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Shawn Watson
Shawn Watson

Position:
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

Experience:
3rd season


12/19/2013

Offense Prepares for Miami's Speed

Cardinals will have to match Miami's potent offense

11/21/2013

Offense into Wins; Not Style Points

Dominique Brown rushed for 137 yards last week

11/14/2013

Offense Looks to Put Mistakes Behind Them

Cardinals must clean up penalties and dropped passes

10/01/2013

Watson Ready to Open Playbook Against Temple

The Cardinals are seventh in the nation in scoring offense.

08/08/2013

Bedford Promises to Return to Attacking Style of Defense

Bedford hopes to return to the 2010 style of defense

12/26/2013

LOUISVILLE FOOTBALL RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL | PRACTICE IV

Louisville Football Russell Athletic Bowl | Practice IV

12/19/2013

LOUISVILLE FOOTBALL GRADUATES 15

Louisville Football Graduates 15 in December Commencement

12/05/2013

LOUISVILLE FOOTBALL v CINCINNATI

Louisville Football v Cincinnati

10/26/2013

LOUISVILLE v USF

Louisville Football v USF

11/10/2012

GAME DAY | LOUISVILLE AT SYRACUSE

Louisville Football v Syracuse

Playing Experience
• Began his collegiate playing career at Illinois in 1978, but transferred to Southern Illinois at Carbondale in 1979.
• Played two seasons with the Salukis as a safety.

Coaching Experience
1982: Southern Illinois (Graduate Assistant)
1983-84: Illinois (Graduate Assistant)
1985: Illinois (Tight Ends/Offensive Tackles)
1986:
Illinois (Wide Receivers)
1987-89: Miami (OH) (Tight Ends)
1990-93: Miami (OH) (Quarterbacks/Recruiting Coordinator)
1994-96: Southern Illinois (Head Coach)
1997-98: Northwestern (Quarterbacks)
1999: Colorado (Quarterbacks)
2000-05: Colorado (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)
2006: Nebraska (Recruiting Coordinator/Tight Ends)
2007-10: Nebraska (Offensive Coordinator/QB)
2011-13: Louisville (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)

Bowl Games Coached
1984:
Rose
1985: Peach
1999: Insight.com
2002: Fiesta
2002: Alamo
2004: EV1.net Houston
2005: Champs
2007: Cotton
2009: Gator
2009: Holiday
2010: Holiday
2011: Belk
2013: Sugar

Coaching Highlights

Louisville
• Guided quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to the BIG EAST Offensive player of the Year and first team All-BIG EAST. Threw for 3,718 yards and 27 touchdowns.
• Led a dramatic improvement offensively in 2012, scoring 405 points and averaging 418.8 yards of total offense.
• In 2011, coached Teddy Bridgewater to the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year Award and numerous freshman All-American awards.
• Took over the play-calling duties mid-way through the 2010 season.

Nebraska
• Directed an offense in 2010 that ranked ninth in the country in rushing offense at 247.6 yards per game, including four games where Nebraska ran for more than 300 yards in a game.
• Under Watson's guidance in 2009, Nebraska averaged 147.1 rushing yards per game averaged 175.7 yards through the air. Zac Lee, who was in his first season as a starter, completed nearly 60 percent of his passes.
• Watson's balanced attack a year earlier averaged 169.8 yards per game on the ground and 281.0 yards in the air, as the Huskers' 450.8 yards of total offense per game ranked 12th nationally.
• Senior quarterback Joe Ganz set single-season school records for total yards with 3,826, and passing yards with 3,568 in 2008. He threw for 25 touchdowns while completing 67.9 percent of his passes, finishing his career with more than 20 NU records.
• In 2007, the Huskers threw for a school-record 3,886 yards, including the top three passing days in school history. The Nebraska offense ranked ninth nationally at 468.2 yards per game, A pair of Watson's quarterbacks helped Nebraska rank seventh nationally in passing with a school-record 323.8 yards per game.

Colorado
• Coached on the staff of four teams that won the Big 12 North Division, including a conference title in 2001.

Northwestern
• Coached at Northwestern from 1997-98, serving as quarterbacks coach for the Wildcats. Watson earned his spot at Northwestern following a three-year stint as the head coach at Southern Illinois, Watson's alma mater.

Southern Illinois
• Earned his first head coaching job at Southern Illinois from 1994-96.

Miami (Ohio)
• Tutored the tight ends for three years, wide receivers for two years and served as quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator in his final two seasons.

Illinois

• First full-time assistant coaching job came on Mike White's Illinois staff and was a part of two bowl teams at Illinois, including the 1983 Rose Bowl team.

All-BIG EAST Players
Teddy Bridgewater (2012)
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year

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