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Florida Gators add Jeff Choate to coaching staff

Jeff Choate was linebackers coach at Washington State in 2012, and was defensive coordinator at UTEP this past spring.

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Jeff Choate was linebackers coach at Washington State in 2012, and was defensive coordinator at UTEP this past spring.

GAINESVILLE — Jeff Choate, a 21-year coaching veteran who served on the same Boise State staff as current offensive coordinator Brent Pease, has been hired as Florida's special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach.

Choate was linebackers coach at Washington State in 2012, and was defensive coordinator at UTEP this past spring. He spent six seasons coaching special teams at Boise State

"We are excited to have Jeff Choate join our staff," Florida coach Will Muschamp said. "He is a high-energy coach, an outstanding recruiter and evaluator, and has a reputation as one of the top special-teams coaches in the nation. He has coached on both sides of the ball and was most recently a defensive coordinator. He sees the big picture and will be a great addition to our staff."

Muschamp developed a relationship with Choate several years ago while he was at Texas. He said Choate visited Austin and the two talked defensive and special teams schemes, and he also visited Muschamp in Gainesville last spring.

Antonya English can be reached at english@tampabay.com.

Florida Gators add Jeff Choate to coaching staff 04/17/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 3:25pm]
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