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2007 Florida Gators football team From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search 2007 Florida Gators football Capital One Bowl, L 41-35 v. Michigan Conference SEC East Ranking Coaches #16 AP #13 2007 record 9-4 (5-3 SEC) Head coach Urban Meyer Offensive coordinator Dan Mullen Offensive scheme Spread Option Defensive coordinator Charlie Strong Greg Mattison Base defense 4-3 Home stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Seasons « 2006 2008 » The 2007 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the 2007 college football season. This was the team's third season under head coach Urban Meyer. They played their home games at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida. Contents [hide] 1 Previous season 2 Pre-season 2.1 Pre-season All-SEC honors 2.2 Pre-season watchlists 3 Schedule 4 Postseason Awards and Further Accomplishments 4.1 Associated Press All-SEC 4.2 Coaches All-SEC 4.3 Individual Awards and Accomplishments 5 Game notes 5.1 Western Kentucky 5.2 Troy 5.3 Tennessee 5.4 Ole Miss 5.5 Auburn 5.6 LSU 5.7 Kentucky 5.8 Georgia 5.9 Vanderbilt 5.10 South Carolina 5.11 Florida Atlantic 5.12 Florida State 5.13 Michigan 6 Personnel 6.1 Depth Chart 6.2 Roster 6.3 Coaching Staff 7 Awards and Honors 8 References 9 See also  Previous season The Gators won the BCS Championship Game in Glendale, Arizona to cap off the 2006 season, the second national championship in school history. In addition, they won a school-record 13 games and the school's seventh official SEC title.  Pre-season Two highly-rated recruiting classes from 2006 and 2007 filled up most of the depth chart, as few upperclassmen remained from last year's title team. Nine of 11 starters were replaced from their championship defense. While the offense lost fewer starters—only 8—from last season, the Gators had to replace their former leader, Chris Leak, at quarterback. Leak was most likely be replaced by sophomore Tim Tebow, who shared quarterback duties with him last season but has zero career starts. The coaching staff remained, surprisingly, intact after 2006, which gave Meyer a third straight season at Florida with the same coaching staff. The schedule for the Gators played in their favor this season, as they faced their toughest opponents—such as Tennessee, Auburn, and Florida State—at home in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Despite the challenges of youth, the Gators were ranked in the top 5 in some preseason polls.  Pre-season All-SEC honors 2007 All-SEC First Team Derrick Harvey, DL Drew Miller, OL 2007 All-SEC Second Team Phil Trautwein, OL Tony Joiner, DB 2007 All-SEC Third Team Andre Caldwell, WR Percy Harvin, WR  Pre-season watchlists Tim Tebow (QB) - 2007 Maxwell Award Watch List Tim Tebow (QB) - 2007 Manning Award Watch List Andre Caldwell (WR) - 2007 Maxwell Award Watch List Percy Harvin (WR) - 2007 Maxwell Award Watch List Derrick Harvey (DE) - 2007 Bednarik Award Watch List  Schedule Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result September 1, 2007* 12:30 PM Western Kentucky #3 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL LFS W 49-3 September 8, 2007* 6:00 PM Troy #3 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL PPV W 59-31 September 15, 2007 3:30 PM #24 Tennessee #3 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium •
Gainesville, FL CBS W 59-20 September 22, 2007 12:30 PM at Ole Miss #3 Vaught-Hemingway Stadium • Oxford, MS LFS W 30-24 September 29, 2007 8:00 PM Auburn #3 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL ESPN L 20-17 October 6, 2007 8:00 PM at #2 LSU #7 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA CBS L 28-24 October 20, 2007 3:30 PM at #13 Kentucky #14 Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY CBS W 45-37 October 27, 2007 3:30 PM vs. #19 Georgia #11 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium • Jacksonville, FL CBS L 42-30 November 3, 2007† 12:30 PM Vanderbilt #17 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL LFS W 49-22 November 10, 2007 7:45 PM at South Carolina #18 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC ESPN W 51-31 November 17, 2007* 12:00 PM Florida Atlantic #14 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL PPV W 59-20 November 24, 2007* 5:00 PM Florida State #14 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL CBS W 45-12 January 1, 2008* 1:00 PM vs. Michigan #12 Citrus Bowl • Orlando, FL (Capital One Bowl) ABC L 41-35 *Non-Conference Game. †Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time Zone.  