Auburn employed former Tigers defensive lineman Tracy Rocker as line of defense coach for the 2021 season in January. Simply 11 days later, Rocker left Auburn to take the identical place with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Courting again to 2014, Rocker has been the line of defense coach for the Georgia Bulldogs, Tennessee Volunteers, and most not too long ago, the South Carolina Gamecocks. He final coached within the NFL from 2011-13 with the Tennessee Titans.
Following Philadelphia’s Wednesday OTAs, Rocker met with the media for the primary time. He mentioned his choice to depart Auburn for the Eagles.
“The choice is all the time powerful as a result of it’s someplace the place I received my diploma, had an incredible profession there, met lots of nice folks,” Rocker mentioned. “However this is likely one of the final jobs on the market on the highest degree of soccer so it was an easy choice to make.”
The Tigers employed Rocker, 54, away from South Carolina on Jan. 13. After the rent, new Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin opened up on a “big” influence of getting former gamers akin to Rocker aboard the Tigers’ employees.
“I can really feel it within the conversations I had with (operating backs coach) Cadillac (Williams), with (cornerbacks) coach (Zac) Etheridge, with coach Rocker,” Harsin mentioned this previous Thursday on a convention name with former Auburn gamers, in line with Mark Murphy of 247Sports affiliate Auburn Undercover. “You’re feeling that. I do know that as a Boise State (alumnus), I do know the delight of taking part in at Boise State. I do know the delight as a coach, and being a part of that program. I perceive that, I respect that, I embrace that.
“These three specifically, with how they’ve been round our guys, there isn’t a query concerning the delight that they’ve for Auburn soccer. There is no such thing as a query that these guys are going to make an influence with our present gamers now on what it means to be a Tiger — little question about it.”
This was set to be Rocker’s second stint as a line of defense coach at Auburn after doing so initially with the Tigers from 2009-10. The Gamecocks, who fired Will Muschamp after 4 years and not too long ago employed Shane Beamer, retained Rocker on a two-year contract for $525,000 yearly.
Previous to South Carolina, Rocker was Tennessee’s line of defense coach from 2017-19.
“What I like about it’s all people on the defensive employees I’ve identified for some time, simply being within the teaching enterprise,” Rocker said Sept. 8. “I positively get pleasure from it. I just like the camaraderie. We clearly speak soccer, but additionally have amusing and perceive it’s an incredible recreation, whereas typically you might be on totally different staffs and there is not even amusing, so I get pleasure from it.”
Earlier in his profession, he was a line of defense coach on the school degree with West Alabama (1994-96), Troy State (1997-01), Cincinnati (2002), Arkansas (2002), Arkansas (2003-07) and Ole Miss (2009).