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DJ Durkin
DJ Durkin

Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – 4th Season


Coaching Experience


Florida (Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers)


Florida (Linebackers/Special Teams Coordinator)


Stanford (Defensive Ends/Special Teams Coordinator)


Bowling Green (Linebackers/Special Teams Coordinator)


Bowling Green (Defensive Ends)


Notre Dame (Graduate Assistant/Defense)


Bowling Green (Graduate Assistant/Defense)


Coaching Accomplishments

  • With a veteran linebacker group, the Gators' defense finished ranked fifth in the country in total defense, allowing 287.5 yards per game, and fourth nationally in rush defense (94.9 yards per game).
  • Senior Jon Bostic earned second-team All-SEC honors, while freshman Antonio Morrison was selected to the SEC All-Freshman team.
  • Florida’s special teams shined once again in 2012. UF ranked seventh nationally in kickoff coverage, allowing just 18 yards per return, and ranked 11th in punt returns, averaging 13.8 yards per return.
  • UF blocked six kicks in 2012, ranking fifth nationally and tied for first in the SEC, marking the sixth time in seven seasons and all three of Durkin’s seasons that the Gators led the SEC in blocks.
  • Florida scored a touchdown on a punt return for the eighth-straight year and also had a kickoff return touchdown for the fourth-straight season. Andre Debose set the career record with his fourth kickoff return for a touchdown.
  • The Gators finished ninth in net punting, boasting a 40.5 net average, and sophomore Kyle Christy was named a finalist for the Ray Guy Award.
  • Guided placekicker Caleb Sturgis, who was a two-time finalist for the Lou Groza Award (2011, ’12) and set numerous school records, including career field goals made (70) and attempted (88). Sturgis was named a first-team All-American as a senior in 2012.
  • Sturgis was one of two kickers in the FBS to make three field goals of 50-or-more yards in 2011 and set a school record with five career 50-yarders. He ranked third in the nation with his 22 made FG, which was one shy of UF’s season record.
  • Florida’s 2011 special teams unit blocked six kicks, which ranked sixth in the nation.
  • As the Florida linebackers coach, Durkin was responsible for a unit which ranked ninth in the nation in total defense and 10th in pass defense. Linebacker Jon Bostic led the team with 94 tackles while fellow linebacker Jelani Jenkins was third with 75 total tackles.
  • Helped punter Chas Henry win the 2010 Ray Guy Award, as Henry became the first Gator to bring home that honor, and earn consensus All-American recognition. Florida finished the season second in net punting (40.9) and tied for 14th in punt average (44.2) nationally.
  • In his first season at the University of Florida, his linebacker unit helped the Gators post the 31st-ranked run defense in the nation (130.6 yards per game).
  • UF led the SEC in kickoff return average (26.3) as well as kickoff return touchdowns (2), sparked by redshirt freshman Andre Debose, who ranked 14th in the country in kickoff return average (28.0) and tied for second in kickoff return touchdowns (2). Debose’s two kickoff return scores also set a single-season UF record.
  • Florida’s punt coverage unit allowed just 109 return yards on 51 punts and led the nation in net punting average during the regular season (second overall including bowl games).
  • One of two assistant coaches, along with Brian White, hired by Will Muschamp from Urban Meyer’s 2010 staff.
  • Spent three seasons at Stanford University, where he worked with the defensive ends and coordinated the special teams’ units. Under Durkin’s guidance, Stanford’s defensive ends helped the Cardinal rank 11th nationally in sacks per game in 2007 and 2009.
  • In 2009, guided Stanford’s kickoff return unit which averaged 27.5 yards per return, leading the Pac-10 and ranking No. 3 nationally, and scored three touchdowns. In addition, coverage units both ranked top-three in the Pac-10, as kickoff coverage allowed just 19.8 yards per return and punt coverage limited opponents to a 6.8-yard average.
  • Returned to his alma mater, BGSU, where he worked with the defensive ends in 2005 before taking over responsibilities with the linebackers and special teams in 2006.
  • Following a two-year stay at Bowling Green, he moved to Notre Dame, where he assisted the Irish staff in all defensive aspects with concentrated duties on the defensive ends.
  • Worked closely with the school’s all-time sack leader and two-time NFL Super Bowl champion, Justin Tuck, in 2004.
  • Began his coaching career at Bowling Green, serving as a defensive graduate assistant on head coach Urban Meyer’s staff for two seasons (2001-02).
  • In 2002, the Falcons finished with a 9-3 record and were ranked in the Top 20 in both major polls.
  • In 2001, BGSU’s defense ranked first in the Mid-American Conference in total defense (319.5), rushing yards (86.3), rushing average (2.6), scoring (19.5), rushing touchdowns (five) and overall touchdowns (27).


Prominent Players Coached


  • LB JON BOSTIC – Finished his career at UF with 237 total tackles, 19.0 TFL, 7.5 sacks and 5 interceptions. Named to the All-SEC Second Team as a senior and was drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears.
  • P CHAS HENRY – Ray Guy Award winner and consensus All-American, helped UF finish second in the nation in net punting.
  • K CALEB STURGIS – 2011 and 2012 Lou Groza Award finalist. Set Florida career records of field goals made (70) and attempted (88) and made FG of 50+ yards (5). First-team All-American in 2012 and second-team All-American in 2011.



  • DE THOMAS Keiser – A Football Writers Association of America and Sporting News first-team freshman All-American in 2008.
  • WR CHRIS OWUSU – A first-team Pac-10 selection as a kickoff returner in 2009, after tallying 1,167 yards on 37 returns (31.5 avg.) and three touchdowns.



  • DE JUSTIN TUCK – Finished his career at Notre Dame in 2004 as the all-time sack leader (24.5), while also setting school records in career tackles for loss (43) and single-season sacks (13.5).


NFL Players (round drafted)

DE Justin Tuck (3rd) – Notre Dame ’05 – New York Giants

DE Erik Long (7th) – Stanford ’10 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

P Chas Henry (UFA) – Florida ’11 – Philadelphia Eagles

LB Jon Bostic (2nd) – Florida ’13 – Chicago Bears

LB Jelani Jenkins (4th) – Florida ’13 – Miami Dolphins

K Caleb Sturgis (5th) – Florida ’13 – Miami Dolphins

LB Lerentee McCray (UFA) – Florida ’13 – Denver Broncos


Playing Career

Four-year starting defensive end and outside linebacker at Bowling Green (1997-2000) who served as one of the team captains for two seasons. Started a total of 33 games in his career and recorded 131 tackles, including 28 for loss. Durkin led the team in sacks in 1998 and finished second in that category in 2000. Received numerous awards during his playing career, including the Ken Schoeni Award for character and toughness, the Carlos Jackson Award personifying the values of a student-athlete and the Leadership Award.


Personal Information

Birth date: Jan. 15, 1978

Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio

Education: 2001 – Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing from Bowling Green State University; 2004 – Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Bowling Green State University

Family: Married to Sarah Durkin. Has one daughter, Abigail, and one son, Luke.


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