Doug Nussmeier is in his third season as quarterbacks coach at Michigan State.
In 2004, Nussmeier tutored first-year starter Drew Stanton, who accounted for 2,288 total yards - the fifth-best single-season mark in Spartan history. Stanton completed 141-of-220 throws for 1,601 yards and eight touchdowns. His .641 completion percentage ranks second on MSU's single-season chart. Stanton also finished third on the team in rushing with 687 yards on 96 carries and five TDs. His 687 yards represent the second-best single-season rushing total by a quarterback in Spartan history. Stanton ranked among the Big Ten leaders in total offense (third at 228.8 yards per game), passing efficiency (fourth with 131.8 rating), rushing (eighth at 68.7 ypg.) and passing (10th at 160.1 ypg.).
Nussmeier deserved much of the credit for the rapid adjustment Jeff Smoker made to the spread offense in 2003. Smoker, a second-team All-Big Ten selection, led the league in passing (261.2 yards per game) and total offense (252.2 ypg.). His 302 pass completions, 488 pass attempts, 3,395 passing yards and 21 TD passes all represent the top single-season totals in Spartan history. He recorded a single-season record 10 200-yard passing games, including six 300-yard performances. Smoker, who was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the sixth round of the 2004 NFL Draft, became the first Spartan quarterback to be drafted since 1996 when Tony Banks went in the second round to the Rams.
The 34-year-old Nussmeier came to Michigan State following two years as an assistant coach in the Canadian Football League.
In 2002, he served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Joe Paopao for the expansion Ottawa Renegades. Ottawa ranked seventh in the CFL in passing offense, averaging 221.0 yards per game, with quarterback Dan Crowley throwing for 2,513 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Nussmeier spent the 2001 season as quarterbacks coach with the British Columbia Lions. In 2001, B.C. finished third in the CFL in total offense (357.8 yards per game) and fifth in passing offense (246.1 yards). Lion QB Damon Allen ranked among the league leaders in TD passes (fourth with 18) and passing yards (fifth with 3,631).
He finished his professional football career in 2000, playing in 18 regular-season and three playoff games for Grey Cup champion British Columbia. Nussmeier completed 54-of-94 throws (.574) for 768 yards, six TDs and two interceptions. He also rushed for 183 yards and a score. In a 49-42 overtime loss to Edmonton, Nussmeier threw for 178 yards and three TDs.
Nussmeier, a fourth-round selection (No. 116 overall) by New Orleans in 1994, spent five years in the National Football League, including four seasons with the Saints (1994-97). While in New Orleans, he played in seven regular-season games, including one start each in 1996 and 1997. During his four years with the Saints, Nussmeier connected on 46-of-82 passes (.561) for 455 yards, one TD and four interceptions. He joined the Indianapolis Colts in 1998.
A native of Lake Oswego, Ore., he was a four-year starter for Coach John L. Smith at Idaho from 1990-93. Nussmeier still ranks among the NCAA I-AA all-time leaders in passing (No. 9 with 10,824 career yards) and total offense (No. 10 at 309.1 yards per game). He is one of only three quarterbacks in NCAA history to throw for at least 10,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards (1,230), joining Alcorn State's Steve McNair (1991-94) and Central Florida's Daunte Culpepper (1996-98). Nussmeier set Vandal career records for passing yards, TD passes (91), passing efficiency (175.2), completion percentage (.609, 746-1,225) and total offense (12,054 yards; 308.4 yards per game).
In 1993, Nussmeier won the Walter Payton Award, presented annually to the I-AA player of the year, after leading the Vandals to an 11-3 record overall and a trip to the national semifinals. As a senior, he completed 185-of-304 throws (.609) for 2,960 yards and a school-record 33 TDs. His 172.2 QB rating in 1993 ranks as the seventh-best single-season mark in I-AA history.
Married to the former Christi Hebert, Nussmeier and his wife have a 3-year-old son Garrett and a 1-year-old daughter Ashlynn.
THE NUSSMEIER FILE
YEARS AT MICHIGAN STATE: Third. Joined staff on Jan. 6, 2003, from Canadian Football League's Ottawa Renegades.
PREVIOUS COACHING EXPERIENCE: CFL -- Quarterbacks coach with British Columbia Lions (2001); offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach with Ottawa Renegades (2002).
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in business and marketing from Idaho in 1994.
PLAYING EXPERIENCE: College -- Four-year starter at quarterback at Idaho (1990-93). NFL - Quarterback with New Orleans Saints (1994-97); quarterback with Indianapolis Colts (1998). CFL - Quarterback with British Columbia Lions (2000).
POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE: Player -- 1990 NCAA I-AA playoffs, 1992 NCAA I-AA playoffs, 1993 NCAA I-AA playoffs, 2000 Grey Cup. Coach -- 2003 Alamo Bowl.