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Gators hire special teams coach, fill administrative vacancy

GAINESVILLE -- The Gator Nation is impatiently wishing for a shiny new offensive coordinator this holiday season, but Christmas is still five days away.

Instead, UF officially announced the hiring of Coleman Hutzler, formally at New Mexico, as its new special teams coordinator -- a position not known to be vacant until late Thursday evening.

Jeff Choate, UF’s outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator in 2013, resigned to “pursue other coaching opportunities" according to a release by the school. 

“Coleman is a young coach with a very bright future,” coach Will Muschamp said in a statement. “He has a great work ethic and obviously is very familiar with our special teams’ schemes. It will be a seamless transition for our players.”

Hutzler, just 29, is a familiar face in Gainesville, serving on UF’s staff from 2010-11 as a defensive and special teams assistant alongside current defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin.

Durkin and Hutzler, who has been on the Lobos staff since 2012, also worked together at Stanford (2007-2009) under coach Jim Harbaugh.

“I’m excited to be returning to Gainesville and be a part of the Gator family again,” Hutzler said in a news release. “I enjoyed my time there and have the utmost respect for Coach Muschamp and the administrative team in place at Florida. I understand the value placed on special teams under Coach Muschamp, and look forward to getting to work.”

Hutzler piloted a strong special teams group in 2013, as New Mexico ranked in the top 25 nationally in net punting (No. 25), punt-return defense (No. 19) and kickoff returns (No. 24). The Lobos also had the country’s only player (sophomore Carlos Wiggins) to return three kickoffs for touchdowns.

UF’s special teams struggled under Choate last season, marred by inconsistencies in the kicking game.

Kyle Christy went from All-American punter to the pine, while the Gators missed 10 field goals -- second most nationally. Although UF’s coverage units were strong, the Gators blocked just a single kick all season after blocking at least four kicks every year since 2010.

Choate, who was scheduled to make $290,000 in the final year of his contract, will move onto his fifth job in 24 months after coming to UF on the strong recommendation by former offensive coordinator Brent Pease.

According to FootballScoop.com, he is reportedly looking for a job at Washington under new Huskies coach Chris Peterson, where Pease recently signed on to coach wide receivers.

Choate worked under Peterson at Boise State from 2006-11.

ANOTHER VACANCY FILLED

Muschamp also announced the hiring of Drew Hughes as Florida’s director of player personnel.

The administrative position has been vacant since Jon Haskins resigned during the 2013 season.

Hughes held the same title at North Carolina State in 2012.

“Drew will be a great asset to our program,” Muschamp said. “He is extremely organized, and based on his experience he has a very good understanding of how we operate and should fit right in.”

Hughes joined NC State one year after serving as Central Florida’s director of player personnel. He also spent five seasons at Alabama (2007-11) working in the recruiting office under Ed Marynowitz, now the assistant director of pro scouting for the Philadelphia Eagles.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work for Coach Muschamp and the University of Florida,” Hughes said. “It will be great to get back to the state of Florida and the SEC – the best conference in the nation. I’m very much looking forward to helping the Florida coaching staff attract student athletes who will be champions both on and off the field.”

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Good hires, the way back to the top has begun. A great OC coming up next. Things are good for Gator Nation.

Why do they go outside the sec to fill vacancies when the best coaches are in the sec? Lobos,boise,texas,Notre dame? Recipe for disaster. same methods will yield the same results. Muschamp must go. Hire Fulmer,now there is a guy that kindof knows how to win. I guess coaches dont matter anyway when the talent level is down. Saban couldnt win here. He could beat Georgia southern though.
Jlo, hope the road back to the top is easier than the road to Atlanta.

Yep, it's always a good sign to change your outside linebackers coach while the offensive line and OC remain empty. Things are certainly looking up, for jlo at least.

Jlo, has anyone ever accused you of being rational and objective? I mean, I am sure Jesse laughs at you. You are truly the blog maggot.

But I'm sure Jesse never laughs at you, Gallo. You're the blog pundit. This blog would be nothing without your witty observations. I myself repeat everything you say to my friends. Of course, I try to pass off your great wisdom as my own.

Gallo: so freaking delusional and clueless, he doesn't realize everybody's laughing AT him, not with him.

Hey Gallo, JLS and I want to treat you to Christmas dinner. It's part of our volunteer work for the holidays. Will be serving soup to the homeless. Just get your broke behind in line.

Happy Kwanzaa loser!

^^^^^^

I guess Kwanzaa is for losers? Some spirit you have. Of course, you celebrate the birthday of a fictional entity on a date which is almost certainly wrong even if he did exist.

How is that for delusional? Suckyo, keep teaching the leaders of tomorrow in this whitetrash state. You are a perfect source of wisdom for FloriDUH.

Gallo, I'm a lifelong student of history. Of course nobody knows the exact date of Christ's birth. Celebrating this event on the 25th of December has to do with the Roman Emperor Constantine either fusing Christianity with the sun worshipping pagan cult Sol Invictus, or trying to eclipse Sol Invictus' most important holiday (had to do with the winter solstice, when a bunch of bulls would be sacrificed to the sun god) with a new, Christian holiday.

Nevertheless, Jesus the man did exist approximately 2,000 years ago. Even Jewish historians (who did not follow Jesus) have documented his existance (see Philo and Josephus). Of course, none of that proves he is the Son of God or performed miracles or anything like that. That's a matter of faith.

You don't believe. Cool. That's you're right.

But you're still an annoying troll regardless.

Regarding Kwanzaa, some black militant dude invented it in the 60s. I have yet to meet a single black person that celebrates it.

