GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida has hired Nick Savage as its director of strength and conditioning.

The Gators made the announcement Monday, making Savage the fourth assistant new coach Dan Mullen has brought with him from Mississippi State.

Savage spent the last four years in Starkville, including the last two as strength and conditioning coach. He replaced Rick Court following the 2015 season.

The 28-year-old Savage joins offensive assistants Billy Gonzales, John Hevesy and Brian Johnson as well as defensive coordinator Todd Grantham on Mullen’s staff. Gonzales, Hevesy and Grantham worked with Mullen last season. Johnson previously worked under Mullen at Mississippi State.

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said last month that the strength program is the ”backbone” of a successful football team because it ”builds accountability.”

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