Nittany Lions get Florida assistant

Penn State is getting a new assistant coach in Ja’Juan Seider, who’s leaving Florida to become the Nittany Lions’ wide receivers coach, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

Seider was running backs coach for the Gators, and although he’s never coached receivers in his career, he does have quite a bit of experience coaching on the offensive side of the ball.

Seider replaces Josh Gattis, who left Penn State for a similar job at Alabama. Seider spent just one season with Florida, and the previous four years he was running backs coach at West Virginia.

Prior to that, Seider coached running backs and was recruiting coordinator at Marshall from 2010-12. He was a graduate assistant at West Virginia from 2006-08.

A 39-year-old Florida native, Seider played quarterback at Florida A&M. He is considered an excellent recruiter, and his ties to Florida should help Penn State in that area.

Penn State now has three former college quarterbacks on its coaching staff, with Seider joining head coach James Franklin and offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne.

— Cory Giger

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