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Former Florida DB Vernell Brown Jr. hired by Gators

Former Florida defensive back Vernell Brown Jr. is back with the Gators, announcing on social media Monday that he has been hired by coach Dan Mullen as a director of player development.

“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,” he posted in a tweet.

I’m excited about coming back to UF and ready to hit the ground running @CoachDanMullen @GatorsFB!!!! pic.twitter.com/j6Il2jy3au

— Vernell Brown Jr. (@VBJ_TheVillages) February 12, 2018

Brown started out as a wide receiver for Florida before moving to defense, where he tallied 3 interceptions, 3.5 tackles for loss and 41 total tackles as a senior in 2005.

That was the first season for then-head coach Urban Meyer and Mullen, the Gators’ offensive coordinator at the time.

Brown also returned 59 punts for 489 yards over his four years with the Gators.

A local product, Brown was a star quarterback at Gainesville High School when he committed to former coach Steve Spurrier. Read more about Brown’s background with the Gators here.

Mullen talked in his introductory news conference in late November about his interest in bringing former Gators back into the fold.

“That’s critical to our success. There’s nobody that knows the standards and expectations of Florida football [better] than the former players. You’re talking about guys that have sacrificed