2021 Florida Gators football
Florida Gators logo
Gasparilla Bowl, L 17–29 vs. UCF
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
Record6–7 (2–6 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorTodd Grantham
Christian Robinson (interim)
Base defense3–4
Home stadiumBen Hill Griffin Stadium
(capacity: 88,548)
Seasons
← 2020
2022 →
2021 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East Division
No. 1 Georgia x#^   8 0     14 1  
No. 18 Kentucky   5 3     10 3  
Tennessee   4 4     7 6  
Missouri   3 5     6 7  
South Carolina   3 5     7 6  
Florida   2 6     6 7  
Vanderbilt   0 8     2 10  
West Division
No. 2 Alabama x$^   7 1     13 2  
No. 11 Ole Miss   6 2     10 3  
No. 21 Arkansas   4 4     9 4  
Mississippi State   4 4     7 6  
Texas A&M   4 4     8 4  
Auburn   3 5     6 7  
LSU   3 5     6 7  
Championship: Alabama 41, Georgia 24
  • # – College Football Playoff champion
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2021 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the 2021 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Gators played their home games at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida, and competed in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They were led by fourth-year head coach Dan Mullen, who was fired on November 21, and were then led by interim head coach Greg Knox.[1]

Previous season

See also: 2020 Florida Gators football team

In the 2020 season, the Gators posted an 8–2 record in the all-SEC schedule, winning the Eastern Division. They played No. 1 Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, narrowly losing 52–46. They received an invitation to play in the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, playing against Oklahoma, which they lost 55–20.

Schedule

[2]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 47:30 p.m.Florida Atlantic*No. 13SECNW 35–1486,840
September 111:00 p.m.at South Florida*No. 13ABCW 42–2066,646
September 183:30 p.m.No. 1 AlabamaNo. 11
CBSL 29–3190,887
September 257:00 p.m.TennesseeNo. 11
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, Florida (rivalry)
ESPNW 38–1488,478
October 26:00 p.m.at KentuckyNo. 10ESPNL 13–2061,632
October 912:00 p.m.VanderbiltdaggerNo. 20
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, Florida
SECNW 42–086,258
October 1612:00 p.m.at LSUNo. 20ESPNL 42–4996,012
October 303:30 p.m.vs. No. 1 GeorgiaCBSL 7–3476,141
November 67:30 p.m.at South CarolinaSECNL 17–4070,131
November 1312:00 p.m.Samford*
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, Florida
ESPN+/SECN+W 70–5270,098
November 204:00 p.m.at MissouriSECNL 23–24 OT47,818
November 2712:00 p.m.Florida State*
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, Florida (rivalry)
ESPNW 24–2188,491
December 237:00 p.mvs. UCF*
ESPNL 17–2963,669
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Rankings

Further information: 2021 NCAA Division I FBS football rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
— = Not ranked. RV = Received votes.
Week
PollPre1234567891011121314Final
AP13131111102020RVRV
Coaches11991191817RVRV
CFPNot releasedNot released

Game summaries

Florida Atlantic

See also: 2021 Florida Atlantic Owls football team

Florida Atlantic at Florida Gators – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Florida Atlantic 0 0 01414
No. 13 Florida 14 0 71435

at Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida

  • Date: September 4, 2021
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 81 °F (27 °C) • Weather: Sunny • Wind: NE at 3 mph (4.8 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 86,840
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler
  • TV announcers (SECN): Tom Hart (play-by-play), Jordan Rodgers (color) and Cole Cubelic (sideline reporter)[3]
  • Boxscore
Game information

South Florida

See also: 2021 South Florida Bulls football team

Florida Gators at South Florida Bulls – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 13 Florida 14 21 0742
South Florida 3 0 10720

at Raymond James StadiumTampa, Florida

  • Date: September 11, 2021
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 82 °F (28 °C) • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 66,646
  • Referee: Hank Johns
  • TV announcers (ABC): Bob Wischusen (play-by-play), Dan Orlovsky (color) and Kris Budden (sideline reporter)[4]
  • Boxscore
Game information

No. 1 Alabama

See also: 2021 Alabama Crimson Tide football team and Alabama–Florida football rivalry

