Former Wolverines Coaching in College – Week 13 Update

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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:

For more on Wolverine-related coaching trees, Fergodsakes.com has them here.

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.

Source for all NCAA statistics is the NCAA; and the NAIA for NAIA statistics.

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Mad Hatter Press Conference, BCS Ranking for RichRod, and More

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football action from the weekend, from the perspective of the University of Michigan Wolverine 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:

For more on Wolverine-related coaching trees, Fergodsakes.com has them here.

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, 9-2 and ranked 7th in the BCS, defeated Ole Miss 41-35. Miles then delivered this epic press conference. (He referenced his playing days at Michigan – Fergodsakes.com has a brief writeup on Miles’ UM career here). Despite being gouged by Ole Miss for 35 points, for the season 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 12th in scoring defense, allowing an average of 17 points per game.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, ranked 20th in the BCS, had a bye this week. At 9-1, Bedford’s defense is 32nd in the country in total defense (356 yards per game); and 46th in scoring defense, allowing 25 points per game. They have also contributed to the Cardinals being 25th in the country in turnover margin, at +0.7 per game.

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, 7-4 and ranked 24th in the BCS, defeated Utah 34-24. They are 8th in the nation in total offense (522 yards per game), 22nd in scoring offense (38 points per game); and 24th in passing offense (297 yards per game). Defensively, Arizona is 100th in scoring defense, allowing 34 points per game; 114th in total defense, allowing 488 yards per game; and 117th in passing defense, allowing 305 yards per game through the air.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The Wildcats, 8-3, defeated Michigan State 23-20. Hankwitz’s defense is 19th in the nation in rushing yards allowed (122 yards per game) and 37th in scoring defense (24 points per game). In addition, the defense has contributed to a team which is 15th in the country in turnover margin, at +1.0 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 lost to Rutgers 10-3 and are 7-3 on the season. Manning’s running backs are averaging 212 yards per game, good for 22nd in the country, and have contributed to an offense which has scored 31 points per game, which is 47th in the nation. Stripling’s defensive line has helped the Bearcats hold opponents to 140 yards per game on the ground, 36th in the nation. In addition, Cincinnati is 15th in the land in scoring defense (18 points per game); and is 44th in sacks (2.2 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, 6-5, had an impressive, come-from-behind road victory at Missouri, 31-27. Shafer’s defense, with Morrison’s linebackers, are 12th in the nation in tackles for loss, averaging 7.4 per game. They are 56th in total defense, allowing 389 yards per game; and 58th in scoring defense, allowing 26 points per game. Wheatley’s running backs are averaging 164 yards per game, 63rd in the country, and are part of a unit averaging 473 total yards per game, 24th in the country.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers, 6-5, lost to Louisiana-Lafayette 31-27. Sheridan has helped guide an offense which is 23rd in the country in passing efficiency. Western Kentucky has averaged 209 passing yards per game, 89th in the nation.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs, 6-5, completed their season with a 24-17 victory over Elon. Out of 121 teams in FCS, Braithwaite’s safeties have contributed to a defense which is 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 is 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.

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 fell to 4-7, losing to Penn State 45-22. Mallory’s defense is 12th in the country in tackles-for-loss, averaging 7.4 per game, and 32nd in sacks, averaging 2.5 per game. They are 43rd in pass defense, allowing 219 passing yards per game, and 98th in scoring defense (33 points per game). They are also 117th in rush defense, allowing 236 yards per game. Frey’s offensive line has contributed to a run game which averages 128 yards per game, 96th in the country. The Hoosiers are 51st in the country in scoring offense, averaging 30 points per game.

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, 4-7, lost of course to Michigan 42-17. Campbell’s wide receivers have contributed to an offense which averages 196 yards per game through the air, which is 97th in the country. They are part of an offense scoring 20 points per game, 105th in the country.

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, 4-6, defeated Army 63-32. Heater’s defense is 31st in the country in sacks, getting to the quarterback 2.5 times per game. They are 85th in scoring defense with opponents averaging 31 points per game.

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.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves, 4-7, finished their season losing to Jackson State 37-11. Alcorn State is 4th in pass defense in the 121 team FCS, allowing 156 yards per game. Here’s a summary of the Jackson State game, with positive remarks about the job Hopson has done at Alcorn State.

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): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. The Tigers are 3-8 following a 51-7 victory over Alabama A&M (Loeffler discusses the win). In the 120 team FBS, Loeffler’s offense is 107th in scoring offense (20 points per game); 109th in sacks allowed (3.2 per game); 111th in passing offense (164 yards per game); and 112th in total offense (318 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 improved to 2-9, defeating Western Michigan 29-23. Hart’s running backs and Anderson’s offensive line have guided EMU to 171 yards per game on the ground, which is 50th in the country. Defensively, the Eagles are last in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game, giving up 269 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.

Source for all NCAA statistics is the NCAA; and the NAIA for NAIA statistics.

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Week 11 Results Wolverine Coaching Connection – College Edition

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football action from the weekend, from the perspective of the University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connection. Former Michigan football players and assistant coaches are roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs.

For more on Wolverine-related coaching trees, Fergodsakes.com has them here.

