Gators hire line coach

Gators hire Mike Summers to coach the offensive line.

Published: Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:38 p.m.

In filling the final opening on his coaching staff, Florida football coach Will Muschamp is going with experience. Lots of it.

Muschamp announced Monday that the Gators’ new offensive line coach is Mike Summers, who has 34 years of coaching experience, including five in the SEC and one in the NFL.

"I'm excited to have Coach Summers join our staff," Muschamp said. "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."

Summers comes to UF from Southern Cal, where he was the running game coordinator and offensive line coach this past season.

Summers, 57, has previous coaching experience in the SEC (Kentucky and Arkansas) and in the NFL (Atlanta Falcons).

"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."

At Florida, Summers will be reunited with wide receivers coach and former Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips. Summers was the offensive line coach and running game coordinator at UK under Phillips in 2010-12.

Summers also coached under Bobby Petrino at Arkansas, where he was the assistant head coach and offensive line coach for two seasons (2008-09).

He was the offensive line coach of the Falcons in 2007.

The hiring of Summers completes the coaching staff. He replaces Tim Davis, who along with offensive coordinator Brent Pease, was fired the day after UF’s 4-8 season ended. It also came a day after various media reports had former Texas offensive line coach Stacy Searels getting the job.

Summers also has previous coaching experience at Louisville, Ohio, Oregon State, Texas A&M, University of the South, Oklahoma State and Northern Illinois.

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