Former University of Florida and NFL linebacker Mike Peterson is the final piece of Will Muschamp’s coaching staff at South Carolina.
Peterson was announced Tuesday morning as the Gamecocks’ ninth on-field assistant. He will coach outside linebackers, according to the school.
“Mike’s another great example for our student-athletes at the University of South Carolina for what he’s accomplished,” Muschamp said in a statement. “He played at a high level and demonstrated great character and class throughout the time that we worked together at Florida. His vast NFL experience and knowledge of our schemes will complement our staff.”
Peterson, who was working as an off-field assistant with the Gators, played for Steve Spurrier on Florida’s 1996 national championship season and was the 36th overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. He had a 14-year NFL career that included stops in Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Atlanta.
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Muschamp introduced his other eight, on-field assistant coaches on Jan. 8, saying he expected to make his final hire shortly after, but emphasizing he would not rush the decision. Peterson will join Bobby Bentley (running backs), Shawn Elliott (offensive line), Coleman Hutzler (outside linebackers, special teams coordinator), Bryan McClendon (wide receivers, offensive co-coordinator), Travaris Robinson (defensive coordinator), Kurt Roper (quarterbacks, offensive co-coordinator), Lance Thompson (defensive line, assistant head coach for defense) and Pat Washington (tight ends).
South Carolina’s 2016 Football Coach Staff:
Will Muschamp, Head Coach
Bobby Bentley, Running Backs
Shawn Elliott, Offensive Line
Coleman Hutzler, Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers
Bryan McClendon, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers
Mike Peterson, Outside Linebackers
Travaris Robinson, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
Kurt Roper, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Lance Thompson, Assistant Head Coach – Defense/Defensive Line
Pat Washington, Tight Ends