Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football games from the past weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connection. Former Michigan players and coaches are on the sidelines as coaches of various college programs (for Fergodsakes.com’s University of Michigan football coaching trees, click here). Updates on their seasons:
Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Louisville’s Defensive Coordinator. The 4-0 Cardinals, #7 in the country, had a bye this week. Bedford’s defense is tops in the country in points allowed per game, allowing 7 per game so far this season. They are 2nd in the nation in third down conversion defense (0.204). The Cardinals defense is top 5 in the nation in total defense (221 yards per game); passing yards allowed (133 ypg); and first down defense (44 first downs allowed on the season).
Les Miles, offensive lineman 1972-75 and Offensive Line Coach 1987-94; and
Cam Cameron, WR Coach 1986-89; WR & QB Coach 1990-1993
Miles, a senior on Team 96, is now Head Coach at LSU, where Cameron is his Offensive Coordinator. The Tigers, ranked 10th in the land, fell to Georgia 44-41. Cameron’s offense is 5th in the country in passing efficiency, and 4th in the nation in third down conversion rate (0.590).
Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his first season as DL Coach with Oklahoma. The 4-0 Sooners, ranked #11 in the country, defeated Notre Dame 35-21. Montgomery’s defensive line has helped OU to give up only 12 points per game, 6th best in the country. In addition, the Sooners are 5th in the nation in team passing efficiency defense, and 8th in the nation in first downs allowed.
Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The 4-0 Wildcats, ranked 16th in the country, had a bye week. Hankwitz’s defense has accumulated 10 interceptions, tied for third most in the nation. They have returned an astounding 4 of those interceptions for touchdowns.
Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91); and
Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04)
Mallory and Manning are both coaching with their alma mater. Mallory is in his third season as the secondary coach; Manning is in his first season as the Inside Linebackers Coach. The 4-0 Wolverines, ranked 19th, had a bye week. The linebackers and secondary have teamed to help Michigan be 6th in the land in rushing defense, holding opponents to 79 yards per game. The Wolverines are tied for first in the nation in opponents 4th down conversion percent, as opposing teams are 0-4 in fourth downs against Michigan.
Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his first season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The 4-1 Hokies defeated Georgia Tech 17-10. Loeffler’s offense is improving, averaging 329 yards per game, 108th in the country. At least one columnist does not like Loeffler’s offense.
Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73); and
Robert Thornbladh (fullback 2006):
Lyall is now Head Coach of the Siena Heights Saints; Thornbladh is his Outside Linebackers Coach. The Saints, in the NAIA, are now 3-1 after a 14-0 shutout victory over Olivet Nazarene. With back to back shutouts, Siena Heights is now ranked 11th in the nation in NAIA – in only its second season of varsity football.
Tony Dews (WR Coach 2008-10);
Calvin McGee (Offensive Coordinator 2008-10); and
Rod Smith (QB Coach 2008-10):
All with the Arizona Wildcats and Rich Rodriguez – Dews as WR Coach; McGee as Offensive Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The 3-1 Wildcats lost to Washington 31-13. The Wildcats are 9th in the country in rushing offense, averaging 292 yards per game.
Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish, 3-2, fell to Oklahoma 35-21. Elston’s defensive line has contributed to Notre Dame giving up 134 yards per game on the ground, 45th in the country.
Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his first season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee. The 3-2 Volunteers defeated South Alabama 31-24. Stripling’s defensive line has contributed to a unit which is 26th in the country in red zone defense, having allowed 17 scores in 24 trips.
Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator. The 3-2 49ers of the FCS, in their first season in program history, defeated Presbyterian 45-21. Tall’s defense is giving up 22 points per game, 32nd in the FCS.
Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The 3-2 Braves, member of the FCS, lost to Alabama State 49-30. Alcorn State is 41st in FCS in scoring offense, averaging 31 points per game.
Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Safeties Coach with West Virginia. The 3-2 Mountaineers upset 11th ranked Oklahoma State 30-21. were shut out 37-0 by Maryland. Defensively, West Virginia has allowed 188 passing yards per game, 31st in the nation.
Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his second season with UT Chattanooga, and his first as Defensive Coordinator. The FCS Mocs are 2-2 after losing to Georgia Southern 23-21. Braithwaite’s defense is 5th in the nation in passing yards allowed per game (132) and 17th in the FCS in scoring defense, giving up just 20 points per game.
Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is beginning his first season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Thundering Herd are 2-2 and had a bye this week. Heater’s defense is tied for 11th in the country in total defense, allowing 285 yards per game; and 16th in the nation in rushing defense, allowing 101 yards per game on the ground.
Doug Mallory (defensive back 1983-87 and Captain in ‘87); and
Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10)
Mallory is now Defensive Coordinator for the Hoosiers, and Frey is the OL Coach. The Hoosiers are 2-2 and had a bye this week. Mallory’s defense is 37th in the country in team passing efficiency defense. On the flip side, the Hoosiers have allowed 248 rushing yards per game, 115th in the 123 team FBS. Frey’s offensive line has helped pave the way for an offense which has averaged 547 yards per game, 8th in the nation.
Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Robinson was named the Defensive Coordinator for the University of Texas two games into this season. The Longhorn are 2-2 and had a bye this week. Texas is 109th in total defense, allowing 466 yards per game.
Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his first season as Head Coach of the 2-2 Orange, who had a bye this week. Syracuse is 14th in the country in 3rd Down Conversion defense, and is 8th in red zone offense. Here’s how they have handled the bye week.
Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. A club team, the Patriots are now 1-2 after a 29-22 overtime loss to Williamston Tech.
Marcus Knight(wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. A Division II squad, the Wildcats fell to Ashland 52-24 and are now 1-2 on the season. Knight’s wide receivers are part of a unit that is 27th in D2 in passing offense, gaining 309 yards per game through the air.
Ron English (Secondary Coach 2003-05; Def Coordinator 2006-07)
Stan Parrish (QB Coach 1996-99; Off Coordinator 2000-01)
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07)
English is now the Head Coach at Eastern Michigan, where Parrish is the Offensive Coordinator and Hart is the Running Backs Coach. The 1-3 Eagles had a bye this week. On the offensive side of the ball, the Eagles have averaged 118 rushing yards per game, 101st in the country. They are 111th in scoring offense (18 points per game) and 105th in total offense (338 yards per game).
Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Sheridan is in his first season as Quarterbacks Coach with the University of South Florida. The 0-4 Bulls lost to Miami (FL) 49-21. The Bulls are 118th in scoring offense (15 points per game), 120th in total offense (271 yards per game), and 121st in team passing efficiency.