Florida officially announces Roper hire

Kurt Roper will leave Duke after finishing as one of the five finalists for the Broyles Award, given to the nation's top assistant coach, and become the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Florida. Roper spent his last six seasons as the offensive coordinator at Duke.

"I'm excited to have Coach Roper join our staff," Will Muschamp said. "He has a diverse, up-tempo background on offense and does a good job of adapting to what the players do best. The most important thing though is he has always remained balanced.

"He has had success calling plays in the SEC and has tutored three NFL quarterbacks. He has had players produce at every offensive position and he is one of the most well-respected coaches in the country."

The Gainesville Sun reported that Roper will make $600,000 per year in Gainesville, but the number of years on his contract was not yet known.

Roper has coached quarterbacks for 14 of his 18 years as a coach. He has worked with three quarterbacks currently on NFL rosters, including Eli Manning of the New York Giants, Thaddeus Lewis of the Buffalo Bills and Sean Renfree of the Atlanta Falcons.

In his six seasons at Duke, Roper has had four 1,000-yard receivers and three 3,000-yard passers.

He has also been an important part of Duke's turnaround on the gridiron. The Blue Devils set the school record with 10 wins in 2013 with quarterbacks combining for 3,045 passing yards and first team All-ACC wide receiver Jamison Crowder setting a school record with 96 catches that went for 1,197 yards and seven touchdowns. The Blue Devils also had a pair of running backs rush for 500 yards each.

Duke also set a school record with 410 points in 2012. The program's 31.5 points per game in 2012 was the fifth-highest mark in school history.

Roper also comes to Gainesville with experience inside the Southeastern Conference. He spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons at Tennessee as the running backs coach. Former Volunteers running back Arian Foster rushed for 1,000 yards with Roper as his position coach.

Roper also spent the 2005 season at Kentucky along with 1998-2004 at Ole Miss as the quarterbacks' coach when he coached Manning, the 2003 SEC Player of the Year and number one overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.

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