Coach Jabbar Juluke to lead running back rotation

Florida’s backfield rotation is expected to be just that in 2022 – a rotation.

Rather than have one running back receive a significant share of the carries, the Gators are all but set to share the load among Demarkcus Bowman, Lorenzo Lingard, Montrell Johnson and Nay’Quan Wright, along with freshman Trevor Etienne upon his arrival in summer.

For running backs coach Jabbar Juluke, a by-committee approach in the Southeastern Conference is anything but a new experience.

Prior to spending four years on Billy Napier’s coaching staff at Louisiana, Juluke spent the 2017 season at Texas Tech and the 2016 campaign in the SEC with LSU.

From first week:Quick takeaways from Florida football’s third practice in spring camp

Whitley:For Billy Napier, building new culture for Florida football begins with strength coach Mark Hocke | Whitley

Ones to watch:5 returning Florida Gators football players to watch this spring

Florida Gators running back coach Jabbar Juluke during Spring practice at the indoor practice facility, in Gainesville Fla. March 15, 2022.

He coached players like Leonard Fournette

While in Baton Rouge, Juluke was charged with helping phenom Leonard Fournette capitalize on his enormous potential while splitting carries with then-sophomore Derrius Guice, in addition to developing the remaining running backs on the roster.

To say he did the job well might be an understatement.

Both Fournette, who would ultimately be drafted No. 5 overall in 2017 and play in the NFL with Jacksonville and Tampa, and Guice would earn a spot on the All-SEC First Team at the conclusion of the 2016 regular season.

The third-string back on that team, Darrel Williams, finished his LSU career ranked No. 21 in program history in rushing yards, while the team’s fourth back, Nick Brossette, was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New England Patriots in 2019 .

Florida Gators running back Montrell Johnson (2) runs a drill during spring practice at the indoor practice facility, in Gainesville, March 15, 2022.

Juluke can definitively claim to Florida’s four scholarship running backs that he’s coached a backfield committee who set themselves up for success at the next level.

“That entire room – Leonard Fournette, Derrius Guice, Darrel Williams – all in the NFL, man. Nick Brossette was with the New England Patriots as well. This is what I try to do as a coach. I try to not mess guys up, OK, ”Juluke said. “If they weren’t good enough, they wouldn’t be here. So, it’s my job to figure out which buttons to push to make them better. “

Leave a Comment