Summers named new offensive line coach

Will Muschamp has been a busy man since the 2013 football season ended. It started with dismissing offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis. Muschamp hired former Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper to fill the void at offensive coordinator and on Monday announced that the staff would be completed with the hiring of Mike Summers, who spent last season coaching the offensive line for Lane Kiffin at Southern Cal.

“I’m excited to have Coach Summers join our staff,” Muschamp said via the school’s website. “He has 34 years of experience, has been an offensive coordinator for 15 years and has coached in the SEC. He has a diverse background and has experience in the NFL. He will be a great addition to our staff.”

Summer’s SEC has seven years of experience in the SEC. He got his first coaching job at Kentucky in 1980-81 as a graduate assistant coaching the offensive line. He returned to the SEC in 2008 where he was an assistant head coach/offensive line coach for Bobby Petrino at Arkansas. That lasted for two years before he joined Joker Phillip’s inaugural staff at Kentucky in 2010, once again as the offensive line coach/run game coordinator.

Summers left Kentucky when Phillips did before the 2013 season, landing out west under Lane Kiffin at USC. The Trojans finished with the 7th ranked rushing attack in the Pac 12 averaging 172 yards-per-game and 4.51 yards-per-carry. Compare that to Florida’s 13th ranked rushing attack in the SEC that averaged 145.75 yards-per-game and just 3.63 yards-per-carry.

The 57-year old Summers was one of 29 nominees for the Frank Broyles Award, which is given out annually to the best assistant coach in college football, in 2012. He also has experience as an offensive coordinator at Northern Illinois, Oregon State and University of the South. He is the fourth coach on Will Muschamp’s staff (Phillips, Roper and Brian White) who have experience calling plays.

“I’m honored to be joining Coach Muschamp and his staff,” Summers said. “I have the utmost respect for Coach Muschamp, the staff and the support system in place. Having been in the SEC I have always held the Florida program in high regard and I’m looking forward to getting right to work.”

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