South Carolina Gamecocks defensive line coach Tracy Rocker is as SEC as they come.

Rocker, a two-time All-American at Auburn (1985-88), became the first SEC player to win both the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award. He was also named SEC Player of the Year at the end of his senior season, before the Washington Redskins selected him in the third round of the 1989 NFL Draft.

In 2004, while in his second year as a member of the Arkansas coaching staff, Rocker earned a selection to the College Football Hall of Fame. And he’s gone on to coach at five more SEC schools: Ole Miss (2008), Auburn (2009-10), Georgia (2014-16) and Tennessee (2018-19).

“The transition, well, it was a short transition. Came over on Feb. 17 and we had five days of spring practice, then the pandemic came and we all departed and then came back after Father’s Day, been here since. It’s been good. Just trying to stay out of harm’s way, keep players in check and get better as a team.”

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