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2003 Florida Gators football
SEC Eastern Division Co-Champions
Outback Bowl, L 37–17 vs. Iowa
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 25
APNo. 24
2003 record8–5 (6–2 SEC)
Head coachRon Zook
Offensive coordinatorEd Zaunbrecher
Defensive coordinatorCharlie Strong
CaptainDaryl Dixon
CaptainKeiwan Ratliff
CaptainMax Starks
CaptainBen Troupe
Home stadiumBen Hill Griffin Stadium
Seasons
← 2002
2004 →
2003 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#7 Georgia xy   6 2         11 3  
#15 Tennessee x   6 2         10 3  
#24 Florida x   6 2         8 5  
South Carolina   2 6         5 7  
Kentucky   1 7         4 8  
Vanderbilt   1 7         2 10  
Western Division
#2 LSU xy   7 1         13 1  
#13 Ole Miss x   7 1         10 3  
Auburn   5 3         8 5  
Arkansas   4 4         9 4  
Alabama   2 6         4 9  
Mississippi State   1 7         2 10  
Championship: LSU 34, Georgia 13
† – BCS representative as champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2003 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the sport of American football during the 2003 college football season. The Gators competed in Division I-A of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and played their home games at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus. They were led by second-year coach Ron Zook, who coached the Gators to a first-place tie in the SEC East, an Outback Bowl berth, and an overall win-loss record of 8–5 (.615).

Schedule and results Edit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
8–30–2003* San Jose State Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL PPV W 65–3   90,011
9–6–2003* #3 Miami #21 Orange BowlMiami, FL ABC L 33–38   79,932
9–13–2003* Florida A&M #19 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL PPV W 63–3   90,087
9–20–2003 #12 Tennessee #17 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL CBS L 10–24   90,332
9–27–2003 Kentucky #25 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY JP W 24–21   70,579
10–4–2003 Mississippi #24 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL JP L 17–20   90,101
10–11–2003 #6 Louisiana State Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA CBS W 19–7   92,077
10–18–2003 #11 Arkansas D.W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR CBS W 33–28   73,934
11–1–2003 #4 Georgia #23 Alltel StadiumJacksonville, FL CBS W 16–13   84,411
11–8–2003 Vanderbilt #17 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL (HC) PPV W 35–17   90,122
11–15–2003 South Carolina #15 Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC JP W 22–14   81,523
11–29–2003* #9 Florida State #11 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL CBS L 34–38   90,407
1–1–2004* #13 Iowa #17 Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL (Outback Bowl) ESPN L 17–37   65,372
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.


Sources: 2012 Florida Football Media Guide,[1] and GatorZone.com.[2]

Coaching staffEdit

  • Ron Zook - Head Coach
  • Ed Zaunbrecher - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Charlie Strong - Defensive Coordinator
  • Mike Woodford - Defense/Special Teams Coordinator
  • Jerry “Red” Anderson - Defensive Line
  • Joe Wickline - Offensive Line/Running Game Coordinator
  • Dwayne Dixon - Assistant Head Coach
  • Larry Fedora - Perimeter Game Coordinator
  • Mike Locksley - Running Backs / Recruiting Coordinator
  • Bill Miller - Assistant Coach (Linebackers)

See also Edit

Bibliography Edit

  • 2009 Southeastern Conference Football Media Guide, Florida Year-by-Year Records, Southeastern Conference, Birmingham, Alabama, p. 60 (2009).
  • 2012 Florida Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 107–116 (2012).
  • Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.

References Edit

  1. 2012 Florida Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 114 & 116 (2012). Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  2. GatorZone.com, Football, History, Florida Football 2003. Retrieved November 25, 2011.

External links Edit

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