Nussmeier officially named Florida OC

One week after hiring his defensive coordinator, Florida head coach Jim McElwain has found his offensive coordinator.

Doug Nussmeier was officially named Florida offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Wednesday afternoon. Nussmeier has been close with Florida coach Jim McElwain throughout their coaching careers, but after the Michigan staff was fired following the 2014 regular season, he will now take the reigns of the Florida offense.

“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 echoed the importance of the familiarity.

“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.”

Nussmeier’s offense at Michigan in 2014 didn’t have impressive numbers. The Wolverines were 111th in scoring offense (20.9 points), 114th in total offense (333 yards), 66th in rushing offense (162.8 yards) and 112th in passing offense (170.2 yards). However, he took over a unit that also struggled in 2013.

Nussmeier, 44 years old, left Alabama to take the job as the offensive coordinator at Michigan. After making $680,000 as the coordinator for the Crimson Tide, he signed a three-year, $2.57 million deal to lead to Wolverines' offense. Similar to how Kurt Roper took over the Florida offense with the head coach’s job on the line, Nussmeier had the pressure to fix the Michigan offense while Brady Hoke’s spot on the hot seat only grew warmer.

It didn’t work. Nussmeier was given only one year to fix the Wolverines’ offense, but the team went 5-7 and the entire staff was fired.

When McElwain left Alabama following the 2011 season to take the head coaching position at Colorado State, Nick Saban called Nussmeier to take over the reigns of his offense.

In 2012, Nussmeier’s offense ranked 31st in total offense and 16th in rush offense, the same exact numbers they earned in McElwain’s last season running the offense. With Nussmeier at the helm in his first year, he improved the Alabama scoring offense from 20th in McElwain’s last year to 12th in his first season. He also helped quarterback A.J. McCarron have the highest passing efficiency in the country.

During the 2013 season, the Crimson Tide were again one of the best offenses in the country, ranking 17th in scoring offense, 15 in total offense, 22nd in passing offense and 34th in rushing offense.

Nussmeier earned Saban’s call from his time at Washington.

His 2011 offense with the Huskies ranked 25th in scoring offense, 38th in total offense, 35th in passing offense and 63rd in rushing offense. The 2011 offense was Nussmeier’s best in three years at Washington.

In 2010, the offense was 96th in scoring offense, 76th in total offense, 83rd in passing offense and 38th in rushing offense. In 2009, the Huskies were 69th in scoring offense, 62nd in total offense, 40th in passing offense and 68th in rushing offense.

Nussmeier’s career as an offensive coordinator began in 2008 at Fresno State. He took over the offense for the Bulldogs the year after McElwain left to take over as the offensive coordinator at Alabama. Nussmeier’s Fresno State offense put up impressive numbers in his first year calling plays, finishing the year 37th in scoring offense, 43rd in total offense, 66th in passing offense and 32nd in rushing offense.

Before his time as a coordinator started, Nussmeier cut his teeth as a quarterbacks coach. He served in the position for the St. Louis Rams (2006-07), Michigan State (2003-05), Ottawa Renegades (2002) and the BC Lions (2001).

Nussmeier, known for developing quarterbacks as a coach, played quarterback at Idaho in college and set multiple records in his time under center for the Vandals. The New Orleans Saints drafted him in the fourth round of the 1994 NFL Draft. He was the fourth quarterback selected behind Trent Dilfer and Heath Shuler. Nussmeier was with the Saints from 1994-97 and spent time on the Indianapolis Colts’ roster in 1998.

His playing career ended after being on the BC Lions roster in the Canadian Football League during the 2000 season. Nussmeier began his coaching career the following season by coaching the quarterbacks for the BC Lions.

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