Alabama Crimson Tide at Florida Gators – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 1 Alabama 21 0 7331
No. 11 Florida 3 6 14629

at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida

  • Date: September 18, 2021
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 87 °F (31 °C) • Wind: E at 3 mph (4.8 km/h) • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 90,887
  • Referee: Alex Moore
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color) and Jamie Erdahl (sideline reporter)[5]
  • Boxscore
Game information

Tennessee

See also: 2021 Tennessee Volunteers football team and Florida–Tennessee football rivalry

Tennessee Volunteers at Florida Gators – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Tennessee 7 7 0014
No. 11 Florida 10 7 14738

at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida

  • Date: September 25, 2021
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 80 °F (27 °C) • Wind: N at 2 mph (3.2 km/h) • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 88,478
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Greg McElroy (analyst) and Katie George (sideline)[6]
  • Boxscore
Game information

Kentucky

See also: 2021 Kentucky Wildcats football team

Florida Gators at Kentucky Wildcats – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 10 Florida 7 3 0313
Kentucky 7 0 6720

at Kroger FieldLexington, Kentucky

  • Date: October 2, 2021
  • Game time: 6:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 75 °F (24 °C) • Wind: SW at 6 mph (9.7 km/h) • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 61,632
  • Referee: Marc Curles
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Bob Wischusen (play-by-play), Dan Orlovsky (color) and Kris Budden (sideline reporter)[7]
  • Boxscore
Game information

Vanderbilt

See also: 2021 Vanderbilt Commodores football team

Vanderbilt Commodores at Florida Gators – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vanderbilt 0 0 000
No. 20 Florida 14 7 21042

at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida

  • Date: October 9, 2021
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 77 °F (25 °C) • Wind: NW at 5 mph (8.0 km/h) • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 86,258
  • Referee: Steve Marlowe
  • TV announcers (SECN): Dave Neal (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (analyst) and Taylor Davis (sideline)[8]
  • Boxscore
Game information

LSU

See also: 2021 LSU Tigers football team and Florida–LSU football rivalry

Florida Gators at LSU Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 20 Florida 6 7 22742
LSU 0 21 141449

at Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana

  • Date: October 16, 2021
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 66 °F (19 °C) • Wind: NE at 14 mph (23 km/h) • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 96,012
  • Referee: Alex Moore
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst) and Molly McGrath (sideline)[9]
  • Boxscore
Game information

No. 1 Georgia

See also: 2021 Georgia Bulldogs football team and Florida–Georgia football rivalry

Georgia Bulldogs vs. Florida Gators – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 1 Georgia 0 24 3734
Florida 0 0 077

at TIAA Bank FieldJacksonville, Florida

  • Date: October 30, 2021
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 67 °F (19 °C) • Wind: W at 16 mph (26 km/h) • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 76,141
  • Referee: David Smith
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Jamie Erdahl (sideline reporter)[10]
  • Boxscore
Game information

South Carolina

See also: 2021 South Carolina Gamecocks football team

Florida Gators at South Carolina Gamecocks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Florida 7 3 0717
South Carolina 10 20 10040

at Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, South Carolina

  • Date: November 6, 2021
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 55 °F (13 °C) • Wind: NE at 9 mph (14 km/h) • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 70,131
  • Referee: Alex Moore
  • TV announcers (SECN): Taylor Zarzour (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (analyst), Alyssa Lang (sideline)[11]
  • Boxscore
Game information

Samford

See also: 2021 Samford Bulldogs football team

Samford Bulldogs at Florida Gators – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Samford 21 21 01052
Florida 14 21 211470

at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida

  • Date: November 13, 2021
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: 64 °F (18 °C) • Wind: SW at 5 mph (8.0 km/h) • Weather: Rain
  • Game attendance: 70,098
  • Referee: Lee Hedrick
  • TV announcers (ESPN+ and SECN+): Mike Couzens (play-by-play), Dustin Fox (analyst)[12]
  • Boxscore
Game information

