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84 Ben Troupe

Drafted in the second round as the 40th overall pick by the Tennessee Titans...

CAREER: Played in 39 games with 20 starts for 2,048 plays... Played in the 2002 Orange Bowl....64 pass receptions for 958 yards (14.9 avg.) and seven touchdowns...

2003: Started all 13 games and had 39 receptions to tie for the best total on the squad...Had 638 receiving yards and tied for the tops with five touchdowns, both of which led the team ...First TE to lead UF in touchdown receptions since 1980...One of three finalists for the John Mackey Award, an honor given to the nation's top TE...Named a first-team All-American by The Sporting News...In addition, was chosen as an All-American by SI.com and Rivals.com...Was a All-SEC Coaches' first team honoree as well as a Collegefootballnews.com All-SEC selection...Was the only TE in the country to finish with at least 500 receiving yards and five touchdown catches, while still averaging at least 15 yards per reception...Finished with a team-high 15 offensive "Big Plays," catching at least one 20-plus yard pass in seven separate games including six of the final seven games of the year...Averaged 16.4 yards per reception - the second highest total among Mackey Award semi-finalists...Led the team in receiving yards in four games, and receptions twice...Set two of the top three receiving performances by a tight end in school history vs. Florida State (121 yards (2nd)) and Tennessee (106 yards (3rd))...Had a career-day against Florida State with a career-high in yards (121), touchdowns (2) as all four receptions went for 25-or-more yards, including a career-long 40-yarder...With the 121-yard performance against the Seminoles, came one yard short of tying the school record for most yards in a game by a tight end...Finished the Tennessee game with a career-high five catches....Had a team-best 58 yards on two catches in the win over No. 4 Georgia, including a 21-yarder in the final offensive drive of the game that led to a game-winning field goal in the final minute of the game...Had an 18-yard highlight reel touchdown reception against Ole Miss in which he broke numerous tackles on his way to the end zone...Led the receivers with five receptions against Arkansas to match career-high...39 catches was more than his three-year total entering his senior season...Named a UF game captain for the San Jose State, Kentucky, Georgia and Iowa games....

2002: Started six of the first seven games (UAB, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ole Miss, LSU) when the Gators lined up in a two-end formation...Played in the first 10 games before missing the South Carolina and FSU games after suffering a high ankle sprain at Vanderbilt...Returned to action vs. Michigan...445 plays rank second among tight ends...15 catches for the year was six more than he caught in his first two seasons...Caught game-winning touchdown in the opening drive of the fourth quarter in win over undefeated No. 5 Georgia...Set a then career-high in catches (4) and yards (47) vs. Georgia...Set up a touchdown with a career-long 27-yard catch in the fourth quarter vs. Michigan in the Outback Bowl...Also a member of extra point/field goal, kick return and punt coverage teams...

2001: Played a top role at tight end...Played in all 11 regular season games, for 268 plays, and the Orange Bowl...Nine catches on the season for 98 yards (10.9 avg.) and a touchdown...Nine catches were second most among Gator tight ends...Caught a 16-yard touchdown, the first of his career, vs. Mississippi State....Named squad's Most Improved Tight End during spring drills...

2000: A backup at tight end as a true freshman...Played in four of 12 regular season games (Ball State, Middle Tennessee, Kentucky and Auburn) for 33 plays...One catch for 22 yards on the season...Caught first career pass, a 22-yard reception, vs. Ball State in season opener...

PREP: A tight end who garnered All-American recognition...Named to PrepStar's All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the top five tight end prospects in the southeast...29 catches for 405 yards and five TDs in 1999...One of four tight ends named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Georgia Top 75 Squad...High school coach was David Land...


