Head coach Jeff Brohm, kicker Garrett Schwettman and defensive lineman Gavin Rocker were available to the media on Monday to preview Friday's regular season finale vs. Marshall, the BLACKOUT game, which kicks off at 11 a.m. CT from Houchens-Smith Stadium.
Head coach Jeff Brohm, defensive lineman Gavin Rocker and wide receiver Nacarius Fant were available to the media on Monday to preview Saturday's game at No. 5 LSU.
2014 (r-Jr.): Rocker started all 13 games for the Hilltoppers during his junior campaign and was the only defensive lineman to start every game. He tied for the team lead with tackle Bryan Shorter with 5.5 sacks and was second on the team in tackles for loss with 7.5, also tied with Shorter. He finished the year with 45 tackles, while his 27 solo tackles were the most among defensive linemen. Rocker broke up one pass at FAU and forced a fumble on Senior Day against UTSA. Rocker closed the season on a hot-streak, tallying five tackles for loss and four sacks in the final three games while tacking on a season-high six tackles in the bowl game, a mark he hit two other times on the season (UAB, FAU).
2013 (r-So.): Rocker saw action in all 12 games, earning 10 starts, and recorded 37 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and two sacks on the season. Rocker had a season-high seven tackles at South Alabama while he racked up five solo tackles against Arkansas State in the season finale. He recorded at least one tackle in the final 11 games of the season and had multiple tackle performances in eight of the season's 12 games. Rocker notched sacks in the ULL and Georgia State games and had tackles for loss against South Alabama, ULL, Troy, Georgia State and a pair against Arkansas State.
2012 (r-Fr.): Rocker saw action in 13 games, earning the starting nod in three contests. He tallied three sacks on the season, a mark that ranked third among WKU defenders. His four tackles for loss ranked seventh on the team. Rocker was one of seven Hilltopper defensive linemen to record double-digit tackles on the season, finishing with 14. He totaled five multi-tackle performances. Rocker debuted in impressive fashion against Austin Peay on Sept. 1, notching his first-career sack in his first-career start. He finished the game with career-high three solo tackles, two for loss, and a recovered fumble. He recorded the second sack of his career at top-ranked Alabama on Sept. 8. Rocker posted two solo tackles in a win at Kentucky on Sept. 15 and picked up his third sack of the year against ULM on Oct. 20. The sack went for a seven-yard loss.
2011 (Fr.): Rocker redshirted in his first season on The Hill.
HS/Misc: Rocker accumulated over 120 tackles for his career at Sandy Creek High School while leading the Patriots to 29-consecutive victories and a pair of state championships. He compiled 68 tackles and 10 sacks from his defensive line position during his senior season. Rocker was an Honorable Mention All-State performer in 2010 and was named First-Team All-County and All-Region. Rocker was rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com.