Peace out homie. Enjoy the holidays.

All the best to the Gallo family.

"your" not "you're" typo, my bad

muschamp is delaying the inevitable...he will be gone this time next year

Only a delusional loser cane fan like Gallo can make fun of Christmas. The only thing worse than that would be degrading Hanukkah. Are you Jewish Gallo? You give new meaning to scUM!


Florida and Florida State will play in doubleheader at 20th annual Orange Bowl Classic on Saturday.


South Florida is not necessarily known for college basketball, but, for a few hours Saturday, the Dade-Broward area will lead the nation with three games involving ranked teams.

Two of those teams — No. 16 Florida and No. 22 Massachusetts — will be playing in the 20th annual Orange Bowl Classic at BB&T Center in Sunrise. Florida plays Fresno State at 4:30 p.m. UMass plays Florida State in the first game of the doubleheader, starting at 2 p.m.

The third game involving a ranked team is No. 6 Louisville at FIU.

***** Focusing on the OB Classic, Florida is the glamour team, having made it to the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament three years in a row... *****

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And the reason South Florida is not necessarily known for college basketball is because that garbage team that plays in front of just hundreds in a JUCO ngym in Coral Gables... Jeeez, how bad is it that []_[] don't even get invited to an "Orange Bowl" basketball ?Tourney in []_[]r own backyard ? And after all the past years tha t []_[] were, []_[] never agreed and ducked the Mighty Gator Cagers year after year after year... What are []_[] like now? 5-5 with the easiest ooc schedule ever and now staring 3-15 in the face in the acc this year after last years complete fl[]_[]ke ?

Lemme guess, []_[] don't care now about []_[]r sorry hoops team riiiet ? And after cremeing and gushing all over []_[]r collective selves last year about that complete anomaly CANE THANG MARCH MADNESS BASKETBALL !!! Then pizzz all over []_[]rselves not even making it past the Sweet 16... B[]_[]nch of LOOOSERS !!!

Watch the Gators, who have played the TOUGHEST OOC SCHEDULE this year and how it's done WINNING MULTIPLE COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIP AND ANOTHER FINAL FOUR THIS YEAR !!!

CHRIS "SKYYYYYYYYYYYYYY" WALKER IS RIM RATTLING BEEEEEAST !!!

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good luck with Savannah St., []_[]r new ooc football n basketball rivals, []_[] g[]_[]tless []_[]sssseepes'

bet []_[]r, 2-14 verses the GATORS the last 5 years, midget beisbol team gets Savannah St. in a 3-game home grudge match series to begin the year in Feb. h[]_[]h ?

Pathetic LOOOSERS !!!

I WARNED & TOLD []_[] TO STAY AWAY, []_[] DIDN'T, NOW []_[] WILL SUFFER THE CONSTANT BEATDOWN CONSEQUENCES OF []_[]R ACTIONS !!!

Lol this just in....uf will be bowling. Alachua county has offered free bowling for football players at participating alleys.

I WARNED & TOLD []_[] TO STAY AWAY AND KEEP []_[]R DEL[]_[]SION IN CHECK, []_[] DIDN'T, NOW []_[] WILL SUFFER THE CONSTANT BEATDOWN CONSEQUENCES OF []_[]R ACTIONS !!! IT WILL NEVER END ! ALL []_[] HAVE DONE IS AWAKEN A SLEEPING GIANT AND MY ARMY FROM []_[]R INCESSANT DEL[]_[]SIONAL WAYS & WE WILL ATTACK, HAMMER AND DESTROY []_[] MORNING, NOON, NIGHT, WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER AND FALL WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE []_[]NTIL []_[] ARE EXTINCT AND GONE !!!

[]_[] PREPARE FOR THE SOLDY N COMPANY NEVER-ENDING BOMBARDMENT BLITZKRIEG []_[] DECADE IN DENIAL CL[]_[]CKS!!!

u only have urselves to blame ...[]_[] should have NEVER come here.

I WARNED U BLAH BLAH...NOW YOUR TEAM WILL GO 2-10 NEXT SEASON TO GO WITH THAT 4-8 THIS YEAR. IM GOING TO CAINESVILLE TO BUY FOOTBALL PLAYERS TACOS EVERY FRI SO THEY WONT HAVE TO STEAL THEM AND THEN IM GONNA GIVE THE NCAA ALL THE RECIEPTS. YOUR TEAM IS GOING DOWN TO CHINATOWN. THOSE BELOW AVERAGE IQ FOOTBALL PLAYERS WILL BE MY BEST FRIENDS UNTIL I TAKE THEM DOWN. I WARNED U!

Georgia southern? LMAO!

Georgia southern at home? LMAO!

Why doesnt Muschamp just call the plays himself? How hard is it to say , pass on this down, run on this down,pass on this down? Its not the coaches. The players are the ones who cant execute. They should have pulled schollys instead of firing pease. Alot of the same thing is gonna happen next year. Noone on the oline can protect any qb on this team as we saw 3 times this past season. The worst part is our best olinmen are moving on and will leave us with 2nd rate backups that couldnt start even though our starters sucked.

Jlo is excited, a new Special Teams coach means the kicker will take uf to a championship, rigghhtt?
Funny how no one knew the linebackers/special teams coach quite the raging dumpster fire that is uf athletics.

Georgia Southern. Now go back to your appliance dept at Sears.

they seem like a bunch of angry scholars who are you upset that the Waffle House ran out of hash browns. Ga So will be with you always. There is not one word you can say to overcome Georgia Southern. It is burntinto history and will never be forgotten. You are the joke of the entire sports world

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