Stockstill tabs Mallory as offensive tackle/tight ends coach

Spent 10 years at Memphis

March 21, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO - Rick Mallory, a veteran coach who spent five seasons as a player in the NFL before beginning his coaching career, has been named the offensive tackles/tight ends coach at Middle Tennessee as announced by head coach Rick Stockstill. Mallory takes over for A.J. Ricker who was on staff for one month before taking the same position at Illinois.

Mallory, 52, will bring 18 years of college coaching experience with him to the Blue Raiders program.

"I have known Rick for 10 years and he will be a great addition to our staff," said Stockstill. "He is an excellent teacher and has great passion for recruiting and coaching. Rick has a wonderful reputation and we are fortunate to have him in our program."

Mallory joins Stockstill's staff after spending the 2012 season working in the high school ranks and the 2011 campaign as the offensive line coach at UAB.

Prior to his one-year stint at UAB, Mallory was the director of football operations at Wyoming in 2010 before serving 10 years as the offensive line coach at the University of Memphis.

Preceding his time in Memphis, Mallory was the tight ends coach at the University of Washington, his alma mater, from 1993-98.

From 2000-09 when Mallory was on the staff at Memphis, the Tigers earned five bowl berths in those 10 seasons.

In 2009, Mallory's offensive line helped pave the way for senior running back Curtis Steele to earn first-team All-Conference USA honors as Steele finished No. 7 in the NCAA in rushing and scoring. Memphis ranked No. 3 in Conference USA in rushing offense in 2009, gaining an average of 158.8 yards per game on the ground. Mallory's '09 offensive line allowed an average of only 1.42 sacks per game to rank No. 35 in the NCAA.

The 2008 Tiger offense ranked 22nd in the nation in rushing offense and 26th in total offense, while ranking 21st in fewest sacks allowed. The year prior in '07, Memphis ranked No. 13 in the NCAA in passing offense, No. 23 in total offense and No. 10 in fewest sacks given up.

From 2002-05, Mallory's offensive line unit blocked for running back DeAngelo Williams, who earned All-America honors in both 2004 and 2005. The 2005 Tiger offense ranked fifth in the nation in rushing offense, and the 2004 edition ranked ninth in total offense. In four of his last six seasons at Memphis, Mallory's offensive line led Conference USA in fewest sacks allowed.

During his time at Memphis, he coached six first-team All-Conference USA offensive linemen, one second-team selection, four third-team honorees and five Conference USA All-Freshman team choices.

Prior to Memphis, Mallory coached at Washington for seven seasons, beginning as a graduate assistant coach in 1992. He became a full-time assistant in `93, coaching the tight ends and special teams from 1993-98. The Huskies earned five bowl berths over that seven-year period

Mallory was a three-year letterman at Washington from 1981-83. As a freshman and sophomore, Mallory played tight end. His junior year, Mallory was converted to offensive guard, and he went on to earn All-Pacific 10 Conference honors his senior season of 1983.

Following his college playing career, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Mallory in the ninth round of the 1984 NFL Draft. He played for the Buccaneers for five seasons from 1984-88.

He and his wife Shannon have three grown sons: Ryan, Adam and Cameron; and three daughters, Naomi, Fiona, and Layla. Mallory earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Washington in 1983.

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