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, 8-2, defeated then BCS #21 Mississippi State 37-17. Ranked 7th in the BCS, LSU is among the top five defenses in the country in passing yards allowed, pass efficiency defense, and total yards allowed.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, ranked 19th in the BCS, suffered their first defeat of the season, losing to Syracuse 45-26. At 9-1, Bedford’s defense is 36th in the country in total defense (356 yards per game); and 46th in scoring defense, allowing 25 points per game. They have also contributed to the Cardinals being 22nd in the country in turnover margin, at +0.7 per game. With its first loss of the season comes the criticism directed toward Bedford.

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 Temple 34-10 and are 7-2 on the season. Manning’s running backs are averaging 227 yards per game, good for 16th in the country, and have contributed to an offense which has scored 34 points per game, which is 35th in the nation. Stripling’s defensive line has helped the Bearcats hold opponents to 129 yards per game on the ground, 26th in the nation. In addition, Cincinnati is 21st in the land in scoring defense (19 points per game); and is tied for 32nd in sacks (2.4 per game).

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The Wildcats, 7-3, of course lost to Michigan 38-31 in overtime. Hankwitz’s defense is 24th in the nation in rushing yards allowed (123 yards per game) and tied for 41st in scoring defense (24 points per game).

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers, 6-4, lost to Florida Atlantic 37-28. Sheridan has helped guide an offense which is 18th in the country in passing efficiency. Western Kentucky has averaged 215 passing yards per game, 80th 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 – Dews as WR Coach; Gibson as Safeties Coach; McGee as O Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The Wildcats, 6-4, defeated Colorado 56-31. They are 6th in the nation in total offense (526 yards per game), 14th in passing offense (311 yards per game), and 20th in scoring offense (38 points per game). Defensively, Arizona is 103rd in scoring defense, allowing 35 points per game; 116th in total defense, allowing opponents to pass for 305 yards per game; and 117th in total defense, allowing 492 yards per game.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs, 5-5, lost to Wofford in overtime, 16-13. Out of 121 teams in FCS, Braithwaite’s safeties have contributed to a defense which is 6th in passing defense (allowing 153 yards per game); 11th in total defense (allowing 302 yards per game); and 22nd in scoring defense (allowing 21 points per game). Additionally, Chattanooga is 16th in turnover margin at +0.7 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, 5-5, defeated then BCS #9 Louisville 45-26. Shafer’s defense, with Morrison’s linebackers, are 19th in the nation in tackles for loss, averaging 7.1 per game. They are 50th in total defense, allowing 378 yards per game; and 57th in scoring defense, allowing 26 points per game. Wheatley’s running backs are averaging 168 yards per game, 55th in the country, and are part of a unit averaging 470 total yards per game, 24th in the country.

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 fell to 4-6, getting thrashed by Wisconsin 62-14. Mallory’s defense is 17th in the country in tackles-for-loss, averaging 7.3 per game, and 35th in sacks, averaging 2.4 per game. They are 28th in pass defense, allowing 202 passing yards per game, and 91st in scoring defense (32 points per game). They are also 118th in rush defense, allowing 244 yards per game. Frey’s offensive line has contributed to a run game which averages 138 yards per game, 83rd in the country. The Hoosiers are 44th in the country in scoring offense, averaging 31 points per game.

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, 4-6, lost to Purdue 27-24. Campbell’s wide receivers have contributed to an offense which averages 198 yards per game through the air, which is 94th in the country. They are part of an offense scoring 21 points per game, 102nd in the country.

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 8th in NAIA in 4th down conversions, earning a first down at a 65% rate in such situations.

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 with a heart-breaking 32-31 loss to Ferris State, finishing 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, 3-6, lost to Cincinnati 34-10. Heater’s defense is tied for 32nd in the country in sacks, getting to the quarterback 2.4 times per game. They are 85th in scoring defense with opponents averaging 30 points per game.

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.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves, 4-6, defeated Texas Southern 34-24. Alcorn State is 10th in pass defense in the 121 team FCS, allowing 162 yards per game.

Anthony Thomas (running back 1997-2000): Now Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator 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 with a record of 3-8 after a 23-16 lost to Concord. Of 158 teams in Division II, West Virginia Wesleyan is 1st in tackles for loss (11.1 per game); tied for 6th in sacks (3.2 per game); and 6th in punt returns (18 yards per return).

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. The Tigers fell to 2-8, losing to Georgia 38-0. In the 120 team FBS, Loeffler’s offense is in the bottom 10 in scoring offense (17 points per game); total offense (299 yards per game); passing offense (164 yards per game); and sacks allowed (3.3 per game). Despite the shutout, Auburn may have found a quarterback.

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 fell to 1-9, losing to the Central Michigan 34-31. Hart’s running backs and Anderson’s offensive line have guided EMU to 167 yards per game on the ground, which is 56th in the country. Defensively, the Eagles are last in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game, giving up 284 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.

Source for all NCAA statistics is the NCAA; and the NAIA for NAIA statistics.

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Two Former Wolverine Assistant Coaches in Top Ten in BCS

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football action from the weekend, from the perspective of the University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connection. Former Michigan players and assistant coaches are roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs. For more on Wolverine-related coaching trees, Fergodsakes.com has them here.

