Gators Mullen Names Grantham Defensive Coordinator

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(Gainesville) New Florida football coach Dan Mullen added another key piece to his coaching staff on Thursday, announcing the hiring of Todd Grantham as defensive coordinator.

Grantham’s addition comes after Mullen announced that he had hired Billy Gonzales and John Hevesy as assistant coaches earlier this week.

Like Gonzales and Hevesy, Grantham will follow Mullen from Mississippi State where he spent last season as the Bulldogs defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Overall, Grantham has 31 years of coaching experience that includes 11 seasons as a defensive coordinator.

He has served as a DC with three college programs (MSU, 2017; Louisville, 2014-16; Georgia, 2010-13) and one NFL team (Cleveland Browns, 2005-07).

Grantham’s impressive resume includes an 11-year NFL career, lastly as the Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach.

He was with the Cowboys for two years (2008-09) after spending three seasons as defensive coordinator with the Browns, and six years as defensive line coach for both the Houston Texans (2002-04) and Indianapolis Colts (1999-01).

In 2007, Grantham’s defense helped Cleveland to a 10-win season.

Prior to his tenure with the Colts, Grantham made his name in the collegiate ranks, when he served for three seasons as Michigan State’s defensive line coach and one as assistant head coach at Michigan State under Nick Saban.

Grantham also spent six years (1990-95) at his alma mater, Virginia Tech, coaching defensive ends and inside linebackers (1990-91) and defensive tackles (1992-93).

During his career, Grantham worked under several successful defensive minds on both the pro and college levels, including Saban, Frank Beamer and Bud Foster at Virginia Tech, Romeo Crennel in Cleveland, Dom Capers in Houston and Wade Phillips in Dallas.

Grantham played guard and tackle for the Hokies from 1984-88. He earned second-team All-South and honorable mention All-America honors as a senior. He earned a bachelor's degree in sports management from Virginia Tech in 1989.

Born Sept. 13, 1966, in Pulaski, Va., Grantham and his wife, Paige, have a son, Corbin, and a daughter, Olivia.

Mississippi State (2017)Grantham, a nominee for the Broyles Award as the top assistant coach in the country, made an immediate splash in his lone year as defensive coordinator in Starkville. In his fifth season as a defensive coordinator in the SEC, Grantham guided the best MSU defense in recent memory.



2017 Stats 

2017 Rank in SEC / FBS

Best at MSU Since…

Total Defense


3rd / 10th

1999 (222.5)

Pass Defense


4th / 13th

2007 (174.9)

Rush Defense


5th / 25th

2010 (119.1)

First Down Defense


1st / 1st

1963 (10.2)

Scoring Defense


5th / 24th

1999 (13.5)