Will Musgrave be back with the Ducks?

Oregon has been searching for new offensive coordinator to replace the departed Andy Ludwig. Will a former Oregon quarterback be that replacement?

eDuck Sports has learned that former Oregon quarterback Bill Musgrave is a serious candidate for the vacant offensive coordinator position.

Musgrave held the offensive coordinator position for the Jacksonville Jaguars for the 2004 season but was released on Monday. The Oregon Athletic Department had indicated after Ludwig's departure that a national search for a replacement was being conducted and it was not expected that any announcement for a hiring would be made until at least the middle of January.

Musgrave, a four-year letterman (1987-90) burst onto the Oregon football scene in 1987 and led the Ducks to their first winning season in seven years with a 6-5 record. The following year the Ducks won their first four games but after Musgrave was injured the Ducks could only win two more games and finished the 1988 season 6-6. The Ducks fortunes turned around in 1989-90 when Oregon was 8-4 in both seasons, winning the Independence Bowl in 1989 and appearing in the Freedom Bowl in 1990.

As a Duck signal caller he is Oregon's career record-holder for passing (8,343 yards) and total offense (8,140 yards) and remains as one of six quarterbacks in Pac-10 history to throw more than 8,000 yards and 60 or more touchdowns. Musgrave completed 57.3 percent of passing attempts. He was first-team all-conference quarterback (1990) and selected GTE Academic All-American of the Year.

Musgrave was drafted by San Francisco in the fourth round and had a six-year professional career as a player with the 49ers and the Denver Broncos. As a coach he has held positions with Oakland (1997), Philadelphia (1998) and Carolina (1999-2000). He was the offensive coordinator for the University of Virginia (2001-02) before returning to the NFL and Jacksonville in 2003.

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