Veteran Summers hired as offensive line coach

FightinGators.com Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2014


Florida officially named Mike Summers the program’s new offensive line coach on Monday. Summers served as the running game coordinator and offensive line coach at USC in 2013 before holding the same titles at Kentucky from 2010-12.

Summers has 34 years of coaching experience and has been an offensive coordinator for 15 years. He’s also familiar with Florida receivers coach Joker Phillips, who hired Summers in 2010 to serve as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach. Summers spent three years at Kentucky before coaching one season at USC under Lane Kiffin.

“I’m honored to be joining Coach Muschamp and his staff,” said Mike Summers. “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.”

Summers spent 2003-09 with Bobby Petrino. Summers coached the offensive line for Petrino at Louisville (2003-06), the Atlanta Falcons (2007) and Arkansas (2008-09). In two seasons at Arkansas, Summers coached two future NFL players, center Jonathan Luigs and guard Mitch Petrus. The Razorbacks also led the SEC in scoring during the 2009 season.

Summers also has experience at Northern Illinois, Ohio and Oregon State. He also served at Texas A&M as a graduate assistant from 1982-84.

Summers graduated from Georgetown (Ky.) College in 1978 and got his graduate degree from Kentucky. His experience in the SEC and NFL was an important factor for Florida head coach Will Muschamp.

“I’m excited to have Coach Summers join our staff,” said Muschamp. “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.”



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