Tracy Rocker

Tracy Quinton Rocker (born April 9, 1966) is an American football coach and former player. He played college football at Auburn University and professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins. He is currently the defensive line coach at the University of Tennessee.

Tracy Rocker
No. 74, 99
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born:April 9, 1966 (age 53)
Atlanta, Georgia
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:288 lb (131 kg)
Career information
High school:Atlanta (GA) Fulton
College:Auburn
NFL Draft:1989 / Round: 3 / Pick: 66
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Playing career

Rocker played high school football at Fulton High School in Atlanta, for Coach Willie Hunter, which later merged with Walter F. George High School to become South Atlanta High School.

College

In 1988, Rocker won both the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy, the first SEC player to do so. He played defensive tackle for Auburn University. An Auburn great, Rocker was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame by the National Football Foundation in December 2004 in New York City, and was inducted into Alabama’s state Sports Hall of Fame in the summer of 2005.

A two-time All-American and a three-time All-SEC selection as a player at Auburn, Rocker was named SEC Player of the Year during his senior season. He finished his career with 354 tackles, including 21 quarterback sacks and 48 tackles for loss. During his tenure, Auburn won a pair of league titles, and Rocker was voted to the school’s Team of the Century in 1993. In 2004, Rocker was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.[1]

Professional

Rocker was selected in the third round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins and was selected to the NFL All-Rookie team in 1990. However, after playing only two seasons in the NFL with the Redskins, he concluded his playing career with a one-year stint with the Orlando Thunder in the World League of American Football.

Coaching career

Rocker returned to Auburn to complete his undergraduate degree in 1992 and began his coaching career with the Auburn High School Tigers the same year. After serving two seasons as defensive coordinator at the school, he spent three years as a defensive line coach at West Alabama (1994–96).

Prior to his stint at Cincinnati, Rocker spent five seasons as the defensive line coach at Troy State University in Troy, Alabama. While at TSU, three of his players received Division I-AA All-America honors, including Al Lucas, who earned the 1999 Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player in Division I-AA. A total of 13 TSU players garnered all-conference accolades under Rocker, while five players went on to sign NFL contracts, including Marcus Spriggs, who was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round in 1999.

Rocker joined Houston Nutt's staff at Arkansas after one year at Cincinnati where he helped the Bearcats win a share of the 2002 Conference USA title. Rocker spent five years as the defensive line coach of the Razorbacks. His 2006 line ranked fourth in the SEC and thirty-third in the nation in rushing defense, holding opponents to 114.57 yards per game. Arkansas also ranked first in the SEC and twenty-first nationally in tackles for loss with 6.93. When Houston Nutt went to Ole Miss before the 2008 season, Rocker joined his Rebels staff.

In January 2009, Rocker left Ole Miss to coach the defensive line at his alma mater, Auburn University.

He was hired to be the defensive line coach for the Tennessee Titans in February 2011.[2] Rocker's only previous NFL experience as a coach was as a participant in the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program, working with the Indianapolis Colts in 2001 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2006.[3]

In January 2014, Rocker was let go by the Titans and was hired to be the defensive line coach for the Georgia Bulldogs. On January 12, 2015, Rocker was promoted to Associate Head Coach. On February, 7 2017, Rocker was fired as the Georgia Bulldogs defensive line coach.[4] Rocker was revealed to have committed a minor recruiting violation while at Georgia although the violation was unrelated to his firing.[5]

Players coached

In his first season with the Razorbacks, UA’s 2003 defensive line helped the Hogs finish fifth in the SEC in total defense, allowing 344.0 yards per game. In 2004, Rocker coached first-team All-SEC end Jeb Huckeba, who produced 56 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. Huckeba was as selected in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. Rocker’s 2005 unit tied for second in the SEC with 29 sacks and was fourth in rushing defense behind Jackson, who earned second-team All-SEC honors after finishing fourth on the team with 74 tackles.

Under Rocker’s guidance, Jamaal Anderson was the premier pass rusher in the SEC in 2006 with 14 sacks for 100 yards and 20.5 tackles for loss. The honorable mention All-American ranked third nationally in sacks per game with 1.0, while his 20.5 TFL ranked 12th. Anderson also notched 65 tackles and a team-best 26 quarterback hurries. Anderson was selected as the eighth pick of the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft, while fellow Razorback defensive lineman Keith Jackson was taken in the seventh round.