Postseason Awards and Further Accomplishments  Associated Press All-SEC All-SEC First Team Tim Tebow, QB Percy Harvin, (all purpose) Brandon Spikes, LB All-SEC Second Team Percy Harvin, WR Cornelius Ingram, TE Brandon James, (all purpose) SEC Offensive Player of the Year Tim Tebow, QB  Coaches All-SEC All-SEC First Team Tim Tebow, QB Brandon Spikes, LB All-SEC Second Team Cornelius Ingram, TE Carlton Medder, OL Jim Tartt, OL Percy Harvin, WR Derrick Harvey, DE Brandon James, RS Freshman All-SEC Team Maurkice Pouncey, OL A.J. Jones, LB Joe Haden, DB Major Wright, DB  Individual Awards and Accomplishments Maxwell Award Tim Tebow, QB AP Player of the Year Tim Tebow, QB Davey O'Brien Award Tim Tebow, QB Walter Camp All-American Tim Tebow, QB Heisman Memorial Trophy Award Tim Tebow, QB  Game notes  Western Kentucky 1 2 3 4 Total Hilltoppers 0 3 0 0 3 Gators 14 14 7 14 49 For the season opener, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers filled the void left by Central Florida, who had decided to back out of the game in December 2006. This was the first contest between these two schools. It was also the first game in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium after the Gators won their 2006 SEC and national championships. Sophomore quarterback Tim Tebow led the Gators to touchdowns on their first four possessions en route to a relatively easy 49–3 victory in intense early season heat. Tebow finished his first career start 13-of-17 for 300 yards and three touchdowns passes, and added a rushing touchdown as well. True freshman quarterback Cameron Newton entered the game in the fourth quarter and rushed for a touchdown on the last play before lightning in the area caused an hour-long delay. When the weather failed to clear, the game was declared final with 8:23 remaining in the 4th quarter.  Troy 1 2 3 4 Total Trojans 7 0 17 7 31 Gators 21 28 0 10 59 It was a tale of two halves. In the first, the Gator offense led by QB Tim Tebow was literally unstoppable, scoring a touchdown every time they had the ball against the Troy Trojans. The special teams chipped in with two blocked punts, and, after allowing an early touchdown, the young Gator defense shut out their opponents for the rest of the half. The score stood at 49-7 after two quarters, the Gators having racked up over 350 yards of total offense, Tebow throwing 3 touchdown passes and running for another score in an impressive display of all-around dominating football. After halftime, though, things changed in The Swamp. Florida received the second half kickoff and fumbled a few plays later, leading to a Troy touchdown. That sequence would set the tone for the rest of the game. The Gators seemed to lose their offensive rhythm and the point production dried up while Troy QB Omar Haugabook (30-53, 291 yards, 2 TDs) found his own rhythm, helping the Trojans outscore the Gators 24-10 over the final two quarters. When the final whistle blew, Florida came away with a 59-31 victory. The outcome was never in doubt; the Gators 2nd half lead was always greater than 20 points. And their final stats looked impressive - they outgained the Trojans 500 to 336 and averaged 7 yards per offensive play. Tebow's numbers were solid as well; he completed 18 of 25 passes for 236 yards and 3 TDs (with no INTs) and rushed 19 times for a team-high 93 yards and 2 more TDs. In fact, his play earned Tebow honors as the Southeastern Conference offensive player of the week. However, the second half lapses and miscues (Florida was hit with 11 penalties for 104 yards) made it obvious that the Gators gridders had plenty to work on as they prepared for their SEC opener against the Tennessee Volunteers the following Saturday. Notes: The Gators' second game of the season was also the first meeting with its opponent. This was the second of three such games in the 2007 season. See also: Troy Trojans  Tennessee 1 2 3 4 Total Volunteers 3 10 7 0 20 Gators 14 14 7 24 59 Tim Tebow runs the spread option offense vs the Tennessee Volunteers, Sept. 17, 2007.On the 1st possession of the game in the steamy Swamp, the Tennessee Volunteers went three and out. On the ensuing punt, Brandon James took the return 83 yards for Gator
