Florida Gators appoint Christian Robinson as interim defensive coordinator
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The Florida Gators promoted linebacker coach Christian Robinson to interim defensive coordinator after Todd Grantham was sacked on Sunday night.
Robinson, 31, is expected to retain his role as linebacker coach in addition to calling on the Florida defense for the remainder of the 2021 season, AllGators has learned. Paul Pasqualoni, a special assistant to the head coach, has been promoted from his post to an unspecified role on the field for Florida’s remaining three games, likely to help Robinson as he takes over as as coordinator.
Robinson has been on the Gators staff since Dan Mullen was hired as head coach ahead of the 2018 season. He has since secured two contract extensions from the school and is highly respected as a recruiter by the program. He is also the youngest member of the Florida field coaching staff.
Florida linebackers, however, have been hit or miss under Robinson’s leadership over the years. David reese ii, Ventrell Miller and Jeremiah Moon have impressed as communicators and management advocates as MIKE linebacker since Robinson was hired. However, former highly coveted recruits from Mohamoud Diabate and Ty’Ron Hopper have yet to emerge as consistent contributors, and the unit has also struggled for coverage as a whole for the majority of Robinson’s tenure.
Robinson’s promotion is interesting as he has no previous experience as a defensive coordinator, while safety coach Wesley McGriff, analyst Tyson Summers and Pasqualoni each have experience as coordinators in some capacity. .
However, the move offers Robinson an opportunity to impress those in power at UF. If Mullen keeps his job for the 2022 season and possibly beyond, Robinson has three games to prove he could take on a full-time coordinator role for this team. Otherwise, this experience could prove to be crucial for Robinson if he is forced to find another job this offseason.
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