World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

1990 Florida Gators football team

 

1990 Florida Gators football team

1990
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
AP #13
1990 record 9–2 (6–1 SEC)
Head coach Steve Spurrier
Defensive coordinator Jim Bates
Captain
Home stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

The 1990 college football season marked the return of the Gators' Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Steve Spurrier to his alma mater as the new head coach of the Florida Gators football team.[1] Before Spurrier returned to Gainesville, the Gators had never won a Southeastern Conference (SEC) or national football championship; before Spurrier resigned to seek a coaching position in the National Football League in January 2002, the Gators would win six SEC titles, play for two national championships, and win one in 1996.[1]

During Spurrier's first season, he was able to build on the strong talent recruited by departing Gators coach Galen Hall, but the Gators also reaped the benefits of Spurrier's "there are no excuses for losing" mantra.[2] The 1990 season's highlights included a confidence-building 17–13 signature road win over the Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which set the tone for the remainder of the season,[2] followed by conference blowouts of the Mississippi State Bulldogs (34–21), LSU Tigers (34–8), fourth-ranked Auburn Tigers (48–7), Georgia Bulldogs (38–7) and Kentucky Wildcats (47–15). The Gators also suffered two disappointing road losses to the fifth-ranked Tennessee Volunteers (3–45) in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the eighth-ranked Florida State Seminoles (30–45) in Tallahassee, Florida.

Even as Spurrier's new "fun 'n' gun" offensive scheme led by quarterback Shane Matthews, wide receiver Ernie Mills and tight end Kirk Kirkpatrick was breaking team scoring and yardage records, defensive coordinator Jim Bates coached one of the best defensive squads in team history, including two first-team All-Americans, defensive end Huey Richardson and safety Will White.[2][3] Matthews finished the season with 2,952 passing yards and twenty-three touchdowns—then the most passing yards in Gators history.[2]

Spurrier's 1990 Florida Gators, while ineligible to win the SEC title or receive a bowl bid because of lingering NCAA probation,[2] nevertheless posted a best-in-the-SEC record of 6–1 and an overall record of 9–2,[3] and laid the foundation for the Gators' run of six SEC championships and a national title during the next decade.[1] They finished thirteenth in the final Associated Press Poll.[4]

Schedule

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
9–8–1990 Oklahoma State* Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida W 50–7  
9–15–1990 Alabama #24 Bryant-Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, Alabama TBS W 17–13  
9–22–1990 Furman* #19 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida W 27–3  
9–29–1990 Mississippi State #17 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida TBS W 34–21  
10–6–1990 Louisiana State #10 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida ESPN W 34–8  
10–13–1990 #5 Tennessee #9 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee ESPN L 3–45  
10–20–1990 Akron* #17 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Fla. W 59–0  
11–3–1990 #4 Auburn #15 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida ESPN W 48–7  
11–10–1990 Georgia #10 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida TBS W 38–7  
11–17–1990 Kentucky #6 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, Kentucky TBS W 47–15  
12–1–1990 #8 Florida State* #6 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida ESPN L 30–45  
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


Awards

  • Chris Bromley - 2nd team All-SEC (AP)
  • Brad Culpepper - 2nd team All-SEC (AP)
  • Cal Dixon - 1st team All-SEC (UPI)
  • Richard Fain - 2nd team All-American (UPI), 1st team All-SEC (AP, Coaches), Thorpe Award nominee
  • Kirk Kirkpatrick - 2nd team All-American (AP, UPI, Sporting News, Football News), 1st team All-SEC (AP, Coaches), Fergie Ferguson Award, Ray Graves Award
  • Shane Matthews - Honorable Mention All-American (UPI), 1st team All-SEC (AP, UPI, Coaches), SEC Player of the Year
  • Ernie Mills - 1st team All-SEC (UPI), 2nd team All-SEC (AP)
  • Mark Murray - 2nd team All-SEC (AP)
  • Godfrey Myles - 1st team All-SEC (Coaches), 2nd team All-SEC (AP)
  • Tim Paulk - 1st team All-SEC (UPI), 2nd team All-SEC (AP)
  • Errict Rhett - SEC All-Freshman
  • Huey Richardson - 1st team All-American (AP, Football News), 2nd team All-American (UPI, Sporting News), Lombardi Trophy finalist, 1st team All-SEC (AP, UPI, Coaches)
  • Ed Robinson - SEC All-Freshman
  • Steve Spurrier - SEC Coach of the Year (AP, UPI)
  • Mark White - James W. Kynes Award
  • Will White - 1st team All-American (FWAA), 2nd team All-American (UPI, Sporting News), 3rd team All-American (AP), 1st team All-SEC (AP, UPI, Coaches), Thorpe Award semifinalist

[5]

References

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.