FootballScoop reported that Oakland Raiders defensive line coach Terrell Williams has accepted the same job on Jim McElwain’s staff at Florida. Fox Sports reported that Western Kentucky running backs coach Greg Nord will also join McElwain’s staff.
Williams has served as the Raiders’ defensive line coach since 2012. Before that, he spent 2010-11 as the defensive line coach at Texas A&M. The Aggies led the nation with 51 sacks in 2011 and finished third nationally in tackles for loss with an average of eight per game. In 2010, Texas A&M was 12th nationally by allowing just 101.9 rushing yards per game. The Aggies improved from 90th to 30th in rushing defense during his first season as the position coach.
Before Texas A&M, the Los Angeles native served as the defensive line coach for Purdue from 2006-09. That’s where he coached first round pick and current Dallas Cowboys lineman Anthony Spencer, who led the country in tackles for a loss and a first-team All-American honor. He also coached Cliff Avril to becoming a third round pick and Ryan Kerrigan, who was the first round pick of the Washington Redskins in 2011.
Despite serving as the running backs coach at Western Kentucky, Nord has a history with tight ends and special teams. With rumors of Colorado State assistant Tim Skipper joining the Florida staff as the running backs coach, it could make sense that Nord will join the staff as the tight ends coach. He also has a background with special teams.
Nord served as the tight ends and special teams coach from 2011-12 and coached tight ends at Illinois in 2010. Before that, he worked at Louisville from 1998-2009, coaching tight ends and running backs at different times. He spent time working with McElwain at Louisville. Nord also has experienced at Georgia Tech and East Carolina.