touchdown. Things never did get much better for the visitors, as Florida rolled to an impressive 59-20 victory in the SEC opener for both teams. There was, however, a brief period when it seemed that the contest would be much closer. The Gators ran out to a 28-6 lead by late in the 2nd quarter on two Tim Tebow touchdown passes and a Tebow touchdown run, along with the opening punt return. But then Tennessee QB Erik Ainge got his team's offense moving, throwing a touchdown pass just before halftime to cut the lead to 28-13 at intermission. The Gators mounted a long drive to start the second half, but freshman Volunteer cornerback Eric Berry picked off a Tim Tebow pass (his first interception thrown in 2007) and returned it 93 yards for another Tennessee touchdown. When Florida's next drive ended in a punt, UT had the ball down only eight, 28-20. But on the first play of the possession, Erik Ainge's handoff to running back Arian Foster was mishandled, and Gator linebacker Dustin Doe scooped up the loose ball and took it into the endzone for a Florida touchdown. Tennessee's momentum was washed away by the roar of 90,000 Gator fans, and the home team never looked back. Florida would end the game with 31 straight points, turning a close contest into a runaway. Several Gators had excellent afternoons. Tim Tebow finished 14-19 passing for 299 yards with 2 TDs and 1 INT and rushed for 62 yards and 2 more TDs, and was awarded as the Walter Camp Foundation national offensive player of the week. Brandon James was the SEC special teams player of the week for his 193 yards and a touchdown on kick returns. And receiver Percy Harvin excelled as well, leading all players in rushing (9 attempts for 75 yards and 1 TD) and receiving (4 catches for 120 yards). The Florida offense rolled up 556 yards of total offense, 255 on the ground. Meanwhile, the Gator defense also did its part, holding Tennessee to just 38 yards rushing with no first downs on the ground and 293 yards total offense. Overall, the Gators put together a historically dominating performance. Their 59 points scored was the second-highest total in the history of the series (behind only UF's 62 in the 1995 contest), and the 39 point margin of defeat was the Vols' most lopsided loss to any opponent since 1981. Tennessee still leads the overall series by a narrow 19-18 margin. See also: 2007 Tennessee Volunteers football team  Ole Miss 1 2 3 4 Total Gators 0 14 13 3 30 Rebels 3 3 18 0 24 Though they looked dominant at times early in the season, the 2007 Florida Gator squad was a team that relied on many freshmen and sophomores in key roles. This inexperience was evident in their contest with the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford, Mississippi. Thirty-five players on Florida's 60-man traveling roster had never played in a collegiate road game before, and it showed. But as the clock in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium ticked down to 00:00, the Gators had done enough to earn a tighter-than-expected 30-24 victory.  At different points in the game, the young Gators struggled on offense, defense, and special teams. They also committed 14 penalties for 127 yards, with several of the miscues either stalling Gator drives or helping the Rebel's scoring chances. But once again, it was Tim Tebow who led Florida's charge to victory. The sophomore quarterback completed 20 of 34 passes for 262 yards and 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. Once again, his favorite target was Percy Harvin, who had 11 receptions for 123 yards and a TD. Tebow also rushed 27 times for 168 yards and 2 more touchdowns, setting new Florida single-game records for rushing attempts and rushing yards by a quarterback