Kenny Dillingham has been named Florida State’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, head coach Mike Norvell announced Wednesday.
“I’m excited to announce the addition of Kenny Dillingham to the Florida State family as our new offensive coordinator,” Norvell said. “Kenny is one of the most innovative minds in football. He is going to bring a relentless work ethic and passion for the development of our student-athletes in every capacity. Kenny has a unique quality of youth and incredible experience which enhances the learning experience with our players and recruits. He is one of the best leaders that I have been around and will be a tremendous asset to our program on and off the field. We are honored to have him and his wife Bri joining us in Tallahassee.”
Dillingham comes to Tallahassee after serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Auburn in 2019, helping the Tigers to a 9-3 record and an invitation to the Outback Bowl. In his final game coordinating Auburn’s offense the Tigers scored 48 points in a win over No. 5 Alabama, the most points allowed by the Crimson Tide under head coach Nick Saban. The points total was the highest against any Alabama team since a five-overtime game in 2003 and the most allowed by the Crimson Tide in regulation since 1970.
Auburn ranked 15th in the country with an average of 1.33 sacks allowed per game and only threw six interceptions, the lowest total in the SEC and 17th-lowest in the country. The Tigers converted 90 percent of their red zone possessions, third-best in the SEC, and also ranked third in the conference with an average of 34.0 points per game. Quarterback Bo Nix broke the program’s freshman records for completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns. Nix, the first true freshman to start a season opener at quarterback for Auburn since 1946, was responsible for an average of 11.2 points per game to rank fifth in the SEC.was sixth in the SEC with nine rushing touchdowns and Seth Williams’ eight receiving touchdowns were the conference’s eighth-highest total.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal confirmed that Fuller is coming aboard as a defensive coordinator.
Fuller has experience and success as a defensive play-caller. He took over a Mocs’ defense that was 111th in FCS total defense. The following year they were 28th. The final two years featured defenses ranked among the top-11. When he was subsequently hired at Marshall in 2012 he took over a defense ranked 103rd in the country. By the end of 2013 they were 35th. His defenses finished outside the top-35 just once in his six seasons. His defense at Memphis is ranked 22nd after adjusting for opponent. Fuller’s track record is excellent, especially when you consider he coordinated these defenses by himself rather than under a defensive specialist head coach (ex: DCs under Nick Saban or Kirby Smart).