Urban Meyer enters his first season at Florida without Charlie Strong as his defensive coordinator.
New defensive coordinator Teryl Austin returns to college football for the first time since coaching the Michigan defensive backs from 1999-2002. Before joining Urban Meyer’s staff, Austin served as the defensive backs coach with the Arizona Cardinals.
Austin described his situation at Florida by saying, "This is a different program, it's a high-energy program. Our head football coach expects us to be chaotic on that football field, yet instructional with our players.And sometimes when you come from another program that kind of shocks you at first. The tempo around this program is fast all the time, we even walk fast in and out of our meetings around here. Sometimes when you come from another place you've got to get used to that. But he saw that day, he saw that the moment he got here. He's been around so he understands that. It doesn't take anyone long to adjust.'
Austin, who will coach the cornerbacks as well, added, "There are no egos in our room, the bottom line is we want to do what's best for our team. And so because I did it some way somewhere else doesn't make it right. And because they did it some way somewhere else doesn't make it right. The big thing is what's right for our team, this year.''
You can read comments on the staff from other Florida assistants right here.
Florida will host Miami (OH) in the season-opener on September 2nd.