No Better Place For Brady Hoke Than Tennessee

    Brady Hoke feels fortunate to be at Tennessee as the Volunteers defensive line coach, and he knows what he wants out of his players.

    March 15, 2017

    Brady Hoke feels fortunate to be at Tennessee as the Volunteers defensive line coach, and he knows what he wants out of his players.


    Brady Hoke went from a household hire in 2011 by Michigan to a man looking for a job in 2014 after being fired by the Wolverines.

    Now as the defensive line and associate head coach at Tennessee, Hoke feels fortunate.

    “I don’t think we could be, as a family, at a better place than right here at Rocky Top.”

    Head coach Butch Jones and the Volunteers needed a new face to coach up the defensive front that is so important in a conference loaded with excellent offensive lines. Steve Stripling, who had served as the defensive line coach for Jones’ first four years in Knoxville, has become the director of football operations.

    Hoke knows exactly what he wants from his players.

    “Number one, they better be tough. I think toughness is something that you have to have in this game.”

    Hoke spent last season in charge of an Oregon defense that finished 126th (out of 128 teams) in total defense, allowing 518.4 yards per game. The Volunteers weren’t much better, giving up 449.2 yards per game, good for 95th in the nation. Hoke sees a similiarity between what caused the two units to struggle last season.

    “A lot of it was the same thing that happened here [Tennessee] a little bit with some injuries. A lot of injuries up front, especially in the inside interior defensive line.”

    The challenge that Hoke faces is big, but for now he’s delighted to be wearing Tennessee orange.

    “We’re just happy that we’re at a great place, in a great place. It’s exciting for us all. “

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