CAREER RECEIVING STATISTICS
YEAR NO. YDS AVG TD LONG
2000 1 22 22 0 22
2001 9 98 10.9 1 22
2002 15 200 13.3 1 27
2003 39 638 16.4 5 40
Totals 64 958 14.9 7 40

CAREER HIGHS:
Receptions: 5 (twice, last vs. Arkansas, 2003)
Receiving Yards: 121 (FSU, 2003)
Receiving Touchdowns: 2 (FSU, 2003)

PERSONALITY PROFILE

  • Was a high-ranking officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Junior ROTC as a high schooler
  • At six-foot-five, 240-pounds, played on high school tennis team because he liked how it helped his hand-eye coordination
  • Wants to be a psychiatrist
  • His mother (Cheryl) credits his strength to his father, John, who worked in the timber industry and sometimes took Ben to cut down trees and load them in trucks by hand
  • Has a fear of flying and does not like the turbulence

Ben Troupe Game-by-Game



2003 game-by-game

                                       |--RECEIVING--|   All

 Date         Opponent                 No.  Yds TD  Lg  Purp

 Aug 30, 2003 SAN JOSE ST............    4   37  0  18     37

 Sep 06, 2003 at MIAMI Hurricanes....    3   39  0  20     39

 Sep 13, 2003 FLORIDA A&M............    3   41  1  25     41

 Sep 20, 2003 TENNESSEE..............    5  106  0  37    106

 Sep 27, 2003 at Kentucky............    2   13  0   9     13

 Oct 04, 2003 OLEMISS................    4   63  1  19     63

 Oct 11, 2003 at LSU.................    1   16  0  16     16

 Oct 18, 2003 at Arkansas............    5   53  0  29     53

 Nov 01, 2003 vs Georgia.............    2   58  0  37     58

 Nov 08, 2003 VANDERBILT.............    3   56  0  21     56

 Nov 15, 2003 at South Carolina......    3   35  1  21     35

 Nov 29, 2003 FLORIDA STATE..........    4  121  2  40    121

 Jan 1, 2004  vs IOWA................    0    0  0   0      0

 Totals..............................   39  638  5  40    638



 Games played: 13

 Avg per catch: 16.4

 All purpose avg/game: 49.1



2002 game-by-game



      |--RECEIVING--|   All

 Date         Opponent              No.  Yds TD  Lg  Purp

 Aug 31, 2002 UAB BLAZERS...........  1   25  0  25    25

 Sep 07, 2002 MIAMI HURRICANES......  2   31  0  17    31

 Sep 14, 2002 OHIO..................  2   17  0  11    17

 Sep 21, 2002 at Tennessee..........  0    0  0   0     0

 Sep 28, 2002 KENTUCKY..............  0    0  0   0     0

 Oct 05, 2002 at Ole Miss...........  0    0  0   0     0

 Oct 12, 2002 LSU...................  2   15  0  10    15

 Oct 19, 2002 AUBURN................  2   18  0  14    18

 Nov 02, 2002 vs Georgia............. 4   47  1  19    47

 Nov 09, 2002 at Vanderbilt.........  1   20  0  20    20

 Jan 01, 2003 vs Michigan...........  1   27  0  27    27

 Totals............................. 15  200  1  27   200



 Games played: 11

 Avg per catch: 13.3

 All purpose avg/game: 18.2



2001 game-by-game

 

