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  Andy Ludwig
Andy Ludwig

Player Profile
Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks

4th Year

Alma Mater:
Portland State (1988)

Offensive Coordinator
4th Year

Coaching Experience
2005- Utah

Offensive Coordinator
2002-04 - Oregon
Offensive Coordinator
1998-01 - Fresno State
Offensive Coordinator
1997 - Cal Poly-SLO
Offensive Coordinator
1995-96 - Boise State
1993-94 - Augustana (S.D.)
Offensive Coordinator
1992 - Utah
Graduate Assistant
1989-91 - Idaho State
Quarterbacks, Receivers
1987-88 - Portland State

Bowl Experience
1992 - Copper Bowl
1999 - Las Vegas Bowl
2000 - Silicon Valley Bowl
2001 - Silicon Valley Bowl
2002 - Seattle Bowl
2003 - Sun Bowl
2005 - Emerald Bowl
2006 - Armed Forces Bowl 2007 - Poinsettia Bowl

Andy Ludwig owned a reputation as an offensive innovator and developer of quarterbacks when he came to Utah in 2005. Now he is also known for his adaptability.

Injuries have cost Utah its starting quarterback at times all three years of his tenure as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Each time, Ludwig plugged in the second string quarterback, modified the offense to suit his strengths and kept the offense moving the chains.

Big wins Ludwig has assisted in while coaching a seldom-used backup QB came against Brigham Young and No. 24 Georgia Tech in 2005, and No. 11 UCLA in 2007.

His modifications have included using All-America defensive back Eric Weddle to run a spread option package in 2006, and creating option plays for true freshman Corbin Louks last fall after an injury to starter Brian Johnson limited his run game.

Ludwig's coaching versatility has allowed Utah to rank among the league's offensive powers. In 2005, Utah led the league in total offense - averaging 473.0 yards per game - and finishing 12th nationally. Also that year, Utah led the MWC and placed 10th in the nation in pass efficiency offense. In both 2005 and 2006, Utah placed in the top-two in the league in pass offense - finishing 12th in the nation in 2005. The 2007 Utes finished second in the league in rushing offense.

While best known for his success with quarterbacks - Ludwig coached David Carr, a Heisman Trophy finalist at Fresno State and the 2002 No. 1 NFL Draft pick - he has also incorporated a strong run game. In stints at Fresno State (1998-2001), Oregon (2002-04) and Utah, he can claim six 1,000-yard rushers. He has coached two of the nine Utes ever to rush for 1,000 yards in a season: Quinton Ganther (1,120 in 2005) and Darrell Mack (1,204 in 2007).

The Ogden, Utah, native was a 2001 Broyles Award finalist - awarded to the nation's top collegiate assistant coach. That season, Fresno averaged 40 points and nearly 500 yards per game - finishing fourth in the nation in both categories. Fresno State became the first school in NCAA history to feature a 4,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher in a single season.

Ludwig shaped the career of Carr, who led the nation in passing yards (4,839) and touchdowns (46), was a Heisman Trophy finalist and won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm and Sammy Baugh awards. Ludwig also mentored Billy Volek, who set the NCAA record for lowest career and season interception percentage.

Under Ludwig, Kellen Clemens had the best sophomore season ever by an Oregon quarterback. He would later go in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft to the New York Jets. Wide receiver Sammie Parker set Oregon game, season and career records for receptions. Ludwig also showcased 1,000-yard rushers Onterrio Smith and Terrence Whitehead.

LCal Poly ranked seventh in the country in total offense in 1997, averaging 455.0 yards per game and quarterback Alli Abrew led the nation in passing efficiency.

Sacramento, Northern California, Reno

Ludwig began his playing career as a wide receiver at Snow College from 1982-83. He then transferred to Portland State, lettering in 1985-86.

Portland State, 1988
Bachelor's degree in exercise science

Hometown: Ogden, Utah
Birthdate: May 14, 1964
Family: Married to the former Jill Moller. Son Joseph and daughter Delaney.

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