Terrell Williams took the defensive line coach job with the Miami Dolphins on Thursday, exactly one month after he was taking the job at Florida. The Gators moved quickly to find his replacement, announcing Texas defensive line coach Chris Rumph to the same position at Florida on Friday.
“Chris and I obviously have some experience working together from our days at Alabama,” Jim McElwain said. “He joins a group of like thinkers on our staff and is someone who will positively affect our players’ lives – both on and off the field.”
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.
The Florida defensive line will have to replace the departure of likely first-round pick Dante Fowler, who was the focusing of opposing offensive lines for the last two seasons.
However, Rumph’s most important responsibility now is getting five-star defensive lineman CeCe Jefferson to sign his letter of intent with Florida. According to Scout’s John Garcia, Jefferson knows Rumph from his stops at Alabama and Texas.