Florida names new associate head coach, reportedly won't retain key defensive assistant
It must be decision day for new head coach Billy Napier. Having already announced the hirings of a new strength coach and a co-defensive coordinator, Florida also announced the hiring of its new running backs coach.
Jabbar Juluke, an assistant under Napier at Louisiana, is coming to Gainesville.
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) December 6, 2021
Juluke was with Napier for 4 seasons in Lafayette. In 2019, the Ragin’ Cajun rushing attack broke school records. With 3,604 yards on the ground and 42 rushing touchdowns, Louisiana set program bests for a season. It also finished the year ranked 3rd nationally in yards per carry (6.28).
He has also coached up running backs who have been drafted in back-to-back years: Eli Mitchel by the San Francisco 49ers (2021 Draft) and Raymond Calais by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2020).
Prior to joining Napier’s staff, Juluke was the running backs coach at Louisiana Tech (2014-15), LSU (2016), and Texas Tech (2017).
In addition to the news of Juluke’s hire, it was also reported Monday that Napier had come to a decision on whether to retain key defensive assistant Wesley McGriff.
According to Gators Online’s Corey Bender, McGriff was told he will not be retained on Napier’s new staff. A longtime SEC assistant, McGriff has been at Florida just a year. He came over from Auburn in January to coach the Gator secondary. Patrick Toney, Napier’s new co-defensive coordinator, will coach Florida’s safeties.