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Roderick Out, Erickson Retiring

SALT LAKE CITY–Utah Football announced Friday morning that co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Aaron Roderick will not be retained on staff, and running backs coach Dennis Erickson is retiring from football coaching.

After coaching the wide receivers from 2005-2013, Roderick transitioned to coach the quarterbacks in 2014 and stayed with the position group after being promoted to co-offensive coordinator in 2010 and 2015-16.

Utah was 11th in the Pac-12 conference in total offense in 2015. They improved to 7th in 2016, but notably struggled to score in the red zone, finishing second-to-last in the conference in red zone efficiency, scoring only 27 touchdowns in 54 chances.

In the sunset of a remarkable coaching career, Erickson joined Utah as the co-offensive coordinator in 2013 in addition to coaching the running back position group. He stayed as the running backs coach the final three seasons at Utah, and was given the title of assistant head coach in 2015.

“Both Dennis and Aaron have been instrumental to the success of our program and we appreciate their contributions,” said head coach Kyle Whittingham in a statement. “Dennis is one of the most respected coaches in the history of college football and the opportunity to work side by side with him and learn from him has been an invaluable experience. Aaron has been an incredibly loyal member of our staff for many years and has been an integral part of this program’s growth.”

No immediate replacements have been named, and there is no specific timetable to fill the coaching roles at this time.

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