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No wonder Keith Price is smiling. Locker's replacement is doing what he's most comfortable at.
Doug Nussmeier, a Pacific Northwest native, was hired as the Huskies' quarterback coach in January of 2009. The coming 2011 season will be his third in that role.
Last year, in 2010, Nussmeier oversaw a balanced attack that finished the season with 2,238 rushing yards and 2,475 passing yards. The offense was led by tailback Chris Polk, whose 1,415 rushing yards were second-most in UW single-season history. Additionally, Nussmeier mentored quarterback Jake Locker, who finished his career ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in nearly every major quarterbacking category.
In his first season, Nussmeier's offense made tremendous strides over the previous year. Washington scored 26.1 points per game, nearly doubling their average from the previous year while total offense was up more than 110 yards per game over the 2008 average.
Nussmeier also spent his first season coaching Locker, who had one of the most productive seasons in Husky history. Locker passed for 2,800 yards, the third-highest total in school history, while his offense also boasted a 1,000-yard rusher in Polk.
Nussmeier, who was inducted to the University of Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008, along with fellow Vandal alum and Husky assistant coach Joel Thomas, came to the UW after one season as offensive coordinator at Fresno State.
He joined the Fresno State staff after having spent two seasons as the quarterbacks coach for the St. Louis Rams on the staff of head coach Scott Linehan, a former UW offensive coordinator.
While with the Rams, he coached Marc Bulger, who was named to his second Pro Bowl in 2006, finishing with 4,301 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and only eight interceptions.
Before his time with the Rams, Nussmeier was the QB coach at Michigan State for three seasons. In 2005, Spartans quarterback Drew Stanton passed for a school-record 3,415 yards, breaking a record set by another Nussmeier pupil, Jeff Smoker, who threw for 3,395 yards in 2003. Smoker also set MSU records for completions (302), attempts (488) and passing touchdowns (21).
Nussmeier, who played in both the NFL and the Canadian Football League, began his coaching career in the CFL. In 2001, he was the quarterbacks coach for the British Columbia Lions and then, in 2002, served as the offensive coordinator and QBs coach for the Ottawa Renegades.
During his outstanding collegiate career at Idaho, Nussmeier passed for 10,824 yards and averaged 309.1 yards per game in total offense for his career. Along with Steve McNair and Daunte Culpepper, he is one of only three QBs in NCAA history to total 10,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing during his career.
He also set Idaho school records for TD passes (91), passing efficiency (154.4), completion percentage (.609) and total offense (12,054 yards). In 1993, he won the Walter Payton Award, Division I-AA's version of the Heisman Trophy. That year, he led Idaho to an 11-3 record and set a school record with 33 TD passes. He was also the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year in 1992, when the Vandals went 9-3 and won the conference crown
In 1994, he was drafted in the fourth round by the New Orleans Saints. He played four years (1994-97) with the Saints and one with the Indianapolis Colts (1998). In 2000, he helped the BC Lions to the Grey Cup championship.
Nussmeier, who earned his bachelor's degree in business and marketing from Idaho in 1994, grew up in Lake Oswego, Ore., and attended Lakeridge High School. He and his wife, Christi, have two sons, Garrett and Colton, and a daughter, Ashlynn.