GAINESVILLE — Former Gator Chris Leak will bring his experience as a four-year starter and national title game MVP to Will Muschamp’s staff as its new quality control coach.

In his new position, Leak, who played at Florida from 2003 to 2006, primarily will break down film and scout future opponents, with an eye on getting into coaching.

When he announced Leak’s hiring on Monday, Muschamp said he was excited by Leak’s intelligence and understanding of Xs and Os.

Leak left Florida with a school record 35 wins as a starter, a mark later tied by Tim Tebow, who was a freshman when Leak was the senior starter for the 2006 national title team.

Tebow, Danny Wuerffel and Steve Spurrier won the Heisman Trophy. Rex Grossman finished runner-up and has played 10 NFL seasons, one more than John Reaves – the all-time NCAA passing leader when he left Florida - and three fewer than Shane Matthews – who won the school’s first SEC title.

But Leak started more games (47) and attempted (1,458) and completed more passes (895) for more yards (11,213) than any Florida quarterback, even though he played for two head coaches and three offensive coordinators.

Now, 28, Leak spent some time in the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League, where he briefly contended for the Orlando Predators’ starting job.

 

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