Former Florida DB Vernell Brown returning as director of player development

The Gators have a new director of player development, and it’s a very familiar face to those in Gainesville.

Former Florida defensive back Vernell Brown, who was recruited by Steve Spurrier and played his final season in Urban Meyer’s debut with the school in 2005, is returning to the Gators.

Brown made the announcement on social media on Monday.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to return to The Swamp to assist in teaching this generation of athletes what it means to be a Florida Gator both on and off the field,” Brown wrote.

The Gainesville native was an all-state quarterback and the best high school football player in the city back in 2000, committing to former Florida head coach Steve Spurrier out of Gainesville High.

Brown’s college career couldn’t have ended in more dramatic fashion. After starting eight games at cornerback as a redshirt senior, Brown suffered a broken leg in a 49-42 double-overtime win over former Vanderbilt QB Jay Cutler and the Commodores.

That was Brown’s last game in The Swamp but not his last game as a Gator.

The player that Meyer dubbed “the face of Florida football” recovered in time to play in the team’s 31-24 Outback Bowl win over Iowa, a game in which he returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown.

Brown developed into a captain and a member of the “leadership committee.” Now, he’ll be responsible for the development of Gators under new coach Dan Mullen.

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