Florida State finds quick replacement for Sunseri
Jimbo Fisher wasted little time finding a replacement for Sal Sunseri, who took a position with the Oakland Raiders this week.
Warchant.com has confirmed with a source inside the football program that Florida assistant head coach and defensive line coach Brad Lawing has been hired to take over as FSU's new defensive ends coach.
Before his two years at Florida, where the Gators boasted two top 15 defenses, Lawing coached the defensive line at South Carolina under Steve Spurrier from 2006-12. During his final season with the Gamecocks, USC set a school record with 43 sacks. That defense was led by Jadeveon Clowney, a unanimous first-team All-American after recording a school record 23.5 tackles for loss and a school record 13.0 sacks.
Lawing has had 13 of his defensive players drafted by the NFL.
The 57-year old also coached defensive lines at North Carolina (2003-05), Michigan State (1999-2002) and South Carolina (1998). The native of Hickory, N.C. also has a solid reputation as a recruiter. He served as the recruiting coordinator for the Tar Heels, Spartans and Gamecocks. Lawing was the lead recruiter for five-star defensive end prospects Byron Cowart and CeCe Jefferson at Florida.
Lawing could be on campus and recruiting for FSU as early as this weekend.