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The Georgia defense excelled in 2015 finishing first nationally in passing defense (156.5 ypg), seventh in total defense (305.9) and eighth in scoring defense (16.9 ypg).
In 2014, he was part of a staff that led the `Dogs to improvement in several categories from the year before including points per game (29.0 to 20.7), total defense (375.5 to 337.2 yards per game), passing yards allowed (227.4 to 170.4, second best in the SEC), average yards per catch (13.4 to 10.9), and was second in the SEC in passing efficiency defense (105.8).
Rocker came to UGA after three years as defensive line coach with the NFL's Tennessee Titans. He is a former Auburn All-America defensive tackle, 1988 Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award winner, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.
Rocker coached three years with the Titans (2011, '12, '13). In 2012, they ranked 10th in the NFL in sacks (39). In his first season with the Titans, DT Karl Klug led all NFL rookie tackles with seven sacks, ranking fourth among all NFL DT's.
An 18-year veteran of college coaching, Rocker spent time with five programs and helped a number of players reach All-American honors.
He joined the Titans after spending two seasons (2009-10) at Auburn as the defensive line coach. As a coach, he helped develop Nick Fairley into the Lombardi Award winner (given to the NCAA's best defensive lineman or linebacker) and an AP All-American as a part of Auburn's 2010 national championship winning team. In 2009, he coached Antonio Coleman, who led the SEC in tackles for loss (16.5) and sacks (10.0). Rocker spent one year at Ole Miss (2008) and mentored Greg Hardy (8.5 sacks) and Peria Jerry. The Rebel defense led the SEC and finished fourth in the country with 39 sacks.
Rocker worked five seasons (2003-07) at Arkansas during which time Jamaal Anderson earned a first-round selection in the 2007 NFL Draft after a 14-sack season. The 2005 Razorback unit ranked second in the SEC in sacks with 29 and was fourth in rushing defense.
Rocker spent one season with Conference USA champion Cincinnati in 2002. He served as DL coach at Troy from 1997-2001 during which time he coached DeMarcus Ware and Osi Umenyiora. He spent three years at West Alabama from 1994-96 as the defensive line coach and as the defensive coordinator at Auburn (Ala.) High School for one season.
As a player, Rocker was a two-time All American at Auburn and the 1988 Outland (best offensive or defensive lineman) and Lombardi Trophy winner. He was the first SEC player to earn both awards. He was named SEC Player of the Year following his senior season (1988). Rocker was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.
Rocker was a third-round pick by the Washington Redskins in the 1989 NFL Draft and played two seasons before suffering a knee injury. He concluded his career by playing one year for the Orlando Thunder of the World Football League. As a coach, Rocker spent two summers working with NFL teams (Indianapolis, 2001; Tampa Bay, 2006) as a part of the NFL's Minority Internship Program.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Rocker and his wife Lalitha have a son, Kumar.
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