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Jeff Choate
Jeff Choate

Special Teams Coordinator/Outside Linebackers – 1st Season

 

Coaching Experience

2013

Florida (Special Teams Coordinator/Outside Linebackers)

2013

UTEP (Defensive Coordinator)

2012

Washington State (Linebackers)

2010-11

Boise State (Special Teams Coordinator/Nickelbacks)

2009

Boise State (Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers)

2006-08

Boise State (Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs)

2005

Eastern Illinois (Special Teams Coordinator)

2003-04

Utah State (Special Teams Coordinator)

2002

Utah State (Graduate Assistant)

1997-2001

Post Falls HS (Idaho) (Head Coach)

1996

Twin Falls HS (Idaho) (Defensive Coordinator)

1994-95

Challis HS (Idaho) (Head Coach)

1992-93

Montana Western (Linebackers)

 

Coaching Accomplishments

  • Joined the Florida staff prior to the 2013 season after serving as linebackers coach under Mike Leach at Washington State in 2012.
  • Spent the spring of 2013 as the defensive coordinator at UTEP before joining the Gators in mid-April.
  • Coached three players to honorable mention All-Pac 12 honors – senior Travis Long, sophomore Cyrus Coen and freshman Darryl Monroe.
  • Washington State ranked eighth in the nation in tackles for losses (7.7 avg.) and 11th in sacks (2.9 avg.) in his lone season.
  • Among Choate’s special teams’ protégés was Kyle Brotzman, the highest-scoring kicker in school and conference history (439 points) and Boise State’s career leader in punting average (44.6).
  • In 2008 at Boise State, Choate coached Kyle Wilson, who led the country in punt return touchdowns (three) and ranked 12th in punt return average (14.2).
  • Boise State’s 2009 special teams unit was rated no. 1 in the nation by Phil Steele, led by Titus Young, who returned two kickoff returns for touchdowns to garner first-team All-WAC honors.  Young averaged 26.9 yards on kickoff returns that season to rate 20th in the nation.
  • Boise State ranked in the top-25 nationally in kickoff returns three times (2007, 10th; 2009, 4th; 2010, 23rd) under Choate, and in the top-25 in punt returns four times (2007, 22nd; 2008, 20th; 2010, 16th; 2011, 18th).
  • The Broncos were rated as high as 12th in the FBS in kickoff return coverage in 2009 and 14th in punt return coverage in 2008.
  • Coaching nickelbacks in 2010 at Boise State, Choate worked with first team All-WAC honoree Winston Venable as the Broncos rated second nationally in scoring defense (12.8 ppg) and total defense (254.7 ypg).
  • Working with linebackers at Boise State in 2009, he helped the Broncos rank 14th nationally in both total defense (300.2 ypg) and scoring defense (17.1 ppg). The Broncos led the WAC in six defensive statistical categories in 2009 – passing efficiency defense, total defense, scoring defense, pass defense, tackles for losses and sacks allowed.
  • As running backs coach at Boise State, he was instrumental in the development of Ian Johnson, who became both the Boise State and Western Athletic Conference all-time leader with 58 rushing touchdowns.  Johnson ran for 4,183 yards in a Bronco uniform – second in school history – and led the NCAA in rushing touchdowns (25) and scoring (152 points) in 2006.  He established a school single-season standard with 1,714 rushing yards that year.
  • Choate had previous collegiate coaching stops at Utah State (2003-04) and Eastern Illinois (2005), serving as the special teams coach at both institutions.
  • In his lone season with Eastern Illinois, the Panthers finished first in the Ohio Valley Conference.
  • Began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Utah State, working with the defensive line and the safeties.
  • From 1997-2001, Choate was the head coach at Post Falls (Idaho) High School and also served as athletic director the final two years. Post Falls advanced to the state playoffs in both 1998 and 1999. Before coaching at Post Falls, Choate was the defensive coordinator at Twin Falls (Idaho) High School in 1996 and was the head coach at Challis (Idaho) High School from 1994-95. He earned District Six Coach of the Year honors after Challis registered its first winning season in 10 years and made the playoffs for the first time in nearly 20 years.

 

Prominent Players Coached

BOISE STATE

  • K KYLE BROTZMAN – Former walk-on went on to become the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer with 439 career points (since surpassed). He finished with 67 career field goals and 238 PATs in four seasons. Also served as the punter, averaging 44.6 yards per punt in his career, a BSU school record.
  • RB IAN JOHNSON – Ranks fifth all-time in WAC history with 4,183 rushing yards and set the WAC record for career touchdowns scored (58, since surpassed). Twice selected to the First-Team All-WAC (2006, 2007) and was an All-American in 2006 by Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports.
  • LB WINSTON VENABLE – First-Team All-WAC selection in 2010 and Second-Team All-WAC selection in 2009, totaling 116 tackles with 17.5 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 sacks in his two seasons with the Broncos. Signed as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears in 2011.
  • DB/PR KYLE WILSON – Wilson played in 50 games and earned starts in 45 consecutive contests during his college career. Second-Team All-WAC Special Teams Player in 2008 while leading the country with three punt return touchdowns and ranking 12th in punt return average (14.2). Selected 29th overall by the Jets in the 2010 NFL Draft.
  • WR/KR TITUS YOUNG – Named First-Team All-WAC Special Teams Player in 2009 as a kick returner. Returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and averaged 26.9 yards per kick return, 20th in the nation. Selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.

 

NFL Players (Round Drafted)
FB Korey Hall (6th) – Boise State ’07 – Green Bay Packers

FB Derek Schouman (7th) – Boise State ’07 – Buffalo Bills

RB Ian Johnson (UFA) – Boise State ’09 – Minnesota Vikings

DB Kyle Wilson (1st) – Boise State ’10 – New York Jets

WR Titus Young (2nd) – Boise State ’11 – Detroit Lions

LB Winston Venable (UFA) – Boise State ’11 – Chicago Bears

DB Brandyn Thompson (7th) – Boise State ’11 – Washington Redskins

CB Jamar Taylor (2nd) – Boise State '13 – Miami Dolphins

 

Playing Career

Played linebacker at Western Montana College (now University of Western Montana).

 

Personal Information
Birthdate: July 15, 1970

Hometown: St. Maries, Idaho

Education: 1993 - Bachelor’s Degree from Western Montana

Family: He and his wife, Janet, have one son, Jory, and one daughter, Jacy.

 

Bowl Games as a Coach

2007

Fiesta

2007

Hawai’i

2008

Poinsettia

2010

Fiesta

2010

Las Vegas

2011

Las Vegas

 

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