Gabe Rodriguez will be the Defensive Quality Control Assistant for the 2009 season. Rodriguez was a Graduate Assistant on the defensive side of the ball for Chizik the last two seasons at Iowa State.
Before that he served as wide receivers and running backs coach at his alma mater, Eastern New Mexico in 2006. Rodriguez worked as a strength and conditioning coach at Eastern New Mexico from 2001-2003 and then as an athletics strength and conditioning coach at Arizona State in 2003. From 2004-06 he served as defensive coordinator at Farwell, N.M. High School while working as head track and strength and conditioning coach.
As a quality control coach, Rodriguez will handle much of the film breakdown for the defense to prepare it for coaches to watch. That means breaking down game films for opponents and preparing scouting reports for the assistant coaches. His job is not an on the field position.
Joining him as a defensive quality control assistant will be Dustin Landry. Landry was a student coach at Iowa State last season and served in the same capacity at Auburn two seasons earlier.
The offensive quality control assistant is Chris Martin. Martin was a defensive graduate assistant for Todd Graham both at Rice and Tulsa and last season worked with Gus Malzahn as an offensive grad assistant at Tulsa.
A familiar face on the staff will be former standout defensive tackle DeMarco McNeil. McNeil will enter his second season as the defensive graduate assistant for the Tigers.
The offensive graduate assistant is former Arkansas quarterback Rhett Lashlee. A standout QB, Lashlee has been out of football for several years and will join with Malzahn for 2009. Lashlee played for Malzahn at Shiloh Christian from 1999 to 2001 and won two state titles. He also helped as a volunteer at Springdale High after giving up football during his junior season at Arkansas.