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Florida Gators' Jim McElwain: Geoff Collins should be considered as USF's next coach

ANDRES LEIVA | Times

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December

TAMPA -- Former Texas head coach and Florida Gators assistant Charlie Strong seems to be the frontrunner to take over USF, but here's another name that surfaced when Willie Taggart left for Oregon.
Gators defensive coordinator Geoff Collins.

"It should be," UF head coach Jim McElwain said. "He's a heck of a coach."

Collins wants to become a head coach, and he interviewed with UCF last year. The Gators will lose almost all of their defensive starters, so this would be a peak for Collins to head out on.

Those are all reasons why Collins might be interested in USF. But what would the Bulls - or another program - be getting in Collins as a head coach?

"They're going to get a guy that motivates players," McElwain said Thursday during a media session to promote the Jan. 2 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. "A guy that really understands the game and understands both sides of the ball, not just the defensive side. He's done a great job of studying the offensive side and the things that it takes there. A relentless, competitive recruiter, and a guy that's now been around at some places to see how he can establish his own kinds of ways of doing things."

Collins coordinated a UF squad that was eighth nationally in total defense last year and sixth this year. Before coming to Gainesville, he helped Mississippi State boast the top red-zone defense in the country and 2014 and was a finalist for the Broyles Award as the country's top assistant coach at Florida International in 2010. Collins also spent two years as an assistant at UCF.

[Last modified: Friday, December 9, 2016 9:38am]

    

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