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, 7-2, lost to #1 Alabama 21-17. Ranked 7th in the BCS, LSU is among the top five defenses in the country in passing yards allowed, pass efficiency defense, and total yards allowed.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, ranked 9th in the BCS, are 9-0 after defeating Temple 45-17. Bedford’s defense is 19th in the land in pass defense, allowing 189 yards per game; 29th in the country in total defense (337 yards per game); and 35th in scoring defense, allowing 22 points per game. They have also contributed to the Cardinals being 14th in the country in turnover margin, at +1.0 per game. In the Huddle recaps the win over Temple.

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 Syracuse 35-24 and are 6-2 on the season. Manning’s running backs are averaging 227 yards per game, good for 16th in the country, and have contributed to an offense which has scored 34 points per game, which is 35th in the nation. Stripling’s defensive line has helped the Bearcats hold opponents to 130 yards per game on the ground, 30th in the nation. In addition, Cincinnati is 19th in sacks (2.75 per game) and 24th in the country in scoring defense (20 points per game).

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers, 6-3, lost to Middle Tennessee 34-29. Sheridan has helped guide an offense which is 15th in the country in passing efficiency. Western Kentucky has averaged 220 passing yards per game, 76th 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 – Dews as WR Coach; Gibson as Safeties Coach; McGee as O Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The Wildcats, 5-4, were trounced by UCLA 66-10. They are 8th in the nation in passing offense (330 yards per game), 10th in total offense (521 yards per game), and 29th in scoring offense (36 points per game). Defensively, Arizona is 105th in scoring defense, allowing 35 points per game; 117th in passing defense, allowing opponents to pass for 315 yards per game; and 118th in total defense, allowing 498 yards per game.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs, 5-4, defeated Western Carolina 45-24. Out of 121 teams in FCS, Braithwaite’s safeties have contributed to a defense which is 13th in passing defense (allowing 166 yards per game); 17th in total defense (allowing 308 yards per game); and 29th in scoring defense (allowing 21 points per game). Additionally, Chattanooga is 13th in turnover margin at +0.78 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 improved to 4-5, beating Iowa 24-21. Mallory’s defense is 9th in the country in tackles-for-loss, averaging 7.4 per game, and 33rd in sacks, averaging 2.4 per game. They are 46th in pass defense, allowing 220 passing yards per game, and 75th in scoring defense (29 points per game). Frey’s offensive line has contributed to a run game which averages 147 yards per game, 77th in the country. The Hoosiers are 43rd in the country in scoring offense, averaging 33 points 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, 4-5, lost to Cincinnati 35-24. Shafer’s defense, with Morrison’s linebackers, are 9th in the nation in tackles for loss, averaging 7.4 per game. They are tied for 40th in passing defense, allowing 209 yards per game through the air. Wheatley’s running backs are averaging 156 yards per game, 72nd in the country, and are part of a unit averaging 464 total yards per game, 26th in the country.

Erik Campbell (wide receiver 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The Hawkeyes, 4-5, lost to Indiana 24-21. Campbell’s wide receivers have contributed to an offense which averages 198 yards per game through the air, which is 95th in the country. They are part of an offense scoring 20 points per game, 103rd in the country.

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 defeated Waldorf (Iowa) 31-21 and finished their season 4-6. Siena Heights is 7th in NAIA in 4th down conversions, earning a first down at a 65% rate in such situations. Here’s a recap on Saturday’s victory.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Wildcats are 4-6, defeating Saginaw Valley State 33-28 after trailing by 12 points in the 4th quarter. Knight’s wide receivers are averaging 181 yards per game in receptions, which is 115th among the 158 teams in Division II.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. The Owls, 3-5, lost to then #10 Louisville 45-17. Heater’s defense is 31st in the country in sacks, getting to the quarterback 2.5 times per game. They are 80th in scoring defense with opponents averaging 30 points per game.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. A club team, the Patriots lost to Radford 42-18 and finished their season at 3-5.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves, 3-6, lost to Mississippi Valley State 33-9. Alcorn State is 10th in pass defense in the 121 team FCS, allowing 161 yards per game.

Anthony Thomas (running back 1997-2000): Now Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator 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 are 3-7 after losing to Charleston 28-23. Of 158 teams in Division II, West Virginia Wesleyan is 1st in tackles for loss (11.3 per game), and 3rd in sacks (3.3 per game).

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. Loeffler and the offense exploded this week, defeating New Mexico State 42-7. The Tigers improved to 2-7 with the victory. In the 120 team FBS, Loeffler’s offense is 109th in scoring offense (19 points per game) and 113th in total offense (305 yards per game).

Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001); Mike Hart (running back 2004-07); 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 fell to 1-8, losing to the Bobcats of Ohio 45-14. Hart’s running backs and Anderson’s offensive line have guided EMU to 152 yards per game on the ground, which is 74th in the country. Defensively, the Eagles are last in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game, giving up 303 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.

Source for all NCAA statistics is the NCAA; and the NAIA for NAIA statistics.

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Week 9 Results Wolverine Coaching Connection

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football action from the weekend, from the perspective of the University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connection. Former Michigan players and assistant coaches are roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs. For more on Wolverine-related coaching trees, Fergodsakes.com has them here.

