Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football games from the past weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverines 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).
Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his second season as DL Coach with Oklahoma. The 4-0 Sooners are #4 in the land according to AP. Montgomery’s defensive line has contributed to a unit which has given up 99 rushing yards per game, 17th in the nation.
Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame.
The Irish, 4-0, are ranked 9th in the land. Elston’s defensive line has contributed to a unit giving up 11.5 points per game, 4th in the nation.
Les Miles, offensive lineman 1972-75 and Offensive Line Coach 1987-94
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, 4-1 and ranked #15 by the AP, are 2nd in the nation in passing yards per completion, with 17.92.
Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is in his second season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Herd are 4-0 on the season. Heater’s defense is 5th in the nation in 3rd down conversion percentage defense, allowing opponents to convert on only 25.4% of 3rd down attempts.
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. Arizona, 4-0, is averaging 594 total yards per game, 6th in the land.
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 2-0 this season.
Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves are 4-1 on the season. Alcorn State is second in the FCS in both sacks and sacks allowed.
Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator.
In their second season in program history, the 49ers are now 3-2 on the season.
Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his second season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The Hokies are 3-2. Loeffler’s offense is 63rd in the country in total offense, averaging 422 yards per game.
Adam Stenavich (offensive line 2001-05): Now in his first season as Offensive Line Coach for Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks are 3-2 this season, and ranked 25th in FCS. Stenavich’s offensive line has helped Northern Arizona to 161 rushing yards per game, 66th in FCS.
Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his second season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse, 2-2, is 4th in the nation in sacks allowed, having only given up one for the entire season.
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07): A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University. The Broncos are 2-2 this season. Hart’s running backs have rushed for 213 yards per game, 36th in the country.
Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Now Offensive Line Coach, Indiana.
Indiana is 2-2 on the season. Frey’s offensive line has helped the Hoosiers to 284 rushing yards per game, 12th in the nation.
Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee, 2-2. Stripling’s defensive line has contributed to a unit which is #1 in the nation in 3rd down conversion percentage (0.208).
Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia.
The Mountaineers are 2-2. Gibson’s defense ranks 1st in the nation in 4th down conversion defense, having not allowed a 4th down conversion all season.
Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas. The Longhorns are 2-2 on the season. Beford’s defense gives up 17 points per game, 20th in the land.
Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his third season with UT Chattanooga, and his second as Defensive Coordinator. The Mocs are 2-2 and ranked #14 in the FCS. Braithwaite’s defense is 4th in FCS in redzone defense.
Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern.
The Wildcats are 2-2. Hankwitz’s defense allows 17 points per game, 19th in the nation.
Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91); and
Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04)
Curt Mallory and Manning are both coaching with their alma mater. Curt is in his fourth season; Manning is in his second season.
Michigan is now 2-3. The secondary is contributing to a unit that has given up 283 total yards per game, ninth in the country.
Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73)
Lyall is now Head Coach of the Siena Heights Saints. The Saints are 1-2 on the young season.
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 are 1-3 on the season. Knight’s wide receivers contribute to an offense which averages 13.65 yards per completion, 42nd in Division II.
Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Now Defensive Coordinator, San Jose State University. The Spartans are 1-3 on the season. Robinson’s defense ranks 2nd in the nation in passing yards allowed per game, giving up 83 yards per game through the air.