The Oklahoma Sooners have added another great recruiter to the coaching staff on Saturday as it was confirmed that they have brought on Jerry Montgomery out of Michigan to replace Jackie Shipp as the defensive line coach.
Montgomery was originally brought in to Michigan from Wyoming as part of Brady Hoke’s first staff in 2011. Montgomery, who is only 32-years old, is said to be a rising star-type coach. He has been a key component for the Wolverines the last two seasons on the recruiting trail, bringing them back-to-back top 10 classes.
Montgomery played in college as a defensive tackle for Iowa (1998-2001) and as most people know, so did half the Oklahoma coaching staff. After college he participated in the New Orleans Saints camp, but went back to Iowa as a student assistant in 2002. He went on to be an assistant at a high school and a community college in Iowa for a few years. Between coaching, he was also on a couple Arena Football teams before retiring from playing the game.
His first season with Michigan, the defensive line was allowing only 17.4 points per game, ranking them second in the Big Ten and sixth in all of the FBS. The Wolverines also only allowed an average on 131 rushing yards per game, putting them at third best in the Big Ten. I am still having nightmares about Oklahoma’s rush defense from 2012, so a coach which puts that into focus is always a welcome change.
The Sooners needed some new blood on the staff. A young group, who are great recruiters, can relate well with the players and bring the enthusiasm back. With the last two hires, that looks to be exactly what Bob Stoops is doing.