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Who are some candidates to fill in the now vacant receivers coach position?

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The Oregon Ducks now have a vacancy to fill as now former receivers coach Jovon Bouknight has reportedly parted ways with Oregon and left for Kentucky in an unspecified role.

Who are the likely candidates and the unlikely candidates that Coach Cristobal might look to fill the position?

note: all salary information was gathered via USA Today’s database

Likely

1. Johnathan Krause Oregon

Title: Graduate Assistant - Offense

  • Krause joined the Oregon staff as a GA after his NFL career ended. He’s a Vanderbilt alum and native of Georgia. He played in the NFL for four years, ending his pro career with the Tennessee Titans in 2017. However, this role might be a tad bit too early for him in his coaching career even though its an internal hire. 2019 Salary: Unknown

2. Kodi Burns Auburn

Title: Co-Offensive Coordinator / Receivers

  • Burns is growing as an elite recruiter and has been well traveled, including a stint in Tempe as a running backs coach. He’s the co-offensive coordinator in name only as we all know that it’s Gus Malzhan’s offense. He has helped developed some good receivers at Auburn as well. If he’s looking to escape the branding of the Malzhan offense, Oregon could be a good place for him to start. The Ducks got a upfront look at him last season. 2019 Salary: $350,000

3. Kirby Moore Fresno State

Title: Receivers / Pass Game Coordinator

  • The younger brother of former Boise State quarterback and current Dallas Cowboys OC Kellen Moore. Moore is well regarded within the industry for being just as good as Kellen. He has coached several good receivers through the years and has ties to Ducks DC Andy Avalos as both were in Boise at the same time and are alums. He has served at Washington and for former Cal HC Jeff Tedford so the conference ties are there too. 2019 Salary: $180,000

4. Holmon Wiggins Alabama

Title: Wide Receivers

  • Wiggins has been in Tuscaloosa for one year after serving on Justin Fuentes’ staff at both Memphis and Virginia Tech. He has a great track record of development before getting to Alabama so we can’t say hey it was the three headed monster there. He hasn’t gone any further west than New Mexico (alma mater) in his coaching career though. Not sure if Oregon can afford his salary as well. 2019 Salary: $450,000

5. Jimmy Dougherty UCLA

Title: Wide Receivers

  • Dougherty has extensive ties to the conference as he coached at Washington back when they had good receivers in the early part of the previous decade. He’s also the current receivers for one Chip Kelly. Also has ties to the Big Ten when he was on Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Michigan. Primarily a west coast coach type of guy. A former QB by trade. 2019 Salary: $340,400

6. Charlie Fisher Free Agent

Title: Wide Receivers

  • He was the former receivers coach for Arizona State prior to his dismissal by Herm Edwards. this past season. 2019 Salary: $400,000

7. Samie Parker The Spring League

Title: Wide Receivers / Return Specialists

  • We all know about Parker’s exploits as a former Duck. He played a little bit in the NFL before transitioning into his second career as a coach. He’s currently a coach in the Spring League, which is considered to put it in nice terms, the equivalent of short season minor league baseball (a step below single A minor league teams). He did however coach at Whittier College for one year.

8. Taylor Mazzone Arizona

Title: Outside Receivers

  • If the last name sounds familiar, it’s Noel Mazzone’s son. He has extensive ties to the conference as he’s coached with his father at both ASU, UCLA, and now Arizona. One has to wonder if he has an eye to escape the stigma of following dad around or not. Arizona’s receivers weren’t bad last season given the quarterback turmoil. He’s strictly an offshoot of the Sumlin tree, who himself is an offshoot of the Leach Air Raid tree. 2019 Salary: $200,000

9. Darrell Wyatt UCF

Title: Wide Receivers

  • The well traveled coach has a ton of coordinator experience as well as receivers coach experience spread across the pro and college ranks. He has a Pac-12 tie via a brief interlude at Arizona. A known recruiter but not so much a developmental coach. He did his best work while with Texas, hauling in multiple top five classes. However, he did great work with UCF’s receivers the past couple of seasons. Has ties all over SEC and Big 12 country and is developing a ton of pipelines in Florida. 2019 Salary: $226,000

Not Likely

1. Tee Martin Tennessee

Title: Associate Head Coach / Passing Game Coordinator / Wide Receivers

  • I think we’re all familiar with Martin’s work while he was at USC so I won’t go too in depth there. Let’s face it, he took a demotion when Jim Chaney took over as the OC for the Volunteers. Tennessee is home for him so it’s likely he won’t leave unless it’s for an OC job. 2019 Salary: $450,000

2. Cortez Hankton Georgia

Title: Pass Game Coordinator - Wide Receivers

  • Hankton would be an awesome get for the Ducks as he has some level of familiarity with Joe Moorhead as both were at Ivy League schools around the same time plus the SEC ties. However, his salary might be too much of a cost for the Ducks to pay. He’s paid his dues to get to where he is now. A New Orleans native so he would automatically open up the Louisiana pipeline along with the central Florida region as he played professionally there and began his coaching career there. 2019 Salary: $550,000

3. Matt Lubick Nebraska

Title: Offensive Coordinator - Receivers

  • Those bridges he left behind at Oregon might still be burning. He’s a known commodity to Oregon fans for his work in Eugene. He’s not going to take a demotion in both title and role to come back.

4. Marques Hagans Virginia

Title: Wide Receivers

  • Hagans likely isn’t happening because a Virginia alumnus and a legend within that community. He’s a former quarterback there and got his coaching start in Charlottesville. the DMV is home for him. It would be a tough pull for Coach Cristobal even if he were to contact Hagans. 2019 Salary: $250,000

5. Junior Adams Washington

Title: Wide Receivers

  • Would he really jump ship to the biggest rival? He did cross paths with Andy Avalos at Boise. Has huge ties to the Pacific Northwest so it’s not like he’s traveling across the country. It would be hilarious for the memes, though. He has developed several receivers for the pros across his stops so there’s that. 2019 Salary: $375,000

6. Lonnie Galloway North Carolina

Title: Wide Receivers

  • Galloway is unlikely to leave UNC as the farthest west he has coached is Louisville. He has a very good reputation as a recruiter and developer. Galloway has presided over multiple draft picks and was at Louisville during the Lamar Jackson years. He made his name at West Virginia during the middle part of the 2000s. 2019 Salary: $400,000

7. John Simon Memphis

Title: Receivers / Passing Game Coordinator / Recruiting Coordinator

  • Simon has ties to the Pac-12 as Arizona State’s running backs coach in 2017 and 2018 so Oregon has a some familiarity with his work. He worked under now Florida State head coach Mike Norvell before being retained in 2020 by the new coach. A native of Louisiana who has coached in Texas and Mississippi so he could open the doors to those fertile areas if hired by Oregon. 2019 Salary: $300,000

8. Tyron Carrier Houston

Title: Receivers Coach

  • This isn’t likely happening as Carrier is a native of Houston and graduated from Houston. His receivers have put up numbers across his stops in the Big 12 though. Has been part of Dana Holgerson’s staff since the West Virginia days so that’s another factor against leaving. Made a brief pit stop as a grad assistant at Baylor where they put up huge numbers. 2019 Salary: $300,000

9. Malcolm Kelly TCU

Title: Outside Receivers Coach

  • If the name is familiar to you, then you are correct. The former Sooners receiver got into coaching after his pro career ended in 2016. He’s in his second season for the Horned Frogs as outside receivers coach. It will be interesting to see how he progresses in his career but he’s on the fast track given his progression from graduate assistant to position coach in just four short seasons. TCU’s offense annually ranks among the best in the nation. 2019 Salary: Unknown, TCU is a private institution so they don’t have to release any information.

10. Steve Spurrier, Jr Mississippi State

Title: Outside Receivers

  • Let the memes begin! No, seriously, he’s a good coach with the bloodline to match the talent. Yeah, he got his start under his legendary father but he’s become his own man. He’s been hanging around the Air Raid a ton, however so I’m not sure how that would mesh with Joe Moorhead. He just joined Mike Leach’s staff at Mississippi State so there’s that too. 2019 Salary: $296,500

NOT HAPPENING

1. Brian Hartline Ohio State

Title: Receivers Coach

  • There’s 0 chance that Hartline would leave Ohio State unless it is for an offensive coordinator job or even a head coaching job. He’s an Ohio guy that played at Ohio State. The best receivers coach in the country. 2019 Salary: $345,000

2. Bryan McClendon South Carolina

Title: Receivers Coach

  • He has SEC experience as he was around at South Carolina around the same time that Mario Cristobal was at Alabama. He also has prior OC experience but was demoted to receivers coach after a subpar effort. He began his coaching career at Georgia. There is almost a 0 chance that Oregon pays above his current salary even if he wanted to leave because of the demotion and certain promises were made to him (i.e. the OC job once Moorhead leaves for elsewhere). 2019 Salary: $1,000,000

3. Kasey Dunn Oklahoma State

Title: Offensive Coordinator / Receivers / Associate Head Coach

  • Oregon reached out to him before last year and he told them no. He was elevated to Offensive Coordinator this past January so he won’t leave for a receivers coaching position. 0 chance here. Oregon had its shot here and didn’t land him in the first place. 2019 Salary: $600,000

4. Bush Hamdan Missouri

Title: Wide Receivers / Quarterbacks

  • The former much maligned offensive coordinator of the hated Malmuts ended up at Missouri under new head coach Eli Drinkwitz in Columbia. This isn’t happening. Moving on.