On Thursday morning, Coach Will Muschamp formally announced the hiring of Kurt Roper as the Florida Gators’ new offensive coordinator.
“I’m excited to have Coach Roper join our staff,” Muschamp said. “He has a diverse, up-tempo background on offense and does a good job of adapting to what the players do best. The most important thing though is he has always remained balanced.
“He has had success calling plays in the SEC and has tutored three NFL quarterbacks. He has had players produce at every offensive position and he is one of the most well-respected coaches in the country.”
Roper spent the last six seasons in the same capacity with Duke, where he helped lead a renaissance on the offensive side of the ball. Prior to his arrival, the Blue Devils averaged 17.9 points per game; in 2013, Duke finished with 31.6.
He has also proven to be a master at developing talent, something the Gators have severely lacked on the offensive side of the ball during Muschamp’s tenure. Roper coached Eli Manning at Ole Miss, Arian Foster at Tennessee, and turned Thad Lewis into an NFL quarterback at Duke.
The Gainesville Sun has reported that Roper will make $600,000 per year with the Gators.
Roper will make $600,000 a year, The Sun has learned.
— Robbie Andreu (@RobbieAndreu) December 26, 2013
One of the players who could stand to benefit the most, quarterback Jeff Driskel, is excited for his opportunity to learn under Roper.
Congrats to coach Roper. Excited to get to work with him.
— Jeff Driskel (@jeffdriskel) December 26, 2013
Roper will join the Florida staff following Duke’s Chick-fil-A Bowl game against Texas A&M on Dec. 31.