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South Carolina Offensive Coordinator Marcus Satterfield Joining Matt Rhule’s Nebraska Staff

November 30, 2022

Matt Rhule lured his old offensive coordinator from the SEC and brought him to Lincoln.

Marcus Satterfield is leaving his position as offensive coordinator at South Carolina to rejoin Rhule at Nebraska. The two worked together with that same dynamic at Temple. Satterfield also joined Rhule’s coaching staffs at Baylor and the Carolina Panthers before leading the Gamecocks’ offense the past two seasons.

Satterfield confirmed the move through his Twitter account on Wednesday. He listed himself as Nebraska’s offensive coordinator and tight ends coach. National outlets first reported the news Monday morning. A University of South Carolina spokesperson said the school would not confirm the news. On Thursday morning, Nebraska made it official in a press release.

A Tennessee native and former wide receiver and punter at East Tennessee State, Satterfield was a positional assistant and graduate assistant coach at Chattanooga, Richmond, UT-Martin and Western Carolina, where he met Rhule. He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, then running backs coach, under Rhule at Temple. Satterfield rejoined Rhule at Baylor as a tight ends coach following a two-year stint as head coach at Tennessee Tech. He joined Rhule in Carolina as assistant offensive line coach in 2020 before returning to college to lead the South Carolina offense the past two seasons.

His offense struggled at times this season but bombarded some of South Carolina’s biggest opponents. The Gamecocks finished the regular season 8-4, finishing with a combined 94 points against Tennessee and Clemson. South Carolina averaged 40.88 points in its eight wins this past season. The losses, however, included a 7-point output against No. 1 Georgia, 30 points against No. 16 Arkansas, 10 against Missouri and 6 against Florida. South Carolina went 7-6 in the 2021 season with a 38-21 win in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl. During that season, the Gamecocks went 7-2 when Satterfield’s offense scored 20 or more points. Worth noting, four different quarterbacks started for South Carolina during that season. Former Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler transferred to South Carolina and has quarterbacked the entirety of South Carolina’s 2022 season.

“Marcus was instrumental in rebuilding two championship college programs with me at both Temple and Baylor,” said Rhule when Satterfield was announced at South Carolina. “His commitment to the student-athlete experience, his innovative mindset, and his unique ability to teach were all unbelievably valuable and why I was so excited to be able to bring him to the Carolina Panthers.”

South Carolina’s two wins to close the season marked the first time in program history the Gamecocks beat top-10 teams back to back. South Carolina destroyed No. 5 Tennessee at home, 63-38, scoring on all but one of their 10 non-kneeling drives. This past weekend, South Carolina went on the road and beat rival No. 7 Clemson with 402 yards of total offense.

While his contract at Nebraska is not known at this time, Satterfield made $900,000 at South Carolina.

So far this season South Carolina has thrown on 50.76% of plays, up from 46.54% the previous year. That’s likely in part to the turbulent quarterback picture last season and the arrival of Rattler after. During Satterfield’s time with Rhule at Temple, the Owls finished in the top 25 nationally in throwing rate, partially due to the coaching staff’s focus on speedy athletes to be successful in the Mid-Atlantic Conference. Satterfield switched from quarterbacks coach to running backs coach, while serving as offensive coordinator, in his final season at Temple. The Owls ran the ball 53.24% of the time that season, over 60% in home games.

Satterfield comes in a worthy recruiter in his own right. At South Carolina, he brought in two 4-star quarterbacks, including current backup Tanner Bailey. At Baylor, he recruited tight end Drake Danny and safety Chateau Reed.

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