Missouri

See also: 2021 Missouri Tigers football team

Florida Gators at Missouri Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Florida 3 3 73723
Missouri 3 6 07824

at Faurot FieldColumbia, Missouri

  • Date: November 20, 2021
  • Game time: 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: 60 °F (16 °C) • Wind: S at 5 mph (8.0 km/h) • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 47,818
  • Referee: James Carter
  • TV announcers (SECN): Dave Neal (play-by-play), Deuce McAllister (analyst), Andraya Carter (sideline)[13]
  • Boxscore
Game information

Florida State

See also: 2021 Florida State Seminoles football team and Florida–Florida State football rivalry

Florida State Seminoles at Florida Gators – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Florida State 0 7 01421
Florida 7 0 10724

at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida

Game information

UCF (Gasparilla Bowl)

See also: 2021 UCF Knights football team and 2021 Gasparilla Bowl

UCF Knights vs. Florida Gators – Game summary
1 2 34Total
UCF 0 9 17329
Florida 7 3 7017

at Raymond James Stadium • Tampa, Florida

  • Date: December 23, 2021
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: 57 °F (14 °C) • Wind: SE at 3 mph (4.8 km/h) • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 63,669
  • Referee: Mark Duddy
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Wes Durham (play-by-play), Roddy Jones (analyst), Taylor Davis (sideline)
  • Boxscore
Game information

Personnel

Roster

As of 11 September 2021[15]
2021 Florida Gators roster

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

  •  6 Nay'Quan Wright –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 20 Malik Davis –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 21 Lorenzo Lingard –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 23 Demarkcus Bowman –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 27 Dameon Pierce – Senior
  • 38 Carlson Joseph –
    Redshirt
    Freshman

Wide Receivers

  •  0 Ja'Quavion Fraziars – Sophomore
  •  1 Jacob Copeland –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  •  3 Xzavier Henderson – Sophomore
  •  4 Justin Shorter –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 12 Rick Wells –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 14 Trent Whittemore –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 81 Daejon Reynolds – Freshman
  • 82 Ja'Markis Weston –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 86 Jordan Pouncey –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 88 Marcus Burke – Freshman

Tight Ends

  •  2 Kemore Gamble –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  •  9 Keon Zipperer – Junior
  • 80 Gage Wilcox – Freshman
  • 84 Nick Elksnis – Freshman
  • 87 Jonathan Odom –
    Redshirt
    Freshman

Offensive Line

  • 50 Kaleb Boateng –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 51 Stewart Reese – Graduate
  • 54 Gerald Mincey –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 56 Jean DeLance –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 58 Austin Barber – Freshman
  • 64 Riley Simonds –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 65 Kingsley Eguakun –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 66 Jake Slaughter – Freshman
  • 67 Richie Leonard –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 70 Michael Tarquin –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 72 Josh Braun – Sophomore
  • 73 Mark Pitts –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 74 Will Harrod –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 76 Richard Gouraige –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 77 Ethan White – Junior
  • 78 Yousef Mugharbil – Freshman
  • 79 Hayden Clem – Freshman

Defensive Line

  •  6 Zachary Carter
    Redshirt
    Senior
  •  9 Gervon Dexter – Sophomore
  • 18 Dante Zanders –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 21 Desmond Watson – Freshman
  • 33 Princely Umanmielen – Sophomore
  • 44 Daquan Newkirk –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 54 Lamar Goods –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 55 Antonio Valentino –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 66 Jaelin Humphries –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 90 Chris Thomas Jr. – Freshman
  • 91 Justus Boone – Freshman
  • 92 Jalen Lee – Sophomore
  • 94 Tyreak Sapp – Freshman
  • 95 Tyrone Truesdell – Graduate
  • 97 Griffin McDowell –
    Redshirt
    Junior

Outside Linebackers

  •  1 Brenton Cox Jr.
    Redshirt
    Junior
  •  4 David Reese –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  •  7 Jeremiah Moon –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  •  8 Khris Bogle – Junior
  • 10 Andrew Chatfield Jr. –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 48 Noah Keeter –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 52 Antwaun Powell –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 93 Dylan Meeks –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 99 Lloyd Summerall III –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore

