O-line coach Kennedy hired at Mississippi State

Arkansas offensive line coach Cody Kennedy watches warmups prior to a game against Texas A&M on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, in Arlington, Texas.
Arkansas offensive line coach Cody Kennedy watches warmups prior to a game against Texas A&M on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, in Arlington, Texas.

FAYETTEVILLE — Cody Kennedy on Friday afternoon was named Mississippi State’s offensive line coach.

A native of Florence, Ala., who played at Southeastern Louisiana, Kennedy had been on Arkansas’ staff for the past three seasons. A Sam Pittman protege who worked with him at Georgia in 2018, Kennedy succeeded Brad Davis as offensive line coach in 2021 following a very brief stint as tight ends coach.

FootballScoop.com first reported Friday morning that the Bulldogs were preparing to bring Kennedy on board for newly hired head coach Jeff Lebby.

The offensive line proved to be an area of struggle for the Razorbacks during their just-completed 4-8 season. Arkansas allowed 47 sacks, ranked 89th in the FBS with 139 rushing yards per game and 106th with 326.5 total yards per game.

Pittman, who hired former Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino as offensive coordinator on Tuesday, said in a Thursday press conference there would be staff changes.

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