Reports: Dan Mullen making 'multiple changes' to Florida's defensive staff
The Florida football coaching staff will reportedly have a different look in 2021.
Both Thomas Goldkamp of 247Sports and John Brice of FootballScoop are reporting that Gators secondary coaches Ron English (safeties) and Torrian Gray (cornerbacks) are out. Goldkamp notes that neither are currently listed in the UF staff directory.
Goldkamp’s report offers more details as his sources indicate “that a change at defensive coordinator is unlikely.” The UF defense struggled mightily in Year 3 under Todd Grantham, who also served as Mullen’s defensive coordinator at Mississippi State in 2017.
Gator fans may be seeing a familiar face re-join the staff. Goldkamp reports that former South Carolina defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson is a “leading candidate to join the staff.” Goldkamp adds that Robinson may coach both secondary units, allowing Mullen to bring in another on-field coach to work with a different position group.
Robinson was on Will Muschamp’s Florida staff from 2011-14. After Muschamp was fired at UF, Robinson followed the coach to Auburn, his alma mater, and then South Carolina. Robinson was Muschamp’s defensive coordinator at South Carolina but not retained by new head coach Shane Beamer.
Gray has been a reported target for Beamer’s Gamecocks staff. The two have a history from their days at Virginia Tech. Gray coached at VT from 2006-15 before leaving to join Jim McElwain’s Florida staff in 2016. He left UF to coach defensive backs for Washington in the NFL for two seasons before returning to Gainesville in 2019.
English joined Mullen’s Mississippi State staff in 2017 and followed the head coach to Florida in 2018.