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, 7-1, had a bye week. Ranked 5th in the BCS, LSU is among the top ten defenses in the country in passing yards allowed, pass efficiency defense, total defense, tackles for loss, rushing defense, and scoring defense. They are also ninth in turnover margin.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, ranked 10th in the BCS, are 8-0 after defeating Cincinnati in overtime 34-31. Bedford’s defense is 31st in the land in total defense, allowing 341 yards per game; 36th in the country in rushing defense (135 yards per game); and 41st in scoring defense, allowing 23 points per game.

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 – Dews as WR Coach; Gibson as Safeties Coach; McGee as O Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The Wildcats, 5-3, upset then-BCS #9 USC 39-36, and are now #22 in the BCS. They are 4th in the nation in passing offense (354 yards per game), 4th in total offense (554 yards per game), and 20th in scoring offense (39 points per game). Defensively, Arizona is 110th in total defense, allowing 484 yards per game, and 117th in passing defense, allowing opponents to pass for 316 yards per game. Despite being in the bottom ten in those yardage categories, Arizona is 89th in scoring defense, with opponents scoring 31 point per game.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers, 6-2, defeated FIU 14-6. Sheridan has helped guide an offense which is 14th in the country in passing efficiency. Western Kentucky has averaged 212 passing yards per game, 81st in the nation.

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 lost to then-BCS #16 Louisville 34-31 in overtime and are 5-2 on the season. Manning’s running backs are averaging 221 yards per game, good for 19th in the country, and have contributed to an offense which has scored 34 points per game, which is 36th in the nation. Stripling’s defensive line has helped the Bearcats to 23rd in the country in scoring defense (19 points per game) and is 12th in sacks (3 per game)

Erik Campbell (wide receiver 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The Hawkeyes, 4-4, lost to Northwestern 28-17. Campbell’s wide receivers have contributed to an offense which averages 192 yards per game through the air, which is tied for 98th in the country. They are part of an offense scoring 20 points per game, 105th in the country.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs, 4-4, fell to Georgia Southern 39-31 in triple overtime. Out of 121 teams in FCS, Braithwaite’s safeties have contributed to a defense which is 13th in total defense (allowing 311 yards per game), 13th in passing defense (allowing 165 yards per game), and 29th in scoring defense (allowing 21 points per game).

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. The Owls, 3-4, lost to Pitt 47-17. Heater’s defense is 26th in the country in sacks, getting to the quarterback 2.6 times per game. They are 66th in scoring defense with opponents averaging 28 points 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, 4-4, defeated USF 37-36, storming back from a 23-3 halftime deficit. Shafer’s defense, with Morrison’s linebackers, are 11th in the nation in tackles for loss, averaging 7.5 per game. They are 39th in passing defense, allowing 209 yards per game through the air. Wheatley’s running backs are averaging 151 yards per game, 75th in the country, and are part of a unit averaging 462 total yards per game, 24th in the country.

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 improved to 3-5, beating Illinois 31-17. Mallory’s defense is 11th in the country in tackles-for-loss, averaging 7.5 per game, and 31st in sacks, averaging 2.5 per game. They are 47th in pass defense, allowing 216 passing yards per game, and 79th in scoring defense (30 points per game). Frey’s offensive line has contributed to a run game which averages 157 yards per game, good for 71st in the country. The Hoosiers are 35th in the country in scoring offense, averaging 34 points per game.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves, 3-5, had a bye this week. Alcorn State is 18th in pass defense in the 121 team FCS, allowing 173 yards 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 are 3-6 after losing to 7th ranked St. Francis 31-7. Siena Heights is 9th in NAIA in 4th down conversions, earning a first down at a 63% rate in such situations. Lyall discusses the St. Francis game.

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 3-4 after defeating Longwood University 28-21.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Wildcats are 3-6 after defeating Northwood 21-13. Knight’s wide receivers are averaging 189 yards per game in receptions, which is 107th among the 158 teams in Division II.

Anthony Thomas (running back 1997-2000): Now Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator 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 are 3-6 after a win over West Virginia State 42-14. Of 158 teams in Division II, West Virginia Wesleyan is 1st in tackles for loss (11.8 per game), and 3rd in sacks (3.6 per game).

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. Loeffler and the offense are feeling the heat in Auburn. The Tigers dropped to 1-7 after a 63-21 blowout loss to Texas A&M. In the 120 team FBS, Loeffler’s offense is 120th in total offense (284 yards per game) and 119th in scoring offense (16 points per game). Here’s Loeffler talking about the latest performance.

Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001); Mike Hart (running back 2004-07); 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 fell to 1-7, losing to Bowling Green 24-3. Hart’s running backs and Anderson’s offensive line have guided EMU to 151 yards per game on the ground, which is 76th in the country. Defensively, the Eagles are last in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game, giving up 302 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.

Source for all NCAA statistics is the NCAA; and the NAIA for NAIA statistics.

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Week 8 College Football Wolverine Coaching Connection

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football action from the weekend, from the perspective of the University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connection. Former Michigan players and assistant coaches are roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs. For more on Wolverine-related coaching trees, Fergodsakes.com has them here.

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 defeated Texas A&M and are now 7-1 on the season. Ranked 6th in the BCS, LSU is among the top ten defenses in the country in passing yards allowed, pass efficiency defense, total defense, tackles for loss, rushing defense, and scoring defense.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, ranked 16th in the BCS, are now 7-0 after defeating USF 27-25. Bedford’s defense is 31st in the land in total defense, allowing 339 yards per game; 34th in the country in rushing defense (126 yards per game); and 36th in scoring defense, allowing 22 points per game. In the Huddle has more on the Louisville season.

