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Florida fires DC Todd Grantham, OL coach John Hevesy after Gators drop to 4-5 in 2021 season

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Florida has fired defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and offensive line coach John Hevesy, the college introduced on Monday, as Florida is mired in a 4-5 season only one 12 months after successful the SEC East and flirting with the Faculty Soccer Playoff. In subsequent strikes, linebackers coach Christian Robinson will function the play-caller on protection and particular assistant Paul Pasqualoni will transfer to an on-field position.

Grantham’s protection at present ranks eighth within the SEC in defensive yards per play at 5.44 and twelfth within the convention in tackles for loss per recreation with 5.22. The Gators are coming off a depressing efficiency during which it misplaced to South Carolina 40-17 — a Gamecocks workforce was led by third-string quarterback Jason Brown, who transferred in from FCS St. Francis previous to the season.

Grantham’s protection posed points even throughout final 12 months’s SEC East title run. It gave up 6.06 yards per play, 30.8 factors per recreation, allowed touchdowns on 64.4% of opponent’s crimson zone journeys and noticed opponents achieve 10 or extra yards on 185 totally different events, thirteenth within the SEC.

Grantham served as Georgia’s defensive coordinator from 2010-13, had the identical position at Louisville from 2014-16 and was with Mullen at Mississippi State in 2017.

Hevesy’s offensive line hasn’t been as a lot of a legal responsibility this 12 months because the protection. The Gators are third within the SEC in dashing offense at 224.78 yards per recreation and has solely allowed 9 sacks via 9 video games. This comes one 12 months after the Gators struggled mightily to run the soccer and provides former quarterback Kyle Trask any assist, nevertheless. 

Hevesy has been on Mullen’s employees since his first season as coach at Mississippi State in 2009. He has been in lockstep with Mullen on staffs at Bowling Inexperienced (2001-02), Utah (2003-04) and Florida (2005-08).

The strikes come at a tumultuous time in Gainesville because the defending SEC East champs have been unable to stay as much as the strain of sporting the goal on their backs. They’ve misplaced three straight video games, 4 of their final 5 and given up 34 or extra factors in every of the final three video games. 

The Gators will host Samford on Saturday at midday ET.

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