Muschamp fills out staff with Young
Published: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 3:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 6:01 p.m.
New Florida football coach Will Muschamp has dipped into the NFL to fill out his coaching staff. Well, sort of.
Bryant Young has not coached in the NFL, but he sure knew how to play there. The four-time All-Pro defensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers has agreed to be the Gators' new defensive line coach, a source confirmed to The Sun on Friday.
Young, who made the Pro Bowl four times (1996, 1999, 2001 and 2002) during a standout NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers, coached the defensive line at San Jose State this past season. Bryant played collegiately at Notre Dame and began his coaching career with the Irish as a graduate assistant in 2009.
The hiring of Young will complete Muschamp's coaching staff.
Weis is on the job
People have been calling and texting and wondering when new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is going to arrive in Gainesville. Well, he's here. Actually, he wasn't here Friday, he was on the road recruiting for the Gators, so he is now officially working for Florida less than a week after coaching the Kansas City Chiefs' offense in the NFL playoffs.
On Friday, Weis was scheduled to be in the West Palm Beach area, paying a visit to Palm Beach Dwyer quarterback Jacoby Brissett, one of the top-rated dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation. It appears the Gators now want to add a second quarterback to this recruiting class to go along with JeffDriskel, who is already enrolled at UF.
With the Gators hosting several recruits this weekend, Weis will be in Gainesville with Muschamp and the rest of the Florida coaches.
Hill makes it official
As expected, junior free safety Will Hill has filed his paperwork to enter the NFL Draft. Hill's father, Will Hill, confirmed to The Sun earlier in the week that his son was declaring for the draft and would skip his senior season atUF.
“Although I didn't have a chance to coach Will Hill, we certainly wish him the best of luck in the NFL,'' Muschamp said. “Like all of our players, we hope he understands the value of his education and returns to get his degree.”
Hill started 10 games last season and had 54 tackles and two interceptions. He finishes with 144 tackles, four interceptions and two sacks for his career. Hill is expected to be a mid-round pick in April's draft.
Surgery for Young, Ball
Muschamp announced that offensive tackle David Young and linebacker Neiron Ball underwent successful surgeries this week.
Young had surgery to remove hardware from his left knee that was in place from a previous surgery in September.
Ball, who played as a true freshman this past season, had surgery to repair athletic pubalgia. Ball is expected to be full go for spring practice, while Young is expected to practice on a limited basis.
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