Former Florida LB, Ohio State assistant reportedly joining Urban Meyer's Jaguars staff
Ryan Stamper was a linebacker at Florida from 2006-09, playing for head coach Urban Meyer. Now that Stamper has started a coaching career of his own, he’s getting the opportunity to reunite with Meyer in 2021.
Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports reported that Stamper is joining Meyer’s staff with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a director of player assessment. Stamper will also be reuniting with Charlie Strong, the former Florida defensive coordinator who is reportedly also joining Meyer’s staff in Jacksonville, likely as the linebackers coach.
Stamper was hired by Meyer to oversee Ohio State’s player development in 2012. He was promoted to assistant athletic director for player development in July 2018, a role that he continued to serve in after Meyer retired and Ryan Day took over as the Buckeyes’ head coach.
Stamper, a Jacksonville native, will now be working in the NFL for the first time in his new role with the Jaguars.
Meyer was hired to be the Jags’ head coach on Thursday, as he’ll also be coaching in the NFL for the first time in his successful career. After winning two national titles at Florida and another at Ohio State, he’ll look to have success in Jacksonville, where he’ll try to turn around a team that went 1-15 this past season.
With Strong and Stamper both reportedly joining the Jaguars, it’s clear that Meyer is bringing familiar faces with him to Jacksonville as he assembles his first NFL staff.