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Mike Summers Returning to Coach Louisville Offensive Line

The coach that helped Louisville’s offensive line so much in Petrino’s first Louisville stint is back.

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The position coach pipe dream of many Louisville fans has been granted. Mike Summers, who coached several outstanding offensive lines during Petrino’s first stint at Louisville, is returning to coach the offensive line once more. The move was first reported by ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.

After the offensive line allowed Lamar Jackson to be pressured on 14.9% of his dropbacks in the final half of the regular season, fans immediately clamored for a change to be made with current offensive line coach Chris Klenakis. After Louisville, Summers followed Petrino to the Atlanta Falcons and Arkansas before leaving to coach the offensive line at Kentucky under Joker Phillips. For the past three seasons he has coached the offensive line under Jim McElwain at Florida.

It is not yet known what the change at offensive line coach means for Chris Klenakis. He is currently also the co-offensive coordinator and may be retained in that role. With an enormous group of recruits tilted heavily emphasizing offensive line prospects, this move couldn’t have come at a better time.

UPDATE: According to Jody Demling of Cardinal Authority, Chris Klenakis will stay on the offensive staff and will coach the tight ends. Louisville hasn’t had a devoted tight ends coach since Pete Nochta left the on field staff for successful cancer treatment.

UPDATE 2:33 pm: According to multiple outlets now, Klenakis will stay on the staff as the tight ends coach while Summers will join the staff as offensive line coach and will be the co-offensive coordinator with Lonnie Galloway.