1976 Florida Gators football
Sun Bowl, L 14–37 vs. Texas A&M
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Record8–4 (4–2 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorJimmy Dunn (7th season)
Offensive schemeWishbone
Defensive coordinatorDoug Knotts (7th season)
CaptainDarrell Carpenter
Alvin Cowens
Jimmy Fisher
Home stadiumFlorida Field
(Capacity: 62,800)[1]
Seasons
← 1975
1977 →
1976 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 10 Georgia $ 5 1 0 10 2 0
No. 11 Alabama 5 2 0 9 3 0
No. 20 Mississippi State 4 2 0 9 2 0
Florida 4 2 0 8 4 0
No. 18 Kentucky 4 2 0 8 4 0
LSU 3 3 0 6 4 1
Auburn 3 3 0 4 7 0
Ole Miss 3 4 0 5 6 0
Tennessee 2 4 0 6 5 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0 2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • Mississippi State later forfeited all 1976 wins due to NCAA violations.
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1976 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1976 NCAA Division I football season. The season was the seventh for Doug Dickey as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Dickey's 1976 Florida Gators finished with an 8–4 overall record and a 4–2 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), placing fourth among ten SEC teams.[2]

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 11vs. North Carolina*No. 18L 21–2442,262
September 18Houston*W 49–1449,820
September 25Mississippi State
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
W 34–3049,117
October 2No. 11 LSUNo. 19
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
W 28–2357,119
October 16at Florida State*No. 12W 33–2642,803
October 23at TennesseeNo. 11W 20–1882,596
October 30AuburnNo. 12
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
W 24–1965,129
November 6vs. No. 7 GeorgiaNo. 10ABCL 27–4170,314
November 13at KentuckyNo. 15L 9–2855,000
November 20Rice*dagger
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
W 50–2253,275
November 27vs. Miami (FL)*W 19–1040,055
January 2, 1977vs. No. 10 Texas A&M*CBSL 14–3733,250
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide[2]

Attendance figures: 1977 University of Florida Press Guide.[3]

Personnel

1976 Florida Gators football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB Larry Brinson
RB Earl Carr
WR 89 Wes Chandler
RB Ron Enciade
QB Jimmy Fisher (C)
OL David Forrester
WR Derrick Gaffney
RB Napoleon Green
RB Tony Green
QB Bill Kynes
RB Sammy Lemon
OL Robbie Moore
RB Robert Morgan
OL Bruce Mulliniks
QB Mark Newman
RB 37 Joe Portale
OL Joe Pupello
WR Scott Shuler
TE Jimmy Stephens
TE Tony Stephens
OL Keith Tribble
RB Willie Wilder
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB Tim Aydt
DB Steve Blair
LB Scot Brantley
DL Darrell Carpenter (C)
DL Ron Coleman
DB Alvin Cowans (C)
DB Warren Gaffney
DB Chuck Hatch
LB Scot Hutchinson
DL Jeff Kanter
DL Sylvester King
DB Terry LeCount
DB Alvin Parrish
DL Richard Ruth
LB Charlie Williams
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K David Posey Sr
P Alan Williams
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Jimmy Dunn
  • Doug Knotts

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
    Injured
  • Redshirt
    Redshirt

References

  1. ^ Sports Publicity Department. "1976 University of Florida Press Guide" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived 2015-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 110–111 (2015). Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  3. ^ Sports Publicity Department. "1977 University of Florida Press Guide" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.