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Monday, November 26, 2007

Wild Speculation on Pelini's Possible Staff

Pelini is still not a done deal as far as I know, but we certainly might be headed that way.

So, why not go way out on a limb and start talking about possible offensive coordinators. In my opinion, Pelini's hire as his OC is more important than Bo taking over as head coach.

With that being said, here's a name to chew on:

Greg Studrawa

Studrawa is currently the offensive line coach at LSU. He is an Ohio native and served as a GA at Ohio State, like Pelini. Studrawa was also the offensive line coach for Urban Meyer at Bowling Green, meaning he's a Meyer disciple who later ran a version of Meyer's spread offense after Meyer departed and he became the offensive coordinator at Bowling Green in 2003.

Here is his complete bio:
Studrawa served as the offensive coordinator at Bowling Green from 2003-06, guiding the Falcons to some of the top offenses at both the national and Mid-America Conference level during that time. He was also the assistant head coach for the Falcons during the 2006 season.

In his four years as the offensive coordinator at Bowling Green, the Falcons played in two bowl games – beating Northwestern, 28-24, in the 2003 Motor City Bowl and beating Memphis, 52-35, in the 2004 GMAC Bowl - and recorded a combined record of 30-19.

Studrawa also helped lead the Falcons to a couple of the biggest wins in school history as they beat 16th-ranked Purdue, 27-26, in 2003 and then followed that with a 34-18 victory over 12th-ranked Northern Illinois later that year.

In 2005, Studrawa led a Bowling Green offense that ranked second in the Mid-America Conference in both passing (283.9) and scoring (33.8) and was third in the league in pass efficiency (142.4) in 2005.

In 2004, BGSU finished second nationally in total offense with a MAC record 506.3 yards per game. The Falcons were also third in the nation in passing (338.3) and turnover margin (1.25), and fourth in scoring with a MAC record 44.3 points per game.

In 2004, the Falcons had four games of scoring at least 50 points as they averaged 49.4 points over their final nine games of the season. The 2004 season saw the Falcons go 9-3 overall, which included the 52-35 victory over Memphis in the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

Individually, quarterback Omar Jacobs was named the 2004 MAC Offensive Player of the Year after leading the nation in TD passes with a league record 41. Jacobs was second in the nation in passing yards per game as well as total offense. In addition, his 41 TD to four interception passing ratio set an NCAA record. Jacobs went on to become a fifth round NFL Draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006.

Studrawa also guided an offensive line that allowed a league-low 11 sacks in 2004 as three members of that interior line were named All-MAC, including left tackle Rob Warren, center Scott Mruczkowski and left guard Kory Lichtensteiger. Mruczkowski was selected in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.

In his first year as Bowling Green’s offensive coordinator, Studrawa guided the Falcon offense to a No. 3 national ranking in total offense. The Falcons were also ranked 11th nationally in passing, 14th in pass efficiency and No. 18 in rushing.

The 2003 Bowling Green offense broke a total of 10 school records during the season – six team and four individual – on its way to an 11-3 overall mark, which was capped with a 28-24 win over Big Ten member Northwestern in the Motor City Bowl.

Studrawa served as the offensive line coach at Bowling Green in 2001 and 2002 before being elevated to the offensive coordinator position in 2003.

Prior to his return to Bowling Green, he spent three years as the offensive line coach at Arkansas State. Other coaching stops for Studrawa include serving as an offensive line coach at Cincinnati in 1989 and 1990 as well as holding offensive coordinator duties at Wilmington (Ohio) College from 1991-96. He followed that with a one year stint as a graduate assistant at Ohio State in 1997.

As a player, Studrawa was a two-year starter at left tackle for Bowling Green in 1986 and 1987. Studrawa was named the recipient of Bowling Green’s Coaches Award following the 1987 season for his outstanding attitude toward Falcon football. Studrawa is a 1987 graduate of Bowling Green.

A native of Fostoria, Ohio, he is a graduate of St. Wendelin High School where he was a First-Team All-Ohio selection as a senior. Born on November 3, 1964, Studwara and his wife Cindy have three children – Samantha (16), Katelin (13), and Allison (10).

The Studrawa File
Year at LSU: First (appointed Jan. 20, 2007)
Birthdate: Nov. 3, 1964, in Fostoria, Ohio
Wife: Cindy
Children: Samantha, Katelin, Allison
High School: Wendelin (Ohio) High School
College: Bowling Green, ‘87

Coaching Experience
1989-90 Cincinnati (assistant offensive line)
1991-96 Wilmington (offensive coordinator)
1997 Ohio State (graduate assistant – offense)
1998-2000 Arkansas State (offensive line)
2001-06 Bowling Green (offensive line, 2001-02; offensive coordinator/offensive line, 2003-05; assistant head coach/offensive coordinator, 2006
It's virtually impossible to speculate on Pelini's staff and my guesses on assistant coaches have been way off in the past. But if I'm going to waste time tracking planes I might as well take the next step.