offensive tackle Matt Patchan are leaving the program.
Coach Will Muschamp announced the pending transfers Thursday after the fourth-ranked Gators landed in New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl.
Muschamp says ''I think they needed a fresh start and that's all I've got to say about it.''
Saunders, a sophomore from DeLand...
The Florida Gators are in the Superdome today practicing for Charlie Strong and the Louisville Cardinals in the upcoming Sugar Bowl. A Big East team will face an SEC team in Will Muschamp’s second bowl game as head coach. The Florida Gators only lost to Georgia this year after coming off a 7-6 season. Charlie Strong is working wonders at Louisville and was reportedly under consideration...
The Florida Gators may have their best defense in a long time taking the field in New Orleans on January 2, but these hard hitters aren’t taking anything for granted. The task is big for Florida who faces a high octane Louisville offense that throws the ball at nearly 300 yards a game. Florida is focused on facing a tough opponent and is excited to be playing in a BCS game again.
Here's the game Dave Pilipovich and his first-year coaching staff have been waiting for. Facing Colorado was a challenge. Meeting Wichita State brought out a lot of fire in the Air Force men's basketball team. However, Saturday's showdown against the Florida Gators will tell the Falcons where they truly stand as the Mountain West Conference season approaches.
The defensive statistics posted by the Florida defense this season showed the improvement from the first year to the second year under Will Muschamp and Dan Quinn. Sixth in rushing defense, 15th in passing defense and third in scoring defense showed the improvement the group made, but there’s still one area that needs to take a step forward. The Gators were 52nd in the country...
Billy Donovan watched from the sideline as his team played an uninspired first half on Saturday and went to the locker room with a 33-31 lead over Air Force. It’s nothing a stern halftime message couldn’t change. The Florida head coach laid into his team at halftime of the Orange Bowl Classic, and they responded in the second half to run away with a 78-61 win over Air Force in Sunrise, Fla.