Oregon football’s offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham talked about the Ducks’ offense and Ty Thompson on Saturday following practice.
There’s one thing that does not lack in talking with Kenny Dillingham: energy. He is excited about the job he is here to do and has a family connection that is not far away in Portland. The type of offense that Dillingham is teaching just a few weeks into spring camp is one built on team strength whether it is from the running game or the passing game.
At the moment, the pieces that will come together are still learning the process.
He was able to sum things up pretty simply, “This system is built for playmakers, and we are going to put playmakers in space. (If) they are our running backs and players up front, we’re going to run the ball. If those players are on the perimeter, we’re going to give them opportunities.”
Dillingham was previously the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Florida and also has a connection with Ducks quarterback Ty Thompson. He shared a story of watching Thompson and even had a picture from when the quarterback was in eighth grade. Now, the two, along with Bo Nix, are all in the same place. Of course, Dillingham knows Nix, too, from his time at Auburn.
It is somewhat a perfect storm that all three are now here in Eugene.
Thompson said on Saturday that his relationship with Nix was important. He said it was healthy and the only way he felt the quarterback room could have success was to have a positive atmosphere.
Earlier in the week, Thompson was taking reps with the first team while Nix was with the second team. What does this mean moving forward? For a team that is still finding their way in spring camp, probably nothing.
Of course, for the spring game, we know who will start at quarterback so we will have the chance to see both Nix and Thompson play.
The Oregon spring game is set for Saturday, April 23. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. PT.
Quotes were obtained from an interview with Kenny Dillingham during spring camp on Saturday, April 2.