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UF DBs coach Torrian Gray leaves Gators for Washington Redskins

Torrian Gray came to UF from Virginia Tech, but he stayed just one season before leaving for the Washington Redskins.
Torrian Gray came to UF from Virginia Tech, but he stayed just one season before leaving for the Washington Redskins.
UF coach Jim McElwain said he never reads message boards, but he did hear what people were saying about him and his staff's struggles on the recruiting trail. McElwain and Co. turned the tables on Signing Day and ended with a top-10 class.

GAINESVILLE — Three days after signing a 2017 class stocked with defensive backs, UF coach Jim McElwain is searching for a new secondary coach.

Torrian Gray is leaving the Gators for the Washington Redskins, a source confirmed. Bob Redman of Scout.com first reported Gray's departure following one season in Gainesville.

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ESPN's Brett McMurphy reported soon after Corey Bell would leave USF after less than a month to replace Gray.

A native of Lakeland, Gray was named exactly one year ago to replace Kirk Callahan as the Gators' secondary coach. Gray inherited two of the nation's top cornerbacks — Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson — and three-year starter at safety — Marcus Maye. Each had strong final seasons at UF, though Maye broke his arm Nov. 12 on Senior Day against South Carolina.

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But under Gray's tutelage, redshirt junior safety Marcell Harris of Orlando had a breakout season under Gray, nickel back Duke Dawson made tremendous strides and first-year safety Chauncey Gardner earned MVP honors during the Gators' Outback Bowl rout of Iowa.

UF signed six defensive backs on Wednesday, including four four-star recruits — cornerbacks C.J. Henderson and Marco Wilson of South Florida and Brad Stewart of New Orleans.

Given the losses in the secondary, developing young players will be key for Bell. Bell spent the past two seasons at Florida Atlantic University.

The loss of Gray leaves McElwain with two assistant coaching vacancies. Offensive line coach Mike Summers returned to Louisville last month.

On Friday, UF announced West Virginia running backs coach JaJuan Seider would join the Gators' staff.

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Edgar can be reached at egthompson@orlandosentinel.com

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