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Tracy Rocker
Date of birth: April 9, 1966 (1966-04-09) (age 43)
Place of birth: Atlanta, Georgia
Career information
Position(s): Defensive tackle
Jersey №: 74, 99
College: Auburn
NFL Draft: 1989 / Round: 3 / Pick: 66
Organizations
 As player:
1989-1990 Washington Redskins
Career highlights and awards
Awards: 1988 Outland Trophy
1988 Lombardi Award
Playing stats at NFL.com
College Football Hall of Fame

Tracy Quinton Rocker (born April 9, 1966 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American football defensive line coach for the Auburn University Tigers college football team. He was a former professional football player, first drafted into the National Football League in 1989 by the Washington Redskins.

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Playing career

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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.

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 Football League.

Coaching career

Rocker returned to Auburn to complete his undergraduate degree in 1992 and began his coaching career at Auburn High School the same year. After serving two seasons as defensive coordinator at the prep 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 No. 4 in the SEC and 33rd in the nation in rushing defense, holding opponents to 114.57 yards per game. Arkansas also ranked first in the SEC and No. 21 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.

Rocker has honed his coaching skills as a participant in the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program, working with the Indianapolis Colts in 2001 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2006.[1]

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.

Personal life

A native of Atlanta, Rocker and his wife, Lalitha, have a son, Kumar.

References

Preceded by
Chad Hennings
Outland Trophy Winners
1988
Succeeded by
Mohammed Elewonibi

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