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Billy Gonzales

  • Wide Receivers

Coaching Experience:
2005-2009 Florida (Wide Receivers)
2003-04 Utah (Special Teams Coordinator/Wide Receivers)
2002 Bowling Green (Co-Recruiting Coordinator/Wide Receivers)
2001 Bowling Green (Wide Receivers)
1999-2000 Kent State (Recruiting Coordinator/Wide Receivers)
1998 Kent State (Wide Receivers)
1997 Kent State (Running Backs)
1995-96 Kent State (Graduate Assistant - Offense)
1994 MacMurray (Ill.) (Wide Receivers)

Coaching Accomplishments

  • 16 seasons of coaching experience.
  • The Florida receiving unit improved for four years in a row upon Gonzales’ arrival in yards per catch from 11.3 in 2005 to 13.0 in 2006, 13.9 in 2007 and 16.01 in 2008.
  • UF had four players with five or more receiving TDs in 2008, while no other team in the SEC had more than two players with five or more scores.
  • The Gators’ wide receiving corps had 27 receiving touchdowns, six more than any other group in the conference in 2008. As a whole, UF receivers totaled 2,241 yards, the third-best mark in the SEC.
  • Has produced the UF career reception leader (Andre Caldwell, 185), UF and Utah single-season reception leaders (Paris Warren, 80, 2004 and Chad Jackson, 88, 2005), 2006 SEC Freshman of the Year and 2006 SEC Championship Game MVP (Percy Harvin) and two bowl game MVPs (Warren, Utah, 2005 Fiesta Bowl and Dallas Baker, Outback Bowl, 2006).
  • Guided Percy Harvin, who scored a touchdown in each of the last 15 games he played in throughout 2007-08, the longest streak in the nation.
  • Receivers have become a part of the running aspect of the Florida offense since 2005, as the group has carried the ball 222 times for 1,781 yards and 15 touchdowns. The Gator offense has averaged 8.0 yards per play when a member of the unit carries the ball.
  • Helped Andre Caldwell become Florida's all-time leader in career receptions. Caldwell finished his career with 185 catches for 2,349 yards and 16 touchdowns. His 185 catches rank as the ninth-highest total in SEC history.
  • The 2007 season marked the third time in school history UF had four different players with 100-yard receiving games (Caldwell, Harvin, Riley Cooper, Cornelius Ingram).
  • Directed a dynamic receiving corp in 2006 that posted 201 catches, 2,713 yards and 25 touchdowns, while also rushing for 676 yards and five touchdowns on 80 carries (8.5 yards per rush).
  • Guided Percy Harvin to SEC Freshman of the Year honors in 2006 after he recorded 34 receptions for 427 yards, 41 carries for 428 and a combined five touchdowns in 2006. Harvin accumulated 855 yards of total offense on 75 touches during the 2006 season, giving him an average of 11.4 yards per touch. He was named the MVP of the SEC Championship Game with a performance that included six runs for 105 yards and one touchdown and five receptions for 62 yards including one for a touchdown.
  • In 2005, helped Chad Jackson match the UF single-season reception record held by Carlos Alvarez (88 receptions). The total ranked sixth nationally, led the SEC and placed fourth in all-time conference history.
  • Jackson and Baker finished first and seventh in the SEC in 2005 in receptions per game with 7.3 and 4.3, respectively, and third and eighth in the conference in receiving yards per game with 75.0 and 58.1. UF was one of only two schools to have two players finish in the top 10 in receptions per game and one of three to have two do so in receiving yards per game.
  • Worked with an explosive Utah offense in 2004 that recorded 499.8 yards per game (No. 3 nationally), including 263.7 yards receiving (19th nationally) and an average of 14 yards per catch.
  • Under his guidance, Steve Savoy and Paris Warren each earned All-Mountain West Conference recognition at wide receiver in 2004. Savoy (67 catches, 961 yards) had 11 touchdown receptions and averaged 80.1 yards per game and 14.3 per catch. Warren (80 catches, 1,076 yards) caught 12 touchdowns and averaged 13.4 yards per reception.
  • Four different Utes totaled over 350 yards receiving during the squad's perfect 12-0 season: Paris Warren (1,076), Steve Savoy (961), Travis LaTendresse (411) and John Madsen (377). Overall, Utah wide receivers scored 39 touchdowns in 2004.
  • Worked with Paris Warren, who set a Fiesta Bowl receptions’ record with 15 for 198 yards and two touchdowns against Pittsburgh in January of 2005.
  • Warren set a Ute single-season reception record with 80 catches in 2004 and also led the league in receptions per game (6.67), a total that ranked 17th in the nation.
  • The Ute kickers were a perfect 7-for-7 in field goal attempts in 2004 and punter Matt Kovacevich was an honorable mention All-MWC pick after averaging 41.7 yards per kick. In 2004, the Utes led the league and ranked third nationally in net punting (40.8) and were tops among the MWC and fifth nationally in kick returns (26.2) after leading the country in the department in 2003 (28.2).
  • During his first season as Utah's receivers coach in 2003, he inherited a receiving corps that had graduated its three top players from the previous campaign. Helped develop Paris Warren, playing for the first time in two years after transferring from Oregon, into a first-team All-Mountain West Conference receiver.
  • Also coached Ben Moa, a first-team All-MWC tight end who trained with the receivers. In addition, Steve Savoy was named an honorable mention Freshman All-American by College Football News.
  • Coached the receivers and served as co-recruiting coordinator at Bowling Green during the 2002 season. In two years with the Falcons, Gonzales assisted with one of the most explosive offenses in the nation. Bowling Green ranked third nationally in scoring offense (40.8 points per game) and was ninth in total offense (448.92 yards per game).
  • Receiver Robert Redd was a two-time first-team All-Mid-American Conference selection who ranked 10th in the nation in receptions per game in 2002.
  • Spent the 1995-2000 seasons at Kent State, including the last four years in a full-time role. Coached the wide receivers between 1998-2000. Was an offensive graduate assistant for the Golden Flashes from 1995-96 before becoming the running backs coach in 1997.
  • Began his coaching career in 1994 at MacMurray College (Ill.), a Division III program. He was hired by Midwestern (Texas) State, an NCAA Division II school, after the 1994 season but stayed only through the spring before taking a graduate assistantship at Kent State.

