New Offensive Coordinator Named at Auburn
Memphis Offensive Coordinator hired at Auburn. (Photo: Mark Weber, The Commercial Appeal)
Auburn Head Coach Gus Malzahn has named his new offensive coordinator. University of Memphis OC Kenny Dillingham will replace Chip Lindsey, who left last week to join Les Miles at Kansas.
Dillingham, who will also coach quarterbacks, has been at Memphis for three years. Before that he coached at Arizona State as an offensive assistant in 2014–15.
Memphis ranked fourth in the nation this year in total offense (534.3 ypg), third in rushing offense (285.5 ypg) and seventh in scoring offense (43.6 ppg). The Tigers’ quarterback Brady White threw for 3,125 yards and 25 touchdowns, and Doak Walker Award finalist Darrell Henderson rushed for 1,909 yards and 22 touchdowns.
In 2017 Dillingham coached quarterback Riley Ferguson, who finished the year ranked third nationally in passing yards (4,257) and touchdowns (38).
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to join one of the nation’s top football programs,” said Dillingham, “and work for Coach Malzahn, who has [helped the Tigers] win a national championship and produced some of the top offenses in Southeastern Conference history. Coach Norvell speaks very highly of Coach Malzahn and the similarities of how both offenses work. Auburn is a great university and community, and my wife and I are extremely excited. I can’t wait to learn and add to the future successes of the Auburn football program.”
However, Auburn’s news release said Coach Malzahn will be handling play calling in 2019, and “Kodi Burns will add the role of passing game coordinator to his responsibilities.” So, apparently the offense will be run similarly to the way it was with Rhett Lashlee the first three years of Coach Malzahn’s tenure on the Plains.