UF defensive line coach leaving for Alabama

UF defensive line coach Sal Sunseri. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

Along with recruiting, Florida football coach Dan Mullen can add another important item to his do-to list for the next several weeks: find a new defensive line coach.

Veteran defensive line coach Sal Sunseri is leaving UF to become part of Nick Saban’s coaching staff at Alabama, according to multiple reports. Sunseri previously worked with Saban on the Alabama staff from 2009-2011.

In his one season with the Gators, the UF defensive line became a team strength, led by defensive end/outside linebacker Jachai Polite, who had 11.5 sacks on the season and likely will be a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

Before joining Mullen’s staff, Sunseri spent the previous three years in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders.

In Tuscaloosa, Sunseri will be reunited with his son, Vinnie, who joined the Alabama staff earlier this week as a graduate assistant.

Sunseri has more than 35 years of coaching experience at the college level and in the NFL.

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