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Florida defensive line coach Bryant Young resigns from Gators staff

Citing personal reasons, Florida defensive line assistant coach Bryant Young has resigned from his position, the school announced Wednesday in a press release.

Young joined the Gators staff in 2011 after spending 14 seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers. He worked primarily with the defensive tackles while at Florida, specifically helping Dominique Easley and Sharrif Floyd develop their technique inside.

However, coach Will Muschamp plucked Brad Lawing from South Carolina earlier this offseason to coach the defensive line, and that move appeared to make Young expendable. Not regarded as a premier recruiter, Young was not offered a contract extension following the 2011 season, when then-defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and other assistants were extended and in some cases offered raises.

"We are very thankful for coach Young’s contributions to the program and I respect his decision," Muschamp said in the release. "This is strictly a personal decision and has nothing to do with NCAA compliance, but just an opportunity to evaluate his future path."

For Young, he said in the release that the decision was based on spending more time with his family, including six children.

"After heavy consideration and giving over two decades to the game of football, I have made a personal decision to resign from my position at the University of Florida in order to pursue more time with my family," Young said in a prepared statement. "I am humbled by and grateful for the opportunity I have had to positively influence the hardworking student-athletes and young men whom I will surely miss. However, I have come to the realization that it is time to invest more in my family during this fleeting season in life."

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