GAINESVILLE — New Florida coach Jim McElwain made his first official hire Tuesday.
McElwain named Mississippi State’s Geoff Collins his defensive coordinator. Collins replaces D.J. Durkin, who will serve as Florida’s interim head coach for the Birmingham Bowl.
Collins helped turn Mississippi State into one of the nation’s top defenses. The Bulldogs rank 10th in scoring defense, allowing 19.4 points a game, and lead the country in red-zone defense.