WR Andre Caldwell

2006 Statistics

Coach: Urban Meyer
22-4, 2 years
2006 Record: 13-1
UCF WON 42-0
at Tennessee WON 21-20
at Auburn LOST 17-27
vs. Georgia WON 21-14
at Vanderbilt WON 25-19
at Florida State WON 21-14
vs. Arkansas WON 38-28
Ohio State WON 41-14

2006 Final Rankings
AP-1, Coaches-1, BCS-2

2007 Outlook

No one knows what happens in the third year of a team coached by Urban Meyer, but we can see the quality of his (and Chuck Heater’s) astounding recruiting efforts finally coming to fruition for another banner year in north Florida. If Meyer could bring a national title here with mostly ex-coach Ron Zook’s guys, just think of how far he can go with his hulking dual-threat QB Tim Tebow and Freshman of the Year (SEC) Percy Harvin now leading the charge. Expect OC Dan Mullen to fine tune their creative spread approach even more, with only Tebow growing/adjusting into being an every-down QB possibly constituting a step back on offense. Subtleties in formations and execution still tripped up the Gators at times in ’06 (Auburn, South Carolina), so we will have to wait to see if Tebow can orchestrate the offense around him to master all of Meyer’s/Mullen’s variables. But the true test for Meyer will be replacing nine starters on defense, including all three starting linebackers, both corners and four linemen who are good enough to start in the NFL (we’ll see). In this juggernaut of a conference, only the defense returning to rank amongst the top 25 units for total effort will see UF get back to the BCS (as the defense goes, so goes the team). And new faces at both kicking jobs only makes these Gators that much more uncertain. The eight consecutive SEC opponents that start with Tennessee at home and end with a trip to Columbia for the ‘Spurrier Bowl’ are bookended by two non-cons to start and end the regular season…ergo, the new D can learn and gel early, the only shot Florida has at resurrecting its title hopes. To say this much talent, amongst both coaches and players, can automatically equal success (like last year) would be arrogant. But, similarly, to think that the momentum from last year’s BCS crown won’t carry over would be equally naïve. The range in which this UF squad will fall is pretty wide, making them one of the biggest question marks heading into the 2007 campaign. Still, proverbially, the Gator’s glass is always half full with Meyer running their show.

Projected 2007 record: 10-2
QB - 4 DL - 3
RB - 3.5 LB - 3
WR - 4.5 DB - 3.5
OL - 4 ..

Passing: Tim Tebow, 22-33-1, 358 yds., 5 TD

Rushing: Tim Tebow, 89 att., 469 yds., 8 TD

Receiving: Andre Caldwell, 57 rec., 577 yds., 6 TD

Scoring: Tim Tebow, 8 TD, 48 pts.

Punting: None

Jonathan Phillips, 0-0 FG, 5-5 PAT, 5 pts.

Tackles: Tony Joiner, 59 tot., 31 solo

Sacks: Derrick Harvey, 11 sacks

Interceptions: Tony Joiner, 2 for 0 yds.

Kickoff Returns:
Brandon James, 21 ret., 18.2 avg., 0 TD

Punt Returns: Brandon James, 33 ret., 11.0 avg., 1 TD


DB Tony Joiner
OFFENSE: Chris Leak-QB, DeShawn Wynn-RB, Dallas Baker-WR, Jemalle Cornelius-WR, Billy Latsko-HB, Steve Rissler-C, Chris Hetland-K
DEFENSE: Ray McDonald-DE, Marcus Thomas-DT, Steven Harris-DT, Joe Cohen-DT, Brian Crum-SLB, Earl Everett-WLB, Reggie Lewis-CB, Tremaine McCollum-CB, Eric Wilbur-P, Jarvis Moss-DE (NFL), Reggie Nelson-FS (NFL), Brandon Siler-MLB (NFL), Ryan Smith-CB (NFL)

contributing writer Gene Rice

With grand adulation from the alumni, the destiny of the Gators now rests in the hands of marginally proven soph Tim Tebow. This hulking, quick-footed Jacksonville-native showed his wares in poignant spots for coach Meyer – when he was injected, foes knew he was likely to run it straight at them from the shotgun and they still couldn’t stop him on the ground, let alone his aerial successes (two-thirds of the time) on play-action. The key, though, will be to see how he develops as an every-down field general. We feel he is a perfect fit for Meyer’s/Mullen’s scheme (ala Alex Smith) of checking off the play call once the back seven matches up. Oh, and then there is the straight up trickery...reverses, wide-outs who wind up passing, direct snaps to someone besides Tebow, etc. Tebow will also learn to roll out more often to either run it or to find isolated targets. Incredibly deep recruiting efforts have yielded a wealth of talent position players who also fit the spread approach found in Gainesville. One example is last year’s Freshman of the Year in the SEC, Percy Harvin. Slash specialist Harvin, like modified-QB Jarred Fayson, is just too talented to be either red-shirted or put into a learning/backup roll. In other words, don’t expect a position label to limit the contributions of all the Gators who touch the rock...and there will be many. The UF receivers go three deep. Senior Andre Caldwell provides a great nucleus from which to build and we will see his roll as ‘go to’ guy remain with so much speed amongst the others. Keep an eye on newbie Deonte Thompson, the top receiver prospect coming out of the Sunshine State. TE Cornelius Ingram has super soft hands and goes downfield at will to open up defenses, while counterpart Tate Casey stays home in more of an H-back capacity. This year’s No.2 (rivals.com) TE recruit, Aaron Hernandez, is another guy who is just too talented not to see reps. Little-used Mon Williams was looking to get the start at tailback, but he tore his knee up this spring so veteran Kestahn Moore luckily is waiting in the wings. Just as lucky, backs are stacked deep in Gatortown. Improvements to the Gator’s No.38 running attack will signal that these guys are likely to return to the BCS, and that prospect looks strong with four returning starters up front. All-SEC guard Drew Miller shifting to center will allow him to foster the new guard replacing him, highly-touted soph Ronnie Wilson. The creativity seen when the Gators have the ball will now be in the hands of Meyer’s personal selections/recruits, so what we thought was an already effective offense actually has a good chance of becoming even better.


