Report: Florida to hire Va. Tech assistant coach Torrian Gray

BY foxsports • February 4, 2016

On Thursday Sports Illustrated reported that longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Torrian Gray has been hired away from the Hokies by Florida head coach JIm McElwain and will coach the Gators' secondary in 2016.

Per Sports Illustrated:

Virginia Tech defensive secondary coach and passing game coordinator Torrian Gray is expected to become the new defensive backs coach under Florida coach Jim McElwain, according to a source.

The expected hiring of Gray would be a coup for McElwain. Gray would replace Kirk Callahan, with whom Florida parted ways after the 2015 season. Gray is a respected recruiter who is expected to help Florida's reach and an excellent teacher of fundamentals.

Gray has been in Blacksburg since 2006 when he was hired to be the team’s secondary coach. In 2013, Gray added passing game coordinator to his responsibilities.

The 41-year old Gray has helped Virginia Tech consistantly foster one of the more feared defensive backfields in college football during his time in Blacksburg and was retained by Justin Fuente, the first year coach who took over for retired legend Frank Beamer at the end of the 2015 season.

As a player, Gray starred at Virginia Tech as a defensive back from 1993-96 and went on to be drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft.