Tennessee Vols outside linebackers coach/special teams coordinator Mike Ekeler has been around some great college programs over the course of his career.
Ekeler has coached at Oklahoma, LSU, USC, Nebraska, Georgia, and North Carolina, among other stops.
It goes without saying that Ekeler has coached alongside some tremendous coaches.
It’s the coach that Ekeler played for in college at Kansas State, however, the reminds him of his current boss, Josh Heupel.
During a recent appearance on “Vol Calls”, Ekeler said that Heupel reminds him of former Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder.
“I’m telling you, that guy right there, what he’s done as a head ball coach, I tip my cap,” said Ekeler this week. “He reminds me a lot of my old head ball coach, Coach Bill Snyder. I mean, just an unbelievably meticulous, phenomenal leader, and he just doesn’t blink, man. Nothing fazes the guy.”
Snyder went 225-117-1 during his career as a head coach, including two Big 12 championships. Those are impressive accomplishments at a program like Kansas State.
The ceiling for Tennessee is obviously a lot higher than the ceiling for Kansas State.
If Heupel coaches at the same level as Snyder, there’s no reason the Vols can’t reach an SEC Championship game in the near future.
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