Chris Leak returns to Gators in quality control role

By Adam Silverstein
May 13, 2013

It was announced on Monday that former Florida Gators quarterback Chris Leak will be returning to his alma mater as a quality control assistant with the football program.

Leak, the Most Valuable Player of the 2007 BCS Championship and the school’s career leader in pass attempts (1,458), completions (895) and passing yardage (11,213), has spent the last five seasons playing in the CFL and AFL. He won two Grey Cup rings as a back-up quarterback for the Montreal Alouettes.

Leak has also been a member of the media for the last two years, serving as a co-host on SiriusXM’s College Sports Nation and a college football analyst for CBS Sports.

As a quality control assistant, an entry-level coaching job, Leak will be tasked with scouting and breaking down film for game-planning purposes. He will likely work with the defense, solely assisting the coaching staff by helping evaluating offenses and not working directly with the players.

NCAA rules outline that a college football coaching staff may only have nine full-time assistant coaches and two graduate assistants. Quality control assistants and interns cannot participate in coaching activities.

Leak told OGGOA eight months ago that he made some return trips to Gainesville, FL to meet with head coach Will Muschamp, the coaching staff and the new players.

“I love being at Florida,” he said. “I loved being a Gator.”

Leak’s addition to the program was first confirmed by the Palm Beach Post but subsequently noted by multiple media outlets.

OGGOA INTERVIEWS CHRIS LEAK: Part I | Part II

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6 Comments

  1. Michael Jones says:

    How can that be anything but good? I understand his “direct” involvement with the players will be limited, but I don’t see how Driskel and our other young QB’s won’t benefit just from being around this class act and pretty darn good and experienced quarterback in his own right.

    Leak really came out strong in the BCS championship game. He rose to the occasion. He’s a champion, man, and knows what it takes to win it all. Can’t have too many guys like that around your program.

    GO GATORS!!!

    • Donny K says:

      Very well said! Chris Leak will bring nothing but positive energy to the Gator Program.

  2. Gator boys says:

    I just had an outrageous epiphany: Meyer kept tebow and the starters in so late into blowouts because he wanted tebow to own as many school records as possible to help future recruiting. “My guy tebow has better stats than all these great uf qbs.” What do you think? Possible?

  3. Joe says:

    Starting to closing the Quality Control Assistant gap with Bama. Of course we have a long long way to go.

  4. DGlockUF says:

    Awesome news.

    GO GATORS!!!

  5. sjkoepp says:

    Chris always gave his all for UF. Glad to hear he’s made it back!

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