Detroit Lions assistant offensive line coach Ryan Silverfield will be the new offensive line coach for Memphis head coach Mike Norvell, according to a source.
It's a reunion of Norvell and Silverfield, who worked together at Arizona State this past year. Silverfield left his position as a senior offensive analyst with the Sun Devils last month to join the Lions.
This season had been Silverfield’s first at Arizona State. Last season he was an offensive consultant at Toledo, where he worked with the offensive line.
Prior to that, the well respected Silverfield spent six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, including his last three as assistant offensive line coach. He assisted with the team’s defensive line from 2009-10 after working for a year in offensive quality control.
Silverfield was a graduate assistant at Central Florida from 2006-07. He was an assistant at Jacksonville University in 2005 and before that was the head coach at Memorial Day High School in Savannah, Ga., for a season. From 2000-03, he was an offensive assistant at his alma matter, Hampden-Sydney College.
A highly regarded young offensive mind, the 34-year-old Norvell became Memphis’s coach earlier this month after spending the last four seasons as Arizona State’s offensive coordinator, deputy head coach and quarterbacks coach.
During his tenure with the Sun Devils, Norvell's school record-setting offenses were perennially among the FBS’s highest scoring and most explosive. He replaces Justin Fuente, who left last month to become Virginia Tech’s coach.
Fuente transformed the Tigers from one of college football’s worst programs into a top 25 team with a 26–23 record in four seasons, including a 9–3 mark this season. Memphis plays Auburn (6–6, 2–6 SEC) in the Birmingham Bowl on Dec. 30.