Billy Napier is busy getting his 2023 coaching staff set with 3 assistants leaving for the NFL less than 2 weeks before the start of Florida’s spring practice. One position departure will be addressed by expanding the responsibilities of another assistant coach.

Corey Raymond will reportedly be in charge of the entire Gators secondary, according to Jacob Rudner of 247Sports. Raymond was Florida’s cornerbacks coach for the 2022 season. Patrick Toney, who recently left for an NFL position, coached Gators safeties in addition to being the defensive play-caller last year.

Raymond has handled the entire secondary before, but it has been a few years. He was LSU’s defensive backs coach from 2012-to-2017. In 2018, LSU brought in Bill Busch as safeties coach and Raymond focused on cornerbacks for his last 4 seasons on Ed Orgeron’s staff. Raymond was also the sole secondary coach at Nebraska in 2011. At Florida, Raymond also holds the title of Assistant Head Coach.

Florida is reportedly hiring Alabama insider linebackers coach Austin Armstrong as the new defensive play-caller, replacing Toney. The hire has not yet been announced by UF.