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Ducks staff utilizes youthful energy, NFL experience

One of the first things everyone noticed about Dan Lanning when he was hired was his age. At just 35, now 36, Lanning became the youngest head coach in Oregon football history.

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But he’s not alone in his youthfulness.

The majority of Lanning’s staff is on the younger side as football coaches go and according to tight end coach Drew Mehringer, who is a robust 34 years old, the staff brings a delicate balance of energy and experience, which will work to the Ducks’ benefit in the long run, especially on the recruiting trail.

“In the sense of youth, there’s always a little bit of a balance between youthful energy and sage wisdom that comes from many years of coaching. I think we have a nice healthy balance,” he said. “I do think that we have a lot of energy on staff regardless of age, which I think is awesome and feeds into our players.”

It’s been well documented in sports that great teams consist of players that have the talent, of course, but also enjoy everything that contributes to winning outside of the actual games such as practices and working out. Oregon also has a staff that is excited to come to work each and every morning and that translates to the players, says Mehringer.

“I think there a lot of positive people in our staff and a lot of positive people in our organization that bring that type of energy rather than ‘Oh no, I’ve got to come to work’. It’s exciting to come to work and it’s exciting to work with these people,” he said. “Regardless of age, and I do think we have a fairly young staff comparatively, it’s been a positive and energetic one. It’s been awesome.”

While there is a lot of youth on the staff, guys like Adrian Klemm and Tosh Lupoi also bring in a grip of NFL experience, which is nothing to look past when on the recruiting trail. Already, the Ducks have had some massive success in that realm, shaping up Oregon’s 2022 class to rank No. 13 in the nation, and getting a good start on the 2023 class as well.

Oregon will find out if all of that translates to on-the-field success soon enough when the Ducks take on Georgia September 3 down in Atlanta.

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