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 lost their first game of the season, 29-23 to Toledo, and are 5-1 on the season. Manning’s running backs are averaging 226 yards per game, good for 16th in the country, and have contributed to an offense which has scored 35 points per game, which is 36th in the nation. Stripling’s defensive line has helped the Bearcats to 20th in the country in scoring defense (17 points per game) and is 12th in sacks (3 per game)

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers, 5-2, lost in overtime to Louisiana-Monroe 43-42. Sheridan has helped guide an offense which is 11th in the country in passing efficiency. Western Kentucky has averaged 224 passing yards per game, good for 71st in the nation.

Erik Campbell (wide receiver 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The Hawkeyes, 4-3, lost to Penn State 38-14. Campbell’s wide receivers have contributed to an offense which averages 189 yards per game through the air, which is tied for 101st in the country.

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 – Dews as WR Coach; Gibson as Safeties Coach; McGee as O Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The Wildcats, 4-3, defeated Washington 52-17. They are 5th in the nation in passing offense (352 yards per game), 5th in total offense (549 yards per game), and 20th in scoring offense (39 points per game). Defensively, Arizona is 104th in total defense, allowing 465 yards per game, and 111th in passing defense, allowing opponents to pass for 291 yards per game.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs, 4-3, defeated Samford 20-13. Out of 121 teams in FCS, Braithwaite’s safeties have contributed to a defense which is 7th in total defense (allowing 294 yards per game), 14th in scoring defense (allowing 18 points per game), and 17th in rushing defense (allowing 113 yards per game).

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. The Owls lost to Rutgers 35-10 and are 3-3 on the season. Heater’s defense is 19th in the country in sacks, getting to the quarterback 2.8 times per game. They are 51st in scoring defense with opponents averaging 25 points per game. The Owl defense has contributed to a team which is 29th in the country in turnover margin (+0.8 per game).

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94); Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008): Syracuse University. Wheatley in Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. The Orange, 3-4, defeated UConn 40-10. Shafer’s defense, with Morrison’s linebackers, are 8th in the nation in tackles for loss, averaging 7.9 per game. They are 24th in rushing defense, 26th in total defense, and 45th in scoring defense. Wheatley’s running backs are averaging 145 yards per game, 80th in the country.

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 are 3-5 after losing to 10th ranked Grandview 37-25. Siena Heights is 12th in NAIA in 4th down conversions, earning a first down at a 61% clip in such situations.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves lost to Prairie View A&M 52-37 to fall to 3-5 on the season. Alcorn State is 14th in pass defense in the 121 team FCS, allowing 171 yards per game.

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 2-4 after falling to Maryland-Eastern Shore 18-0.

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 fell to 2-5, losing to Navy 31-30. Mallory’s defense is 28th in the country in tackles-for-loss, averaging 6.9 per game. They are 90th in scoring defense (32 points per game) and 97th in total defense, giving up 448 yards per game. Frey’s offensive line has contributed to a run game which averages 162 yards per game, good for 63rd in the country. The Hoosiers are 35th in the country in scoring offense, averaging 35 points per game.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Wildcats are 2-6 after losing to Wayne State 38-31. Knight’s wide receivers are averaging 190 yards per game in receptions, which is 103rd among the 158 teams in Division II.

Anthony Thomas (running back 1997-2000): Now Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator 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 fell to 2-6, losing 28-21 to Glenville St. Of 158 teams in Division II, West Virginia Wesleyan is 1st in tackles for loss (11.3 per game), and 3rd in sacks (3.8 per game).

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. Loeffler and the offense are feeling the heat in Auburn. The Tigers dropped to 1-6 after a 17-13 loss to Vanderbilt. In the 120 team FBS, Loeffler’s offense is 119th in total offense (277 yards per game) and 118th in scoring offense (16 points per game). The latest in Auburn’s offensive woes.

Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001); Mike Hart (running back 2004-07); 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 got their first win of the season, 48-38 over Army, and are 1-6. Hart’s running backs and Anderson’s offensive line have guided EMU to 163 yards per game on the ground, which is 61st in the country. Defensively, the Eagles are last in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game, giving up 313 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.

Source for all NCAA statistics is the NCAA; and the NAIA for NAIA statistics.

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College Season Midway Point – Wolverine Coaching Connections

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football action from the weekend, from the perspective of the University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connection. Former Michigan players and assistant coaches are roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs. For more on Wolverine-related coaching trees, Fergodsakes.com has them here.

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 defeated #3 South Carolina 23-21 and are now 6-1 on the season. Ranked 6th in the BCS, LSU is among the top ten defenses in the country in passing yards allowed, pass efficiency defense, total defense, tackles for loss, and scoring defense.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, ranked 16th in the BCS, are now 6-0 after defeating Pitt 45-35. Bedford’s defense is 24th in the land in total defense, allowing 331 yards per game; 26th in the country in rushing defense (114 yards per game); and is 34th in scoring defense, allowing 21 points 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 improved to 5-0 on the season, defeating Fordham 49-17 and are now ranked 21st in the BCS. Manning’s running backs are averaging 221 yards per game, good for 23rd in the country, and have contributed to an offense which has scored 37 points per game, which is 27th in the nation. Stripling’s defensive line has helped the Bearcats to 10th in the country in scoring defense (14 points per game) and is tied for 14th in sacks (3 per game)

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers, 5-1, defeated Troy 31-26 on Thursday night. Sheridan has helped guide an offense which is 17th in the country in passing efficiency. Western Kentucky has averaged 210 passing yards per game, good for 83rd in the nation.

