Report: Williams to the NFL, UF hires Rumph?

Florida defensive line coach Terrell Williams is heading back to the NFL, and the Gators are hiring a new defensive line coach.

After being on the job for just over one month, Florida defensive line coach Terrell Williams has accepted the same position with the Miami Dolphins. The Gators have replaced him with Texas defensive line coach Chris Rumph, according to Sports Illustrated.

However, the Gainesville Sun reported that Rumph has been offered the job but has not accepted.

When Williams spoke to the media after taking the job, he cited an excitement to be back near his wife’s family in Fernandina Beach, Fla. The move came one day after National Signing Day.

Rumph leaves Texas after serving as the defensive line coach and assistant head coach for defense for one season. Before that, he was the defensive line coach at Alabama from 2011-13. Florida head coach Jim McElwain was the offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide in 2011, and current Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier served in the same program at Alabama from 2012-13.

Rumph was born in Orangeburg, S.C. and played at South Carolina in college. He served as the defensive line coach at Clemson from 2006-08 and coached defensive ends for the Tigers from 2009-10. The 43-year-old is known as an elite recruiter.

Rumph’s career as a coach started as the head coach at Calhoun County High School in South Carolina from 1997-2001. He was named the defensive backs coach at South Carolina State in 2002 before serving as the outside linebackers coach at Memphis from 2003-05.

Under Rumph last season, the Longhorns were 12th in the nation with 40 sacks, averaging just over three per game. Texas was also 36th nationally with 84 tackles for a loss.


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