Rick Petri starting his coaching career at Pittsburgh (Kans.) State in 1977 as a graduate assistant.
He coached the offensive line for the 1979 season at Arkansas State. The next season he switched over to the defensive line and has never left that position.
He went on to stops at Mississippi, Louisiana Tech, Miami, South Carolina, and Kentucky, where he coached Falcons third round draft pick Corey Peters. He’s since returned to coach at Miami.
“He’s a real intelligent guy and he’s a good athlete,” said Petri, who also coached first-rounders Warren Sapp, Kenny Holmes and Kenard Lang. “He was a wrestler in high school which helped him to understand leverage and body control and things like that.”
“He came in and played right away and was very confident about doing it,” Petri said.
Peters was an all-SEC