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Mullen hires a familiar face as defensive line coach

January 25, 2019

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The Florida Gators have filled the defensive line position and it’s someone with who head coach Dan Mullen and staff are familiar. David Turner will take over the position after Sal Sunseri left to join the Alabama Crimson Tide staff.

“David is a great addition to our coaching staff and the Gators football family,” Mullen said. “We spent some time together at Mississippi State and he has produced numerous first round picks in the NFL over this 30-plus years of coaching. Having spent 16 years in the SEC, he understands that this is a line of scrimmage league and our defensive line will continue to play fast, physical and aggressive under his leadership.”


Turner previously coach under Mullen at Mississippi State from 2013-2015. He’s a veteran coach, having been in the career for over 30 years. Of those, he’s spent 18 in the SEC (Kentucky for two different stints, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Mississippi State for two different stints, Texas A&M). He most recently coached at University of Texas San Antonio.

While at Mississippi State and Texas A&M, his defenses always ranked in the top 35 in tackles for loss. In 2015, the Bulldogs set a school record with 98 tackles for loss (with 30 sacks).

But perhaps Turner’s biggest resume selling points are those he helped send to the NFL over the past decade. This includes guys like first rounders Fletcher Cox (MSU) and Myles Garrett (TAMU) who was the No. 1 overall pick in 2017. He also coached current league players Preston Smith, Kyle Love and Pernell McPhee.



Turner will take over a unit that has lost two of its biggest playmakers to graduation and/or early entrée to the NFL in Jachai Polite and CeCe Jefferson. However it will return inside man Adam Shuler and end Luke Ancrum while also hoping for more production from redshirt junior Antonneous Clayton and now juniors Elijah Conliffe and TJ Slaton.

Defensive lineman Zachary Carter chimed in on Twitter concerning the hire.

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