Torrian Gray is coming home. Again.
Two years after the Lakeland native left Florida to become the defensive backs coach with the Washington Redskins, he is back with the Gators, hired Monday by coach Dan Mullen to coach Florida’s cornerbacks.
Gray, 44, replaces Charlton Warren, the cornerbacks coach who left UF Saturday to become the secondary coach at Georgia.
In Gray, the Gators are getting a proven coach who has strong recruiting ties in the state.
“Obviously, Torrian brings a high level of familiarity with our program and the Southeastern Conference,” Mullen said. “His track record of preparing players for the NFL and his success coaching at that level speaks for itself. Meanwhile, with his strong recruiting ties to the state of Florida and the fact that he played for Coach Grantham in college will make this transition seamless.”
Gray is certainly familiar with the Florida defense. At Virginia Tech, he played for four years under Grantham, who is now the UF defensive coordinator.
Gray grew up in Lakeland, played for Lakeland Kathleen High School and played college ball at Virginia Tech, where he was the secondary coach from 2006-15 before Jim McElwain hired him at Florida in 2016.
In his one-year stay with the Gators, the UF secondary was one of the best in the nation, led by standout cornerbacks (and future high draft picks) Quincy Wilson and Jalen Tabor.
In his two years with the Redskins, his secondary finished ninth and 15th in the NFL in passing yards allowed.
Gray has other NFL coaching experience. Before returning to his alma mater (Virginia Tech) in 2006, he coached two years with the Chicago Bears.
In all, he has 19 years of coaching experience.