Kacy Rodgers Named DL Coach

Former Tennessee four-year football letterman and Middle Tennessee assistant head coach Kacy Rodgers has been named as the new defensive line coach at the University of Arkansas it was announced by UA head football coach Houston Nutt on Thursday.

Rodgers has served the past three seasons at Middle Tennessee including the last two years as assistant head coach. He worked with the defensive line in all three of his seasons at Middle Tennessee and helped guide the Blue Raiders to an 8-3 record in 2001.

"Kacy is a fine young football coach," Nutt said. "He has had success everywhere he has been. He is an excellent recruiter, a great technician and an outstanding coach. He knows what it is like to play on the defensive line in the Southeastern Conference. I think he will be a great addition to our staff."

Rodgers, 32, will be entering his ninth season as a collegiate assistant coach after spending four seasons at Tennessee-Martin (1994-97), one season at Louisiana-Monroe (1998) and three seasons at Middle Tennessee (1999-2001). He has coached the defensive line at all three stops.

A four-time football letterman at the University of Tennessee, Rodgers earned defensive starts in three different seasons and was a part of the Volunteers' 1990 and 1991 SEC Championship teams. He played both defensive end and linebacker at Tennessee.

Rodgers signed a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers and played for the Shreveport Pirates of the Canadian Football League before returning to Tennessee to earn his bachelor's degree in political science in 1993.

In addition to the official hiring of Rodgers' to the staff, Nutt also announced on Thursday a number of other coaching assignment changes on both sides of the ball.

Bobby Allen will switch duties from the defensive line to the inside linebackers. Allen coached linebackers from 1998-2000 before tutoring the UA defensive line in 2001. Defensive coordinator Dave Wommack will remain as the secondary coach while assistant coach Chris Vaughn will once again guide the Razorback outside linebackers.

James Shibest and George Pugh have exchanged responsibilities on the UA offensive staff. Shibest will be in charge of the Razorback wide receiving corps after working with UA tight ends from 2000-01. Pugh joined the Razorback coaching staff prior to last season and was responsible for UA wide receivers in 2001. Pugh will now be responsible for the Hogs' tight ends.


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