The Gators football team’s defensive coordinator, Patrick Toney, is leaving the program to accept a job on the Arizona Cardinals defensive staff. The news comes after only one season on the Gators’ staff. Peagler was also on Napier’s defensive staff at Louisiana for four seasons.
As the Gators’ DC for the 2022 season, Toney’s defense finished 97th in the nation for total defense. They allowed 235.8 passing yards per game which finished 11th in the SEC. Additionally, they gave up 28.8 points per game which ranked 10th in the SEC.
Report: Patrick Toney to move on to NFL, #Gators target new DC https://t.co/SSxNcY7ekI
— Corey Bender (@Corey_Bender) February 22, 2023
Gators Target New Defensive Coordinator
Just hours after Toney informed Florida that he is leaving for the NFL, the Gators set its sights on a replacement. Austin Armstrong will become the next defensive coordinator at Florida barring any unexpected moves. Armstrong was hired as Alabama’s linebackers coach just over a month ago. He was the youngest FBS defensive coordinator at Southern Mississippi for two years.
Armstrong led the Golden Eagles to one of the best statistical defenses in the country. Armstrong’s ability to recruit will be interesting as Toney was key in bringing in a solid defensive class.
Florida is expected to hire former Southern Mississippi defensive coordinator Austin Armstrong as its defensive coordinator after the unexpected departure of Patrick Toney. More here:https://t.co/Nm22YA09uo pic.twitter.com/tDJSJR2krO
— Jacob Rudner (@JacobRudner) February 22, 2023
William Peagler Following Toney To Cardinals
Gators tight end coach William Peagler will follow Toney to the NFL. Peagler was brought on the staff by Napier when he was hired at Florida. He was formerly the running backs coach at Michigan State when Kenneth Walker III won the Doak Walker Award.
In just one season with the Gators, Peagler dealt with an injury plagued end room. This created a lack of depth at the position and an inability for Peagler to showcase his full availibilities as a coach.
No potential replacements for Peagler have been announced.
William Peagler is leaving the Gators for a job in the NFL. https://t.co/LBUHHMjQda pic.twitter.com/Q2EUVjxTAb
— Nick de la Torre (@delatorre) February 22, 2023