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Florida WR coach Joker Phillips resigns, former UF QB Chris Leak to replace him

Florida assistant Phillips resigns; Leak steps in

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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2013, file photo, Florida wide receivers coach Joker Phillips watches the Gators warm up before an NCAA college football game against Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. Phillips, siting personal reasons, has resigned as wide receivers coach. Phillips joined the Florida staff in December 2012 and spent one year coaching Florida's receivers. Prior to that, he was Kentucky's head coach for three seasons. (AP Photo/James Crisp, File)

Florida wide receivers coach Joker Phillips, a former head coach at Kentucky, resigned Wedneday and will be replaced by former Florida QB Chris Leak.

"I'm thankful for the opportunity that the University of Florida and Will Muschamp provided to me and my family, but at this time I have decided to step down from my position on the UF coaching staff for personal reasons," Phillips said in a university statement.

Phillips joined Florida after the 2012 season. He was the head coach at Kentucky from 2010-2012, compiling a 13-24 record overall and a 4-20 record in the SEC. In his final season at Kentucky he was 2-10 and 0-8 in the SEC. In November of 2012, Kentucky announced Phillips wouldn't return to the school but he coached the rest of the season.

Before he was Kentucky's head coach he was the Wildcats' offensive coordinator for four years.

"I appreciate Joker's contributions to our program and wish him and his wife, Leslie, nothing but the best in the future," Muschamp said.

Leak was the starting quarterback for Florida when the Gators won the 2007 BCS Championship Game over Ohio State. He started games in all four of his seasons at Florida and in the national title season took the majority of snaps over Tim Tebow, who was a freshman.

He returned to his alma mater as a graduate assistant for the 2013 season.

"Chris is a bright young coach," Muschamp said. "He is one of the all-time Gator greats and being at Florida is very important to him. He has been working with Coach Roper and our offensive staff and is very familiar with our players and new system."

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