Report: Gators add RB & Strength Coach

A report from the Orlando Sentinel early Saturday morning states confirmation on a new running back coach (Tim Skipper) and strength coach (Mike Kent) for Florida’s new head coach Jim McElwain who is busy putting together his staff. Edgar Thompson of the Sentinel cited sources close to the Colorado State program on the two new hires, the two would be coming from McElwain’s previous employer.

San Francisco Radio show host John Kaufman reported the move for Tim Skipper on Thursday and now Thompson backs up the report.

Skipper has three years of coaching running backs at the collegiate level among the 14 years of total experience. Skipper’s father, Jim Skipper is in his 41st year of coaching and the current RB coach for the Carolina Panthers. Brother Kelly is the RB coach with the Oakland Raiders.

Skipper spent his three years coaching running backs under both McElwain and recently hired offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier when they were coordinators at Fresno State between 2006 and 2008. Skipper also helped develop Ryan Matthews into a first round pick of the San Diego Chargers in 2010.

Kent has been talked about on the message boards of our site for a while now and his 33 years of experience stands out on his resume as a strength coach. His time at Appalachian State in two long stints at the school was very impressive in terms of the type of athletes he churned out at the small school.

In all Kent has helped produce over 40 players that were drafted in the NFL including first round picks WR Haywood Jeffries (NC State 1985-86), OL Jeff Otah (Pitt 2004-2006), and QB Josh Freeman (K-State (2007-2008).

The presumable hiring of Skipper and Kent will add to a McElwain staff that already includes announced hires Nussmeier, defensive coordinator Geoff Collins, and LB / Recruiting Coordinator Randy Shannon who has yet to be officially named to the positions.

Look for McElwain to announce most or all of his staff early next week.

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