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SEC: Collins Joining Gators’ Staff as Defensive Coordinator

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Geoff Collins has been named defensive coordinator for the 2015 University of Florida football team, head coach Jim McElwain announced on Tuesday. Collins will join the Gators’ staff after spending the past four seasons at Mississippi State as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

Along with a background in the Southeastern Conference, Collins has strong ties in the state of Florida, with coaching stops at Florida International (2010, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers) and UCF (2008-09, Linebackers/Recruiting Coordinator).

“I got to know Geoff personally during my time at Alabama and have stayed in touch with him since and his defenses have been successful everywhere he has been,” said McElwain. “It was important to maintain some of the same philosophies and concepts that have made the defenses around here successful with this hire and our players will continue to progress under his direction.

“Coach Durkin will continue to coach the team through the Bowl game,” said McElwain. “I have the utmost respect for his professionalism and have full confidence in his abilities to lead and coach the team.”

Collins was hired at Mississippi State as Co-Defensive Coordinator in 2011 and took over sole duties prior to the 2013 season. In 2014, the Bulldogs’ defense has been at its best when it matters most – in the red zone and on third downs. 

MSU’s red zone defense ranks first in the nation in both score percentage (60.0) and touchdown percentage (37.5). Mississippi State ranks 10th nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 19.4 points per game.

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