Report: Florida adding former NFL kicker to staff
Florida has reportedly filled one of the recently created openings on the team’s off-field staff.
Zach Goodall of Sports Illustrated Maven’s AllGators is reporting that former NFL kicker Shayne Graham is joining the Gators staff as a special teams quality control coach. Keith Murphy, who served as a special teams quality control assistant the past four seasons, recently left the program for an on-field position at Central Michigan, reuniting him with former UF head coach Jim McElwain.
Graham, who played for 15 NFL teams from 2000-2015, was most recently on the Michigan State staff as a special teams analyst for the 2018 and ’19 seasons under Mark Dantonio. Recently hired MSU head coach Mel Tucker opted not to retain Graham. Prior to joining the Spartans staff, Graham was special teams coordinator for Central Michigan in 2017.
On special teams, the Gators are set to return kicker Evan McPherson, who led the SEC making 89.5 percent of his field goal attempts, but must replace departing punter Tommy Townsend. The replacement for Townsend, who is set to participate in the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine, figures to be either redshirt senior Jacob Finn or Australian early enrollee Jeremy Crawshaw.
As an NFL kicker, Graham made 85.5% percent of his attempted field goals.