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ASU Football: Zak Hill named offensive coordinator

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The vacancy is filled

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 30 Arizona at Arizona State Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

There’s been rumblings all week, but now it’s official. Former Boise State offensive coordinator Zak Hill will be the new offensive coordinator at Arizona State, replacing former OC Rob Likens, who was dismissed from his duties on Dec. 1.

In four seasons with the Broncos, Hill worked as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He will hold the same role with the Sun Devils.

Hill runs a pro-style offense that fits the personnel and mentality that head coach Herm Edwards is trying to establish, and in 2018, he helped coach Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien, who earned Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year.

Additionally, the Broncos were top-25 in the nation in both scoring offense and total offense. Prior to his time in Boise, Hill also helped garner high-powered offenses at Hawaii and Eastern Washington.

The Broncos ended the 2019 regular season at 12-1, and they will be playing in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 21.

Hill was named the OC, and the Sun Devils also made other decisions official by naming Prentice Gill and Derek Hagan assistant coaches earlier this morning.

Gill joined the staff earlier this month, and Hagan was promoted. Those moves round out the ASU offensive coaching staff.

Hagan’s promotion comes after he served as an offensive analyst, and he helped in the development of ASU’s primary receivers such as senior standout Brandon Aiyuk.

Aiyuk discussed how Hagan helped fine tune his game earlier this season with some of the intricate details of the game.

“D-Hag (Hagan), especially this offseason, we picked up little details and honed in on those things,” said Aiyuk in an interview with House of Sparky at the beginning of the year. “When I am watching film, me and D-Hag, we’d watch the top of my routes and I am not running full speed, and I’d stay low on my whole route and then break down instead of getting up high. I’d kind of tip my route away when I’d get lower. It’s small little details like route-running and film watching. He taught me how to really watch film, not just watch the ball.”

Hill and Gill are now officially on the staff, and Hagan will be coaching the receivers leading up to the Sun Bowl.

We will provide bowl coverage and recruiting updates over the next couple of weeks. The Sun Bowl takes place on Dec. 31, and National Signing Day for college football is on Dec. 18.