Rocker’s reputation precedes him

There’s a banner outside of Jordan-Hare Stadium honoring Tracy Rocker’s decorated career at Auburn.

The new Georgia defensive line coach already had quite a reputation to the players he’s working with now for the Bulldogs.

Some were recruited by him when he was on staff at Auburn in 2009 and 2010.

“Everybody pretty much knew who he was because of the history of Auburn,” senior nose guard Mike Thornton said. “He was in the stadium for the longest at Auburn. Everybody that got recruited here got recruited by them, so we kind of knew the track record.”

Rocker was a two-time All-American at Auburn, where his awards included the 1988 Outland Trophy.

“One thing he’s told us is he’s going to demand greatness from us,” defensive end Ray Drew said. “That’s one of his big things especially his background being a former All-American, a Lombardi Award winner, he’s going to challenge us to be great and if we don’t want to be pushed and challenged to be great then we were in the wrong room. I like the fact that’s his attitude. He wants the best for his players.”

Rocker addressed Georgia fans on national signing day.

“I’m glad to be a part of this family,” he said. “The most important part is I’m glad to be a part of a great tradition. That’s what’s important about this deal and the most important thing is we get this thing back rolling on defense the way you like it, the way (Georgia coach Mark) Richt likes it and the way I love it.”

 

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