Former Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award winner
Tracy Rocker is in his fourth season as Arkansas’ defensive line coach.
Rocker was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame by the National
Football Foundation in December 2004 in New York City, and was inducted into Alabama’s
state Sports Hall of Fame in the summer of 2005.
Last year’s unit at Arkansas was led by tackle Keith Jackson, who earned
second-team All-SEC honors after finishing fourth on the team with 74 tackles.
Arkansas tied for second in the SEC with 33 sacks and was fourth in rushing defense.
His 2004 unit at Arkansas produced 56 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 6.5
sacks from end Jeb Huckeba, and 31 tackles each from nose guard Jeremy Harrell
and end Marcus Harrison. Huckeba was a first-team All-SEC selection and was selected
in the fifth round of the NFL Draft by Seattle.
In his first season with the Razorbacks, UA’s 2003 defensive line helped
the Hogs finish fifth in the Southeastern Conference in total defense, allowing
344.0 yards per game.
Rocker joined Arkansas’ staff after one year at Cincinnati where he helped
the Bearcats win a share of the 2002 Conference USA title.
Prior to his stint at Cincinnati, Rocker spent five seasons as the defensive
line coach at Troy State University in Troy, Ala. While at TSU, three of his players
earned Division I-AA All-America honors, including Al Lucas, who earned the 1999
Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player in Division I-AA. A total of 13
TSU players garnered all-conference accolades under Rocker.
Five of Rocker’s players at TSU went on to sign NFL contracts, including
Marcus Spriggs, who was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round in
A two-time All-American and a three-time All-Southeastern Conference selection
as a player at Auburn, Rocker captured both the Outland Trophy (nation’s
top interior lineman) and the Lombardi Trophy (nation’s top lineman) in
his senior season with the Tigers.
Rocker was also named SEC Player of the Year in his senior season. He finished
his career with 354 tackles, including 21 quarterback sacks and 48 tackles for
During his tenure, Auburn won a pair of league titles. He was voted to the
school’s Team of the Century in 1993.
Rocker went on to play two seasons in the NFL with the Washington Redskins.
He was selected to the NFL All-Rookie team in 1990. He then concluded his playing
career with a one-year stint with the Orlando Thunder in the World Football League.
He returned to Auburn to complete his undergraduate degree in 1992 and began
his coaching career at Auburn (Ala.) High School in the same year. After serving
two seasons as defensive coordinator at the prep school, he spent three years
as a defensive line coach at West Alabama (1994-96).
Rocker also spent part of the summer in 2001 working as an intern with the
Indianapolis Colts. Originally from Atlanta, Ga., Rocker and his wife, Lalitha,
have a son, Kumar (11/22/99).