Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football action from the weekend, from the perspective of the University of Michigan football coaching connection. Former Michigan football players and assistant coaches are roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs; here’s how they are doing:
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Les Miles (offensive lineman 1972-75 and Offensive Line Coach 1987-94): A senior on Team 96, Miles is now Head Coach of LSU. The Tigers finished their regular season defeating Arkansas 20-13, and are 10-2 overall, 6-2 (tied for 2nd) in SEC West, and ranked 7th nationally in the BCS. LSU is among the top ten defenses in the country in total yards allowed, rushing yards allowed, and pass efficiency defense. In addition, the Tigers are 11th in scoring defense, allowing an average of 17 points per game.
Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The Wildcats, #22 in the BCS standings, defeated Illinois 50-14. Northwestern finished the regular season 9-3 overall, 5-3 in the Big Ten Legends Division (3rd place). Hankwitz’s defense is 19th in the nation in rushing yards allowed (123 yards per game) and 32nd in scoring defense (23 points per game). In addition, the defense has contributed to a team which is 12th in the country in turnover margin, at +1.1 per game.
Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, 9-2, fell in triple overtime to Connecticut, 23-20. Bedford’s defense is 14th in the nation in pass defense, allowing 186 yards per game; 26th in the country in total defense (345 yards per game); and 44th in scoring defense, allowing 24 points per game. They have also contributed to the Cardinals being 27th in the country in turnover margin, at +0.6 per game.
Roy Manning, (linebacker 2000-04); and
Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07)
University of Cincinnati. Manning is Running Backs Coach, and Stripling is Defensive Line Coach. The Bearcats defeated South Florida 27-10 and are 8-3 on the season. Manning’s running backs are averaging 211 yards per game, good for 25th in the country, and have contributed to an offense which has scored 31 points per game, which is 49th in the nation. Stripling’s defensive line has helped the Bearcats hold opponents to 139 yards per game on the ground, 34th in the nation. In addition, Cincinnati is 13th in the land in scoring defense (17 points per game); and is 36th in sacks (2.4 per game).
Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94);
Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and
Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008):
Syracuse University. Wheatley is Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. The Orange, 7-5, defeated Temple 38-20. They have finished the regular season at 5-2 in Big East Conference play. There is a logjam at the top of the Big East standings, and Syracuse is in the thick of it. While the Orange have completed their regular season, much of the rest of the Big East has one final weekend of play coming up. Shafer’s defense, with Morrison’s linebackers, are 9th in the nation in tackles for loss, averaging 7.5 per game. They are 49th in total defense, allowing 385 yards per game; and 52nd in scoring defense, allowing 26 points per game. Wheatley’s running backs are averaging 172 yards per game, 52nd in the country, and are part of a unit averaging 473 total yards per game, 22nd in the country.
Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers came from behind to beat North Texas 25-24. Western Kentucky finished the regular season 7-5 overall, 4-4 in the Sun Belt Conference (5th place). They are bowl eligible. Sheridan has helped guide an offense which is 30th in the country in passing efficiency. Western Kentucky has averaged 206 passing yards per game, 92nd in the nation.
Tony Dews (WR Coach 2008-10);
Tony Gibson (Secondary 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; Gibson as Safeties Coach; McGee as O Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The Wildcats, 7-5, lost to arch-rival Arizona State 41-34, finishing the regular season 4-5, fourth place in the Pac 12 South. They are 7th in the nation in total offense (522 yards per game), and 19th in scoring offense (37 points per game). Defensively, Arizona is 101st in scoring defense, allowing 34 points per game; 115th in total defense, allowing 486 yards per game; and 116th in passing defense, allowing 296 yards per game through the air.
Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs, 6-5, completed their season November 17. Out of 121 teams in FCS, Braithwaite’s safeties contributed to a defense which was 10th in total defense (allowing 308 yards per game); 13th in pass defense (allowing 166 yards per game); and 20th in scoring defense, (allowing 20 points per game). Additionally, Chattanooga was 13th in turnover margin at +0.7 per game.
Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73); and
Robert Thornbladh (fullback 2006):
Lyall is now Head Coach of Siena Heights Saints; Thornbladh is Outside Linebackers Coach. The Saints finished their season November 3, ending with a record of 4-6. Siena Heights is 6th in NAIA in 4th down conversions, earning a first down at a 65% rate in such situations.
Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. A club team, the Patriots finished their season on November 3 with a record of 3-5.
Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Wildcats ended their season on November 10 with a record of 4-7. Knight’s wide receivers averaged 179 yards per game in receptions, 117th among the 158 teams in Division II.
Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. The Owls lost to Syracuse 38-20. Temple finished their season at 4-7 overall, 2-5 in the Big East (7th place). Heater’s defense gave up 31 points per game, 87th in the country, and allowed 437 total yards per game, 89th in the country.
Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves, 4-7, finished their season on November 17. Alcorn State was 4th in pass defense in the 121 team FCS, allowing 156 yards per game.
Doug Mallory (defensive back 1983-87 and Captain in ‘87), and
Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10):
Indiana Hoosiers. Mallory is co-Defensive Coordinator and Frey is Offensive Line Coach. The Hoosiers lost the battle for the Old Oaken Bucket to Purdue, losing 56-35. Indiana finished the season 4-8 overall, 2-6 in the Big Ten Leaders Division (5th place). Mallory’s defense is 16th in the country in tackles-for-loss, averaging 7.2 per game, and 44th in sacks, averaging 2.3 per game. They are 56th in pass defense (allowing 232 passing yards per game); 104th in scoring defense (35 points per game); and 116th in rush defense (231 yards per game). Frey’s offensive line contributed to a run game which averaged 131 yards per game, 95th in the country. The Hoosiers averaged 31 points per game, 48th in the country.
Erik Campbell (defensive back 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The Hawkeyes lost to Nebraska 13-7. Iowa finished their season at 4-8 overall, 2-6 in the Big Ten Legends Division (5th place). Campbell’s wide receivers contributed to an offense which averaged 187 yards per game through the air, 99th in the country. They are part of an offense that scored 19 points per game, 111th in the country.
Anthony Thomas (running back 1997-2000): For the 2011 and 2012 seasons, was an assistant coach for the Division II West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats. A senior on Team 121, Thomas left Michigan as the all-time leading rusher in program history. The Bobcats ended their season on November 10, finishing with a record of 3-8. Head Coach Jonas Jackson resigned on November 11; Thomas and most of the other assistants did the same on November 12. Of 158 teams in Division II, West Virginia Wesleyan was 1st in tackles for loss (11.1 per game); tied for 6th in sacks (3.2 per game); and was 6th in punt returns (18 yards per return).
Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Was Auburn University Offensive Coordinator in 2012. Head Coach Gene Chizik and the rest of the Auburn staff, including Loeffler, were relieved of their duties on November 25. The Tigers finished the season losing to Alabama 49-0. They were 3-9 overall, 0-8 in the SEC West. In the 120 team FBS, Loeffler’s offense was 108th in sacks allowed (3.1 per game); 112th in passing offense (157 yards per game); 113th in scoring offense (19 points per game); and 115th in total offense (305 yards per game).
Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001);
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07); and
Ron English (DB Coach and Def Coord 2003-07):
All 3 now at Eastern Michigan – Anderson the OL Coach, Hart the RB Coach, and English the Head Coach. The Eagles finished their season losing to Northern Illinois 49-7. EMU ended with a record of 2-10 overall, 1-7 in the MAC West (last place). Hart’s running backs and Anderson’s offensive line helped EMU to 164 yards per game on the ground, 61st in the country. Defensively, the Eagles were last in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game, giving up 267 yards per game on the ground.
Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator. The 49ers will begin play in 2013.