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Former Penn State Football Defensive Line Coach Sean Spencer Joins Florida

Former Penn State football defensive line coach Sean Spencer is heading back to college football.

After reports surfaced that the coach was leaving the New York Giants to join Duke as a co-defensive coordinator, he’s now officially joined forces with the Florida Gators as their co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach.

Spencer left Penn State to join the Giants following the 2019 season, keeping the same role he held with the Nittany Lions. He spent just two seasons in New York but made his impact felt on the team’s defensive line, coaching the group to some of its best performances since 2014. In 2020, New York’s defensive front registered 40 sacks, the most since 2014 (47).

Nicknamed “Coach Chaos,” Spencer produced a dominant defensive line throughout his tenure at Penn State. His “Wild Dogs” led the nation in sacks in 2015 and 2018 with 50 and 47, respectively. The group also played a big role in the Nittany Lions’ Big Ten Championship run in 2016. He was then promoted to associate head coach after the 2017 season.

Spencer also helped coach a number of NFL-bound defensive linemen at Penn State, including Shaka Toney and Micah Parsons.

The 51-year-old is returning to an industry in which he has a wealth of experience. Spencer coached in college football for 24 years before joining the Giants and spent three seasons at Vanderbilt with James Franklin before coming to Penn State.

Now, Spencer joins a Florida team coming off of a disappointing 2021 season. The Gators went 6-7 and ended their season with a 29-17 loss to UCF in the Gasparilla Bowl.

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Frankie Marzano

Frankie is a junior accounting and economics major from Long Island, NY. You can probably recognize him as the typical Italian-American with slicked back black hair. He is an avid fan of the Rangers, Mets, Jets, and every Penn State Athletics team. Follow him on Twitter @frankiemarzano for obnoxious amounts of Penn State and Rangers content or email him at [email protected]

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