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Kenny Dillingham to Join Oregon Staff

Kenny Dillingham at a post-game press conference (Wayne McGahee III/Democrat)

Former Florida State University offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham, 31, will join new Oregon head coach Dan Lanning in the Pac-12. Dillingham will be serving in the same role in Eugene. This lateral move comes as some surprise for FSU fans, who expected him to stay at least one more year and leave for a head coaching opportunity. However, Lanning has strong ties to the former Seminole play-caller and began pursuing him the day he was named HC at Oregon.

An Impressive Resume

Coach Dillingham proved to be an able recruiter at Florida State, ranking 61st nationally. He successfully recruited the country’s 8th overall QB, A.J. Duffy to FSU, among other highly rated athletes. Last season, he lead Florida State to their most productive offensive since 2016. In 2018, he lead Memphis to the fourth ranked offense in the nation. Oregon is building a young coaching core with the average age of 33 years old. The Ducks expect them to bring energy to the recruiting trail and reignite their football program.

Dillingham is a part of the wave of young, innovative offensive-minded coaches. He began coaching his senior year of high school after an injury kept him sidelined, then was hired by Arizona State University a few years later. There, he met Mike Norvell and Dan Lanning. Previously, he and Lanning both served under Mike Norvell at Memphis. This move gives Dillingham full control of the Duck’s play calling; in his past OC stints, play calling was shared with the team’s HC.

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