Top Defensive Coach Joins Gators: A Game-Changing Move?

The Florida Gators are making significant moves as they continue to refine their coaching staff under head coach Billy Napier. As they head into their second year, the Gators have welcomed a promising young defensive coach with strong connections to Austin Armstrong, aiming to strengthen the team’s defensive prowess.

According to sources, Cannon Gibbs will join the Gators as a defensive analyst, working closely with Armstrong. Last month, Napier successfully recruited Armstrong away from Alabama to oversee Florida’s defense.

Gibbs, a former East Carolina linebacker, has had previous coaching stints at Delta State and Southern Mississippi, where he worked as a defensive graduate assistant coach under Armstrong.

Initially slated to take on the role of linebackers coach at Central Arkansas this season, Gibbs’ decision to join the Gators further solidifies Napier’s commitment to building a formidable defensive unit.

The Gators are currently in the midst of their second spring camp under Napier’s leadership, with the spring game scheduled for April 13 at the Swamp. The team will kick off its 2023 season on August 31 with an away game against Utah.

As Napier and his revamped coaching staff forge ahead, the Gators are sure to benefit from the strategic additions to their team. With a focus on improving their defense and creating a cohesive unit, the Gators are poised to make waves in the upcoming season. The collaboration between Armstrong and Gibbs, given their history, promises to deliver a formidable defensive force for the Florida Gators.