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UF: Coming and Going

By ANTONYA ENGLISH, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 13, 2002


PLAYERS: WHO'S IN

Rex Grossman, QB, 6-1, 223, So.: The 2001 Heisman Trophy runner-up has thrown for 6,010 yards in his two-year career. Spurrier's Fun 'n' Gun was a very good system, but now it's all up in the air. The hiring of former Marshall offensive coordinator Ed Zaunbrecher, who runs a similar high-powered offensive system, helped convince Grossman to stay.

Taylor Jacobs, WR, 6-0, 195, Jr.: One of three receivers Grossman relied on most, Jacobs improved as the season progressed, and was the Orange Bowl MVP. He was set to return before Spurrier left, then wavered. He decided Friday to stay for his senior season. He caught 48 passes for 882 yards and nine touchdowns.

PLAYERS: WHO'S OUT

Mike Pearson, OT, 6-7, 292, Jr.: Ranked among the top linemen in the nation, a first-team All-American. He is heading to the NFL, where he could be first-round pick.

Reche Caldwell, WR, 6-1, 198, Jr.: Finished his career with 2,135 yards and 18 touchdowns on 145. His string of 10 consecutive games with at least one touchdown catch is the second-longest streak in Florida history. A Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, Caldwell will enter the NFL draft.

Lito Sheppard, CB, 5-10, 195, Jr.: A two-time All-American, he ranked among the top defensive backs in the nation and was considered one of the best cover men in the nation. Will enter the NFL draft.

Jabar Gaffney, WR, 6-1, 197, So.: Grossman's primary target in 2001, Gaffney caught 74 passes for 1,309 yards and 15 touchdowns. A first-team All-American and Biletnikoff Award finalist, he is leaving for the NFL.

Brock Berlin, QB, 6-2, 211, So.: The sophomore played in 13 games, but spent his career as a backup to Grossman. He got his only career start in the Orange Bowl, but it wasn't enough to keep him from transfering to Miami.

Wesley Bryant, OL, 6-3, 285, Fr.: A prep All-American from Charlotte, N.C., he will transfer at the end of the semester citing a desire to be closer to home. It's not clear which school he will attend.

COACHES: WHO'S IN

Dwayne Dixon: Wide receivers coach. One of two on Spurrier's staff to be retained.

Jerry Odom: Inside linebackers coach has been retained after one season.

Ed Zaunbrecher: Former Marshall offensive coordinator, he will take over the offense.

Jerry (Red) Anderson: He was an assistant at UF from l985-94 and rejoins the staff as a defensive coach. Anderson produced All-Americans Tony McCoy, Brad Culpepper and Ellis Johnson.

Joe Wickline: Former Gator lineman and St. Petersburg native, he is the new offensive line coach.

Larry Fedora: Former offensive coordinator at Middle Tennessee State will be the new running backs coach.

Mike Woodford A defensive assistant with the New Orleans Saints, he will be UF's secondary coach.

COACHES: WHO'S OUT

Jimmy Ray Stephens Offensive Line coach and run-game coordinator. Interviewed at North Carolina on Thursday.

Buddy Teevens Assistant offensive coordinator, tight ends. Was named coach at Stanford on Wednesday.

Jim Collins Outside linebackers, special-teams coordinator, recruiting coordinator. Was not retained.

Jon Hoke: Assistant coach, defensive coordinator. Was not retained.

Ricky Hunley: Defensive line. Was not retained.

Lawson Holland: Running backs. Was not retained.

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