Senior Day – Gameday: No. 6 Florida Gators vs. Jacksonville State Gamecocks

By Adam Silverstein
November 17, 2012

Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 88,548]
Weather Forecast: 68°F, few showers (30% chance of rain), winds NNE at 1 mph
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT

Tickets: Starting at $15 on TiqIQ

TV: Pay-Per-View (Larry Vettel, Nat Moore) | ESPN GamePlan (outside Florida)
SiriusXM: 104/201 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]
Online Video: (outside Florida)
Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter and SportsYapper

Head Coach: Will Muschamp Head Coach: Jack Crowe
Record: 9-1 Record: 6-4
Conference: Southeastern (FBS) Conference: Ohio Valley (FCS)
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Odds: OFF


» Florida and Jacksonville State have never squared off on the gridiron.
» The Gators have the No. 1 ranked strength of schedule nationally.
» Florida can finish 7-0 at home in a season for just the third time in school history. The 2006 and 2009 UF teams also accomplished that feat.
» The Gators are 13-1 against unranked opponents and 3-6 against ranked teams under Muschamp since he took over in 2011. Florida is 3-1 against ranked opponents this season with wins of Tennessee, LSU and South Carolina and a loss to Georgia.
» UF was 0-5 when trailing at the half in 2011 but have flipped that around and are 4-1 in 2012 in that category with all four victories vs. SEC opponents (two ranked).
» The Gators are 10-0 under Muschamp when rushing for more than 150 yards and 1-5 when rushing for fewer than 100 yards. UF is also 13-3 when holding opponents to fewer than 21 points, 9-1 when an opponent rushes for fewer than 100 yards, 10-3 when scoring first and 12-1 when leading at the half.
» Florida has scored on 30-of-36 red zone trips (83.3 percent) but have only converted 19 of those possessions (52.8 percent) into touchdowns.
» UF has converted a paltry 52-of-142 third-down attempts (36.6 percent) this season, which is tied for 88th nationally in that category.
» The Gators have held their opponents to 38-of-144 on third down conversions (26.4 percent), which is good for seventh-best in the nation. UF was second nationally in third-down defense (27.3 percent) last season.
» Florida is averaging 33:11 in time of possession through 10 games, a margin that ranks sixth nationally and first in the SEC by 1:36 per game.
» The Gators are outscoring opponents 155-55 in the second half (34-27 over the last three games) and 85-23 in the fourth quarter.
» Florida is third in scoring defense nationally (12.9 points per game).
» The Gators are +12 in turnover margin through 10 games after being -12 in 2011. UF has forced the most turnovers in the SEC (341) since 2000.
» Florida has grabbed 15 interceptions so far in 2012 and has already surpassed its 2011 total of eight picks. UF has registered at least one pick in seven-of-10 games and has also forced eight fumbles.
» The Gators are first nationally in pass efficiency defense (90.4), fifth in total defense (284.9 yards per game) and 11th in rushing defense (99.9 yards per game).
» Florida has at least two kickoff returns for touchdowns in each of the last two seasons after never having more than one in a single season before 2010. UF has not yet registered a kick return (or punt return) in 2012.
» The Gators are second nationally in net punt average (41.9 yards per punt).

Read about the injuries and absences and Senior Day…after the break!


» Active (2): Senior left tackle Xavier Nixon, redshirt senior left guard James Wilson
» Questionable (2): Sophomore defensive back Valdez Showers (shoulder), redshirt sophomore guard Ian Silberman (shoulder)
» Inactive (13): Sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel (ankle), redshirt sophomore linebacker Neiron Ball (ankle), redshirt junior wide receiver Andre Debose (hamstring), sophomore safety De’Ante Saunders (knee), redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Leon Orr (infection), junior defensive back Cody Riggs (foot), redshirt junior tackle Matt Patchan (pectoral), junior long snapper Drew Ferris (collarbone), redshirt freshman guard Tommy Jordan (shoulder), junior Buck LB Ronald Powell (ACL), freshman tight end Colin Thompson (foot), redshirt junior defensive end Kedric Johnson (knee), senior defensive lineman Nick Alajajian (knee)

* As of Friday at 5 p.m.


The Gators’ 2012 senior class consists of 19 players who have either spent four (10 players), five (eight) or six (one) seasons wearing the Orange and Blue. The true senior class heads into the game with a four-year record of 37-13 (22-5 in The Swamp) including four victories against Tennessee, two over Georgia and a 1-2 record against Florida State. It is 3-0 in bowl games including wins in the 2012 Gator Bowl (vs. Ohio State), 2011 Outback Bowl (vs. Penn State) and 2010 Sugar Bowl (vs. Cincinnati).

Sixth-year seniors
James Wilson – #66 – LG – Ponte Vedra, FL
Fifth-year seniors
Caleb Sturgis – #19 – K – St. Augustine, FL
Lerentee McCray – #34 – LB – Ocala, FL
Frankie Hammond, Jr. – #85 – WR – Hollywood, FL
Omarius Hines – #20 – TE – Corsicana, TX
Omar Hunter – #99 – DT – Buford, GA
Earl Okine – #91 – DT – Gainesville, FL
Sam Robey – #50 – C/G – Louisville, KY
Scott Peek – #15 – RB – Tampa, FL (walk-on, scholarship)
True seniors
Jon Bostic – #1 – LB – Wellington, FL
Xavier Nixon – #73 – LT – Fayetteville, NC
Josh Evans – #9 – S – Irvington, NJ
Mike Gillislee – #23 – RB – DeLand, FL
Nick Alajajian – #58 – DL – Naples, FL
John Crofoot – #47 – K – Windemere, FL (walk-on)
Christopher Guido – #54 – LS – Altamonte Springs, FL (walk-on)
Jesse Schmitt – #35 – RB – Palm Beach Gardens, FL (walk-on)
Cole Gilliam – #62 – OL – Valrico, FL (walk-on, scholarship)
John Reichardt – #68 – OL – Gainesville, FL (walk-on)


  1. GatorKen says:

    Why do they put McCray as being from Ocala. He went to Dunnellon. We aren’t Ocala 😀

  2. VO2max says:

    How does ESPN3 blackout a game in Florida only? That suggests a vulnerability that I din’t think existed on the internet.

    Does anybody know a way around the ESPN3 blackout?

  3. joe says:

    Offense 6, Defense 6, Sturgis 11. All offensive coaches need to be fired after this season.

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