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 2-0 Sooners are #4 in the land according to AP. Montgomery’s defensive line has contributed to a unit which has given up 11.5 points per game, 14th in the country.
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, 2-0 and ranked #10 by the AP, rank 1st in the nation in the following categories: 4th down conversion percentage; number of offensive passes intercepted (0); passing yards per completion (24.45); red zone offense; and team passing efficiency defense.
Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame.
The Irish, 2-0, are now ranked 11th in the land after their 31-0 pasting of Michigan. Elston’s defensive line has contributed to a unit giving up 8.5 points per game, 6th in the nation.
Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his second season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The 2-0 Hokies are now ranked 17th in the AP following their 35-21 win at Ohio State. Loeffler’s offense is 1st in the country in red zone offense; 16th in the nation in completion percentage (0.701); and 17th in the country in 3rd down conversion percentage (0.531).
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, 2-0, is averaging 288 rushing yards per game, 17th in the country.
Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee, 2-0. Stripling’s defensive line has contributed to a unit which has given up 13 points per game, 21st in the nation.
Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator.
In their second season in program history, the 49ers are now 2-0 on the season.
Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is in his second season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Herd are 2-0 after defeating Rhode Island 48-7. Heater’s defense is 3rd in the land in tackles for loss, with 10 on the season.
Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his second season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse, 1-0, had a bye this week.
Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10):
Doug Mallory is now Defensive Coordinator for the Hoosiers, and Frey is the OL Coach.
Indiana, 1-0, had a bye week.
Adam Stenavich (offensive line 2001-05): Now in his first season as Offensive Line Coach for Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks, 1-1, are ranked # 22 in FCS. Stenavich’s offensive line has helped Northern Arizona to 125 rushing yards per game, 74th in FCS.
Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Now Defensive Coordinator, San Jose State University. The Spartans are 1-1 after falling to 5th ranked Auburn 59-13. Robinson’s defense ranks 14th in the nation in fumbles recovered, with three.
Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves are 1-1 following a tough 26-20 loss to Southern Miss. A member of the FCS, Alcorn State is 3rd in the country in rushing yards per game (313); and 7th in rushing yard allowed per game (61).
Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas. The Longhorns fell to 1-1 after losing to BYU. Beford’s defense ranks 2nd in the country in number of passes intercepted (5); and 4th in the nation in both team passing efficiency defense and team sacks (5).
Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia.
The Mountaineers improved to 1-1 after a 54-0 win over Towson. Gibson’s defense ranks 29th in passing yards allowed (165 yards per game).
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 1-1 after the debacle in South Bend. The secondary is contributing to a unit that has given up 199.5 passing yards per game, 87th in the country.
Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73)
Lyall is now Head Coach of the Siena Heights Saints. The Saints are 0-1 after falling to Virginia Union, 12-0.
Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his third season with UT Chattanooga, and his second as Defensive Coordinator. Despite being 0-2, the Mocs are ranked # 12 in the country in the FCS. From the FCS national rankings website:
“The Mocs are an excellent 0-2 team, but they’re 0-2. They have to learn to schedule better, particularly early in the year.”
Braithwaite’s defense is 5th 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 0-2 after falling to Northern Illinois. Hankwitz’s defense is 37th in the nation in interceptions, with two.
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 started the season 0-1 after falling to Northwood 23-13.
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07): A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University. The Broncos, 0-1, had a bye this week.
Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. A club team, the Patriots have not yet started their season.