GAINESVILLE -- Florida hired Vanderbilt assistant Kenny Carter today to be the Gators' running backs coach. Carter replaces Stan Drayton, who left Florida for a similar position at the University of Tennessee.
Carter was unavailable for comment this afternoon but his wife, Bonnie, said the family was currently making plans to move to Gainesville. Get well soon, Bonnie! (She's got a cold.)
Carter adds a wealth of experience to the Gators' staff. He coached receivers at Penn State (2001-2003) before joining Vanderbilt's staff as the recruiting coordinator and running backs coach (2004-2007). Prior to his stint at Penn State, Carter coached running backs at Pittsburgh (2000) and outside linebackers at LSU (1999).
Carter graduated from The Citadel in 1990 and coached at his alma mater from 1994-1996. He was an assistant at Furman in 1993, the year Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson was named the Paladins' head coach.
Carter is the second assistant to join the Gators' coaching staff in less than a week. Former University of South Florida assistant Dan McCarney, a defensive line coach, joined the Gators' staff over the weekend. McCarney replaced former Florida assistant Greg Mattison, who was hired by the Baltimore Ravens.
Florida is yet to name a replacement for assistant coach Doc Holliday, who accepted a position at West Virginia in January. Holliday coached safeties at Florida and recruited Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.