Bill Musgrave is in his second year as Virginia’s offensive coordinator, and quarterbacks and tight ends coach. 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.
The 34-year-old 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.
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