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'When you get a kid as a freshman, he better leave a better person'

New Oklahoma defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery may be the youngest member of the Sooner coaching staff, but he's a guy that really understands the big picture and what coaching is all about.

Montgomery's experience runs the gamut. After starting his career off as a student assistant at Iowa in 2002, Montgomery made his way into the high school ranks and went on to climb the ranks into JUCO football, and then into the FCS before jumping into the FBS ranks with Wyoming, and then made his way to Michigan before taking the job at Oklahoma.

Asked what he has learned while climbing the coaching ladder, Montgomery noted that you should be in coaching for one reason, regardless of the level you coach.

"You do it for one thing, and it's all about the kids. If you're not doing this for the kids then you're doing it for the wrong thing." Montgomery explained.

"There were people that affected my life from my little league coach, to my high school coach. And all those people are still in my life today, and they had a huge influence on where I'm at today."

"You're molding young men. Some people may not think like that, but when you get a young kid from his freshman year on out, he better leave a better kid."

Author: Doug Samuels
Doug Samuels has been with FootballScoop since 2011. Samuels joined the FootballScoop staff after serving as a college scout as well as an assistant coach at the college level, where he was fortunate enough to have coached every offensive position by age 24. Samuels is a lifelong Michigan State fan, no huddle enthusiast, and currently coaches high school football in West Michigan.