Muschamp hires Jeff Choate as outside linebackers and special teams coach

Muschamp hires Jeff Choate as outside linebackers and special teams coach

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]lorida has hired Jeff Choate as outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.

choateChoate, who was recently hired as defensive coordinator UTEP, spent six seasons at Boise State alongside current Gators offensive coordinator Brent Pease.

He fills the opening created when defensive line coach Bryant Young resigned earlier this month.

“We are excited to have Jeff Choate join our staff,” 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.”

Choate, who was linebackers coach on Mike Leach’s Washington State staff in 2012, was successful recruiting the state of Texas for the Broncos. It was during Muschamp’s time as the Longhorns’ defensive coordinator that the two first met.

At Boise State, Choate served as the special teams coach each of his six years at Boise State while also working with the nickels (2010-11), linebackers (2009) and running backs from (2006-08).

The relationship continued when Choate visited Florida during spring practice last year.

“We are very much on the same page philosophically,” Muschamp said.

Choate played college ball at Montana Western, and began his coaching career in the Idaho high school ranks. His first college coaching job came in 2001 as a graduate assistant at Utah State where he worked with the defensive line and defensive backs.

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