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Ray Graves


Samuel Ray Graves

Inducted 1990

Date of Birth



Knoxville, TN


University of Florida (1960-1969)


Ray Graves was an instant success as a head football coach. His first year at Florida, 1960, his team won nine games, a school record. In ten years, he had a 70-31-4 record, went to five bowls, coached seven All-America players, and had one Heisman winner in Steve Spurrier. He wrote two books on football and was the originator of the "Monster Defense," an alignment that employed a free safety and a strong safety. Graves went a long way in football. He played center for Tennessee and was captain in 1941. For the period from 1942-59 he was an assistant coach with pro and college teams. That included 13 years at Georgia Tech under Bobby Dodd, who said, "Graves is one of the greatest defensive coaches of all time, and a fine gentleman." Graves was Florida's athletic director, 1971-80, then moved to Tampa as a vice-president of Steinbrenner Enterprises.


Wins 70

Losses 31

Ties 4

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