and almost single-handedly running out the clock late in the game. In all, Tebow accounted for all 4 Gator touchdowns and 427 of his team's 507 total yards. For his efforts, Tebow was named the SEC's offensive player of the week for the 2nd time in the 2007 season. The Rebels put up a valiant effort. Despite a sore shoulder, Ole Miss quarterback Seth Adams threw for 301 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a perfectly tossed 77-yard scoring strike that cut the Gator advantage to 3 late in the 3rd quarter. Mississippi's lead in the all-time series was reduced to 11-10-1. The Gator victory broke both a two-game losing streak to the Rebels and a three-game losing streak in games played in the state of Mississippi. See also: Ole Miss Rebels  Auburn 1 2 3 4 Total Tigers 7 7 3 3 20 Gators 0 0 3 14 17 The Gators were seeking revenge for last seasons's only loss (a 27–17 setback at Auburn) when the Tigers visited The Swamp. The Gator defense proved unreliable in the first half, allowing the Tigers to get two touchdowns, while Auburn exhibited its own top notch defense. While the Gators were able to mount a comeback in the second half, eventually bringing the game to a 17–17 tie, Auburn had the ball at the end of the game, and Auburn kicked a field goal as time expired to make the score 20–17, upsetting the number 4 ranked Gators. This loss was coach Urban Meyer's first in Gainesville, as well as his first loss since last year's loss to Auburn. This was the 82nd meeting between the two teams, with the Tigers bringing their record in the UF-Auburn series to 42–38–2 all-time.  See also: 2007 Auburn Tigers football team  LSU 1 2 3 4 Total Gators 3 14 7 0 24 Tigers 0 7 7 14 28 In one of the most anticipated games of the season, the Florida Gators traveled to Tiger Stadium to take on the LSU Tigers in a game that had conference and national title implications. The Gators took an early lead by kicking a field goal on their first drive. Two drives later, the Gators mounted a 12-play drive that culminated in a Tim Tebow two-yard pass to Kestahn Moore to put the Gators up by ten. LSU immediately countered with a long drive of their own, going 80 yards in 16 plays, scoring on a Ryan Perrilloux option play to cut the Gator lead to 10–7. The Gators marched down the field again and scored on a Tebow run to put their lead back at 10 with 2:23 to play in the first half. LSU moved the ball right before the half, but kicker Colt David missed a 43-yard field goal. In the second half, LSU took the ensuing drive but were stopped by the Gator defense. Appearing to kick another long field goal, LSU instead ran a brilliant fake with the holder—quarterback Matt Flynn—who scooted eight yards for the first down. The Tigers scored on a Keiland Williams run shortly thereafter. The Gators answered the
LSU drive with a quick 3-play drive to score on a 37-yard Tebow pass to Cornelius Ingram. Craig Steltz missed an assignment on the play which left Ingram wide open on the post pattern. Florida started the fourth quarter with a 24–14 lead. However, the Tigers were not to be denied. After missing another relatively short field goal, LSU took advantage of an errant pass by Tim Tebow which hit Ingram in the helmet. The Tigers drove down the field, and Flynn hit Demetrius Byrd for a 3 yard touchdown to cut the Gator lead to 3. On the final LSU drive, the Tigers converted several fourth down plays, including one by runningback Jacob Hester where he made a great second effort to surge ahead to just get the first down. Hester scored a short touchdown with 1:06 to play in the game, giving the Tigers a 28–24 lead. On the final drive, Florida gained 30 yards, but Tebow's hail mary pass as time expired was batted down by Chad Jones, sealing the LSU victory. Much of the hype during game week concerned the fate of starting safety and captain, Tony Joiner, who was arrested earlier in the week for what was later termed a "misunderstanding." The owner of the towing company where Joiner was arrested was quoted as having received over 200 calls from Florida fans, several of them death threats to him and his family. Joiner played but did not start the game. The loss