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Ohio State Hires Carlos Locklyn from Oregon

Carlos Locklyn
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Ohio State has found a replacement for Tony Alford as the Buckeyes have hired Carlos Locklyn from Oregon to take over as running backs coach. The move was announced in a press release this evening from Ohio State. Locklyn will come to Columbus with a loaded backfield that returns Treveyon Henderson and added the top running back in the transfer portal in Quinshon Judkins. To round off the rest of the room is talented sophomore Dallan Hayden who saw a ton of reps his freshman year when Henderson was injured and top recruit James Peoples from Texas. The opportunity to coach a loaded backfield and learn under Ryan Day and Chip Kelly will add more accolades to Locklyn's young coaching career.

Who is Carlos Locklyn

Locklyn has emerged as a rising name in the coaching industry after this past season at Oregon. Locklyn received a raise and extension from Oregon coach Dan Lanning, but he will now be bought out to join Day's staff in Columbus. Coach Locklyn will come to Ohio State after spending the last two seasons on Lanning's staff in Oregon. Before landing in Eugene, Locklyn was the running backs coach at Western Kentucky (2021), Florida State (2020), and Memphis (2017-2019). Locklyn served under Mike Norvell at Memphis and followed Norvell to Florida State where he served as the Director of High School relations while for the Seminoles.

Locklyn proved his worth during his short tenure at Oregon while coaching star running back Bucky Irving. Irving shined last season rushing for 1,180 yards and scoring 11 touchdowns. Irving quickly became a known name amongst the talented running backfield this past season and opted to forgo his final year at Oregon for the NFL draft.

Locklyn will continue his key role in the running back room and bring a fresh voice to the new Chip Kelly/Ryan Day offense. Locklyn will also be a key recruiter on the recruiting trail for Day's staff, just as he was under Norvell and Lanning.


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