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.