1988 Florida Gators football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
1988 record7–5 (4–3 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorLynn Amadee (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorGary Darnell (1st season)
Home stadiumFlorida Field
(Capacity: 72,000)[1]
Seasons
← 1987
1989 →
1988 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 8 Auburn + 6 1 0     10 2 0
No. 19 LSU + 6 1 0     8 4 0
No. 15 Georgia 5 2 0     9 3 0
No. 17 Alabama 4 3 0     9 3 0
Florida 4 3 0     7 5 0
Tennessee 3 4 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 3 4 0     5 6 0
Kentucky 2 5 0     5 6 0
Vanderbilt 2 5 0     3 8 0
Mississippi State 0 7 0     1 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1988 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1988 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season was Galen Hall's fifth as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Hall's 1988 Florida Gators finished with a 7–5 overall record and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 4–3, tying for fourth place among the ten SEC teams.[2]

The Gators started the 1988 season 5–0 and were ranked as high as No. 14. During an October game against the Memphis State Tigers, star running back Emmitt Smith injured his knee and was unable to play for a month. Florida lost the Memphis State contest and the next three as well, with the Gator offense unable to score a single touchdown while Smith was sidelined. The offense under coordinator Lynn Amadee struggled all season, with Gator quarterbacks combining to throw three touchdowns and 17 interceptions,[3] leading one Florida sports columnist to dub the offense the "Amadeeville Horror".[4] Defensive tackle Trace Armstrong was All-SEC in 1988, setting a new school, single-season record for tackles for a loss with nineteen, including seven sacks. In both 1987 and 1988, walk-on safety Louis Oliver was an All-American.

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 3Montana State*W 69–069,121
September 10at Ole MissW 27–1542,000
September 17Indiana State*
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
W 58–070,147
September 24Mississippi StateNo. 20
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
W 17–073,138
October 1No. 14 LSUNo. 17
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
CBSW 19–674,264
October 8Memphis State*No. 14
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
L 11–1773,194
October 15at VanderbiltNo. 20TBSL 9–2441,000
October 29No. 9 Auburndagger
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
ESPNL 0–1675,199
November 5vs. No. 19 GeorgiaTBSL 3–2681,958
November 12at KentuckyW 24–1951,191
November 26at No. 5 Florida State*ESPNL 17–5262,693
December 29vs. IllinoisESPNW 14–1048,218
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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

Roster

1988 Florida Gators football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
FB 38 Willie McGrady So
WR 14 Ernie Mills So
QB 1 Kyle Morris So
RB 22 Emmitt Smith So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 93 Trace Armstrong Sr
DT 50 Brad Culpepper Fr
LB 49 Joey Nicoletto Sr
DL 68 Rhondy Weston Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Rankings

Further information: 1988 NCAA Division I-A football rankings


References

  1. ^ University of Florida Sports Information Department. "Florida 1988 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. ^ https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/florida/1988.html
  4. ^ http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-11-13/sports/os-mike-bianchi-brent-pease-jobs-1114-20121113_1_offensive-coordinator-weis-offense-jeff-bowden