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More changes for Florida Gators football coaching staff



Florida's football coaching staff is undergoing more changes.

Gators' special teams coach Jeff Choate is the latest to leave the program, which is the third departure since the end of the regular season. Offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis were fired one day after the regular season ended.

Choate, who joined the staff this past spring, is leaving to join Chris Petersen's staff at Washington, first reported by Florida did not release an official statement.

Choate was the special teams coach under Petersen at Boise State from 2006-11. He left the staff last season to join Mike Leach at Washington State, then came to UF this past April.

Choate will be replaced by Coleman Hutzler, the 29-year-old New Mexico special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach. New Mexico athletic officials confirmed Hutzler's departure.

Hutzler is a former UF defensive/special teams assistant who has also worked with current UF defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin at Stanford.

In Hutzler's first season at New Mexico, the Lobos went from No. 112 nationally in net punting in 2011 to No. 25 in 2012. The Lobos also went from No. 116 in 2011 to No. 19 in punt return yardage.

With Choate's departure, only four coaches remain from Will Muschamp's original staff: only RB coach Brian White, Durkin, DB coach Travaris Robinson and TE coach Derek Lewis.

[Last modified: Friday, December 20, 2013 8:36am]


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