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Dykes Named Offensive Coordinator
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 08, 2006
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TUCSON--University of Arizona head coach Mike Stoops named passing-attack specialist Sonny Dykes of Texas Tech to become his offensive coordinator today and noted, dryly, “Oh, yeah. Definitely,” that the hire signified a new direction for the Wildcat offensive attack.

Dykes has been a co-offensive coordinator working with head coach Mike Leach and inside receivers coach Dana Holgorsen running Texas Tech’s wide-open passing attack the past two years, and has been Tech’s wide receivers coach since 2000. The Red Raiders have led the nation in total offense the past three years and in passing for four consecutive seasons.


“Sonny brings some fresh ideas and new enthusiasm to our program and to our offense,” Stoops said. “He has a great background with his family and working with Mike (Leach). His work brings a lot of credibility to our attack,” Stoops said. “Coaching against the system he’s operated was extremely difficult. It’s a lethal offense.”


Sonny Dykes

Dykes, 37, will coach UA quarterbacks and call the plays for the Wildcat offense. Stoops had former OC Mike Canales and tight ends coach Dana Dimel share duties as running game coordinator the last half of UA’s 6-6 season in 2006. Canales had been the sole operator for UA’s offensive planning in Stoops’ first two years at Arizona.


Dykes was named the All-American Football Foundation’s Mike Campbell Top Assistant Award winner last spring and was cited as one of the nation’s top college football recruiters by this year. He has been instrumental in Tech’s record-setting passing attack which in his career has seen receivers set numerous individual school and Big 12 Conference records.


The Red Raiders’ offense rates No. 7 nationally in total offense and third in the nation with 363.2 passing yards per game. Notably for Arizona, the club rates 16th nationally in scoring at 32 points per game in a league where five opponents allowed less than 19 points per game. TTU will play Minnesota in the Insight Bowl in Tempe on Dec. 29.


Dykes said he would be on the sidelines for that game, but only as a guest of coach Leach and as a holiday excursion. Otherwise, he's at work evaluating Arizona's personnel, developing plans for spring and working in the recruiting process where he's been a noted performer in Texas, particularly the Metroplex.


Tech’s receiving corps leads the Big 12 by a wide margin. Senior Robert Johnson is No. 4 nationally at 7.27 catches per game and has 80 total, along with fellow senior Joel Filani, who is 10th in Division I-A with 6.7 receptions per game. Sophomore Shannon Woods had 72 receptions. Filani, a first-team All-Big 12 selection, leads the league with 1,138 yards and 95 yards per game. Quarterback Graham Harrell has thrown for 4,110 yards to spearhead an offense that has averaged 6.6 yards per play, largely on the strength of 402 team completions in 601 attempts.


“We’re going to throw it around some,” Dykes said of his new appointment at Arizona. “It’s an exciting opportunity for me. I expect us to have a multiple focus and do a little bit of everything on offense. We’ll evaluate what our personnel can do and then do it,” he said.


“The great thing about this job is that Arizona has a good defense. That can help you devise an offense that gives you a chance to win games,” Dykes said.


Among his previous pupils at Tech was Carlos Francis, a fourth-round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders in the 2004 NFL Draft.

Stoops announces Dykes' appointment
Francis finished his career with 20 receiving touchdowns, which ranks third on the career list at Tech and was third in career receiving yardage at the completion of his career.


In addition to Francis, Dykes also coached former New York Giants receiver Derek Dorris during his career at Tech. Other players Dykes coached during his career who are currently on NFL rosters include Quentin McCord (Atlanta Falcons), Brad Pyatt (Indianapolis Colts) and Derek Smith (Cincinnati Bengals). Former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Leroy Fields also tutored under Dykes.


Dykes returned to Tech from the University of Kentucky, where he coached the tight ends and special teams as a graduate assistant on then-head coach Hal Mumme's staff. The 1999 season in Lexington was his second and saw one of his players, James Whalen, named to the Associated Press All-America team and set the all-time NCAA Division I record for receptions by a tight end.


Dykes also was a graduate assistant under Mumme during the 1997 season, before heading to Northeast Louisiana University for the 1998 campaign.


Under Dykes' guidance, NLU wide receiver Marty Booker broke all of the school single-season and career receiving records. Booker was named first-team All-Independent and played in the Blue-Gray and East-West Shrine all-star games. Booker was a third-round selection in the 1999 NFL Draft of the Chicago Bears and is an eight-year NFL veteran of the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears.


Dykes worked at Navarro Junior College in 1995-96. In 1996, Dykes was the quarterbacks and receivers coach and the passing game coordinator as Navarro posted a 7-4 record and reached the Texas junior college championship game. In 1995, he coached the running backs as Navarro went 8-2.


Dykes also coached running backs on the high school level at Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas, in 1994. He got his start in coaching as a baseball coach at Monahans (Texas) High School in the spring of 1994.


A native of Big Spring, Texas, Dykes was a football and baseball star at Coronado High School in Lubbock. He went on to Texas Tech, where he was a three-year letterman as a first baseman. He graduated from Tech in 1993 with a degree in history. He earned a master’s degree from Kentucky in 1999.


Dykes and his wife, Kate, were married last July. He is the son of Tech's career coaching victories leader, Spike Dykes. His older brother, Rick, was UA’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under John Mackovic in 2001-02.



The Dykes File

Date of Birth:             Nov. 9, 1969, Big Springs, Texas

High School:              Coronado High School, Lubbock, Texas,

College:                    Texas Tech, 1993

                                Kentucky, 1999

Playing Experience:   Texas Tech, baseball 1989-93

Recruiting Areas:       Texas

Family:                     Married to Kate Golding in July 2006


Dykes’ Coaching Career

1994     Monahans, Texas, High School (baseball assistant)

1994     Pearce High School, Richardson, Texas, assistant

1995     Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas, Running Backs

1996     Navarro College,  Passing Game coordinator, QBs

1997     Kentucky, graduate assistant, Tight Ends

1998     Northeast Louisiana, Receivers

1999     Kentucky, Receivers, Special Teams

2000     Texas Tech, Receivers

2001     Texas Tech, Receivers

2002     Texas Tech, Receivers

2003     Texas Tech, Receivers

2004     Texas Tech, Receivers

2005     Texas Tech, Receivers, Co-Offensive Coordinator

2006     Texas Tech, Receivers, Co-Offensive Coordinator


Dykes’ Bowl Games

1999     Kentucky, Music City Bowl

2000     Texas Tech, Galleryfurniture Bowl

2001     Texas Tech, Alamo Bowl

2002     Texas Tech, Tangerine Bowl

2003     Texas Tech, Houston Bowl

2004     Texas Tech, Holiday Bowl

2006     Texas Tech, Insight Bowl




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