cut Florida's lead in the budding rivalry to 28–23–3. See also: 2007 LSU Tigers football team  Kentucky 1 2 3 4 Total Gators 14 7 10 14 45 Wildcats 7 3 14 13 37 The Gators traveled to Lexington to take on the Kentucky Wildcats for the 57th time. In a rare reversal, Kentucky was ranked in the top 10 with the Gators on the outside looking in. The Gators still entered the game as 7-point favorites. Kentucky opened the scoring on an Andre' Woodson 33-yard pass to Dicky Lyons to take an early 7–0 lead. Florida answered on consecutive drives with a 10-yard Tim Tebow pass to Cornelius Ingram and a Tebow to Louis Murphy 66-yard pass to put the Gators up by a touchdown. Kentucky cut the lead to four on a field goal. The Gators countered by mounting a drive before the half that culminated in a Tebow 1-yard "jump pass" to Aaron Hernandez. The second half began with another Gator score, as Tebow found Andre Caldwell in the end zone on an 8-yard pass. This stretched the Gator lead to 18, their largest of the day. Woodson hit Jacob Tamme on a 28-yard pass to pull the Wildcats within 11. Florida added a field goal to build their lead to 14 midway through the third quarter. Woodson then found Lyons again on a 50-yard catch and run. Again the Gators responded, mounting a 6-minute drive that spanned the third and fourth quarters, culminating in a Percy Harvin 24-yard touchdown run. Both teams traded punts before Woodson found Lyons for the third time on the day on an 6-yard TD pass. With 3:28 left in the game, Kentucky opted to kick off instead of onside kick. The Gators rolled the dice after getting a first down, as Tebow threw a 40-yard pass to Harvin to get the Gators in the red zone. Tebow closed the drive with a touchdown score on the ground to put the game away. Kentucky refused to give up, driving to the Florida 5-yard-line with seconds left and closed the game with a touchdown from Woodson to Keenan Burton. With the game already decided, the PAT was not tried and the Gators walked away with a 45-37 victory. With the win and Tennessee's loss to Alabama, the Gators once again control their destiny in the SEC Eastern Division. With the victory, Florida leads the series 40-17-0 and has beaten Kentucky twenty one consecutive years in football, the third longest active streak in Division I-FBS. Navy's victory over Notre Dame subsequently snapped the longest streak to make Florida/Kentucky the second longest. See also: Kentucky Wildcats  Georgia 1 2 3 4 Total Bulldogs 14 7 7 14 42 Gators 7 10 7 6 30 The 2007 World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party saw the emergence of Knowshon Moreno, the Bulldog's redshirt freshman, with 188 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. Florida's Tim Tebow was limited in the game due to a bruised shoulder and Kestahn Moore suffered from a fumble and missed snap. Moore's fumble early in the game led to Georgia's first touchdown. The entire Bulldog bench rushed on to the field resulting in two separate 15-yard penalties, both assessed on the ensuing kickoff. This was only the first of three TDs in the game that ended in penalties for excessive celebration, with Georgia's Mohamed Massaquoi and Florida's Wondy Pierre-Louis drawing the other flags. The Gators rallied back with a quick touchdown but were never able to take the lead. A late Georgia touchdown sealed the victory for the Bulldogs. This was the 85th meeting between the two teams. The Bulldogs hold a 46–37–2 series lead. Florida has won fifteen of the last eighteen contests, but are 2 and 2 in the last 4 games. See also: 2007 Georgia Bulldogs football team  Vanderbilt 1 2 3 4 Total Commodores 0 7 3 12 22 Gators 14 21 7 7 49 The Commodores traveled to Gainesville for the first time since 2005 where they nearly came away with a win in overtime. In the 41st meeting between the two, Florida came out early with a 35–7 lead by the half. The Gators finished with 498 yards on offense against what had been the 14th best defense in the nation. Tim Tebow completed 22 of 27 passes for 281 yards passing and also ran for 35 yards on 6 carries. Percy Harvin carried the ball 11 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns