1982 Florida Gators football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
1982 record8–4 (3–3 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorMike Shanahan (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorJoe Kines (2nd season)
Home stadiumFlorida Field
(Capacity: 72,000)[1]
Seasons
← 1981
1983 →
1982 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 4 Georgia $ 6 0 0 11 1 0
No. 11 LSU 4 1 1 8 3 1
No. 14 Auburn 4 2 0 9 3 0
Vanderbilt 4 2 0 8 4 0
Tennessee 3 2 1 6 5 1
Alabama 3 3 0 8 4 0
Florida 3 3 0 8 4 0
Mississippi State 2 4 0 5 6 0
Ole Miss 0 6 0 4 7 0
Kentucky 0 6 0 0 10 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1982 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1982 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season was the fourth for Charley Pell as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Pell's 1982 Florida Gators posted an 8–4 overall record and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 3–3, tying for sixth place in the ten-team SEC.[2]

The highlight of the season was a nationally televised September victory over Southern Cal in the Trojans' only visit to Florida Field. Gator linebacker Wilber Marshall had 14 tackles and 4 sacks in the 17–9 victory and was named national defensive player of the week on his way to All-American honors at the end of the season.[3] On offense, the team was led by quarterback Wayne Peace, who set an NCAA record for completion percentage in a season (70.7%) running offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan's short passing attack.[4]

Florida played six of their first seven games at home and rode their early season success into a #4 ranking in early October, which matched the highest AP poll placement in program history up to that time. However, close losses to LSU and Vanderbilt and a blow-out loss to arch rival Georgia knocked them out of the polls, and the Gators finished the season 8–4 after a loss in the 1982 Bluebonnet Bowl

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 4No. 15 Miami (FL)*No. 16USAW 17–1471,864
September 11No. 10 USC*No. 11
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
ABCW 17–973,238
September 25Mississippi StateNo. 5
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
ESPNW 27–1771,544
October 2LSUNo. 4
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
USAL 13–2473,152
October 9at VanderbiltNo. 14L 29–3139,726
October 16West Texas State*dagger
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
W 77–1472,885
October 30No. 19 Auburn
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
W 19–1773,532
November 6vs. No. 3 GeorgiaNo. 20CBSL 0–4480,749
November 13at KentuckyW 39–1353,245
November 20at Tulane*W 21–1427,795
December 4at No. 15 Florida State*W 13–1057,369
December 31vs. No. 14 Arkansas*MTNL 24–2831,557
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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


Personnel

1982 Florida Gators football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 27 Neal Anderson Fr
OL Phil Bromley
RB Johnell Brown
OL Lomas Brown
RB Ronnie Diltz
WR Dwayne Dixon
TE Chris Faulkner
OL Dan Fike
OL Russell Gallon
RB Lorenzo Hampton
RB Joe Henderson
QB Bob Hewko
OL Dwayne Hinson
OL John Hunt
WR Spencer Jackson
RB James Jones
WR Broughton Lang
TE Mike Mularkey
QB 15 Wayne Peace Jr
TE Tom Peddle
WR Gary Rolle
OL Buddy Schultheis
RB Derald Williams
RB John L. Williams
WR Tyrone Young
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB Val Brown
DB Vernell Brown
DB Randy Clark
DB Ivory Curry
DB Ricky Easmon
DB Sonny Gilliam
DL Roy Harris
LB Fernando Jackson
DB Tony Lilly
LB 88 Wilber Marshall Jr
LB Fred McCallister
DB Vito McKeever
LB Patrick Miller
DL Tim Newton
DB, P Roger Sibbald
DB Bruce Vaughan
DL John Whittaker
LB Tom Wiegmann
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P Ray Criswell
K Jim Gainey
K Bobby Raymond
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

References

  1. ^ University of Florida Sports Information Department. "Florida 1982 Football 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, p. 107 (2015). Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  3. ^ "Wilber Marshall - A Tradition of Honor". Florida Gators. University of Florida Athletic Association. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  4. ^ Andreu, Robbie (July 31, 2010). "Where are they now? Wayne Peace". Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 7 October 2019.