Dolphins' Edwards hired at Florida

Florida has hired Miami Dolphins linebackers coach George Edwards as defensive coordinator.

Edwards will succeed Charlie Strong, who became head coach at Louisville.

Edwards has 11 seasons of experience as an NFL assistant, including one as coordinator.

"George is a tremendous teacher of the game of football," coach Urban Meyer said in a statement. "He has proven himself at the highest level in the National Football League, but his roots started at the college level at Florida and in the SEC. He is a great addition to our staff and will be a great coach and mentor to our players."

Edwards spent five years with the Dolphins. Before that, Edwards was a linebackers coach with the Cleveland Browns and spent two years with the Washington Redskins, including one as defensive coordinator.

Edwards was also an assistant at Florida, Appalachian State, Duke and Georgia. Edwards played four seasons at Duke.

"I'm thrilled to be joining the UF coaching staff," said Edwards, a Duke graduate who played for former Florida coach Steve Spurrier. "I started my career at the college level at Florida and I enjoy teaching and molding young men. I am looking forward to working with a great group of people at Florida and a great group of players."

Joe Schad covers college football for ESPN. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.