Salute to the Departing Gators

Saturday is the final time these young men and women will be running from the South End Zone tunnel to play on Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, or as we have come to know it, “THE SWAMP … Only Gators get out alive.”

So, Gator Nation, let’s put our hands together and give them all a round of well-deserved applause for what they all have accomplished as Florida Gators. Feel free to thank them individually or thank them as a team for the enjoyment and the accomplishments they have brought to you as champions on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

From the equipment staff … KEVIN CATTANI.


And from the football team, let’s salute …

From Folkston, Ga., Charlton County High School, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound wide receiver … No. 7 … JUSTIN WILLIAMS

From Rancho Cordova, Calif., Cordova High School and Sierra Community College, a 6-foot-4, 217-pound wide receiver … No. 9 … CARL MOORE

From Tampa, Fla., Middleton High School, a 6-foot-1, 226-pound linebacker … No. 16 … A.J. JONES

From Dallas, Ga., East Paulding High School, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound punter and placekicker … No. 17 … CHAS HENRY

From Coppell, Texas, Coppell High School via USC, a 5-foot-11, 215-pound running back … No. 21 … EMMANUEL MOODY

From Orlando, Fla., Edgewater High School, a 6-foot-1, 240-pound linebacker … No. 26 … LORENZO EDWARDS

From Lakeland, Fla., Lakeland High School, a 5-foot-9, 190-pound strong safety … No. 35 … AHMAD BLACK

From Jacksonville, Fla., Forrest High School, a 6-foot-2, 228-pound linebacker … No. 40 … BRANDON HICKS

From Gainesville, Fla., P.K. Yonge High School, a 5-foot-10, 210-pound safety … No. 41 … MIGUEL CARODINE

From Westlake Village, Calif., Oaks Christian Academy, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end … No. 44 … DUKE LEMMENS

From Garland, Texas, Garland High School, a 6-foot, 290-pound defensive tackle … No. 47 … BRANDON ANTWINE

From Lakeland, Fla., Lakeland High School, a 6-foot-4, 310-pound offensive center … No. 55 … MIKE POUNCEY

From Durham, N.C., Southern High School, a 6-foot-5, 355-pound offensive guard … No. 57 … CARL JOHNSON

From Eureka, Mo., Eureka High School and Sante Fe Community College, a 6-foot-1, 266-pound defensive end … No. 57 … SAMUEL JOHNSON

From Celebration, Fla., and Corona Del Mar High School, a 6-foot-4, 284-pound long-snapping specialist … No. 59 … JOHN FAIRBANKS

From Valrico, Fla., Newsome High School, a 5-foot-11, 263-pound defensive tackle … No. 61 … GARY BEEMER

From Pensacola, Fla., Escambia High School, a 6-foot-2, 299-pound defensive tackle … No. 65 … GLEN WATSON

From Jacksonville, Fla., Bishop John J. Snyder High School, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive tackle … No. 70 … SHAWN SCHMIEDER

From Milledgeville, Ga., Baldwin High School, a 6-foot-3, 320-pound offensive guard and tackle … No. 74 … MAURICE HURT

From Fort Lauderdale, Fla., St. Thomas Aquinas High School, a 6-foot-5, 320-pound offensive tackle … No. 76 … MARCUS GILBERT

From Augusta, Ga., Josey High School, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound nose tackle … No. 90 … LAWRENCE MARSH

From Bradenton, Fla., Southeast High School, a 6-foot-1, 309-pound defensive tackle … No. 92 … TERRON SANDERS

From Ramsey, N.J., Don Bosco Prep, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive end … No. 94 … JUSTIN TRATTOU

Let’s salute them all:

A remarkable group, some of whom have two national championship rings … all of them will have University of Florida diplomas

So, give it up, Gator Nation and thank them.