Coleman Hutzler Returns to Florida; Gators Hire Special Teams Coordinator

Florida has hired a new assistant football coach. Coleman Hutzler will return to the Gators as the special teams coordinator. Hutzler was previously on the Florida staff during the 2010 and 2011 seasons, working with current defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin.

Coleman Hutzler, Florida Gators

Hutzler’s hiring comes after special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach Jeff Choate resigned to pursue other football opportunites. Choate leaves Florida after only one season with the program.

Hutzler spent the past two seasons at New Mexico where he led special teams and coached outside linebackers. The Lobos kickoff return unit featured Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year Carlos Wiggins. Wiggins was the only player in the nation to return three kickoffs for touchdowns during the 2013 season.

Prior to his first stint at Florida, Hutzler was on John Harbaugh’s staff at Stanford.

Will Muschamp is one step closer to filling his staff for the 2014 season, although there’s still a big position to fill we’re all impatiently waiting for.

The Long Snapper (2/10/10)

I don’t have to give you any more reasons why Florida’s 2010 recruiting class was so good, but I might as well.  One reason might be that guy who is currently (sort of) the head coach of the Gators.  ESPN has declared Steve Addazio as the 2010 Recruiter of the Year.  For all of his supposed play-calling faults, Addazio is said to be loved by players and recruits.  Credit him with playing a big part in the recruitment of a number of high-profile prospects, including Sharrif Floyd.  Prospects and current players alike seem perfectly confident he can keep the Gator train moving while Urban Meyer is taking some time off.
If you guessed “running fast” as the answer to the question of what Florida speed back Jeff Demps is up to during the offseason, you’d be correct.  Demps was recently named the SEC Male Freshman of the Week after posting the second-fastest 60-meter dash time in school history (6.61) at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet.  It was also the second-fastest time in the nation so far this year.  If Demps doesn’t make it in the NFL one day, he has a very bright track future ahead of him.
For those of you like me who were too young to remember Georgia’s Herschel Walker running over, around, through, and by every SEC defender for three years check out Every Day Should Be Saturday’s take on his annihilation of Bill Bates.  Walker defined “man among boys” during his time with the Bulldogs and to this day remains one of the greatest to ever play college football.  Although he did so for a rival, respect the talent.
Tee Martin is back in the SEC.  The former Tennessee quarterback – last seen as the QB coach under Mike Locksley at New Mexico (where he coached with former Florida offensive linemen Cheston Blackshear and Mike Degory) – has been named the new wide receivers coach at Kentucky.  Hate Martin for being the Vol quarterback to beat the Gators after Peyton Manning went 0-4.  Hate him for participating in what can only be described as a nightmare of a National Championship Game for Florida fans – Tennessee vs. FSU.  But don’t hate him for climbing the coaching ranks.  Martin is a solid, young assistant who could easily find himself in line for some high profile positions in the next five years or so.
Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott – who looks like, well I don’t know, but he doesn’t look like a big conference commissioner – has said the conference could look into the possibilities of expanding.  The conference’s television deal expires following the 2011-12 school year, making it a perfect time to consider expansion.  While there has been no talk with potential new members, many would think Boise State and Utah would be interesting choices.  Let’s see what the Broncos or Utes could do in a BCS conference and give the Pac-10 a championship game.  I’ve always liked the idea of each of the big six having a title game.  You should too.  If the SEC over the last two years is any indication, championship games might be the closest thing we get to a playoff anytime soon.

The Long Snapper (2/4/10)

National Signing Day has come and gone and Florida cleaned up.  The Gators went into the day with 25 committed prospects.  All 25 signed, which doesn’t seem all that impressive at first sight, but considering kids do make last minutes switches, it’s a commendable feat.  For good measure, Florida added Adrian Coxson, Chaz Green, and Darrin Kitchens.  Here’s another impressive look at the Gators’ 2010 recruiting class: throughout the process, only two commits didn’t end up signing with Florida.  Those two – Demar Dorsey and Victor Hampton – came to agreements with the staff to drop Florida from consideration.  In other words, they dropped the Gators as much as the Gators dropped them.  Whether Florida showed them the door or not is another story, but Dorsey and Hampton sure didn’t leave on their own.
At the moment, USC holds the top spot in the Rivals.com team rankings.  Of course a lot of that has to do with the nation’s #2 overall prospect – Seantrel Henderson – being committed to the Trojans.  On the back of Henderson and Markeith Ambles, USC leaped all the way to the top spot.  But not so fast.  Henderson hasn’t signed.  And he won’t until after USC goes before the NCAA infractions committee later this month.  Not a bad move on his part.  Why go to a school that could be on probation during your time there?  Henderson has “three-and-done” written all over him.  If the NCAA were to actually penalize USC (who knows if that will really happen), he wouldn’t have much of a shot at competing for a title.  It’ll be interesting to see what Henderson does if penalties are handed down.
Calvin Smith.  He of massive girth and superior talent had offers from most everywhere.  Among his official visits were Alabama, FSU, Illinois (Ron Zook can still sway a kid here and there it seems), and Tennessee.  But it was that fifth, and final, that reeled him in.  The four-star defensive tackle from Hialeah, FL is headed to New Mexico.  Yes, you read that right.  New Mexico.  The last time New Mexico signed a…oh who are we kidding…NEW MEXICO DOESN’T SIGN FOUR-STAR PROSPECTS!  Kudos to defensive line coach Rubin Carter for recruiting Smith.  And of course for not losing his faith despite being imprisoned for murders he didn’t commit.  What’s that?  Not the same guy?  Oh well.
Thanks for stopping by George Edwards.  Enjoy Buffalo.  The Gators’ new defensive coordinator is now the Gators’ former defensive coordinator.  Edwards has left Florida to be the DC of the Buffalo Bills.  I always feel for recruits when this happens.  Not that Edwards was around very long at all, but he definitely had time to have an impact on a few of the kids who are now signed (Gideon Ajagbe and Kitchens are listed as being heavily recruited by Edwards).  Not that Florida isn’t still a wonderful choice for them, but leaving the day after Signing Day…ouch.
And finally, yes, “Go Trogans!” is going to be used for years and years to come.