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Musgrave named offensive coordinator

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio today named Bill Musgrave as offensive coordinator. Musgrave is one of Del Rio's first hires since he was named head coach of the team last Friday.

Musgrave, 35, was the University of Virginia's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks and tight ends coach for the past two seasons. He coached current Jaguars tight end Chris Luzar in 2001. A former NFL assistant coach and player, he has worked closely with some of the top quarterbacks and offensive minds in the college and pro game.

In 2002, Musgrave helped lead Virginia to a 9-5 record including a 48-22 win against No. 15 West Virginia in the Continental Tire Bowl and a No. 22 final ranking. The Cavaliers, who finished second in the ACC, were led by junior quarterback Matt Schaub. The ACC Offensive Player of the Year was the seventh-highest rated passer in the nation with 2,976 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and only seven interceptions and had the nation's second-highest completion percentage at 68.9 percent, completing 288 of 418 passes.

Musgrave previously served as offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers in 2000 under head coach George Seifert. In 1999, Musgrave was the Panthers' quarterbacks coach and played an instrumental role in Steve Beuerlein's Pro Bowl season. Beuerlein became only the 11th player in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns as Carolina's passing game ranked second in the NFL. Overall, the Panthers' offense scored 30-or-more points eight times after reaching that milestone only six times in the first four years of the franchise.

Selected by the Dallas Cowboys as a quarterback in the fourth round of the 1991 NFL draft, Musgrave played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1991-94 and the Denver Broncos from 1995-96. He played in the 49ers' Super Bowl XXIX win over San Diego in 1995, backing up game MVP Steve Young. While in Denver, he played behind future NFL Hall-of-Fame quarterback John Elway.

Musgrave's coaching career started before his playing days were over. He served as an assistant coach with the Oakland Raiders during the 1997 season after being released by Denver in training camp. That year, he helped guide Jeff George to a league-leading 3,919 yards passing and an AFC-best 29 touchdown passes.

A year later, Musgrave went to training camp with the Indianapolis Colts and worked with Peyton Manning. He joined the Philadelphia Eagles' coaching staff as offensive coordinator for the last 10 games of that season after being released by the Colts.

Musgrave was a four-year starting quarterback and three-year football captain at Oregon. He finished his collegiate career as the Ducks' all-time leading passer and set a total of 15 school records. His 60 career passing touchdowns ranked second only to Elway in PAC 10 history. He was a three-time All-Academic selection at Oregon and was the nation's All-Academic Player of the Year as a senior. He received his bachelor's degree in finance from the Eugene, Ore., school in 1990.

A native of Grand Junction, Colo., Musgrave was a standout athlete at Grand Junction High School. He was named the Colorado High School Athlete of the Year in 1985. Bill and his wife, Neely have three children.

BACKGROUND: Pro career: Quarterback, San Francisco 49ers 1991-94, Denver Broncos 1995-96. Pro coach: Oakland Raiders 1997, Philadelphia Eagles 1998, Carolina Panthers 1999-2000, Virginia Cavaliers 2001-02, Jacksonville Jaguars 2003 (offensive coordinator).

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