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Tracy Rocker

Defensive Line


Tracy Rocker has been named Defensive Line coach.  A 32-year coaching veteran, Rocker returns to the organization after spending the last three seasons (2021-23) as the Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Line coach. 

In 2022, Rocker was a member of an Eagles coaching staff that guided the team to an appearance in Super Bowl LVII.  The second-ranked total defense (301.5 ypg) tied for the third-most sacks (70, tied) in NFL history.  In addition, Philadelphia became the first team to have four different players with double-digit sacks in the same season.

Prior to joining Philadelphia's staff, Rocker spent seven seasons coaching the defensive line in the collegiate ranks, including stints at South Carolina (2020), Tennessee (2017-19) and Georgia (2014-16).  During his 24-year collegiate coaching career which also included stops at his alma mater Auburn (2009-10), Mississippi (2008), Arkansas (2003-07), Cincinnati (2002), Troy State (1997-2001) and West Alabama (1994-96), Rocker mentored numerous NFL Draft picks, including six All-Americans and two national award winners. 

Rocker first entered the NFL coaching scene as a defensive line coach with the Titans from 2011-13.  In 2012, Tennessee produced the 10th-most sacks (39) in the league, while defensive end Derrick Morgan had a breakout year, recording 59 tackles, 23 quarterback hits and 6.5 sacks.  In 2011, Rocker led a young group that included Karl Klug, who ranked first among rookie defensive tackles in sacks (7.0, fourth among NFL defensive tackles), as well as rookie defensive end Jurrell Casey, who registered the most tackles (74) by any Titans defensive lineman that season.

Rocker began his coaching career as the defensive coordinator at Auburn High School from 1992-93.  In addition to his full-time coaching experience, he spent two summers working with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2006) and Indianapolis Colts (2001) as part of the NFL's Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship Program.

Rocker was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004. A two-time All-American defensive tackle at Auburn, he was honored with the Lombardi Award (nation's top college football player) and Outland Trophy (nation's top interior lineman) in 1988, becoming the first player in SEC history to earn both accolades.