Torrian Gray Hired as New DB Coach at Florida

Florida announces addition of Torrian Gray to the football coaching staff on Thursday night.

"We're excited to have Torrian [Gray] join the Gator family," said Florida head coach Jim McElwain in a press release on Thursday night. 

Gray has 17 years of experience coaching the secondary, coaching five All-America DBs and 16-all-conference selections. He is coming from Virginia Tech, his alma mater, where he spent the last ten years coaching defensive backs.  

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“This wasn’t about dollars and cents or anything else," said Gray in a Hokies press release. "Virginia Tech made me a very generous offer to stay, but this was simply a career opportunity and chance to return home to my Florida roots that my family couldn’t pass up." 

Gray is a native of Lakeland, Florida. 

“I can’t thank [Virginia Tech] Coach [Justin] Fuente enough for offering to do more to encourage me to stay, but Florida was one of the few opportunities that would even make me consider leaving Virginia Tech. I wish Coach Fuente and his staff the very best, and I’ll continue to follow the progress of the great young men in the Tech locker room. I’m going to miss them all.”

During his time in Blacksburg, his secondary group allowed just 185 passing yards per game and a 106.5 opponent passer rating. Gray's group also gave opponents quarterback quite a headache. On average opposing signal callers only complete 50.4 percent of their passes, which is the lowest percentage in the country. 

Gray has also spent two seasons in the NFL as a defensive backs coach at the Chicago Bears, and two years at both the University of Maine and the University of Connecticut. 

 Stay tuned to FightinGators.com for more on this developing story. 


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