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Muschamp expected to hire Davis, Papuchis

A source close to new Florida football coach Will Muschamp indicated late Saturday night that Alabama defensive line coach Bo Davis and/or Nebraska defensive ends coach/special teams coordinator John Papuchis are likely to join the Gator coaching staff.

Both Davis and Papuchis have a history with Muschamp, who was named Florida's new head coach Saturday evening. Davis, a former LSU defensive lineman, was on the strength and conditioning staff at LSU when Muschamp was the defensive coordinator (2002-04). Papuchis was a graduate assistant at LSU in 2004.

Davis joined the Alabama staff as defensive line coach in 2006 after working with Nick Saban as a strength and conditioning assistant/assistant defensive line coach with the Miami Dolphins in 2005. In his four years coaching the Alabama defensive linemen, Davis has tutored All-Americans Terrence Cody and Marcel Dareus, the MVP of the 2009 BCS National Championship Game.

Alabama's 2009 defensive line gave up only 78.1 yards per game rushing, which led the SEC and was second nationally. Alabama also finished second nationally in rushing defense in 2008, allowing just 74.1 yards per game.

Papuchis played college football for Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech. He worked for Saban and Muschamp for one year at LSU, then remained on Les Miles' staff until 2008 when he joined the Nebraska staff as defensive ends coach and special teams coordinator.

In 2009, his Nebraska defensive ends combined for 33 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. His special teams units ranked among the best in the country in punt and kickoff coverage. The 2009 Cornhuskers downed 30 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line.

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