The Florida Gators will reportedly hire Duke’s Kurt Roper as the team’s new offensive coordinator, according to sources of ESPN.
Muschamp met with Roper Monday morning. Despite initial reports that he wasn’t offered the job, and that the Gators would wait until after the Jan. 1 bowl games to make any moves, it appears that the program has found a replacement for Brent Pease.
Roper joined head coach David Cutcliffe’s staff at Duke in 2008. Prior to that, he worked as the running backs coach at Tennessee, helping to develop Arian Foster. He had a brief stint with Kentucky (2005), and worked six years at Ole Miss. He was the quarterbacks coach for Eli Manning with the Rebels, who was eventually selected No. 1 overall in the NFL draft.
Roper led a renaissance on the offensive side of the ball for the Blue Devils. The year prior to his arrival (2007), Duke finished with the No. 114-ranked scoring offense, averaging 17.9 points per game. In 2013, the Blue Devils averaged 31.9 points per game, good for No. 49 in the nation.
For comparison’s sake, the Gators averaged 18.8 points per game during 2013, and 26.5 in 2012.
Muschamp has reportedly been telling recruits that he will be implementing a more uptempo, spread offense. Roper is expected to bring that style to Florida.