and also caught 9 passes for 110 yards receiving, becoming the first player in school history to have over 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game. Florida leads with a lopsided 30–9–2 record and has won the last 17 games in a row. See also: Vanderbilt Commodores football  South Carolina 1 2 3 4 Total Gators 13 14 10 14 51 Gamecocks 14 0 10 7 31 Florida traveled to Columbia and renewed their budding rivalry with a win over the Gamecocks. The Gators now lead the all-time series 21–4–3, although the annual contest has become much more intense since Heisman Trophy-winning ex-Gator quarterback and championship-winning ex-Gator head coach Steve Spurrier took the reins at South Carolina for the 2005 season. Spurrier's new team upset his old team in 2005, and only a blocked last-second field goal kept him from repeating that feat in Gainesville in 2006. Florida quarterback Tim Tebow set a career high in passing yards in the game with 304 yards. He also set a new school record for rushing touchdowns by a QB in a game with 5 breaking the old record held by ex-Florida QB Jesse Palmer. The first of these five rushing touchdowns broke the school record for most rushing touchdowns. Tebow was tied with Emmitt Smith and Buford Long with
14 rushing touchdowns in the season entering this game. This was also Florida's first game of the season without their leading receiver Percy Harvin due to a sinus infection. See also: 2007 South Carolina Gamecocks football team  Florida Atlantic 1 2 3 4 Total Owls 0 20 0 0 20 Gators 21 14 14 10 59 Florida sacks Florida Atlantic backup quarterback, Sean Clayton.The FAU Owls traveled to Gainesville for the first meeting between the two teams. This marked the third game of the season where the Gators faced an opponent for the first time. Tim Tebow rushed for his 20th touchdown of the season in the 2nd quarter setting a new SEC record for rushing touchdowns in a season. Tim Tebow finished last week's game with 19 total rushing touchdowns leaving him tied with Shaun Alexander, LaBrandon Toefield, and Garrison Hearst. He also became the first quarterback in Division I-FBS history to pass for at least 20 touchdowns and rush for at least 20 touchdowns in the same season. He also set a career best in passing yards with 338. The record-setting day continued when Gators' wide receiver Andre Caldwell set a new school record for career receptions with 177 breaking the prior record held by Carlos Alvarez with 172. This was the second game in a row where Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin was absent with a sinus infection and migraine headaches. See also: 2007 Florida Atlantic Owls football team  Florida State 1 2 3 4 Total Seminoles 3 9 0 0 12 Gators 14 10 7 14 45 Florida State starts a drive deep in their own territory against the Florida Gator defense, November 24, 2007.Senior day in the Swamp saw the Gators start strong, scoring four touchdowns and a field goal on their first five possessions en route to a 45-12 victory over the in-state rival Florida State Seminoles. The Gator offense compiled 541 total yards to the Seminoles' 287, and were often able to finish drives with touchdowns while Florida State was forced to settle for field goals. One of FSU kicker Gary Cismesia's four FGs was a school record 60-yard effort on the last play of the 1st half to cut his team's deficit to 24-12 at intermission. However, the momentum was short-lived, as Florida went on an 6-play, 81-yard scoring drive without throwing a pass to open the 2nd half and cruised from then on. That 3rd quarter touchdown was the second rushing TD of the contest for Gator QB Tim Tebow and his 22nd of the year, tying the NCAA Division I-FBS record for most rushing touchdowns in a season by a quarterback. Despite suffering a fractured hand on that run, he remained in the game and threw his third touchdown pass of the game in the 4th quarter, giving him 5 total TDs in the contest and 51 for the season. With his 262 passing yards and 89 rushing, Tebow set a new school record for most yards of total offense in a season with 3,970, surpassing Rex Grossman's 2001 total. Gator RB/WR Percy Harvin did his part as