Alstott Says Auburn Getting A Gem In Bisaccia

Former Tampa Bay Bucs star Mike Alstott discusses new Auburn RB Coach Rich Bisaccia and what he brings to the table for the Tigers.

Tampa, Fla.—New Auburn running backs and special teams coach Rich Bisaccia has drawn rave reviews from people around the NFL for his work with the Tampa Bay Bucs and San Diego Chargers the last 10 years. One of the players who Bisaccia made a profound impact on during his tenure with the Bucs was running back Mike Alstott.

One of the most beloved Bucs in team history, Alstott ran for 5,088 yards and scored 58 rushing touchdowns in his career and added 2,284 yards and 13 touchdowns through the air for Tampa Bay in his 11 years.

Also seeing some time on special teams, he got a good chance to work up close and personal with Bisaccia and he said Auburn is getting a special coach and man on the new staff.

"He is a great asset," Alstott said. "You talk about a genuine, motivating, just loving guy that works hard for the game and for the kids. Being able to be with him for six years, he's one of my best friends and best coaches to ever coach me and he didn't even coach me at my traditional position.

"He wasn't my running back coach, he was the special teams coach. Even today I still stay in contact with him. I think he was the best thing that Auburn could have possibly done with their additions."

Even though he hasn't coached college football in over a decade, Bisaccia is an energetic coach on the field and that's something that Alstott said should make him a big hit when he gets on the job at Auburn.

"Obviously, his credibility is huge," Alstott said. "What he's done and who he's been with and who he's coached goes on and on. I think the relationships he will build with the kids are far superior than anything he's done in the past. How he gets the best out of every kid, there is no doubt those kids will play with him through thick and thin."

Taking over a special teams unit that had never returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the team's history, Bisaccia's Tampa Bay group returned four kickoffs, four punts, blocked 10 field goals, five punts and three extra-points during his tenure.

It's not just production that Bisaccia will bring to the table however. Knowing what the coach does on and off the field, Alstott said Auburn is getting a man that will do everything the right way to help the Tigers win.

"He is what football is all about," Alstott. "Rich is a family guy, a loving guy, a guy that puts everything into it."

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