Juluke joins the Gators team | GatorCountry.com

Jabbar Juluke followed head coach Billy Napier from Louisiana and joined the Gators squad, sources at Gator Country have confirmed. He coached running backs for Napier from 2018-21, although his role in Florida has yet to be announced.

Juluke looks like a potential home run rental. His running backs in Louisiana produced at an extremely high standard and entered their names in the school’s record books.

In 2018 and 2019, they had three running backs selected from all-conference teams, which is extremely difficult to do given the limited number of races to go.

The 2019 team broke program records for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in one season and placed sixth in the FBS in yards per game.

In 2020, Elijah Mitchell was named First Team All-Sun Belt after accumulating 878 yards and eight touchdowns. He finished his career fifth in school history in touchdowns and sixth in yards. Meanwhile, Trey Ragas ran for 758 yards and 10 scores to claim second-team All-Sun Belt honors. He ranks third all-time for yards and sixth for rushing touchdowns in school history.

Mitchell was selected in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, while Ragas graduated.

Sounds like a ton of production needing to be replaced, right?

Well, all the Ragin ‘Cajuns have done this season is field one of the most productive running back groups in the country.

Chris Smith is fourth in the league with 834 yards and has eight touchdowns. Montrell Johnson gained 776 yards and scored 11 rushing times en route to being named Sun Belt Freshman of the Year. Emani Bailey had a respectable 431 yards and five touchdowns as a third option.

But Juluke is not one of those young talents who can only succeed in the schools of the Group of Five. Prior to joining Napier’s team in Louisiana, he spent a year at LSU, where he coached Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice, who were ultimately drafted in the first round and second, respectively.

Prior to working for LSU, he coached Kenneth Dixon at Louisiana Tech from 2013-2015. Dixon holds the school records for rushing yards and career touchdowns. He’s also the NCAA’s all-time leader among running backs in total touchdowns (87), runs scored (522) and games played with at least one touchdown (38). He was drafted in the fourth round.

Juluke played it safe at Southern and helped his team beat an 11-1 record in 1993. He coached high school football in Louisiana for 18 years before rising through the college ranks in 2013.

His SEC background, his background in lining up formidable running back corps, and his relationship with New Orleans-area high school coaches should make him a good candidate for Florida.

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