Raiders hire McElwain to coach QBs

The Oakland Raiders hired Jim McElwain as their new quarterbacks coach,

McElwain spent the past three seasons at Michigan State as assistant head coach with responsibility for receivers and special teams.

In 2005, five Spartan receivers had at least 28 receptions, led by Jerramy Scott, who caught 49 passes for 722 yards and four touchdowns. Last season, Scott (ninth with 65.6 yards per game) and Kyle Brown (10th with 60.7 ypg.) both ranked among the Big Ten leaders in receiving yards. In addition, MSU receivers combined for a school-record 24 TD receptions in 2005.

McElwain also had an immediate impact on Spartan special teams. Over the last three seasons, MSU's special teams produced seven touchdowns, including five kickoff returns and two blocked punts that have resulted in scores.

The 44-year-old McElwain served as Louisville's wide receiver and special teams coach for three seasons (2000-02).

McElwain previously served as offensive coordinator at Montana State for five years (1995-99). In addition, he coached the Bobcat quarterbacks and wide receivers.

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