well, returning from a 2-game absence to rush 16 times for a game-high 157 yards and a touchdown and catch 5 passes for another 67 yards. The Gators' winning streak versus FSU grew to four games with this victory, including a 21-14 triumph in Tallahassee in 2006. Florida leads the all-time series 31-19-2. It also marked the fourth win of the season in which the Gators defeated a team led by a former national championship winning coach (Bobby Bowden, Howard Schnellenberger, Phil Fulmer, and Steve Spurrier being those coaches). See also: 2007 Florida State Seminoles football team  Michigan 1 2 3 4 Total Wolverines 7 14 7 13 41 Gators 7 7 14 7 35 The Florida Gators closed out the 2007 season against the Michigan Wolverines on New Years Day in the Capital One Bowl. This was only the second meeting between the two storied programs with the first having taken place a short five seasons ago in the Outback Bowl. Lloyd Carr coached his Wolverines for the final time with the announcement of his retirement shortly after his final regular season game against rival Ohio State. Urban Meyer and the Gators were looking to carry their momentum from the second half of the season with Heisman-winning sophomore Tim Tebow into the bowl game. Coming off of two consecutive regular season losses, the Wolverines were attempting to break their four bowl game losing streak. Ironically, their last bowl game win came against the Ron Zook coached Gators following the 2002 season. This was the fifth game of the season where the Gators played a team led by a former national championship winning head coach. The Gators lost the game 41–35 as Michigan barraged the Gator defense for over 500 yards of offense. Chad Henne finished his career at the University of Michigan with a victory in a bowl game, the first in five seasons, and finished with a career high in passing yards. The newly named Michigan head coach, Rich Rodriguez, could be seen during the game along the Michigan sidelines. See also: 2007 Michigan Wolverines football team  Personnel  Depth Chart Edit Offense WR WR Andre Caldwell Percy Harvin Riley Cooper Jarred Fayson LT LG C RG RT Phil Trautwein Jim Tartt Drew Miller Carlton Medder Jason Watkins Carl Johnson Maurkice Pouncey Michael Pouncey Maurice Hurt Marcus Gilbert TE Cornelius Ingram Tate Casey WR Louis Murphy David Nelson QB Tim Tebow Greg Joseph TB Kestahn Moore Markus Manson FB Eric Rutledge Andrew Johnson Defense CB Markihe Anderson Wondy Pierre-Louis DE DT DT DE Derrick Harvey Javier Estopiñan Clint McMillan Jermaine Cunningham Carlos Dunlap Michael Pouncey Lutrell Alford Duke Lemmens CB Joe Haden Jacques Rickerson FS Major Wright Kyle Jackson Will LB Middle LB Sam LB Dustin Doe Brandon Spikes A.J. Jones Jerimy Finch Ryan Stamper Brandon Hicks SS Tony Joiner Dorian Munroe Special Teams K Joey Ijjas Jonathan Phillips P Chas Henry Bobby Kane LS James Smith Butch Rowley PR/KR Brandon James Kestahn Moore Pre-season Unofficial Depth Chart: http://www.gatorcountry.com/page/gator_football_depth_chart/  Roster 2007 Florida Gators roster v • d • e Quarterbacks 3 Brandon Frazier - Freshman 10 Bryan Waggener - Junior 12 John Brantley - Freshman 13 Cameron Newton - Freshman 14 Andrew Blaylock - Freshman 15 Tim Tebow - Sophomore 46 Michael Guilford - Freshman Running Backs 8 Chris Rainey - Freshman 21 Emmanuel Moody - Sophomore 25 Brandon James - Sophomore 27 Mon Williams - Sophomore 28 Chevon Walker - Freshman 33 Kestahn Moore - Junior 34 Bo Williams - Freshman H-Backs 29 Eric Rutledge - Senior Fullbacks 45 Bo Howard - Freshman 49 Andrew Johnson - Sophomore Wide Receivers 1 Percy Harvin - Sophomore 5 Andre Caldwell - Senior 6 Deonte Thompson - Freshman 9 Louis Murphy - Junior 11 Jarred Fayson - Sophomore 21 Kile Matthews - Freshman 23 Cade Holliday - Sophomore 24 Chris Jones - Freshman 39 Joey Sorrentino - Sophomore 83 David Nelson - Sophomore 86 Riley Cooper - Sophomore 87 Justin Williams - Freshman 88 Paul Wilson - Freshman Tight Ends 7 Cornelius Ingram - Junior 62 Lamar Abel - Freshman 81 Aaron Hernandez - Freshman 84 Tate Casey - Senior 89 Derek Baldry - Junior Offensive Line 55 Mike Pouncey -
