After Charlton Warren‘s departure to Georgia on Saturday, many of the Gators faithful were none too pleased. Not as much about losing their defensive backs coach as much as the timing of the move. Warren and Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart pulled the stunt during the official visit of one of Florida’s top DB targets, Kaiir Elam.
Fast forward to Monday evening and Florida has hired a familiar face to fill the void left by Warren. Torrian Gray, who was on Jim McElwain‘s staff in 2016 before leaving to coach the Washington Redskins is returning to Gainesville.
Gray has coached some heavy hitters in the Gators secondary, including current NFL player and Gators CB Marco Wilson‘s brother Quincy.
Obviously, Torrian brings a high level of familiarity with our program and the Southeastern Conference,” stated Dan Mullen in a press release. “His track record of preparing players for the NFL and his success coaching at that level speaks for itself. Meanwhile, with his strong recruiting ties to the state of Florida and the fact that he played for coach (Todd) Grantham in college will make this transition seamless.”
With his 19 years of experience and familiarity with both the program and the system, Gray’s hiring is a home run for the UF program.