Wednesday December 5, 2012D.J. Durkin Named FootballScoop Special Teams Coordinator of the Year
University of Florida coach D.J. Durkin has been named the FootballScoop Special Teams Coordinator of the Year, as voted on by his peers and announced on Wednesday.
Durkin has transformed the Gators’ special teams unit in just three seasons as coordinator. They excel in all facets of special teams including allowing just 151 yards on 20 punt returns this season for an average of 7.6 yards per return. The unit held South Carolina to -13 yards on three punt returns on Oct. 20, the fewest total in school history, and limited Georgia to -2 yards on one return on Oct. 27. In addition, the Gators returned a blocked for a touchdown (vs. Louisiana) for the eight-straight year and have blocked four kicks this season.
The Orange and Blue rank seventh in the country in net punting behind a breakout performance by sophomore punter Kyle Christy (Brownsburg, Ind.) who averages 40.7 yards per punt.
Redshirt senior Caleb Sturgis (St. Augustine) has also been a threat for the Gators’ special teams as he is 23-for-27 on the season and has made multiple field goals in eight games this season. He broke the UF record for career field goals made and tied the single-season record for field goals made in the win over Florida State. Sturgis also leads the Gators with 101 points this season.
Durkin has also guided six players to seven SEC Special Teams Player of the Week in his three seasons with the Gators.