Mark Stoops ranked No. 63 — as a player

Tony Moss of CBS Sports has ranked the current crop of head college football coaches from 1-128. Nothing new there, you say. Moss ranked the coaches by what kind of players they were during their football career.

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier ranked No. 1, which you might suspect considering Spurrier won the Heisman Trophy in 1966. Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern, who was a linebacker and is a College Football Hall of Fame member, is ranked No. 2. Western Kentucky coach Jeff Brohm is No. 3. After all, Brohm was a pretty fair quarterback at Louisville.

Kentucky’s Mark Stoops is No. 63 on the list.

63. Mark Stoops, Kentucky — Stoops followed in the footsteps of brothers Bob and Mike, going to Iowa to play safety (and wearing the same No. 41) from 1986 to 1988. Stoops was credited with two interceptions during his Iowa career.

Alas, brother Bob has family bragging rights. The Oklahoma coach, who also was a defensive back at Iowa, is ranked 15th.

Over at Louisville, head coach Bobby Petrino is ranked 84th on the list. Petrino was a quarterback at Carroll College, an NAIA school.

And at No. 127 is former UK assistant Mike Leach, now head coach at Washington State. Leach was a backup in high school.

Related link: UK football rosters

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