Rhule to hire former Falcons QB coach
Temple football coach Matt Rhule will hire Glenn Thomas, the former Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks coach, to that position on his staff, per a source familiar with the situation.
Thomas, who spent seven total seasons with the Falcons and three as the team's quarterbacks coach, worked with three-time Pro Bowl selection Matt Ryan, who passed for 4,694 yards and 28 touchdowns this past season. Thomas became available when Atlanta parted ways with its former head coach, Mike Smith.
In addition to hiring Thomas, Rhule will have Marcus Satterfield coach the running backs in addition to his responsibilities as the team's offensive coordinator. Satterfield will replace Tyree Foreman, who is no longer with the team, in that role.
Thomas, a Texas Tech graduate, kickstarted his coaching career by staying with the Red Raiders as a student assistant from 1998 to 2001 before moving along to Division II Midwestern State, where he eventually became the program's offensive coordinator from 2005-07. The 2007 team led the NCAA in total offense at 550 yards per game.
Thomas began acquiring NFL experience between seasons at Midwestern State with the Baltimore Ravens, working with the team's wide receivers in 2002, 2003 and 2005 in addition to spending time with the quarterbacks. That's where Thomas met Smith, who was working as the Ravens' linebackers coach at the time.
Thomas will be charged with getting Temple quarterback P.J. Walker back on track after an uneven sophomore season. After passing for 2,082 yards, 20 touchdowns and just eight interceptions while completing 60.8 percent of his passes as a freshman, Walker threw for 2,317 yards as a sophomore but threw two more interceptions (15) than touchdowns (13) and completed just 53.3 percent of his throws.
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