New Falcons head coach Arthur Smith is dipping into the ACC for his offensive line hire.
Tom Pelissero tweets that the Falcons and Smith are expected to hire Louisville offensive coordinator Dwayne Ledford to fill their offensive line opening. A number of other outlets are now reporting the same. FootballScoop can confirm the move is in the works.
Just recently, Ledford was reportedly a finalist for the Marshall head coaching job that went to Charles Huff.
How about this? Ledford got his coaching start at North Carolina back in 2005 as an assistant strength coach, and at that time Arthur Smith was a senior offensive lineman for the Tar Heels. Wild.
Ledford has served as the offensive line coach at Tennessee State, Gardner-Webb, and Appalachian State. After one season coaching the offensive line unit in 2012, Ledford added the co-offensive coordinator title with the Mountaineers for three seasons before leaving to become the offensive line coach at NC State in 2016.
He reunited with Scott Satterfield at Louisville as the offensive coordinator when Satterfield left App State for the ACC opportunity in 2019.
Ledford spent a decade in the NFL as a player, but this will be his first NFL coaching opportunity.
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