Florida Tuskers

Country United States United States
City Virginia Beach
Founded 2009
Website ufl-football.com

The Virginia Destroyers/ Florida Tuskers> are an American football team that takes part in the UFL. They belong to Virginia Beach, Virginia. The team was named as the Florida Tuskers and from 2009–2010 it played its host matches at Orlando’s Citrus Bowl. Jim Haslett was the head coach for 2009, who guided the team’s way to the UFL 2009 Championship Game. For the 2010 season, Jay Gruden became the head coach and also the general manager of the team. He remained the head coach of Virginia Destroyers after their shift to Virginia that came in 2011. The team now plays its host matches at Virginia Beach Sportsplex.

In the 2009 regular season, the Florida Tuskers delivered a league-best performance with an undefeated 6–0 record, securing a place for the championship game in the fourth week. However, they lost to the Las Vegas Locomotives in the championship game, as a result of a match-winning field goal scored in overtime. In spite of not been able to finish a perfect season, Haslett was chosen as the Coach of the Year and the MVP award of the League was given to Bollinger.

In 2010, the Florida Tuskers continued their winning streak in regular season to 7 games by defeating the Las Vegas Locomotives in their opening game on 16th September with a score of 27–20. They lost their first ever regular season match in the history of the franchise in week 2 by losing out to the Sacramento Mountain Lions by 24–20. On 30th September the Tuskers lost to the Locos by 20–17, which was their first regular season defeat against them. After winning the next two games, the team was 2–3 and on the verge of being eliminated. In week 8 Chris Greisen, a backup quarterback was made the new starter. They won the final three games and went on to face Las Vegas Locos in the championship game. The lost the game by 20-17.

On 12th January 2011, the UFL announced that the Florida Tuskers discontinued their operations in Orlando and have shifted to Virginia. Jay Gruden remained the coach of the Virginia Destroyers.. Theismann, who was the owner of the Florida Tuskers, stayed a consultant for the league.

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