AU defensive line coach takes job with Tennessee Titans
February 16, 2011 at 11:36 PM EST - Updated June 23 at 10:30 AM
Submitted by Tom Ensey, WSFA.com Web news producer
AUBURN—Auburn defensive line coach Tracy Rocker has accepted a position with the Tennessee Titans to serve as its defensive line coach. A two-time All-American at Auburn, Rocker had been on the Tigers staff the last two seasons.
"The last two years have been an unbelievable experience with the opportunity to coach at my alma mater and help the program win a national championship," Rocker said. It's always been a goal of mine to coach in the NFL and this is a tremendous opportunity that I could not pass up."
While at Auburn, Rocker coached defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who won the Lombardi Award and was named a consensus All-American this past season. Antonio Coleman was a first-team All-SEC pick during Rocker's first season at Auburn.
"I'm very grateful to Coach Chizik, the Auburn administration and the entire Auburn family for what the last two years have meant to me and my family," Rocker said. "I've been fortunate to have a great group of players to coach and mentor, and it is very difficult to leave them. Auburn is a special place because the fans are the greatest in the world. I'm appreciative for all of their support during my time as a player and as a coach."
A native of Atlanta, Rocker's previous college coaching stints included Ole Miss (2008), Arkansas (2003-07), Cincinnati (2002), Troy State (1997-01) and West Alabama (1994-96). Rocker spent two summers working with NFL teams (Indianapolis, 2001; Tampa Bay, 2006) as a part of the NFL's Minority Internship Program.
"We certainly hate to see Tracy leave, but this was an opportunity for him to pursue one of his professional goals." Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said. "We're very appreciative of what he meant to Auburn both as a player and a coach, and we wish Tracy and his family nothing but the best in his new role with the Tennessee Titans. As I've said many times before, I believe we have the best coaching staff in the country and we're fortunate to have kept this staff intact for the last two years."
Rocker was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.