- Dan Wenger
- 6' 3"
- Coral Springs
- 294 lbs.
- St. Thomas Aquinas (Notre Dame)
CAREER: In his lone year as a Gator, started and appeared in 11 games on the year as an essential part of the Gators’ offensive line…Earned an extra year of eligibility and transferred from Notre Dame, where he appeared in 29 games, including 19 starts, for the Irish…Started at both guard and center while at Notre Dame…Enrolled in graduate school at Florida in the summer of 2011.
2011: Started and appeared in 11 games on the year as an essential member of the Gators’ offensive line…Started at center for the first time of the season against the Gamecocks…Lined up at right guard the remaining ten games of the year…Missed the matchup between Furman and Ohio State due to an ankle injury…Served as a game captain for the first time while at Florida in his SEC debut against Tennessee…Back-to-back Scrap Iron award winner for his performance against Florida Atlantic and UAB…Selected to Phil Steele’s midseason All-SEC Second Team (OG).
2010 (at Notre Dame): Sat out the season due to medical issues.
2009 (at Notre Dame): Played in eight games for Irish (did not play against Michigan State, USC, Connecticut and Stanford), including one start against Navy at left guard…Made transition to guard for 2009 season and also played some as backup center.
2008 (at Notre Dame): Started all 13 games for the Irish at center…Blocked for an Irish offense that rushed for 122 yards and did not give up a sack in season-opening victory over San Diego State…Did not allow a sack for the second consecutive game vs. Michigan…Helped open up massive holes for the Irish rushing attack, which piled up 201 yards in victory over Purdue…Assisted the Irish cause that piled up 459 total yards in the contest against Washington…Helped the Irish offense amass 478 total yards in bowl game victory vs. Hawai'i.
2007 (at Notre Dame): Made Notre Dame debut and wound up playing in eight games and starting five contests…Started each of the first three games at right guard (Georgia Tech, Penn State and Michigan) and played in the last five contests including starting at center vs. Duke and at Stanford…Played for the first time in his Notre Dame career when he started at right guard vs. Georgia Tech…Lined up next to his high school teammate, tackle Sam Young…Made second appearance for the Irish in his career, starting at right guard vs. Penn State…Made third career start at Michigan…Made first career start at center for the Irish vs. Duke and helped the Irish record 414 total yards of offense and 220 rushing yards, both the second most in '07…Started at center at Stanford and helped Robert Hughes eclipse 100 yards rushing for the second consecutive game.
2006 (at Notre Dame): Promising center who was hampered by injury most of the year…Named show team player of the week on at least one occasion after providing a good look for the first-team defense…Did not see any game action as a rookie lineman.
PRIOR TO COLLEGE: Graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., playing on the same offensive line as NFL draft picks Marcus Gilbert (also a former Gator football player) and Sam Young…Rated 136th on list of top 150 players nationally by CollegeFootballNews.com…A first-team offensive lineman on Florida Class 5A all-state team selected by Florida Sports Writers Association…On list of next 20 players after first 20 that made 2005 Best of the South team by Tampa Tribune…Helped St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., average 41.3 points and 337.7 yards per game as senior in 2005…Helped St. Thomas Aquinas to Florida Class 5A state title game in `05 on squad rated 10th in USA Today Super 25 final listing of top prep teams nationally…Selected for U.S. Army All-American Bowl prep all-star game…Selected for CaliFlorida Bowl all-star game…First-team offensive lineman on South Florida Sun-Sentinel all-county team…Helped St. Thomas Aquinas roll up 4,606 total yards in `05…One of 19 offensive linemen on `05 national preseason top 100 list by CBS SportsLine.com…Prep teammate and classmate of fellow senior Sam Young…First St. Thomas Aquinas player to head for Notre Dame since receiver Bobby Brown signed in 1995…High school coach was George Smith.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
“He helped out a lot, especially over summer when we kind of met with each other sort of thing. He knows this offense like the back of his hand, and he’s been a great leader this summer and also this camp … He’s helped me out with some of the calls for the pass protections and everything, so he’s definitely been a help to me.” (8/12/11)
John Brantley, UF quarterback
“My biggest thing is that whatever my role on this team is, I’m going to be my best at it and embrace it. If I’m second string, I’m not going to be holding back information from the guys. If I’m a starter or scout team, that’s my role and I’m going to be the same guy I’ve been all summer. I’m going to help the guys and make this as best of a situation as possible for everyone involved.” (8/9/11)
Dan Wenger, UF center
“He’s been helping us with breaking down film. It’s a new playbook for all of us, so for him to come in, it was a real key addition to the offensive line. He’s smart and knows all the plays that we don’t know. It is like having Coach Verducci around.” (8/6/11)
Jon Halapio, UF guard
“I am impressed with the way Wenger knows this offense. It will benefit our unit and the team. During this offseason, he got the offensive line together and went over protections and calls and everything. We feel more comfortable with the plays and will have better execution of the plays.” (8/6/11)
Jonotthan Harrison, UF center
“He has helped us from tackle to tackle … all five positions. He knows the offense like that back of his hands. He helps us in the film room tremendously. He has been in the offense for quite a while now. He’s an older guy. It is good to have him and what we really needed. The offense was new to us in the spring and he’s really helped us clean it up in the offseason so we can show up in the fall ready to go.” (8/6/11)
Chaz Green, UF tackle
“He fits in really good. He’s almost like a player-coach because he knows the offense better than anyone else and he’s taken that role on.” (7/20/11)
John Brantley, UF quarterback
"He’s a guy that brings some toughness. He wants to be a strength coach. He was cleared by our medical staff. It’s a very positive in that he’s a guy who has been through our [offensive] system. He understands it. He’s been very beneficial for our players. He’s a hard-nosed, tough kid. He’ll play center or guard. We need some quality players in there. To have him for one year is a bonus for us." (7/20/11)
Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach