Dan Mullen’s Florida Gators coaching staff almost set
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Gators add support staff, sort out roles on offense
There is still at least one more move to be made with Dan Mullen’s new Florida coaching staff as the Gators have yet to announce the hiring of a 10th on-field assistant coach, which programs across the country were allowed to do by the NCAA as of Tuesday.
But otherwise, Mullen’s staff is coming into clear focus.
SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi confirmed Tuesday that Ja’Juan Seider, the lone holdover from the previous staff, will move from running backs coach to tight ends coach. Greg Knox, who coached the running backs at Mississippi State for all nine of Mullen’s seasons there, will remain in that role at Florida.
Meanwhile, Mullen added two hires to his support staff with the additions of assistant directors of player personnel E.K. Franks and Otis Yelverton. Franks, who most recently served as the director of recruiting at Arkansas, has had a diverse football career with stints as the strength and conditioning coach at Kansas State, an assistant coach at Texas State and Southeastern Louisiana and a graduate assistant at Wisconsin.
Yelverton was most recently the defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi.
As for the on-field coaching staff, most of the roles haven’t been officially designated yet, but the only real question seemed to be how Seider and Knox would delineate duties.
With that cleared up, here’s how the staff is expected to look pending the addition of a 10th assistant, which is new for college programs in 2018.
-Billy Gonzales, wide receivers and co-offensive coordinator
-John Hevesy, offensive line and co-offensive coordinator
-Brian Johnson, quarterbacks
-Greg Knox, running backs (and potentially special teams coordinator)
-Ja’Juan Seider, tight ends
-Todd Grantham, defensive coordinator (and likely outside linebackers)
-Sal Sunseri, defensive line
-Christian Robinson, inside linebackers
-Charlton Warren, defensive backs
*Florida could opt to hire a second DBs coach and split the cornerback and safety duties.
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In other Florida football news
- SEC Country’s staff voted on its “Way-too-early Top 25” for 2018. Florida didn’t make the overall list (or most other such lists), but at least one beat reporter is expecting the Gators to crack the rankings next fall in Mullen’s debut.
- Florida also slipped into the back of Athlon’s “Way too early” rankings as well, checking in at No. 25.
- In the latest Chomp Chat podcast, Zach Abolverdi and Florida broadcaster Jeff Cardozo look at Florida’s chances of riding a freshman QB (Emory Jones) to major success like Georgia and Alabama did in 2018 (in different ways).
- Speaking of which, Georgia QB Jacob Eason, who was once a top recruiting target of the Gators, is expected to transfer to Washington, according to the Seattle Times. Eason lost his starting job to freshman Jake Fromm this season.
- SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi looks at the recruits committed to other schools that Florida has the best chance to flip.
- Florida is trying to make a late push for Tommy Bush, a 4-star wide receiver from Texas who has two more official visits left to take and lists his top schools as Georgia, Michigan State and Baylor. He is ranked the No. 37 WR in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite.
- The Gators also offered a scholarship to 3-star Class of 2018 wide receiver Geordon Porter from California. Porter was once committed to Notre Dame. The Florida staff views WR as a priority position as it rounds out this recruiting class.
Florida basketball hosts Mississippi State
Florida remains one of two teams still unbeaten in SEC play, along with Auburn, as it hosts Mississippi State on Wednesday night inside Exactech Arena at the O’Connell Center.
The Gators (11-4, 3-0 SEC) have won five straight games overall, while the Bulldogs come into town with a 13-2 overall record and 1-1 conference mark.
Mississippi State played a light non-conference schedule, losing to its only ranked opponent (65-50 to Cincinnati), and is coming off a 64-58 loss to Ole Miss on Saturday. The Bulldogs are led by junior guard Quinndary Weatherspoon (14.3 points per game), 6-foot-10 junior forward Aric Holman (12.2 PPG, 7 rebounds per game) and freshman guard Nick Weatherspoon (11.3 PPG).
As for Florida, senior point guard Chris Chiozza was expected to be a game-day decision while dealing with strep throat, while coach Mike White has again challenged slumping junior guard KeVaughn Allen to be more aggressive.
D-Rob gets call from Washington Wizards
Devin Robinson, one of the stars on Florida’s Elite 8 men’s basketball team last season, was called up to the NBA’s Washington Wizards on Tuesday.
Robinson had averaged 13.5 points and 5.0 rebounds over 22 games for the Delaware 87ers of the G-League.
Robinson has averaged 13.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg in 22 games for Delaware
Press Release: https://t.co/YMNfXxjmCJ
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) January 8, 2018
SEC honors for Gators
- Florida’s Caeleb Dressel was named the SEC’s male swimmer of the week, while Sherridon Dressel was named the SEC’s co-female swimmer of the week. The siblings combined for 11 individual victories against Florida State and Florida Atlantic.
- Florida’s Jazmyn Foberg was named the SEC’s freshman gymnast of the week. She finished runner-up in the all-around during the Gators’ win at West Virginia on Friday.
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What they’re saying on Twitter
ESPN with a stat for the SEC’s next “It just means more” commercial:
The SEC has won 10 of the past 15 national titles.
No other conference has more than 2. pic.twitter.com/miKrPmWaVg
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 9, 2018
Florida linebacker Nick Smith commented on the issue of compensation for college football players, in regard to the national championship game:
Soooo 🤔tonight people and businesses will be getting paid at the expense of college football players but hey no biggie 🤷🏾♂️
— Nick Smith (@NSmith2017) January 9, 2018
Florida is making the push for season ticket renewals and purchases:
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) January 9, 2018
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