Linebackers

  •  2 Amari Burney – Senior
  • 11 Mohamoud Diabate – Junior
  • 15 Derek Wingo – Sophomore
  • 17 Scooby Williams – Freshman
  • 28 Ty'Ron Hopper –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 30 Diwun Black – Junior
  • 34 Lacedrick Brunson –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 36 Chief Borders – Freshman
  • 51 Ventrell Miller
    Injury icon 2.svg
    Redshirt
    Senior

Cornerbacks

  •  3 Jason Marshall Jr. – Freshman
  •  5 Kaiir ElamJunior
  • 23 Jaydon Hill –
    Injury icon 2.svg
    Junior
  • 24 Avery Helm –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 25 Ethan Pouncey –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 27 Jadarrius Perkins – Junior
  • 31 Jordan Young – Freshman
  • 37 Patrick Moorer –
    Redshirt
    Senior

Safeties

  •  0 Trey Dean III – Senior
  • 13 Donovan McMillon – Freshman
  • 16 Tre'Vez Johnson – Sophomore
  • 20 Corey Collier Jr. – Freshman
  • 22 Rashad Torrence II – Sophomore
  • 26 Kamar Wilcoxson –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 32 Mordecai McDaniel – Sophomore
  • 39 Fenley Graham –
    Redshirt
    Freshman

Defensive Backs

  • 19 Elijah Blades – Graduate
  • 35 Dakota Mitchell – Freshman
  • 43 Nicolas Sutton –
    Redshirt
    Senior

Kickers

  • 47 Jace Christmann – Graduate
  • 71 Chris Howard –
    Redshirt
    Senior

Punters

  • 26 Jeremy Crawshaw –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 40 Jacob Watkins –
    Redshirt
    Senior

Long Snappers

  • 42 Rocco Underwood – Freshman
  • 45 Marco Ortiz –
    Redshirt
    Junior

Athletes

  • 13 Kyle Engel –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 18 Jack Anders –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 22 Kahleil Jackson –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 29 Khamal Ellison –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 29 Isaac Ricks –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 30 Taylor Spierto – Freshman
  • 31 Chase DeMichele –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 33 Daniel Cross –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 35 William Sawyer –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 36 Cornelius Barnes – Freshman
  • 37 Tyler Waxman –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 38 Cahron Rackley – Freshman
  • 44 Brandon Becar –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 46 John Brady –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 47 Justin Pelic –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 49 Adam Mihalek – Freshman
  • 53 Chase Whitfield –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 57 Coleman Crozier –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 83 Joshua Tse –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 85 Kevin Johnson –
    Redshirt
    Junior
  • 96 Travis Freeman –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore

Coaching staff

Name Position Joined Staff
Dan Mullen Head Coach (until November 21) 2018
Christian Robinson Interim Defensive Coordinator 2021
Tim Brewster Assistant Head Coach / Tight Ends 2020
John Hevesy Running Game Coordinator / Offensive Line 2018
Billy Gonzales Passing Game Coordinator / Wide Receivers 2018
Garrick McGee Quarterbacks 2020
Greg Knox Running Backs / Special Teams Coordinator

Interim Head Coach (November 21 onward)

2018
Wesley McGriff Secondary 2021
Jules Montinar Cornerbacks 2021
David Turner Defensive Line 2019
Nick Savage Director of Strength & Conditioning 2018

Players drafted into the NFL

See also: 2022 NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
1 23 Kaiir Elam CB Buffalo Bills
3 95 Zachary Carter DT Cincinnati Bengals
4 107 Dameon Pierce RB Houston Texans

References

  1. ^ Low, Chris (2021-11-21). "Sources: Mullen out at Florida; Knox interim". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on 2021-11-21. Retrieved 2021-11-21.
  2. ^ "2021 Florida Football Schedule". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  3. ^ FAU Pregame
  4. ^ USF Pregame
  5. ^ ALA Pregame
  6. ^ TEN Pregame
  7. ^ KEN Pregame
  8. ^ VAN Pregame
  9. ^ LSU Pregame
  10. ^ UGA Pregame
  11. ^ SCAR Pregame
  12. ^ SAM Pregame
  13. ^ MIZZ Pregame
  14. ^ FSU Pregame
  15. ^ "2021 Football Roster". Florida Gators. Retrieved 11 September 2021.