Spring Practice #4: D Line Drills with Coach Rumph
Chris Rumph is in his third season on the defensive coaching staff for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Rumph, a four-year letterman during his playing days at South Carolina, joined Alabama's staff in January of 2011 after five years as the defensive ends coach at Clemson.
Rumph's 2012 deep and talented group of defensive linemen was a key element in Alabama's defensive efforts. The Crimson Tide led the nation in rush defense, allowing only 76.4 yards per game while also leading the country in total defense at 250.0 yards per game.
Senior defensive end Damion Square, senior nose guard Jesse Williams and junior end Ed Stinson anchored the group. Square finished with 33 tackles, four tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and a team-high nine quarterback hurries. Williams added 37 stops with 2.5 tackles for loss and four hurries, while Stinson registered three sacks, 8.5 tackles for loss and 30 total stops.
Rumph was integral in the development of Williams from a raw junior-college lineman from Australia to and SEC starter and eventual NFL Draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks.
The defensive line was stellar in 2011, helping the Crimson Tide rank No. 1 nationally in rushing defense and allowing only 72.2 yards per game.
Josh Chapman anchored the 2011 line from his nose guard position, earning second team All-SEC honors, despite playing the second half of the season with a torn ACL. In 2011, Chapman collected 23 total tackles, including 3.5 for loss, one sack and a pair of pass breakups. Alabama led the nation in all five major defensive categories as the Tide captured the 2011 national championship. Chapman then was selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, by the Indianapolis Colts.
In Rumph's tenure at Clemson, the Tigers ranked among the top 25 nationally in scoring defense and total defense in each of those five seasons. The 2010 defense was 19th in total defense (320.3 ypg) and 13th in scoring defense (18.8 ppg). Clemson appeared in bowl games to conclude each of those five seasons and won the ACC Atlantic Division title in 2009. Rumph coached 2010 All-American Da'Quan Bowers, who led the nation in sacks (15.5) and was tied for first in the NCAA in tackles for loss (26.0). He also coached defensive end Phillip Merling, who was the No. 32 overall pick by the Miami Dolphins in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Prior to his stint at Clemson, Rumph was the outside linebackers coach at Memphis for three years (2003-05). Memphis appeared in bowl games in each of his three seasons and won a total of 24 games during that time. Memphis beat Mississippi in 2003 and 2004 and the Tigers were ninth in the nation in total defense in 2003. In 2005, the Memphis defense finished 23rd in the nation in turnover margin and led the conference in rush defense (125.6 ypg), which was good for 27th in the NCAA.
Rumph was the defensive backs coach at South Carolina State in 2002, following a five-year stint as head coach at Calhoun County (S.C.) High School. He also served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks/running backs coach at Calhoun County.
Rumph was born Dec. 21, 1971, in Orangeburg, S.C., and played high school football at Calhoun County High School in St. Matthews, S.C. Rumph signed with South Carolina and played linebacker from 1991-94, earning his B.S. degree in 1994. He helped the Gamecocks record their first bowl victory in the 1995 Carquest Bowl. He and his wife Kila are the proud parents of two sons, Christopher and Elijah.