The Florida Gators and head coach Will Muschamp met with Duke Blue Devils offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper this morning, according to Pete Roussel of CoachingSearch to potentially fill a position that remains attractive despite the Gator’s 4-8 record this season.
Roper was a finalist for the Broyles Award given to the nation’s top assistant coach after Duke averaged 30.5 points per game and more than 400 yards of offense.
Kurt Roper has worked closely w/ David Cutcliffe & Rich Brooks for more than dozen yrs. Knows a ton abt grooming QBs. #UF
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) December 23, 2013
Roper has SEC experience on his resume after serving under David Cutcliffe with the Ole Miss Rebels, helping in the development of Eli Manning and also had stints with the Kentucky Wildcats as their quarterbacks coach in 2005 and with the Tennessee Volunteers coaching the running backs.
Muschamp is in search of his third offensive coordinator in four years in Gainesville after Charlie Weis and Brent Pease most recently were unable to bring a potent offense to Florida.
The Gators finished with the No. 110 scoring offense with 18.7 points per game, finished No. 113 in total offense with 320.1 yards per game and finished No. 105 in passing offense with 175.4 yards per game with the trio of Jeff Driskel, Tyler Murphy and Skyler Mornhinweg.
The next offensive coordinator for Florida whether it is Roper or not will be given the responsibility of grooming five-star incoming freshman Will Grier to get the Gator’s offense back to their customary high-scoring ways.