Duke hires Kevin Johns to become offensive coordinator

As Mike Elko continues to build up his coaching staff, Duke football adds an important piece: new offensive coordinator Kevin Johns.

Johns, 46, will arrive in Durham from Memphis; he just spent the last three seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Tigers.

During his coaching career, Johns spent much of his time in the Midwest: Northwestern, Western Michigan and Indiana. Johns grew up in Ohio and played quarterback for Dayton in the 1990s. However, Johns also had a stint on staff with Texas Tech — working with Kliff Kingsbury.

Duke finished the 2021 season ranking No. 102 in scoring offense and No. 61 in passing yards per game. The Blue Devils are set to have a great deal of turnover on offense, too, including the departure of leading rusher Mateo Durant (NFL Draft) and leading receiver Jake Bobo (transfer UCLA).


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