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Florida running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider reportedly plans to resign in order to accept the wide receiver coach position at Penn State, according to multiple reports.

Seider, who served as Florida’s running backs coach under former head coach Jim McElwain, was retained by new coach Dan Mullen earlier this month.

The Belle Glade native, joined the Gators last offseason after spending four seasons at West Virginia, his alma matter.

Florida’s running backs were a bright spot in 2017, despite the offense’s overall regression. The Gators recorded more than 200 rushing yards three times, as well as more than 150 yards seven times.

Seider has also won over fans, current players and prospects during his time in Gainesville, including quarterback Feleipe Franks.

“The way he carries himself. His swag,” Franks told SEC Country in November. “He can relate to the running backs. They love him, the whole team, we really love Coach Seider.”

Four-star running back Dameon Pierce also shared his strong sentiments for the coach with the website.

“If Coach Seider would have been one of the coaches to leave with Coach Mac, I probably would have de-committed honestly,” Pierce said. “Me and Coach Seider have a great relationship between each other.


Seider also reportedly interviewed for the Cleveland Browns’ tight end job last week, according to Gator Country’s Andrew Spivey.

Seider has yet to confirm his reported move to Penn State and Florida has not commented on his departure as of Wednesday.

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