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SEC: Nussmeier Hired as Gators’ Offensive Coordinator

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Doug Nussmeier has been named the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach for the 2015 Florida football team, head coach Jim McElwain announced Wednesday. Nussmeier spent the 2014 season in the same role at Michigan following two years as the offensive coordinator at Alabama, where he won the 2012 BCS National Championship with the Crimson Tide.

Nussmeier and McElwain worked together at Michigan State (2003-05) under head coach John L. Smith, with Nussmeier serving as the Quarterbacks Coach and McElwain as the Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers Coach. 


When McElwain left Fresno State in 2007, Nussmeier replaced him as Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach. The same thing happened at Alabama after the 2011 season, with Nussmeier taking the same position with the Crimson Tide after McElwain was named the head coach at Colorado State.

“Doug and I have worked together on the same staff and I’ve known him for years,” McElwain said. “We are like thinkers in that he will adapt to the players we have in the program and develop them as we continue to evolve.”

Nussmeier has a track record of producing strong quarterback play throughout his coaching career, mentoring Alabama’s AJ McCarron, Washington’s Jake Locker and Keith Price, Michigan State’s Drew Stanton and Jeff Smoker and the St. Louis Rams’ Marc Bulger. 


In 12 seasons coaching college quarterbacks, Nussmeier has tutored four 3,000-yard passers. He also helped Bulger have the best year of his NFL career in 2006, when he threw for 4,301 yards and 24 touchdowns.

“I’m excited to reunite with Coach Mac — we obviously have a long history and share similar philosophies,” Nussmeier said. “I’m honored to join The Gator Nation and work for one of the most storied programs in all of college football.”

In addition to his success working with quarterbacks, in Nussmeier’s seven seasons as a coordinator, his offenses have produced six 1,000-yard seasons by his backs – Alabama’s T.J. Y ldon (twice) and Eddie Lacy and Washington’s Chris Polk (three times)
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