Report: Gators to welcome back Hutzler

As we broke the news earlier in the day, Florida assistant Jeff Choate has move on and it appears the Gators have found a quick replacement for the linebacker coach and special teams coordinator. According to former Florida defense and special teams grad assistant Coleman Hutzler will be named as Choate's replacement soon.

The Gators still have not named a replacement for offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis, both were let go the day after the last regular season game, more than two weeks ago.

As for Hutzler, he is no stranger to Florida. He followed current Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin to Gainesville and he spent his three years at Stanford and two years at Florida as both a defensive and special teams assistant.

In 2012, he was hired away for a full time job at New Mexico where he has been for the last two years.

UNM showed tremendous improvement in special teams during Hutzler's first season from its 2011 statistics. The Lobos improved by 5.9 yards per punt from 2011 to 2012, by 7.3 yards per punt return defended and by 2.8 yards per kickoff return.

New Mexico had three special teams players earn honorable mention All-Mountain West honors: sophomore kick returner Chase Clayton, who finished fifth in the nation with an average of 30.4 yards per return and who scored on a pair of 98-yard returns; junior punter Ben Skaer, who improved from a 39.7-yard average in 2011 to 43.85 and a No. 16 national ranking in 2012; and junior kicker Justus Adams, who converted all 40 of his extra-point attempts and converted 9 of 13 field-goal attempts in his first year as a starter.

Hutzler's outside linebackers also combined to record 19 tackles for loss and eight sacks.

In 2013, according to the Lobos currently have the 31st ranked special teams in the country. They have the 3rd most efficient kick returns in the country and have scored three times on kick off returns. The Lobos are currently 7th in punting efficiency and have the seventh best punter in the country with Skaer.

There is no word on when an official announcement will be made.

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