One day after an SI story reporting that Texas defensive line coach Chris Rumph would be replacing the departing Terrell Williams as the Florida Gators defensive line coach, the school made it official.
Rumph, who was reportedly considered originally for the position, comes to Florida from Texas where he was defensive line coach and assistant head coach last season.
“Chris and I obviously have some experience working together from our days at Alabama,” Florida head coach Jim McElwain said. “He joins a group of like thinkers on our staff and is someone who will positively affect our players’ lives – both on and off the field.”
At Texas, his unit finished 11th nationally in sacks and he coached All-American Malcolm Brown who was a finalist for both the Nagurski Award and the Outland Trophy this past season.
Prior to Texas, Rumph spent three seasons as the defensive line coach at Alabama during a couple of their championship runs. All three of his units were top ten nationally including top rankings in 2011, where they set a modern era record giving up only 183 yards per game, and in 2012 where opponents averaged only 250 yards per game overall.
At Clemson from 2006-2010 he coached All American Daquan Bowers and all five of his units finished top 25 nationally in both scoring and total defense.
He’s considered one of the top position coaches in the nation and is a fantastic recruiter.
Most analysts consider this hire to be an upgrade overall and he’ll have some good young talent to work with as he takes over.
And on a good note for anxious Gator fans, five star defensive end CeCe Jefferson has reportedly met Rumph previously as a recruiter for Alabama.
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