Doug Nussmeier
Nussmeier at Michigan in 2014
Dallas Cowboys
Position:Quarterbacks coach
Personal information
Born: (1970-12-11) December 11, 1970 (age 51)
Portland, Oregon
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:211 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Lakeridge High School
NFL Draft:1994 / Round: 4 / Pick: 116
Career history
As a player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
As player
As coach
Career NFL statistics
Passing attempts:82
Passing completions:46
Completion percentage:56.1
Passing yards:455
Passer rating:25.6
Player stats at

Douglas Keith Nussmeier (born December 11, 1970) is an American football coach and former quarterback who is the quarterbacks coach for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He previously served as an assistant coach at Florida, Michigan, Alabama, Washington, Fresno State and Michigan State. Nussmeier has also previously served as quarterbacks coach for the St. Louis Rams, Ottawa Renegades and BC Lions.

Early years

Born in Portland, Oregon, Nussmeier is a 1989 graduate of Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego, a suburb south of Portland. He did not start at quarterback for the Pacers football team until his senior season.[1]

Playing career


Though he followed Pac-10 quarterbacks Erik Wilhelm and Jason Palumbis at Lakeridge, the left-handed Nussmeier was not recruited by the conference.[1] He played college football at Idaho under John L. Smith, and won the 1993 Walter Payton Award, presented annually to the Division I-AA player of the year. That year, Nussmeier threw a school-record 33 touchdown passes, leading the Vandals to an 11–3 record and the national semifinals.[2] During his final two seasons at Idaho (199293), the offensive coordinator was Scott Linehan, later an NFL offensive coordinator and head coach. Linehan was the Vandals' starting quarterback for three seasons (198486). A four-year starter at quarterback, Nussmeier succeeded John Friesz, another Walter Payton Award winner in 1989, Nussmeier's redshirt season.

As a fifth-year senior in 1993, Nussmeier had a QB rating of 172.2 - completing 185-of-304 throws (.609) for 2,960 yards and a school-record 33 touchdowns. 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 five 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), Central Florida's Daunte Culpepper (1996–98), Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour (2006–09), and Nevada's Colin Kaepernick (2007–10). 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).

Nussmeier earned his bachelor's degree in business from the University of Idaho in 1994.

National Football League

Nussmeier was selected by the Saints in the fourth round of the 1994 NFL Draft, 116th overall. He was the fourth quarterback selected, behind first round selections Heath Shuler and Trent Dilfer.

Nussmeier was a reserve quarterback in the NFL for five seasons in the mid-1990s, spending four years with the New Orleans Saints (199497) and one with the Indianapolis Colts (1998). Over his NFL career, he saw playing time in eight regular-season games, throwing for 455 yards, 1 touchdown and 4 interceptions.[3] In 1998, Nussmeier spent part of training camp with the Denver Broncos, but was released prior to the regular season and picked up by the Colts. He is one of only 32 left-handed quarterbacks to play in the NFL.

Canadian Football League

Nussmeier finished his playing career with the BC Lions of the CFL in 2000, and stayed with the organization as the quarterbacks coach for 2001.

Coaching career

Early career

After coaching the quarterbacks for the BC Lions in 2001, he became the quarterbacks coach and de facto offensive coordinator of the Ottawa Renegades in 2002.

Michigan State

In 2003, Nussmeier was hired as the quarterbacks coach at Michigan State under his college head coach, John L. Smith. He would serve in this role for three seasons (2003-05).[4]

St. Louis Rams

In 2006, Nussmeier was hired by the St. Louis Rams as their quarterbacks coach under head coach Scott Linehan for the St. Louis Rams for two seasons (200607).

Fresno State

Nussmeier was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Fresno State for a season in 2008.


Nussmeier was hired in the same capacity at Washington in Seattle in early 2009 under new head coach Steve Sarkisian. His annual salary at UW was just under $300,000.[5]


In January 2012, Nussmeier became the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Alabama in Tuscaloosa under head coach Nick Saban,[6][7] replacing outgoing coordinator Jim McElwain, the new head coach at Colorado State.[8] Under Nussmeier's guidance in 2012, junior quarterback A. J. McCarron set the school record for touchdowns in a season with 26.[9] McCarron threw an additional four touchdowns in the national championship game against Notre Dame in a 42–14 victory,[10] which allowed McCarron to set another school record for career touchdown passes.[11]


In 2014, Nussmeier was hired at Michigan in Ann Arbor on January 9, following the firing of offensive coordinator Al Borges.[12][13][14][15]


Michigan head coach Brady Hoke was fired after that season on December 2, and Nussmeier was hired at Florida in Gainesville a few weeks later, on the staff of new head coach Jim McElwain.[16] In his third season with the Gators in 2017, McElwain was fired in late October and Nussmeier was let go a month later.[17]

Dallas Cowboys

On February 14, 2018, Nussmeier was hired by the Dallas Cowboys as their tight ends coach under head coach Jason Garrett and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan; all three are former quarterbacks, as is then-quarterbacks coach Jon Kitna. In 2020, Nussmeier was retained by the Cowboys under new head coach Mike McCarthy, being promoted to quarterbacks coach.


  1. ^ a b Meehan, Jim (September 2, 1993). "Nussmeier's draft status depends on an A-1 season". Spokesman-Review. p. H9.
  2. ^ College Football Data Warehouse Archived July 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine - Idaho Vandals - 1990-94
  3. ^ - statistics - Doug Nussmeier
  4. ^ " - Official site of the Canadian Football League".
  5. ^ Archived June 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine - Washington state salaries - 2010 - UW assistant football coaches - accessed January 21, 2012
  6. ^ Scarborough, Alex (January 18, 2012). "Alabama Crimson Tide hire Doug Nussmeier to run offense". ESPN. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  7. ^ "Alabama Football Announces Hiring of Doug Nussmeier". January 18, 2012. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  8. ^ "CSU makes Jim McElwain hire official at news conference". The Denver Post. December 13, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  9. ^ Muma, Steven (January 7, 2012). "Alabama's A.J. McCarron: Tide quarterback's stats, highlights and more". SB Nation. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
  10. ^ "Alabama routs Notre Dame, wins 3rd BCS title in past 4 years". ESPN. January 7, 2012. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
  11. ^ "AJ McCarron guides Alabama to another title". CBS Sports. Associated Press. January 8, 2012. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
  12. ^ "Doug Nussmeier to be Michigan OC". ESPN. January 8, 2014. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  13. ^ "Michigan Wolverines hire Nussmeier as offensive coordinator". ESPN. January 9, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  14. ^ "Hoke Names Nussmeier Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks Coach". MGOBLUE.COM. January 9, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  15. ^ "Doug Nussmeier bio". MGOBLUE.COM. January 9, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  16. ^ "Michigan's Doug Nussmeier expected to be named Florida off. coordinator". Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  17. ^ "Gators fire Shannon, Nussmeier, report says". Retrieved November 28, 2017.