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Florida officially hires Chris Rumph as defensive line coach

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He's a stud.

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A day after reports of his hiring hit the Internet, Texas defensive line coach Chris Rumph has officially become Florida defensive line coach Chris Rumph, the school announced early Friday afternoon.

Florida included this quote from Jim McElwain in its release.

"Chris and I obviously have some experience working together from our days at Alabama," said McElwain. "He joins a group of like thinkers on our staff and is someone who will positively affect our players’ lives – both on and off the field."

McElwain and Rumph coached together on Nick Saban's staff at Alabama in the Crimson Tide's national championship campaign of 2011, before McElwain departed to become Colorado State's head coach.

Rumph spent two more years with Saban at Alabama, then left for Texas, where he helped tutor first-team All-American defensive tackle Malcolm Brown in 2014.

Rumph replaces the outgoing Terrell Williams, who has been hired as the Miami Dolphins' defensive line coach.

With Rumph's hiring, McElwain has one position left to fill: Wide receivers coach, which has been vacant since the Gators' Birmingham Bowl victory over East Carolina. Chris Leak, who served as Florida's wide receivers coach in 2014 after the surprise resignation of Joker Phillips, is expected to shift to a secondary staff role.