Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong a nominee for top assistant's honor
Under Strong's direction this season, the Florida defense has given up just 108 yards, including 10 touchdowns (three rushing, five receiving, two interception returns), which is two fewer than any other team in the nation. The 9.8 per-game average is best in the country. In 2008, Florida gave up 181 points over 14 games (12.9 per game).
- Five of UF’s SEC opponents have had five rushing yards or less in the fourth quarter, and the Gators have held six of 11 opponents this season to less than 100 total yards in the second half.
- The Gators held two SEC opponents to three points or less (LSU, Vanderbilt) for the first time since 1993.
- UF has held eight opponents under 100 yards rushing in 2009.
- The Gators have allowed just six touchdowns on 20 opponents’ red zone trips in 2009. UF is the only team nationally that has surrendered just six red zone touchdowns.
“It would be a challenge to find someone more respected and well-liked in the college football world than Charlie Strong,” head coach Urban Meyer said. “He’s passionate and hard working, but he takes the job of molding men very seriously. Charlie is the type of man who can walk into any situation and be well-liked, well-received and represent the University of Florida to the highest degree.”
The field will be narrowed to five finalists on Monday, Nov. 30.