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New Offensive Coordinator Named at Auburn

By on December 9th, 2018 in Football, News 10 Comments »

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.

10 Comments

  1. WarSamEagle WarSamEagle says:

    At this juncture probably the best thing for him to do. Bring in a good QB coach and run the offense that brought him to Auburn. That way if he goes down, he goes down doing what he knows best.
    My only concern is his offense has always needed one or two really good running backs with a great offensive line. Will he have that in 2019?

  2. longtimetiger longtimetiger says:

    Can we name the new OC “sole evaluator of offensive talent”? The personnel that started for us this year are not equipped to run CGM’s offense with any degree of success. The O line is a mess, the running backs are way too small, and not one QB behind Stidham has taken enough snaps to matter. Put Whitlow behind a lead fullback and run the ball fifty times straight up the middle. We might keep it close with Purdue. I sure hope this mess blows over soon so I can think rationally again. WDE

  3. Zach Taylor Zach Taylor says:

    Kodi Burns will become the passing game coordinator. Lord, help us.

  4. Jonathon Jonathon says:

    This guy lucked out. Gets to put Auburn on his resume after he’s fired with Gus at the end of next year. I do appreciate that it’s a voiced fact now that Gus will call the plays next year. When it all goes to sh*t again it’ll all be on Gus, no excuses or finger pointing.

  5. eyecu says:

    Instead of the title OC should just be what he is “Scapegoat” If Gus is calling plays and Kodi is Passing cord. Just somebody for Gus to blame when his play calling dosen’t work. Lord knows he never accepts responsibility for anything.

  6. tigrrr tigrrr says:

    Gus did a super job as OC calling plays and designing the offense. I’m glad he is back to doing that again. Saban nor Smart could stop him.

  7. Orange Talon Orange Talon says:

    Hire and PAY someone to be an OC – Check

    Allow new OC to stand on sideline in AU gear with a headset on – Check

    Watch the “real” OC, the HC, call a double-reverse throw back flea-flicker on 3 and 3 – Check

  8. zotus zotus says:

    Everything ol’ Gus knows about coaching Offensive-Football, ol’ Gus learned coaching Offensive-Football in High School.

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