In a game defined by turnovers and a stagnant Hurricanes offense that compiled just 212 yards of total offense, the number 24th-ranked Hurricanes took down the 8th-ranked Gators, 21-16.
The Hurricanes forced six different turnovers, including five while the Gators were in the red zone. The Hurricanes defense also sacked Driskel twice, and held the Gators to 40% on third-down conversions.
Since then, both the Gators and Hurricanes have gone through coaching changes. Both teams have attended New Year’s Six Bowl games, and both programs have gone through major overall facelifts, including the construction of an indoor practice facility for the Hurricanes.
All this begs the question: where are the stars and key performers from that game now?
LB Tyriq McCord
McCord, who was a true sophomore in 2013, put his name on the maps, and history books for the Hurricanes
when he forced and recovered a fumble, and sacked Jason Driskel.
Originally a pass rusher for the Hurricanes, McCord transitioned to linebacker in 2014 and 2015. He finished his college career with 13.5 sacks, five forced fumbles
McCord would go undrafted in the 2016 NFL draft, and signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent. McCord would then spend time with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL in 2017.
S Rayshawn Jenkins
Like McCord, Jenkins was a true sophomore when the Hurricanes played the Gators in 2013. Jenkins finished that game with his second career interception and five total tackles.
Jenkins finished his career with 33 games played, totaling 201 total tackles and nine interceptions. In 2016, Jenkins was named an honorable mention to the All-ACC team.
In the 2017 NFL Draft, Jenkins was drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers in the fourth round. Jenkins has played primarily as a rotational safety since that point, starting just one game in his two seasons.
After an injury to Derwin James during training camp, there is a possibility that Jenkins could gain more time as a strong safety, where he has experience playing in the past.
RB Duke Johnson
Duke Johnson is not only one of the best running backs in Hurricanes history, but he also had a strong game against Florida. Despite averaging just three yards per carry, Johnson finished the game with 71 all-purpose yards and scored the touchdown that put the Hurricanes up 21-9.
Johnson finished his Hurricanes career with 3,519 rushing yards, 719 receiving yards and 30 touchdowns from scrimmage. In 2014, Johnson was the ninth-best rusher in the nation in terms of rushing yards. In 2013, he was named a member of Athlon Sports’ First Team All-ACC.
Johnson was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. In Cleveland, Johnson has scored eight touchdowns while being used primarily as a receiving back.
In the off-season before the 2019 NFL season, Johnson was traded to the Houston Texans, where he teams up with former Cane Lamar Miller.