Five things to know about new line coach
Tom Brattan is the next offensive line coach at Illinois, which gets someone with more than 30 years of college experience to replace A.J. Ricker.
Here’s what you need to know about the fifth offensive line coach Illinois will have in the last five seasons:
1. Brattan served as Maryland’s offensive line coach from 2001 until 2013 before Randy Edsall did not renew his contract once the 2013 season ended with the Terrapins losing 31-20 to Marshall in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27. It was the 10th bowl game Brattan has coached in.
2. He was part of Ralph Friedgen’s first staff at Maryland in 2001 and part of Gary Barnett’s first staff at Northwestern in 1992, working with both coaches during the entirety of their tenure with their respective school.
3. Brattan, who will turn 64 on Oct. 14 and is the oldest offensive line coach in the Big Ten, worked with two current Illinois assistants at Maryland. Outside linebackers coach Al Seamonson was with the Terrapins from 2001 until 2010, and defensive coordinator Tim Banks worked at Maryland from 2003 until 2006.
4. Illinois is the fifth college he will work at. Along with Maryland and Northwestern, other assistant stops have come at Stanford (1999-2000) and William & Mary (1983-1991). The 1972 Delaware graduate was a high school head coach in Delaware and Virginia for five seasons before moving into the college ranks.
5. Illinois, which returns five offensive linemen who started at least two games last season and four who started at least 10 games, has four offensive line commits so far in the Class of 2015. All the commits — Gabe Megginson from Jacksonville, Adam Solomon from Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, Zeke Martin from Medina (Ohio) and Zach Heath from American River College (Calif.) — are still solid with Illinois even with Ricker, who was the primary recruiter on all four of them, having left.