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Zook promotes Fedora to take over

2/5/2004 - Florida Gators

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida offensive coordinator Ed
Zaunbrecher was demoted to quarterbacks coach Thursday after
consecutive 8-5 seasons and constant criticism for an offense that
hasn't been as productive since Steve Spurrier left for the NFL.

Gators coach Ron Zook promoted assistant coach Larry Fedora to
offensive coordinator.

"I think this move on our coaching staff will allow us to take
advantage of all of our strengths," Zook said. "Coach Fedora has
a great offensive mind, and Coach Zaunbrecher has a proven track
record with successfully grooming quarterbacks."

Fedora was Florida's running backs coach in 2002 and then the
perimeter game coordinator and receivers coach last year.

Fedora spent three years as offensive coordinator at Middle
Tennessee State before joining the Gators in 2002. Under Fedora,
the Blue Raiders averaged 31 points and 424 yards per game.

Zaunbrecher has received the bulk of Florida fans' ire in two
seasons, with many of them calling for him to be fired.

Florida rarely went deep and relied on bubble screens and
dump-off passes for much of its air attack, leading to questions of
whether Fedora, Zaunbrecher or Zook was really calling the shots.

"I've always done what the head coach has asked me to do and
will continue to do so," Zaunbrecher said.