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College assistants accepting NFL coaching positions

With a potential lock-out on the horizon in the NFL, some thought we would see fewer college coaches make the transition to the NFL this off-season.

That’s not the case. In fact, according to FootballScoop research, the numbers are almost identical at this point.

Thus far, at least 16 college coaches have made the transition to the NFL this off-season. That’s the same number of coaches that made the transition last year.

The group of coaches heading to the NFL this year includes Tracy Rocker (Auburn), John Settle (Wisconsin), Chuck Bullough (UCLA), Vic Fangio (Stanford), Greg Roman (Stanford), Tim Drevno (Stanford), Peter Hansen (Stanford), John Morton (USC), Tyrone Pettaway (USC), John Butler (Minnesota), Mark Whipple (Miami), Teryl Austin (Florida), Grady Stretz (Arizona State), Reggie Davis (Oregon State), Scott Turner (Pitt), David Walker (Pitt).

List of college coaches in 2009 that transitioned to the NFL:

1. Eric Yarber – Tampa Bay Bucs (Wide receivers)

2. Scottie Montgomery – Pittsburgh Steelers (Wide receivers)3

3. Giff Smith – Buffalo Bills (Defensive assistant)

4. Bobby Johnson – Buffalo Bills (Assistant offensive line)

5. Tommie Robinson – Arizona Cardinals (Running Backs)

6. Jedd Fisch – Seattle Seahawks (Quarterbacks)

7. Richard Hightower – Washington Redskins (Assistant special teams coach)

8. Corwin Brown – New England Patriots (Defensive backs) 

9. Brian Schneider – Seattle Seahawks

10. Jeremy Bates – Seattle Seahawks (Offensive coordinator)

11. Ken Norton Jr – Seattle Seahawks (Linebackers)

12. Kris Richard – Seattle Seahawks (Assistant defensive backs)

13. Rocky Seto – Seattle Seahawks (Defensive quality control)

14. Dave Canales - Seattle Seahawks (Offensive quality control)