Prominent Players Coached

FLORIDA:

  • WR PERCY HARVIN- Owns the record for most career yards rushing by a Florida wide receiver (1,852) and the most rushing yards in a single season by a UF receiver (858 yards in 2007). Had six 100-yard rushing games and six 100-yard receiving games in his career. The only player in Florida history to have 100 yards rushing and receiving in a game, doing so against Vanderbilt in 2007. Named the 2006 SEC Championship Game MVP.
  • TE CORNELIUS INGRAM- Saw action in 29 games with seven starts and had 888 yards receiving on 64 catches and eight touchdowns. Named 2007 second-team All-SEC and chosen as a candidate for the John Mackey Award, which is presented to the nation’s best tight end.
  • WR ANDRE CALDWELL- Finished his career with a school-record 185 receptions and 2,349 yards, which is the third-highest total in Florida history. Accounted for 21 touchdowns in his career (16 receiving, four rushing, one passing). Owns a share of UF’s second-highest single-game receptions' total with his 13-catch effort against Florida Atlantic
  • WR DALLAS BAKER - A captain on Florida’s 2006 national championship team who earned first-team All-SEC honors as a senior after catching 60 passes for 920 yards and 10 touchdowns. Ranked fourth in school history with 151 receptions, fifth with 2,236 receiving yards and ninth with 21 touchdowns at the conclusion of his career. Caught 10 passes for 147 yards in the 2006 Outback Bowl to take home MVP honors. Was a seventh-round selection in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • WR CHAD JACKSON - 2005 Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist who was also a First-team All-SEC selection by the AP and a second-team choice by the league's coaches. His 88 receptions in 2005 matched Carlos Alvarez's single-season school record and ranked sixth nationally.  Was selected in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.

UTAH:

  • TE BEN MOA - First-team All-MWC tight end in 2003 also played U back.
  • WR STEVE SAVOY - First-team All-MWC choice in 2004 who was a 2003 honorable mention Freshman All-American by College Football News.  
  • WR PARIS WARREN - First-team All-MWC wide receiver in 2003 and second-team all-league selection in 2004. Set single season reception record in 2004 and was named the 2005 Fiesta Bowl MVP. Selected in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

BOWLING GREEN:

  • WR ROBERT REDD - Two-time All-MAC wide receiver (2001-02) who became Bowling Green's all-time leader in receptions.

KENT STATE:

  • WR EUGENE BAKER - First-team all-conference and Third-Team Football News All-American in 1997. Kent State's all-time reception leader led the NCAA in receptions as a junior in 1997.
  • RB ASTRON WHATLEY - First-team All-MAC running back from 1995-97 who graduated as Kent State's all-time leading rusher with 3,989 yards.

NFL Players (Round Drafted)

  • WR Eugene Baker (FA) - Kent State '99 - Atlanta Falcons
  • RB Ben Moa (FA), - Utah '05 - Miami Dolphins
  • WR Steve Savoy (FA) - Utah '05 - Detroit Lions
  • WR Paris Warren (7th) - Utah '05 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • WR Travis LaTendresse (FA) - Utah '06 - Kansas City Chiefs
  • WR Chad Jackson (2nd) - Florida ‘06 - New England Patriots
  • WR John Madsen (FA) - Utah '06 - Oakland Raiders
  • WR Robert Redd (FA) - Bowling Green '06 - Atlanta Falcons
  • WR Dallas Baker (7th) - Florida '07 - Pittsburgh Steelers
  • WR Jemalle Cornelius (FA) - Florida '07 - Buffalo Bills
  • WR Andre Caldwell (3rd) - Florida ’08 - Cincinnati Bengals
  • WR Percy Harvin (1st) – Florida ’09 – Minnesota Vikings
  • WR Louis Murphy (4th) – Florida ’09 – Oakland Raiders

Playing Career

  • Lettered for Colorado State from 1989-93 and started two seasons at wide receiver. His position coach from 1990-93 was Urban Meyer.
  • Gonzales also returned kickoffs and punts and is one of only two players in CSU history to lead the team in punt returns three consecutive seasons (1989-91). His punt return averages in those seasons were 11.0, 11.5 and 8.2, respectively. Gonzales was a return specialist for the Rams’ 1990 Freedom Bowl team that beat Oregon 32-31.
  • As a prep player at Thornton (Colo.) High School, Gonzales was an all-state selection in both football and basketball, as well as an honorable mention All-American by Street & Smith.

Personal Information

Birthdate: July 18, 1971
Hometown: Thornton, Colo.
Education: 1994 - Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences from Colorado State University; 1996 - Master's Degree in Sports Administration from Kent State University
Family: Married to the former Julie Hall. Has two children, Cole (6) and Caylynn (4).

Bowl Games as a Coach/Player
1990 Freedom
2003 Liberty
2005 Fiesta
2006 Outback
2007 BCS National Championship
2008 Capital One
2009 BCS National Championship
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