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This is how the Florida Gators plan to honor their 2008 national championship team

Members of the Florida team celebrate after the Gators win the 2009 FedEx BCS National Championship Game at Dolphin Stadium.
Members of the Florida team celebrate after the Gators win the 2009 FedEx BCS National Championship Game at Dolphin Stadium. adiaz@miamiherald.com

The 2018 season will mark 10 years since the Florida Gators won their last national football championship. Ten years since Tim Tebow's promise following the Ole Miss loss that “you will never see a team play harder than we will the rest of the season." Ten years since the Gators descended on Dolphin Stadium — now known as Hard Rock Stadium — and defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 24-14 for the BCS Championship.

That group, that most recent tie the Gators have to postseason lore, will be on hand and recognized this season.

UF announced it will honor the 2008 national championship team during halftime of its Oct. 6 game against the LSU Tigers. The school said more than 100 members of the team will be on hand for the recognition.

Included in that group will be the Gators' first-year head coach in Dan Mullen, who served as the team's offensive coordinator during that title run.

It was an offense to remember. With players like Tebow, Percy Harvin, Jeff Demps, Louis Murphy and Aaron Hernandez at Mullen's disposal, the Gators led the SEC and ranked fourth nationally that season by averaging 43.6 points per game. UF also paced the conference in total offense by averaging 445.1 points per game. Florida scored at least 40 points eight times that season.

Since 2010, though, the numbers haven't been nearly at that caliber.

UF has not ranked higher than 83rd nationally in total offense and has been among the bottom 30 in the country for six of the last seven seasons.

Mullen has said on multiple occasions since he was hired on Nov. 26 that he plans to bring the Gators back up to the standard he knew when he was the team's offensive coordinator from 2005-2008.

The Gators open the 2018 season against the Charleston Southern on Sept. 1.

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