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Jackets In College: Bubba Pratt: 42nd
Sun Bowl

Former Leesburg High School and Florida Gators football standout
Bubba Pratt at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

By Gerald Lacey
Staff Writer
Carver Heights Quarterback Club
May 9, 2012

LEESBURG - Former Leesburg High School and Florida Gators Standout Bubba Pratt has played in
some big games in his playing career at the University of Florida. In 1976 Pratt and the Florida Gators
traveled to El Paso, Texas to face Texas A&M in the 42nd Sun Bowl. It was the only time that Sun Bowl
has not been played in December.

The game featured a big time performance from kicker Tony Franklin. Franklin (Philadelphia Eagles),
Lester Hayes (Oakland Raiders), Wes Chandler (San Diego Chargers) went on to star in the NFL.






























The Sun Bowl, along with the Sugar Bowl and the Orange Bowl are the second-oldest bowl games in the
country, behind the Rose Bowl (first played 1902, played annually since 1916).


























For its first 24 years of existence the game was played on January 1 (New Year's Day) or January 2;
since then, with the exception of a January 2 game in 1977, the game has been played in December with
the last 15 games played on or near December 31.

No game was played during the calendar year 1976; the next Sun Bowl was scheduled for Jan. 2, 1977.  
Texas A&M defeated Florida, 37-14, on the Jan. 2 game.  The Aggies barefooted kicker Tony Franklin
kicked the longest field goal in Sun Bowl and NCAA post-season history, 62 yards. Franklin was inducted
into the Legends of the Sun Bowl. The largest crowd in Sun Bowl history at that time was on hand –
31,896.
Former Leesburg Yellow Jackets Football Standout Bubba Pratt at the 42nd Sun Bowl, Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
Jackets In College: Bubba Pratt: Jesse Hunnicutt of Texas A&M wraps Bill Kynes of Florida for a sack in the Sun Bowl on January 2, 1977, Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
Jesse Hunnicutt of Texas A&M wraps up Bill Kynes of Florida for a sack
in the Sun Bowl on January 2, 1977.
Jackets In College: Bubba Pratt: Texas A&M 37, Florida 14, Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jackets Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
#82 Lester Hayes, Texas A&M (Oakland Raiders), Leesburg High School, 141 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
#82 Lester Hayes, Texas A&M (Oakland Raiders)
#66 Scott hutchinson University of Florida and George Woodard Texas A&M, Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
#66 Scott Hutchinson University of Florida and George
Woodard Texas A&M
Tony Franklin celebrates after kicking a NCAA record setting field goal, May 9, 2012, Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
Tony Franklin celebrates after kicking a NCAA
record setting field goal
Texas A&M barefooted kicker Tony Franklin, Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
Texas A&M barefooted kicker Tony Franklin
BUBBA PRATT BEING COUNTED ON HEAVILY BY UF APRIL-14-1977
1974 FLORIDA FOOTBALL SIGNINGS DECEMBER-14-1974
JACKETS IN COLLEGE 1970-1979 FOOTBALL ARCHIVES
1974 SIGNING IS OVER DECEMBER-17-1974