Texas A&M football has an offensive coordinator. Jimbo Fisher has named Memphis OC Darrell Dickey to lead the Aggie offense in 2018.
Texas A&M Football and new head football coach Jimbo Fisher are slowly putting together the coaching staff for the 2018 season. Several reports are mentioning Dameyune Craig has joined the staff, but as of Dec. 12 there’s been no reports coming out of the football office confirming the hire.
However, news started circulating Monday that Fisher had found his guy to help him coordinate the offense. That person is Darrell Dickey. If you’ve been around the state of Texas the last 20 years that name should ring a bell.
Dickey was born in Galveston, he grew up as a coaches kid. His dad, Jim Dickey, played for Houston, then coached at Houston, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Kansas, North Carolina and then was named the head coach at Kansas State in 1978.
Young Dickey played for his dad at Kansas State and then would play a couple of seasons in the NFL before starting his coaching career at Texas A&M as a graduate assistant under Jackie Sherrill in 1985. From there he went to Memphis, Mississippi State, LSU, UTEP and SMU before being named the head coach at North Texas in 1998.
He would spend nine seasons at the helm winning four conference titles. During those four title years, the Mean Green won 26 consecutive Sun Belt Conference games, unfortunately, his run would end two years later. After being let go he would go on to Utah State, New Mexico, Texas State and back to Memphis.
Champion of a powerful offense
Before coming to A&M, his best years as an offensive coordinator come at his last stop in Memphis. In 2014, the Tigers won 10 games and were led by quarterback Paxton Lynch. The offense would average 427 yards per game.
In 2015, the offense averaged 486 yards per game. Dickey would coach the Tigers in the Birmingham Bowl after head coach Justin Fuente left for Virginia Tech. In 2016, Mike Norvell was hired to replace Fuente and that year the offense would average 464 yards per game.
In 2017, the Tigers had their most productive year on offense in school history. The offense averaged 548 yards per game which would finish fourth in the nation. Other stats to get excited about include 31st in rushing offense, 8th in passing offense and team passing efficiency.
The Tigers also finished second in the nation in scoring, 19th in third down conversions, 24th in red zone offense and ninth in first downs.
With Dickey joining forces with Fisher, the offensive woes the Aggies have felt over the last couple of years should be gone. As I mentioned in the final report card piece, the offense has plenty of weapons returning.
I expect the offense to be back in the top 20 in the country in total offense. One other stat to pay attention to is scoring offense, last season, the Aggies finished 42nd in scoring at 31 points per game. That number should also improve next year.
This should catch Aggieland up on the new offensive coordinator. Please welcome Darrell Dickey and his family to College Station. Stay tuned for other news on the 2018 coaching staff.