Erik Campbell (wide receiver 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The Hawkeyes, 4-2, defeated Michigan State in double overtime, 19-16. Campbell’s wide receivers have contributed to an offense which averages 189 yards per game through the air, which is 99th in the country.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. The Owls defeated UConn 17-14 in overtime and are 3-2 on the season. Heater’s defense is 10th in the country in sacks, getting to the quarterback 3.2 times per game. They are 42nd in scoring defense with opponents averaging 22 points per game. The Owl defense has contributed to a team which is 12th in the country in turnover margin (+1.2 per game).

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 – Dews as WR Coach; Gibson as Safeties Coach; McGee as O Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The Wildcats, 3-3, had a bye week. They are 5th in the nation in passing offense, 4th in total offense, and 27th in scoring offense. Defensively, Arizona is 107th in sacks, 110th in total defense, and 114th in passing defense (out of 120 teams in FCS).

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs, 3-3, defeated Furman 31-10.

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 are 3-4 after losing to defending national champion and 6th ranked St. Xavier 45-7. Siena Heights is 24th in NAIA in total rushing offense. Lyall talks about the St. Xavier loss here.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves defeated Alabama A&M 21-20 to improve to 3-4 on the season.

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 2-3 after falling to Coppin State 51-6.

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 fell to 2-4, dropping a tough one to the Buckeyes 52-49. Mallory’s defense is 19th in the country in tackles-for-loss, averaging 7.5 per game. They are 92nd in scoring defense (32 points per game) and 103rd in total defense, giving up 464 yards per game. Frey’s offensive line has contributed to a run game which averages 160 yards per game, good for 71st in the country. The Hoosiers are 32nd in the country in scoring offense, averaging 36 points per game.

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94); Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008): Syracuse University. Wheatley in Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. The Orange, 2-4, fell to Rutgers 23-15. Shafer’s defense, with Morrison’s linebackers, are 11th in the nation in tackles for loss, averaging 7.8 per game. Wheatley’s running backs are averaging 128 yards per game, 92nd in the country. Before the Rutgers game, Wheatley talked about his running backs.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Wildcats are 2-5 after defeating Grand Valley State 38-10. Knight’s wide receivers are averaging 184 yards per game in receptions, which is 107th among the 158 teams in Division II.

Anthony Thomas (running back 1997-2000): Now Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator 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 fell to 2-5, losing 49-32 to Fairmont St. Of 158 teams in Division II, West Virginia Wesleyan is 2nd in sacks (4.1 per game) and 2nd in tackles for loss (11.1 per game).

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. Loeffler and the offense are feeling the heat in Auburn. The Tigers dropped to 1-5 after a 41-20 loss to Ole Miss. Loeffler discusses the latest setback. Loeffler’s offense is in the bottom 10% in the country in scoring offense, total offense, sacks allowed, passing efficiency offense, and passing yards per game. Ever wonder what the worst team in the country in turnover margin would look like? The 2012 Auburn Tigers are last, with a turnover margin of minus 2.17 turnovers per game.

Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001); Mike Hart (running back 2004-07); 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 fell to 0-6 after losing to Toledo 52-47. Hart’s running backs and Anderson’s offensive line have guided EMU to 156 yards per game on the ground, which is 74th in the country. Defensively, the Eagles are last in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game, giving up 297 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.

Source for all NCAA statistics is the NCAA; and the NAIA for NAIA statistics.

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football action from the weekend, from the perspective of the University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connection. Former Michigan players and assistant coaches are roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs. For more on Wolverine-related coaching trees, Fergodsakes.com has them here.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, ranked 18th in the country by AP, remain 5-0 after a bye week. Bedford’s defense is 24th in the land in total defense, allowing 321 yards per game, and is 27th in scoring defense, allowing 19 points 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 improved to 4-0 on the season, defeating the Miami Redhawks 52-14, and are now ranked 21st in the country by AP. Manning’s running backs are averaging 223 yards per game, good for 22nd in the country, and have contributed to an offense which has scored 34 points per game, which is 36th in the nation.

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 lost to Florida 14-6 and fell to 5-1 on the season. Now ranked 9th in the country by AP, LSU is among the top ten defenses in the country in passing yards allowed, pass efficiency defense, total defense, tackles for loss, and scoring defense.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers, 4-1, had a bye week. Sheridan has helped guide an offense which is 18th in the country in passing efficiency. Western Kentucky has averaged 201 passing yards per game, good for 92nd in the nation. They are tied for 17th in the country in 3rd down efficiency, converting 3rd downs to 1st downs at a 50% clip.

Erik Campbell (wide receiver 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The Hawkeyes, 3-2, had a bye this week. Campbell’s wide receivers have contributed to an offense which averages 200 yards per game through the air, which is 93rd in the country.

