Former Buckeyes QB coach Corey Dennis hired by Utah

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The Buckeyes are looking for a new quarterbacks coach as Corey Dennis is leaving the program to take a position at Utah as a player personnel analyst.

Dennis had been with the Ohio State football program for the past eight seasons. He just finished his fourth season as quarterbacks coach after Ryan Day promoted him to the position in January of 2020.

Before the promotion, Dennis spent two seasons as a senior quality control coach working with Day and the quarterbacks. Before that, he spent two years working alongside Brian Hartline and the wide receivers.

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When Bill O’Brien was hired as the Buckeyes’ new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in January, it was believed that Dennis would stay with the program in another role. As of Tuesday afternoon, Dennis’ bio was scrubbed from the Ohio State athletics website and added to Utah’s staff directory.

The news comes as questions swirl surrounding the fate of O’Brien, who reportedly is a leading candidate for the head coaching position at Boston College.

While at Ohio State, Dennis coached three first-round NFL Draft pick quarterbacks in Dwayne Haskins, Justin Fields and C.J. Stroud.

This past season, the Buckeyes offense lost some of its potency, with questions revolving around the quarterback room. In 2022, Ohio State was 14th in the nation in passing offense averaging 298.3 yards per game. In 2021, the Buckeyes threw for the third-most yards per game in the country with 380.9 yards per game.

Last fall, those numbers dropped significantly with Ohio State averaging 269.1 passing yards per game, good enough for 30th in the nation. Dennis graduated from Georgia Tech University in 2014 and then joined the Ohio State staff as an intern for the spring of 2015. He has a master’s degree in sports management from Ohio State.

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