Freshman 56 Maurkice Pouncey - Freshman 57 Carl Johnson - Freshman 62 Lamar Abel - Freshman 63 Jim Tartt - Junior 64 Kyle Newell - Sophomore 65 Brad Hiers - Sophomore 66 James Wilson - Freshman 67 Drew Miller - Senior 68 Jim Barrie - Sophomore 69 Eddie Haupt - Sophomore 71 Corey Hobbs - Freshman 72 Shawn Schmieder - Freshman 73 Carlton Medder - Senior 74 Maurice Hurt - Freshman 75 Phil Trautwein - Senior 76 Marcus Gilbert - Freshman 77 Jason Watkins - Junior 78 Simon Codrington - Sophomore 79 Jamael Autry - Freshman Defensive Line 6 Jaye Howard - Freshman 8 Carlos Dunlap - Freshman 44 Duke Lemmens - Freshman 47 Brandon Antwine - Sophomore 49 Jermaine Cunningham - Sophomore 59 John Fairbanks - Freshman 61 Vernon Shelton - Senior 80 Trent Pupello - Freshman 90 Lawrence Marsh - Freshman 91 Derrick Harvey - Junior 92 Terron Sanders - Freshman 93 Javier Estopinan - Junior 94 Justin Trattou - Freshman 95 Torrey Davis - Freshman 97 John Brown - Freshman 98 Clint McMillan - Senior 99 Lutrell Alford - Senior Linebackers 16 A.J. Jones - Freshman 26 Lorenzo Edwards - Freshman 30 John Jones - Freshman 32 Dustin Doe - Sophomore 40 Brandon Hicks - Sophomore 41 Ryan Stamper - Sophomore 42 Steven Wilks - Freshman 50 Chris Pintado - Freshman 51 Brandon Spikes - Sophomore 53 Jamaal Deveaux - Sophomore 54 Roderick Blackett - Sophomore Defensive Backs 12 Joe Haden - Freshman 27 Telly Concepcion - Junior 33 Moise Paul - Senior 34 Reginald Hopkins - Freshman 42 Miguel Carodine - Freshman 47 Michael Smith - Freshman 48 Marquis Hannah - Freshman Cornerbacks 2 Markus Manson - Junior 4 Wondy Pierre-Louis - Sophomore 14 Markihe Anderson - Sophomore 22 Ahmad Black - Freshman 23 Jacques Rickerson - Freshman 29 Rashad Dunbar - Freshman 36 Moses Jenkins - Freshman 37 Vincent Brown - Freshman 38 Lorenzo Campbell - Junior Safeties 3 Kyle Jackson - Senior 7 Jamar Hornsby - Freshman 17 Curtis Carr - Sophomore 18 Jerimy Finch - Freshman 19 Tony Joiner - Senior 20 Dorian Munroe - Sophomore 21 Major Wright - Freshman 24 John Curtis - Junior 31 Bryan Thomas - Freshman 35 Cody Worton - Freshman Punters 17 Chas Henry - Freshman 96 Justin Burdette - Freshman 97 Alex Harrell - Freshman Kickers 38 Jonathan Phillips - Junior 82 Jordan Means - Freshman 85 Andrew Fritze - Sophomore 85 Greg Taussig - Sophomore 92 Bobby Kane - Sophomore 98 Joey Ijjas - Senior Long Snappers 37 Butch Rowley - Junior 43 James Smith - Junior 58 Mike Williamson - Sophomore  Coaching Staff Urban Meyer - Head Coach - 2 years at UF Steve Addazio - Tackles/Tight Ends - 2 years Stan Drayton - Running Backs - 2 years Billy Gonzales - Wide Receivers - 2 years Chuck Heater - Recruiting Coordinator/Cornerbacks - 2 years John Hevesy - Centers/Guards - 2 years John "Doc" Holliday - Associate Head Coach/Safeties - 2 years Greg Mattison - Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line - 2 years Dan Mullen - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks - 2 years Charlie Strong - Assistant Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers - 7 years  Awards and Honors Tim Tebow, Heisman Trophy Tim Tebow, Davey O'Brien Award Tim Tebow, Maxwell Award Tim Tebow, Sullivan Award Tim Tebow, Associated Press Player of the Year  References ^ a b c "2007 Pre-season All-SEC honors". 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ESPN.com (2007-10-07). Retrieved on 2007-10-07. ^ ESPN - Gators' Tebow to have cast on right (non-throwing) hand for at least two weeks - College Football ^ http://www.heisman.com/winners/hsmn-winners.html  See also 2007 NCAA Division I-BS football season 2007 Auburn Tigers football team 2007 Florida Atlantic Owls football team 2007 Florida State Seminoles football team 2007 Georgia Bulldogs football team 2007 LSU Tigers football team 2007 Michigan Wolverines football team 2007 South Carolina Gamecocks football team 2007 Tennessee Volunteers football team [show]v • d • eFlorida Gators football Playing Fields Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (Gainesville, Florida) Players List of Players • All-Time Team • All-Century Team • 100th Anniversary team • All-Time Roster • Individual Award Winners • Notable Alumni Head Coaches Forsythe • G.E. 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