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 lost a 3OT game for the second time this season, this time falling to Olivet Nazarene 20-14. The Soo Evening News has a writeup of the game. Siena Heights, now 3-3 and ranked 42nd in the NAIA, is in the top 30 in NAIA statistics in rushing defense, rushing offense, and scoring defense.

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 – Dews as WR Coach; Gibson as Safeties Coach; McGee as O Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The Wildcats fell to 3-3, losing in overtime to Stanford 54-48. They are 4th in the nation in passing offense, 6th in total offense, and 29th in scoring offense. Defensively, Arizona is 104th in sacks, 111th in total defense, and 112th in passing defense (out of 120 teams in FCS).

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. The Owls defeated South Florida 37-26 and are 2-2 on the season. Heater’s defense is 32nd in the country in sacks, getting to the quarterback 2.5 times per game. They are 54th in scoring defense with opponents averaging 25 points per game. The Owl defense has contributed to a team which is 10th in the country in turnover margin (+1.75 per game).

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 2-2 after defeating Williamson Tech 34-21.

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 fell to 2-3, dropping a tough one to MSU 31-27. Mallory’s defense is 30th in the country in tackles-for-loss, averaging 7 per game. They are 75th in scoring defense (28 points per game) and 94th in total defense, giving up 444 yards per game. Frey’s offensive line has contributed to a run game which averages 168 yards per game, good for 61st in the country.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs, 2-3, had a bye this week. In FCS, Braithwaite’s safeties have helped the defense to rank 30th in scoring defense (allowing 21 points per game) and 31st in pass defense (allowing 179 yards per game).

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94); Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008): Syracuse University. Wheatley in Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. The Orange, 2-3, defeated Pitt 14-13 on Friday night. Shafer’s defense, with Morrison’s linebackers, are 20th in the nation in both sacks and tackles for loss, averaging 3 and 7.6 per game, respectively. Wheatley’s running backs are averaging 141 yards per game, 83rd in the country.

Anthony Thomas (running back 1997-2000): Now Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator 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 fell to 2-4, losing 37-6 to Shepherd. Of 158 teams in Division II, West Virginia Wesleyan is 3rd in sacks (4.33 per game) and 2nd in tackles for loss (11 per game).

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves defeated Southern 20-17 to improve to 2-4 on the season. Alcorn State’s defense is 10th in FCS in passing yards allowed, giving up 152 yards per game through the air.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. Auburn is, in a word, struggling. The Tigers dropped to 1-4 after a 24-7 loss to Arkansas. Loeffler’s offense is in the bottom 10% in the country in scoring offense, total offense, sacks allowed, passing efficiency offense, and passing yards per game. The Montgomery Advertiser reviews Auburn’s offense in more depth.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Wildcats are 1-5 after losing to Michigan Tech 41-17. Knight’s wide receivers are averaging 171 yards per game in receptions, which is 120th among the 158 teams in Division II.

Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001); Mike Hart (running back 2004-07); 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 fell to 0-5 after losing to Kent State 41-14. Hart’s running backs and Anderson’s offensive line have guided EMU to 122 yards per game on the ground, which is 102nd in the country. Defensively, the Eagles are last in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game, giving up 305 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.

Source for all NCAA statistics is the NCAA; and the NAIA for NAIA statistics.

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Some Undefeated Wolverines Coaching in NCAA

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football action from the weekend, from the perspective of the University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connection. Roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs are former Michigan players and assistant coaches. For more on Wolverine-related coaching trees, Fergodsakes.com has them here.

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 defeated Towson 38-22 and are 5-0 on the season, ranked 4th in the country according to the AP. LSU’s defense is in the top ten in the country in total defense, passing efficiency defense, rushing defense, and points allowed.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. Louisville is ranked #16 in the country by USA Today after defeating Southern Mississippi 21-17 to improve to 5-0. Bedford’s defense is 30th in the country in points allowed, with the Cardinals giving up an average of 19 points 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 had a last-second 27-24 victory over Virginia Tech to improve to 3-0 on the season. Manning’s running backs are 31st in the nation, averaging 207 yards per game. Stripling’s defensive line has held opponents to 136 rushing yards per game, 47th in the country, while getting after the quarterback enough to be 18th in the country in sacks.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers are 4-1 after defeating Arkansas State 26-13. Sheridan has the WKU quarterbacks at 25th in the country in passing efficiency.

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 improved to 3-2 after defeating Taylor 28-14. Now ranked #32 in the nation in NAIA, Siena Heights in 23rd in NAIA in defending the run, and 24th in rushing the ball.

Erik Campbell (wide receiver 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The Hawkeyes defeated Minnesota 31-13 and stand 3-2 on the season. Hawkeye blog Black Heart Gold Pants has the summary of Iowa’s victory. Campbell’s wide receivers are 95th in the country, hauling in an average of 200 yards receiving per game.

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 – Dews as WR Coach; Gibson as Safeties Coach; McGee as O Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The Wildcats lost a tough one to Oregon State 38-35 and are 3-2 for the season. Arizona is 9th in the nation in passing offense, and 10th in total offense.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University

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 to Northwestern 44-29 and are 2-2 on the season. Mallory’s defense is 25th in the nation in tackles-for-loss, averaging 7.25 per game. Offensively, Frey’s offensive line is contributing to a team that is 35th in the country in rushing offense, averaging 199 yards per game.

