Tracy Rocker's 'household name' a good fit for Tennessee

Tracy Rocker's 'household name' a good fit for Tennessee

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Tracy Rocker's 'household name' a good fit for Tennessee

Tracy Rocker is well-known throughout the SEC footprint.

Rocker won both the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy in 1988 at Auburn, the first SEC player to do so. Rocker was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

His coaching career as defensive line coach has taken him to Arkansas (2003-07), Ole Miss (2008), Auburn (2009-10), Georgia (2014-16) and now Tennessee.

Before his run coaching in the SEC, Rocker spent time coaching defensive line at Troy from 1997-2001.

His defensive coordinator was Wayne Bolt.

“We hired him at Troy and was a no-brain hire for us,” Bolt told Vols Wire. “Tracy is a no-nonsense working machine and the kids love it. He is a great tactician and has coached some great players.”

Osi Umenyiora and DeMarcus Ware are two defensive lineman that had good NFL careers and were coached under Bolt and Rocker at Troy.

Bolt says Rocker “being a great recruiter, good with the kids and being a household name in the state of Alabama and Georgia” are reasons why he is successful on the recruiting trail and then developing players once they get on campus.

Bolt is longtime friends with a pair of former Tennessee coaches in Phillip Fulmer and Greg Adkins. Adkins served as Troy’s offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator from 2001-02 before joining Fulmer’s UT staff as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator from 2003-05 and offensive line coach from 2006-08.

Bolt understands the landscape of UT’s football program and how having to go outside of Tennessee in recruiting is a necessity.

That is why Bolt thinks Fulmer made a great hire in Jeremy Pruitt and also having Rocker on staff for recruiting purposes and developing players.

“I think it was a great hire,” Bolt said of Fulmer’s pick. “Tennessee is a tough job and you have to recruit all over the country. My buddy Greg Adkins recruited all over when he was there.

“It is a working man’s job and I think Jeremy will do a good job. He has hired a good staff and he is a great guy and it’s amazing Coach Fulmer hired him right away.”

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