                                      |--RECEIVING--|     All

 Date         Opponent                No.  Yds TD  Lg    Purp

 Sep 01, 2001 MARSHALL...............   1    7  0   7       7

 Sep 08, 2001 LOUISIANA-MONROE.......   1    4  0   4       4

 Sep 22, 2001 at Kentucky............   2   29  0  22      29

 Sep 29, 2001 MISSISSIPPI STATE......   2   17  1  16      17

 Oct 06, 2001 at LSU.................   1   18  0  18      18

 Oct 13, 2001 at Auburn..............   0    0  0   0       0

 Oct 27, 2001 vs Georgia.............   2   23  0  12      23

 Nov 03, 2001 VANDERBILT.............   0    0  0   0       0

 Nov 10, 2001 at South Carolina......   0    0  0   0       0

 Nov 17, 2001 FLORIDA STATE..........   0    0  0   0       0

 Dec 01, 2001 TENNESSEE..............   0    0  0   0       0

 Totals..............................   9   98  1  22      98



 Games played: 11

 Avg per catch: 10.9

 All purpose avg/game: 8.9



2000 game-by-game



                                     |--RECEIVING--|     All

 Date         Opponent               No.  Yds TD  Lg    Purp

 Sep 02, 2000 BALL STATE.............  1   22  0  22      22

 Sep 09, 2000 MIDDLE TENNESSEE.......  0    0  0   0       0

 Sep 23, 2000 KENTUCKY...............  0    0  0   0       0

 Oct 14, 2000 AUBURN.................  0    0  0   0       0

 Nov 04, 2000 at Vanderbilt..........  0    0  0   0       0

 Dec 02, 2000 vs Auburn..............  0    0  0   0       0

 Totals..............................  1   22  0  22      22



 Games played: 6

 Avg per catch: 22.0

 All purpose avg/game: 3.7

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT BEN TROUPE...

"Senior Ben Troupe might be one of the best in the nation. Some suspect that Troupe might be the first tight end chosen on the draft."
(August 4, 2003) Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun

"I feel so strongly about Troupe that he is my number one guy for 2003. Rarely is a tight end considered a difference maker, but Troupe is so capable that if he is utilized correctly and to the utmost, he could be an All-American candidate by December."
(July 20, 2003) Marty Cohen, Gator Bait

"Sure he may not be able to stretch the field and occupy a defense vertically like a burner such as Taylor Jacobs or potentially Andre Caldwell, but Troupe can demand a defense's attention in his own right. Watching a replay of last year's Georgia victory, and seeing Bulldog defenders bounce off Troupe like a pinball in the open field, and then make the game-winning TD catch on a jump ball with a defender draped on him leaves you in awe of the 6-5 255-pounder's natural ability."
(July 20, 2003) Marty Cohen, Gator Bait

"His size, hands and leaping ability should be taken advantage of near the goal line. Making him a real factor in the offense, for the first time in his career, will help take the burden off a young quarterback and the other receivers."
(July 20, 2003) Marty Cohen, Gator Bait

"I feel so strongly about Troupe that he is my number one guy for 2003. I've been beating this drum so hard for the last year-and-a-half. Rarely is a tight end considered a difference maker, but Troupe is so capable that if he is utilized correctly and to the utmost, he could be an All-American candidate by December."
(July 20, 2003) Marty Cohen, Gator Bait

"Sure he may not be able to stretch the field and occupy a defense vertically like a burner such as Taylor Jacobs or potentially Andre Caldwell, but Troupe can demand a defense's attention in his own right."
(July 20, 2003) Marty Cohen, Gator Bait

"His size, hands and leaping ability should be taken advantage of near the goal line. Making him a real factor in the offense, for the first time in his career, will help take the burden off a young quarterback and the other receivers."
(July 20, 2003) Marty Cohen, Gator Bait

"To see somebody that big and that athletic, I'm kind of glad I don't play defense because I don't know if I'd hit him high and try to wrap him up for try to go for his legs and he's hop over me."
(October 30, 2003) Mike Degory, UF Center

"Ben Troupe is getting more knowledgeable about the whole concept of what we're trying to do rather than just his assignment. He knows he's very gifted, and he knows that we plan on having him be an integral part of this team being successful."
(August 28, 2003) Dwayne Dixon, UF Tight Ends Coach

"They're (TE Walker and Troupe) a great option. They're both good athletes and both can really run. They're tight ends who can run and catch with the best of all the wide receivers. They're a great option to go to."
(October 10, 2002) Taylor Jacobs, former UF Wide Receiver and second-round draft pick by the Washington Redskins

"Zook said the goal of every offense was to get the ball in the hands of its best playmakers. Then he mentioned Ben Troupe before any of his other receivers."
(2003 Gator Bait Preview) Guerry Smith, Gator Bait magazine

"Troupe has the potential to become a focal point. He can do things few tight ends dream of trying."
(2003 Gator Bait Preview) Guerry Smith, Gator Bait magazine