Anthony Thomas (running back 1997-2000): Now Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator for the Division II West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats. A senior on Team 115, Thomas left Michigan as the all-time leading rusher in program history. The Bobcats defeated Urbana 33-21 and are 2-3 on the season.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs defeated The Citadel 28-10 to improve to 2-3 on the season. Braithwaite’s safeties have contributed to a defense that is 23rd in FCS in total defense, allowing 315 yards per game.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. Temple, 1-2, had its second bye week of the young season. Heater’s defense is 30th in the nation in sacks, averaging 2.7 per game.

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94); Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008): Syracuse University. Wheatley in Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. The Orange, 1-3, had a bye this week. Wheatley’s running backs are 81st in the country in rushing yards per game (146), and have contributed to a unit which is 10th in the nation in passing yardage and 27th in the country in total offense.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. Auburn, 1-3, had a bye this week. Loeffler’s offense is 114th in the country in points scored, averaging 18 points per game.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves lost to Alabama State 54-14 to fall to 1-4 for the season.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Wildcats are 1-4 after losing to Hillsdale 44-6. Knight’s wide receivers have averaged 171 receiving yards per game, good for 120th in Division II.

Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001); Mike Hart (running back 2004-07); 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 are 0-4 and had a bye this past weekend. The running game for EMU with Anderson the OL Coach and Hart the RB Coach is 95th in the country, averaging 126 yards per game. Ever wonder what the statistically worst rushing defense in the country looks like? Eastern has the dubious honor of being last in the nation, giving up an average of 302 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.

Source for all NCAA statistics is the NCAA; and the NAIA for NAIA statistics.

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Wolverine Coaching Connection College Football Review Week 4

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football action from the weekend, from the perspective of the University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connection. Roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs are former Michigan players and assistant coaches. Here’s how their teams are doing this season. For more on Wolverine-related coaching trees, Fergodsakes.com has them here.

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 #3 ranked Tigers defeated Auburn 12-10 and are 4-0 on the year. Defensively, LSU is tied for 2nd in the country in interceptions; 3rd in rushing defense; 4th in total defense; and 8th in scoring defense, passing defense, and tackles for loss. Offensively the Tigers are 16th in rushing offense and 20th in scoring offense.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. Louisville is off to a 4-0 start and is ranked 17th in the country after defeating FIU 28-21. Bedford has the rush defense at 16th in the country, allowing 92 yards per game.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers are 3-1 after defeating Southern Mississippi 42-17. Sheridan’s quarterbacks are 46th in the country in pass efficiency and have helped lead WKU to be tied for 14th nationally in 3rd down conversions.

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 2-2 Saints had a bye this past weekend.

Erik Campbell (wide receiver 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The 2-2 Hawkeyes were upset by CMU, losing on a last-second field goal 32-31. With Campbell’s wide receivers, Iowa is 91st in the country in passing offense, averaging 202 yards per game through the air.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. Temple is 1-2 after falling to Penn State 24-13. Heater’s defense has helped the Owls to a turnover margin of 1.3 per game, good for 16th in the country. Temple is 31st in sacks with 2.7 per game.

Anthony Thomas (running back 1991-94): Now Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator for the Division II West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats. A senior on Team 115, Thomas left Michigan as the all-time leading rusher in program history. The Bobcats are 1-3 after earning their first win of the season, defeating Seton Hill, yes Hill, 41-17.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Wildcats fell to 1-3, losing to Ashland 42-13. NMU is 98th in Division II in passing, with Knight’s receivers pulling in 195 yards per game.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs are 1-3 after losing to Appalachian State – yes, the Mountaineers – 34-17. Braithwaite has helped guide the defense to 19th overall in FCS in total defense, allowing 305 yards per game.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. The Tigers lost to LSU 12-10 and are now 1-3 on the season. Loeffler’s offense is 73rd in rushing offense in the country, and 113th in total offense.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves fell to 1-3 after being thrashed by Arkansas State 56-0. Defensively, Alcorn State is 40th in FCS in pass defense, allowing 178 yards per game.

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94); Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008): Syracuse University. Wheatley in Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. Syracuse lost to Minnesota 17-10 and is 1-3 on the season. Morrison’s linebackers have helped Shafer’s defense to be 26th in the nation in pass defense and tied for 31st in tackles for loss. Wheatley’s running backs are averaging 146 yards per game, which is 82nd nationally.

Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001); Mike Hart (running back 2004-07); 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. EMU is 0-4 on the year after a 23-7 loss to Michigan State. With Hart coaching the running backs and Anderson the offensive line, the Eagles running game is 90th in the country at 126 yards per game. Defensively, Eastern is 33rd in the nation in pass defense, allowing 192 yards per game.

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 – Dews as WR Coach; Gibson as Safeties Coach; McGee as O Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The Wildcats were thrashed by Oregon 49-0 and are 3-1 on the season. Despite being shut out against the Ducks, Arizona is still 11th in the country in passing offense and 12th in total offense.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University

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 had a bye this past weekend. They’ve only played 2 games, and are 2-0.

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 2-1 Hoosiers had a bye week.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator. The 49ers will begin play in 2013.

Source for all NCAA statistics is the NCAA; and the NAIA for NAIA statistics.

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