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Mike Pelton
Position: Defensive Line
Hometown: Goshen, Ala.
Alma Mater: Auburn
Graduating Year: 1995
Experience: 1st Year
Phone: (515) 294-7999
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Mike Pelton
Courtesy: A.P.
Release: 12/07/2006

The most obvious improvement in the Iowa State football program last season was in the defensive line, which under Mike Pelton boasted two Cyclones who earned all-Big 12 honors and another who tied for second in the league in sacks.  Iowa State’s defense against the rush improved from 11th in the Big 12 and 89th nationally in 2006 to sixth in the Big 12 and 44th nationally last season under Pelton. Nose guard Ahtyba Rubin’s season earned him spots in the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. Academic All-American defensive tackle Bryce Braaksma earned all-Big 12 recognition. Defensive end Kurtis Taylor averaged eight tackles a game and led the Cyclones with 6.5 sacks.


Pelton came to Iowa State after serving as co-defensive coordinator at Troy. The former Auburn All-American defensive lineman had previously gone on to the NFL as a player and then to collegiate coaching. As Troy co-defensive coordinator, he coached current NFL linebacker Demarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys and defensive end Osi Umenyiora of the New York Giants.


Pelton was at Troy for six years and the Trojan defense was consistently among the nation’s leaders in several categories. In 2004, Troy ranked eighth nationally in rushing defense and 16th overall. In 2002, the Trojans ranked fourth nationally, allowing just 276.83 total yards per game.  At Troy, Pelton worked under current Iowa State defensive coordinator Wayne Bolt.


Prior to going to Troy, Pelton coached the defensive line at Valdosta State in 2000. The Blazers posted a 10-2 record and made the NCAA Division II playoffs.  As a player at Auburn, Pelton was a part of Tiger teams that won a school-record 20 consecutive games during his final two seasons, including an 11-0 record in 1993.


Pelton was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the 1995 NFL Draft. The 1995 Auburn graduate moved to the Indianapolis Colts a year later.


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