OG Drew Miller


Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Tim Tebow-So (6-3, 234) Bryan Waggener-Jr (6-6, 226)
Cameron Newton-Fr (6-5, 242)
RB Kestahn Moore-Jr (5-10, 208) Brandon James-So (5-6, 178)
WR David Nelson-So (6-4, 208) Louis Murphy-Jr (6-2, 199)
WR Andre Caldwell-Sr (6-0, 198) Jarred Fayson-So (6-0, 200)
WR Percy Harvin-So (5-11, 181) Justin Williams-Fr (6-1, 195)
TE Tate Casey-Sr (6-6, 235) Cornelius Ingram-Jr (6-4, 221)
OT Phil Trautwein-Sr (6-6, 298) Jason Watkins-Jr (6-6, 304)
OG Jim Tartt-Jr (6-3, 312) Simon Codrington-So (6-6, 313)
C Drew Miller-Sr (6-5, 297) Maurice Hurt-Fr (6-2, 317)
OG Ronnie Wilson-So (6-3, 316) Carl Johnson-Fr (6-5, 339)
OT Carlton Medder-Sr (6-5, 318) Marcus Gilbert-Fr (6-5, 299)
K Greg Taussig-So (6-0, 194) Jonathan Phillips-Jr (5-10, 207)



Champions are predicated on superior defense, so UF has its work cut out if it is to stay atop the college football world. Building the line around resident beast and top sack artist Derrick Harvey will help. Miami-native and former prep state wrestling champ Javier Estopinan is back (ACL) and will compete with a plethora of new hats (two five-star guys) to complete the Gator front four. The line sees only three scholarship DT’s on the roster, so work here is needed for UF to even come close to their No.5 ranking in run stopping. Still, this group has the promise of a top 25 unit. Prospects at linebacker look even thinner, though; assignments already in motion have a pair of RBs moving to the corps (Walker, Williams). Still, big soph Brandon Spikes has experience, as do oft-seen reserves Dustin Doe, Ryan Stamper and A.J. Jones, so there is a starting trio of sophomores amongst those four who can buoy the incoming talent that is sure to see the field on game day. This super-fast group varies in size nicely for both underneath coverage and run stopping specialists to arise. The bend-but-don’t-break philosophy found in the Gator secondary is the most probable quality still found from last year’s stopping 11. Safety Tony Joiner gets Dorian Munroe and Kyle Jackson to join him in the deep middle to form a nucleus there, but the youth movement at corner will mean secondary coach Chuck Heater has his work cut out before his bunch can return glory here. Keep an eye on Major Wright, this year’s No.2 safety prospect who hits like a Mack truck…whose duties could include outside coverage. Accomplishments here will go the farthest toward putting UF back in the BCS, and the work that has to be done to get there will measure just how great the legend of Urban Meyer may become.


DE Derrick Harvey


Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Derrick Harvey-Jr (6-4, 245) Trent Pupello-Fr (6-2, 275)
DT Javier Estopinan-Jr (6-1, 270) Terron Sanders-Fr (6-1, 304)
DT Brandon Antwine-So (5-11, 265) Lawrence Marsh-Fr (6-5, 284)
DE Jermaine Cunningham-So (6-3, 230) Jerry Howard-Fr (incoming)
SLB Ryan Stamper-So (6-1, 227) A.J. Jones-Fr (6-1, 206)
MLB Brandon Spikes-So (6-3, 241) John Jones-Fr (incoming)
WLB Dustin Doe-So (6-0, 219) Lorenzo Edwards-Fr (incoming)
CB Markus Manson-Jr (5-11, 207) Jacques Rickerson-Fr (5-9, 172)
CB Markihe Anderson-So (5-9, 175) Wondy Pierre-Louis-So (6-1, 184)
SS Tony Joiner-Sr (5-11, 217) Kyle Jackson-Sr (6-1, 201)
FS Dorian Munroe-So (5-11, 200) Bryan Thomas-Fr (6-1, 203)
P Chas Henry-Fr (incoming) Bobby Kane-So (6-0, 183)




This year’s No.5 kicking recruit, Chas Henry, enters the placekicking and punting competitions that have no less than four Gators vying for the starts. Almost anyone will bring more promise after the longest field goal last year prior to the BCS title game was 33 yards. The Gator net punting results will likely stay high with so many four- and five-star recruits needing to distinguish themselves. Though Brandon James earned Freshman All-American honors as a return specialist, his marginal efforts on kickoffs leave room for true frosh Deonte Thompson (rumored to have run three-consecutive sub-4.3 40’s) to find some reps.