- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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USF hired two more assistants Thursday, announcing Walt Wells will serve as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, and Nick Sheridan will be passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Both coaches were members of Willie Taggart’s staff at Western Kentucky and will start at USF after the Hilltoppers' bowl game.
“Walt Wells and Nick Sheridan are great teachers and great mentors,” Taggart said in a statement. “Both played a critical role in building the foundation at WKU. They understand the way we will run our offensive system and our program.”
Wells joins the USF staff after spending 10 years at Western Kentucky working with the offensive line, including four years as WKU’s running-game coordinator. Western Kentucky ranked in the top four in the Sun Belt in rushing each of the last four seasons, leading the league with an average of 181.6 rushing yards per game in 2011 and improving that number to 186.2 ypg in 2012.
Sheridan, whose father Bill is currently the defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, spent two seasons on Taggart’s staff at Western Kentucky. He was the quarterbacks coach and passing-game coordinator in 2012 after serving as the team’s offensive graduate assistant in 2011. Sheridan, 24, is a former walk-on quarterback at Michigan, earning his degree in 2010.