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There are 25 days until Florida plays their first football game of the 2016 season. 25! Fall camp is underway! (The Gators were also ranked No. 25 in the coaches’ preseason poll.)
Here are 25 facts from Florida’s 2015 season, to get you ready for 2016:
- In last season’s opener, after punting on their first possession, the Gators scored a touchdown on five of their next six drives.
- Florida had four touchdown passes against both New Mexico State and Ole Miss.
- Florida’s defense limited East Carolina to -13 rushing yards. That’s the fewest rushing yards allowed by the Gators since 1998.
- Florida extended its winning streak over Kentucky to 29 games (and hope to make it 30 this year). That’s the longest active win streak in the nation over a major opponent in an annual series.
- The Gators recorded six sacks against Kentucky, losing the Wildcats 50 yards.
- Against Tennessee, Antonio Callaway became the first Florida true freshman to record a 100-yard receiving day since Reidel Anthony in 1994.
- The then-#25 ranked Gators handily defeated the then-#3 ranked Ole Miss Rebels, who had just given eventual national champion Alabama their only loss of the season two weeks prior.
- Florida’s defense forced four turnovers in that Ole Miss game, which led to 19 points for the Gators.
- Teez Tabor had two pick-sixes during the 2015 season, a 39-yard return against East Carolina and a 40-yard return against Missouri.
- Against Missouri, Florida’s defense forced five straight three-and-outs to end the first half and start the second half.
- Antonio Callaway became the first true freshman in school history to score on a punt return in an SEC game. Callaway returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter against LSU.
- Kelvin Taylor had another impressive showing against Georgia. After running for 196 yards and two touchdowns against the Bulldogs in 2014, KT had 121 yards and two touchdowns against them in 2015.
- Florida’s defense held Georgia to just 223 total yards and forced five turnovers. That is the fewest yards Georgia has been held to in the rivalry since 1991, when they were held to 220.
- Georgia’s 3 points were also its fewest in the series since 1984, when they were shut out by the Gators.
- The Gators had 248 rushing yards on 48 carries against the Bulldogs.
- Brandon Powell had Florida’s longest kickoff return of the year with 71 yards against Vanderbilt.
- Against Vanderbilt, Austin Hardin kicked a 43 yard field goal to put Florida ahead 9-7 with 2:22 left in the game. The Gators held on to win with that final score.
- Florida became SEC East Champions. It was the first time that the Gators had won the east since 2009.
- Against South Carolina, Florida’s defense limited the Gamecocks to just 44 yards through the first three quarters, including -9 yards in the third quarter.
- In that game against the Gamecocks, Jordan Cronkrite became the first Florida freshman running back to have a receiving and rushing touchdown in the same game since DeShawn Wynn in 2003.
- Jake McGee scored on a 13-yard touchdown pass in overtime to give the Gators the win over FAU.
- The FSU game was Kelvin Taylor’s fifth of the season where he surpassed 100 yards. It was also his fourth 100+ yard game in the previous five.
- Antonio Callaway had an SEC title game record punt return of 85 yards against Alabama.
- Florida’s largest offensive output of the season was against New Mexico State, where the Gators had 606 yards of total offense and scored 61 points. They also averaged 7.7 yards per play in that game.
- Six players recorded interceptions for the Gators last season. Vernon Hargreaves III had four, Teez Tabor had four (including two pick-sixes), Marcus Maye had two, Quincy Wilson had two, Keanu Neal had one, and Jarrad Davis had one.