Palcic hired as SMU offensive line coach

Former UCLA offensive line coach Bob Palcic has been hired for the same job with the Mustangs. He replaces Adrian Klemm, who left the Hilltop for Palcic's former job back in December.

Bob Palcic has officially been named the new offensive line coach at SMU, June Jones announced Monday.

Palcic takes the place of Adrian Klemm, who took Palcic's job as the offensive line coach and running game coordinator at UCLA in December.

Palcic coached the Bruins for four years under Rick Neuheisel. He's coached three Outland Trophy winners and has spent time coaching at both the collegiate level (Ball State, Arizona, Wisconsin, UCLA) and in the NFL (Cleveland, Detroit, Atlanta, New Orlenads).

Jones is familiar with Palcic, as the two coached together in Atlanta from 1994-96 with Jones as the head coach and Palcic with the O-Line.

"Having worked with Bob in the NFL, I know the high level of expertise he brings to our staff," Jones said in a statement. "He has coached numerous college and pro standouts and I know he'll make an impact at SMU. I'm excited to have him join us."

SMU will graduate its starting five this year and will have two seniors next year in Bryan Collins and Blake McJunkin (if he's granted a medical hardship).

In other words, the Mustangs will have a young offensive line that needs to be developed with players like Kris Weeks, Taylor Reich, Taylor Lasecki and Ben Gottschalk fighting for spots.

The Mustangs will have a lot of youthful depth as well, as they signed five linemen to their 2012 class in Seaver Myers, Chauncey Briggs, Christian Chamagua, Sam Rice and Chase Walling. And on signing day, Jones stated that he'd like to add a few more to the class this spring.

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