Things to know about Florida

Oct. 31, 2007

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Vanderbilt will look pick up its sixth win of the season when the Commodores (5-3, 2-3 SEC) travel to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to face the Florida Gators (5-3, 3-3 SEC). The game is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. CT and will be televised by Lincoln Financial Sports.

Get to know Florida:

Head Coach Urban Meyer:
Meyer is in his third season as the Florida Gators head coach. Before arriving in Gainesville, he served as the head coach at Utah and led the Utes to a 2004 Fiesta Bowl victory over Pittsburgh. Meyer earned multiple National Coach of the Year honors in 2004 after leading Utah to a perfect 12-0 season. He collected the Home Depot National Coach of the Year, the George Munger Award for the Collegiate Coach of the Year presented by the Maxwell Club, and the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (Named by the Football Writers Association of America). He also was named National Coach of the Year by Pro Football Weekly and earned the Woody Hayes Trophy Award and the Victor Award. While at Utah, Meyer coached former No. 1 overall NFL draft pick QB Alex Smith. He began his head coaching career at Bowling Green in 2001. He played as a defensive back at the University of Cincinnati before graduating in 1986.

QB #15 Tim Tebow (6'3" 235 lbs So.):
Tebow is on the Maxwell Award and Manning Award Watch Lists. This season, Tebow leads the team in passing (1,947 yards) and rushing (563 yards). He has thrown for 18 touchdowns versus only three interceptions. A human battering ram from the quarterback position, he has also rushed for 12 touchdowns, including a current streak of at least one rushing touchdown in nine consecutive games. He leads the nation with a 176.5 passer rating. Last season vs. VU, Tebow completed one of three passes for five yards while also rushing six times for 38 yards.

WR #1 Percy Harvin (5'11" 187 lbs. So.):
Harvin is a 2007 Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist and is on the Maxwell Award Watch List. A wide receiver that often motions into the backfield to run the option with Tebow, Harvin leads the team with 933 all-purpose yards, an average of 116.6 per game. Harvin leads the team in catches with 36 and receiving yards with 604. Harvin's 701 career rushing yards are the most by a Florida wide receiver in school history. In 2007, Harvin is averaging 11.8 yards per play every time he touches the ball. Last season vs. VU, Harvin caught one pass for eight yards.

WR #5 Andre Caldwell (6'0" 200 lbs. Sr.):
A member of the Maxwell Award Watch List, Caldwell is the sixth leading receiver in school history with 144 career catches. He needs only 29 more catches to establish a new school career record. Last season vs. Vanderbilt, Caldwell caught eight passes for 68 yards.

DE #91 Derrick Harvey (6'4" 262 lbs. Jr.):
A finalist for the Lott Trophy, the Hendricks Award, and the Bednarik Award, Harvey leads the team with 12.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks this season. Harvey's 18.5 career sacks rank him ninth on Florida's all-time career list. In 2006 vs. the Commodores, he recorded five tackles, two and one-half tackles for loss, and one sack.

LB #51 Brandon Spikes (6'3" 243 lbs. So.):
Spikes is the Gators' leading tackler this season with 74 total. Through eight games, he also has eight tackles for loss and one and one-half sacks.

Talking Points:

Florida is the defending national champion after defeating Ohio St. in the 2006-2007 BCS National Championship Game. 

UF is 16-1 under Urban Meyer at "The Swamp." Their lone home loss was this season against Auburn (20-17) on a last second field goal.

Meyer has a career record of 20-2 in games played in the state of Florida. 

The Gators have been ranked in the AP, Coaches', and BCS polls each week Urban Meyer has been the head coach at Florida.

Florida has spent 17 consecutive years in the final Coaches' Poll, the longest active streak in the NCAA by seven years. Texas is second on the list at 10.

Florida has scored in 237 consecutive games.

A total of 19 Gators made their first career start at some point this season.

UF's offense averages 39.1 points per game, good for 10th nationally and second in the SEC.

Florida has rushed for 21 touchdowns this season. (third in the SEC, 14th in the NCAA).

The Gators have outscored their opponents in three out of four quarters this season, including a 101-40 in the second quarter.

Florida's offensive line has not allowed a sack in half of the team's eight games this season.

Over the last 17 years, Florida is: 138-5 when holding opponents to 21 points or less; 111-7 vs. unranked teams; and 31-4 in games in which the team blocks a punt. The Gators blocked two punts last season vs. Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt WR #10 Earl Bennett was the last player to record over 150 yards receiving against the Gators' defense. He had 13 catches for 157 yards and one touchdown last November vs. Florida.



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