In 2010, Rocker coached 2010 Lombardi Award winner, AP All-American[6] defensive lineman, and AP SEC defensive player of the year[7] Nick Fairley, as well as AP second-team All-SEC defensive lineman[8] Antoine Carter. Fairley led the SEC with 21 tackles for loss and was second in the SEC with 10.5 sacks.[9]

Rocker was a member of the Auburn staff which won the 2011 BCS National Championship Game.

Personal life

A native of Atlanta, Rocker and his wife, Lalitha, have a son, Kumar, who was a top prospect for the 2018 Major League Baseball draft.[10]

Rockers younger brother David also attended Auburn and played professional football.[11]

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 6, 2014. Retrieved November 27, 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://www.titansonline.com/team/coaches/Rocker_Tracy/7c71644a-0d14-43a5-a604-2d992f6bafdc
  3. ^ "In 25th year, NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship attracts record 86 participants" (PDF). NFL. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 24, 2009. Retrieved August 23, 2006.
  4. ^ Butt, Jason (March 17, 2017). "UGA fired former DL coach Rocker, documents show". The Telegraph. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  5. ^ Butt, Jason (March 17, 2017). "Former DL coach's prohibitive phone call lands UGA a minor violation". The Telegraph. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 13, 2011. Retrieved February 12, 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 10, 2010. Retrieved January 17, 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "2010 Associated Press All-SEC football team". USA Today. December 6, 2010.
  9. ^ http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2010/12/auburns_nick_fairley_wins_lomb.html
  10. ^ ALL-USA Watch: Top baseball prospect Kumar Rocker still weighing decision to go pro or go to Vanderbilt
  11. ^ Shuler, Roger (September 25, 1988). "ROCKER`S A SHAKER AND MOVER FOR AUBURN". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 12, 2018.

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1986 All-SEC football team

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1987 All-SEC football team

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1988 All-SEC football team

The 1988 All-SEC football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) chosen by various selectors for the 1988 college football season.

1988 NCAA Division I-A football season

The 1988 NCAA Division I-A football season ended with Notre Dame winning the national championship. The Fighting Irish won the title via a 34-21 defeat of previously unbeaten West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Arizona. With 4 of the final Top 5 teams being independents (with the University of Miami and Florida State joining the Fighting Irish and Mountaineers), 1988 became a focus for fans and critics who wondered how the traditional conferences would deal with the indies (the answer ultimately involved all of these teams joining major conferences).

Notre Dame had several notable victories this season, including a 19–17 victory over #9 Michigan, won on a last drive field goal, which started off the championship season. The season's marquee game was a 31–30 victory over #1 Miami. Entering the game, Miami had a 36-game regular season winning streak, 20 straight road victories and a 16-game winning streak overall. This year was also the first time Notre Dame and USC had ever met when ranked #1 and #2. Most notable about this game is Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz's decision to leave behind two of his stars, Tony Brooks and Ricky Watters because they were late, cementing discipline as the main theme of this championship team.

This year's edition of the UCLA–USC rivalry game featured a second ranked USC and a fourth ranked UCLA. For the second year in a row the Rose Bowl berth was on the line but for USC it also had national title implications as the rivalry game with Notre Dame was the following week. USC beat UCLA but lost to Notre Dame, and then lost to Michigan in the Rose Bowl.

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2014 Georgia Bulldogs football team

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Auburn officially began competing in intercollegiate football in 1892. The Tigers joined the Southeastern Conference in 1932 as one of the inaugural members of the conference and the Tigers began competing in the West Division when the conference divided in 1992. Auburn officially claims two national championships. Auburn has achieved twelve undefeated seasons and won twelve conference championships, along with eight divisional championships. The Tigers have made 43 post season bowl appearances, including 12 historically major bowl berths. The Tigers have the 13th most wins in FBS history with over 700 victories and have finished ranked in the Top 25 of either the AP or Coaches polls 37 times, including finishing in the top ten 18 times (ranked 12th nationally for top ten finishes).

The Tigers have produced three Heisman Trophy winners: quarterback Pat Sullivan in 1971, running back Bo Jackson in 1985, and quarterback Cameron Newton in 2010. Auburn has also produced twenty-nine consensus All-American players. The College Football Hall of Fame has inducted a total of 12 individuals from Auburn, including eight student-athletes and four head coaches: John Heisman, Mike Donahue, Ralph Jordan, and Pat Dye. Jordan, who coached from 1951 to 1975, led Auburn to its first national championship and won a total of 176 games, the most by any Auburn coach.

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