Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Gators officially add Brad Lawing to staff
By Edward Aschoff
Will Muschamp didn't waste much time filling the lone hole on his coaching staff.
With defensive coordinator Dan Quinn taking his talents to the NFL, Muschamp added South Carolina defensive line coach Brad Lawing, who will be the Gators' assistant head coach and coach the defensive line along with Bryant Young. D.J. Durkin was promoted to defensive coordinator after Quinn left to be the Seattle Seahawks' defensive coordinator.
The plan is for Lawing to coach Florida's defensive ends, like Quinn did, while Young will continue to coach the defensive tackles. Lawing brings 33 years of coaching experience, including 29 on the defensive line, to Gainesville. He also brings a solid list of players he's coached, including all-world end Jadeveon Clowney and Melvin Ingram.
Lawing coached the Gamecocks' defensive from 2006, and during his last two years in Columbia, Gamecocks ends have terrorized opposing backfields. Ingram turned into a first-round draft pick after a very impressive 2011 campaign, while Clowney made a huge leap from Year 1 to Year 2.
The Gators are hoping Lawing can have the same sort of impact on their ends, especially Ronald Powell, who is coming off of a major knee injury. Powell was the nation's No. 1 recruit back in 2010, but has yet to have the impact most expected him to have on Florida's defense. He might not be Clowney, but he has a tremendous amount of skill and made great strides last spring before his ACL injury. He won't go through contact during the spring, but should get some very good teaching from Lawing in the meantime.