Gators find replacements for two assistants in D.J. Durkin and Stan Drayton
Along with interim head coach Steve Addazio, Meyer announced Tuesday afternoon that former UF running backs coach Stan Drayton is returning to the program and the Gators have also hired one of the fastest rising assistant coaches in D.J. Durkin.
“Coach Addazio and I worked together on this and are excited to have D.J. and Stan join our coaching staff,” Meyer said in a statement. “Both guys are familiar with the plan we have for our program, our coaches and our student-athletes. It will be a smooth transition and they both bring a high level of expertise to the table and have proven to be good recruiters.”
Durkin will coach linebackers/special teams, while Drayton will serve as running backs coach.
Durkin recently completed his third season at Stanford University, where he worked with the defensive ends and coordinated the special teams units, but he has ties to both Bowling Green and Notre Dame - two of Meyer's stops before arriving at Florida.
Durkin, 31, joined the Stanford staff after two seasons on the coaching staff at Bowling Green, his alma mater, where he worked with the defensive ends in 2005 before taking over responsibilities with the linebackers and special teams in '06. Following a two-year stay at Bowling Green, Durkin moved onto Notre Dame, where assisted the Irish staff in all defensive aspects with concentrated duties on the defensive ends. He worked closely with the school's all-time sack leader, Justin Tuck, in 2004.
Drayton, 38, was a member of the Gators' staff from 200 to 2007. He rejoins the Florida staff after a stint at Tennessee (2008), then coaching the running backs at Syracuse this past season. He has also worked in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers.
Drayton replaces RB coach Kenny Carter will be joining former UF defensive coordinator Charlie Strong at Louisville. Known for being an elite recruiter, Drayton was named one of the nation's top-25 recruiters in 2007 following his involvement with Florida's No. 1-rated recruiting class.
[PHOTOS: Durkin, top left. Drayton, bottom left]