"Troupe is big, strong, fit (he has six percent body fat) and fast (4.6 40, and now that he has spent a year in offensive coordinator Ed Zaunbrecher's system, he is comfortable, too. He maintains a positive attitude. He never complained when he played behind (Aaron) Walker last year, and he certainly is not making any Keyshaun Johnson "get me the ball" demands this season."
(2003 Gator Bait Preview) Guerry Smith, Gator Bait magazine

"An underused asset, Troupe has a large frame that allows him to wall off defenders. The guy is a mismatch waiting to happen for any poor strong safety/linebacker who draws the assignment of covering him. He also has strong hands."
(Preseason, 2003) The Sporting News

"Ben Troupe could be the first tight end selected in the 2004 NFL draft. He has soft hands and unusual deep speed for a tight end. He has developed into a physical player after the catch and is strong enough to take on ends at the point of attack in the running game."
(Preseason, 2003) The Sporting News

"When Troupe is healthy, there are few, if any, tight ends with as much potential."
(Preseason, 2003) The Sporting News

"Ben Troupe can run and he can catch and he can really move his feet. He's an excellent pass-catching tight end. He's going to make a difference this year."
(August 12, 2000) Steve Spurrier, Former Florida Head Coach

"Although Florida lost its top passer, rusher, receiver and tight end, the Gators don't lack for replacements. Ran Carthon can be a big-play back and Dallas Baker should be an impact receiver who can get downfield. Tight end Ben Troupe will be featured in the offense."
(August 4, 2003) Mike Strange, KnoxNews

"Troupe has tons of athletic ability. (Pro scouts) come to watch practice and say, 'Who is that, who is that?' His athleticism is superb. Athletically, Troupe is as good as they are."
(August 21, 2002) Tyke Tolbert, former UF Tight End Coach

"The senior from Augusta might be the league's best."
(October 15, 2003) Chip Towers, Atlanta Journal Constitution

"People say they don't throw the ball to the tight end at Florida, but I say if we get open, we'll get the ball."
(August 12, 2000) Ben Troupe

"I want to have a great season, but if anything, I want to help my team. I don't want to be an individual. I just want to be a person who really helps this team win."
(2003 Gator Bait Preview) Ben Troupe

"It's one of those types of positions where you really have to be a team player. But if you're a playmaker, then you just go out and make plays, no matter what the position."
(August 12, 2003) Ben Troupe

"Ben is so much further ahead of where he was at this time last year in terms of knowing what to do. It took a while (for him) to catch on to what we were doing last year. He really didn't get comfortable until the end of the season, then he got hurt. If he stays healthy, I expect a really big year from him."
(2003 Gator Bait Preview) Ed Zaunbrecher, UF Offensive Coordinator

"He needs to be a weapon on offense for us. There is not a linebacker in the country, in my opinion, that can cover Ben."
(June 9, 2003) Ron Zook, UF Head Coach

"You start spreading Ben out and now they've got to make a decision: Are they going to put a linebacker on him or are they going to play nickel defense? What are they going to do? He's a very, very talented guy. He's a guy that, when he gets the ball in his hands, he makes things happen. Ben is really a different person today than he was a year ago today."
(August 12, 2003) Ron Zook, UF Head Coach

"Ben Troupe is the guy who we have already talked about as an offensive staff that we have to get him the ball more. He runs like a wide receiver. I think Ben is the guy we're going to get the ball to much more on the offense."
(July 31, 2003) Ron Zook, UF Head Coach

"He's a guy we've got to get the ball to. He's a very talented individual, a big guy who can run, block and get mismatches. He runs like a wide receiver. We've got to get him more involved than we did with the tight end last year."
(July 31, 2003) Ron Zook, UF Head Coach

"It's amazing because when he does get the ball in his hands, he's strong, powerful and can run extremely well. With all the things he can do, we basically need to get the ball to him more, but so often he's got two or three guys around him it's hard to find him sometimes."
(October 30, 2003) Ron Zook, UF Head Coach

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