Florida football: Gators add Tim Brewster to coaching staff

It didn’t take long for Florida football to find a potential replacement for its departing tight ends coach. They went a few states away to get him.

Florida football head coach Dan Mullen wasted no time in filling a gap with his coaching staff.

Reports suggest the Gators will bring in North Carolina tight ends coach Tim Brewster to replace the exiting Larry Scott.

Scott left Florida football to become the head coach at Howard University.

Brewster has a long history coaching tight ends.

He started as a graduate assistant at Purdue before becoming head coach at Lafayette Central Catholic High School in Indiana.

His first college job came at North Carolina in 1989. He was the tight ends coach for the Tar Heels through 1997. Following that, he left to coach tight ends at the University of Texas under head coach Mack Brown.

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He had two stints in the National Football League. Brewster left Texas to coach tight ends for the San Diego Chargers through 2004 under head coach Marty Schottenheimer. He spent 2005 and 2006 in the same position for the Denver Broncos under Mike Shanahan.

In 2007, he replaced Glen Mason as the head coach at the University of Minnesota.

Brewster started the 2010 season at Minnesota with four straight home losses. Then, on Sept. 11, 2010, Minnesota lost a home game to FCS South Dakota — the last time the Coyotes beat Minnesota was 1912. A month later, Brewster was fired midway through the 2010 season.

At Minnesota, Brewster was 15-30 with one winning season and two bowl appearances — both losses in the Insight.com Bowl.

After being fired at Minnesota, he joined Mullen on the staff at Mississippi State. Brewster replaced wide receivers coach Angelo Mirando, who resigned in August 2012.

Brewster spent four seasons at Florida State under Jimbo Fisher — it was widely reported he would join Fisher at Texas A&M next season. Mack Brown hired Brewster in 2018 at North Carolina, where he has been until today.

In college, Brewster was tight end at Illinois. In his two seasons with the Illini, he has 105 receptions for 1,178 yards and two touchdowns.

Now with Florida football, presumably as the tight ends coach, he will work with Kyle Pitts. The rising junior had a standout year last season with Kyle Trask under center.

Pitts caught 54 passes for 649 yards and five touchdowns. He enters the 2020 season as one of the top tight ends in college football.

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Overall, Florida football getting a coach like Brewster is solid. He has recruiting chops all over the country — especially the South and Texas. Plus, he should be able to come in and work with Pitts right away (again, presuming he will be the tight ends coach and not another position coach).