1987 Florida Gators football
Aloha Bowl, L 16–20 vs. UCLA
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
1987 record6–6 (3–3 SEC)
Head coach
Defensive coordinatorZaven Yaralian (2nd season)
Home stadiumFlorida Field
(Capacity: 72,000)[1]
Seasons
← 1986
1988 →
1987 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 7 Auburn $ 5 0 1     9 1 2
No. 5 LSU 5 1 0     10 1 1
No. 14 Tennessee 4 1 1     10 2 1
No. 13 Georgia 4 2 0     9 3 0
Alabama 4 2 0     7 5 0
Florida 3 3 0     6 6 0
Kentucky 1 5 0     5 6 0
Mississippi State 1 5 0     4 7 0
Vanderbilt 1 5 0     4 7 0
Ole Miss 1 5 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1987 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season was the fourth for Galen Hall as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Hall's 1987 Florida Gators posted a 6–6 overall record and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 3–3, placing sixth among ten SEC teams.[2]

The season was the debut of freshman running back Emmitt Smith. Smith went on to break the 1,000-yard barrier in the seventh game of his freshman season, the fastest any running back had ever broken that barrier to begin his college career, and was named SEC and national freshman of the year. This was the last year until 2017 that Florida opened the season away from Gainesville.

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 5at No. 10 Miami (FL)*No. 20TBSL 4–3177,224
September 12Tulsa*W 52–072,173
September 19at No. 11 AlabamaTBSW 23–1475,808
September 26Mississippi State
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
W 38–374,421
October 3at No. 7 LSUNo. 19ESPNL 10–1379,313
October 10Cal State Fullerton*No. 18
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
W 65–072,336
October 17Temple*daggerNo. 14
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
W 34–374,286
October 31at No. 6 AuburnNo. 10ESPNL 6–2985,187
November 7vs. No. 10 GeorgiaNo. 17TBSL 10–2381,975
November 14Kentucky
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
TBSW 27–1473,021
November 28No. 3 Florida State*
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
CBSL 14–2874,613
December 25vs. No. 10 UCLA*ABCL 16–2024,839
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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

Roster

1987 Florida Gators football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 12 Kerwin Bell Sr
RB 22 Emmitt Smith Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Rankings

Further information: 1987 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

Game summaries

at Miami (FL)

See also: 1987 Miami Hurricanes football team and Florida–Miami football rivalry


[3]


Florida State

1 234Total
Seminoles 3 6118 28
Gators 7 700 14

See also: 1987 Florida State Seminoles football team and Florida–Florida State football rivalry

UCLA (Aloha Bowl)

Main article: 1987 Aloha Bowl

See also: 1987 UCLA Bruins football team

References

  1. ^ University of Florida Sports Information Department. "Florida 1987 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. ^ "Miami Grand In Finale, 31-4 'Canes' Rush Weathers Bell As Series Ends". Orlando Sentinel. September 6, 1987. Retrieved August 11, 2019.