Bill Musgrave, a Grand Junction High School graduate and the former offensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos, is going back to college.
Musgrave has been hired as the new offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at the University of California in Berkeley.
“I am thrilled to join a Cal program that has exciting days ahead,” Musgrave said in a release on the Cal website.
“I want to continue building upon what has already been started, which on the offensive side of the ball is a young group that showed tremendous progress last season and was playing its best football at the end of the year.”
Musgrave started his coaching career in 1997 as the quarterbacks coach with the Oakland Raiders, and was last a college coach in 2001-02 with the University of Virginia, where he was the offensive coordinator and coached quarterbacks and tight ends.
He won the 1985 Gold Helmet as the top football player in the state his senior year at Grand Junction, then played at the University of Oregon, breaking 15 school records. He was the Ducks’ all-time leader in passing yardage and total offense and led Oregon to its first bowl game in 26 years when he was a junior.
Musgrave was a first-team All-Pac-10 quarterback in 1990 and an Academic All-American, earning his degree in finance and accounting at Cal in 1991. He entered Oregon’s Hall of Fame in 2000.
He played in the NFL six seasons, drafted in the fourth round in 1991 by Dallas. He played with San Francisco and Denver, backing up John Elway, Joe Montana and Steve Young, and was on the 49ers’ 1994 Super Bowl championship team.
After one year coaching in Oakland, Musgrave moved to Philadelphia with the Eagles as an offensive assistant before being promoted to offensive coordinator in the middle of the season. The next two years he was with Carolina, then went to Virginia before returning to the NFL.
Stints with Jacksonville, Washington, Atlanta, Minnesota, Philadelphia again and then back to Oakland preceded his hiring by the Broncos in 2017. He was the quarterbacks coach most of the 2017 season before being promoted to offensive coordinator the rest of that season and all of 2018 before Vance Joseph and his staff were dismissed.
“Bill Musgrave has a brilliant offensive mind and is one of the top teaches or offensive football and quarterbacks,” Cal coach Justin Wilcox said in the release announcing Musgrave’s hiring. “Bill has incredible football knowledge and has been extremely versatile in the offensive systems he has run throughout his career, which is important. He also has a strong desire to coach again at the collegiate level, where he can help develop young football players at a formative stage of their careers.”
Musgrave is credited with helping the careers of Pro Bowl quarterbacks Steve Beuerlein, Matt Ryan and Derek Carr.
“Coach Wilcox and his staff have done a tremendous job of creating an outstanding culture and environment that is focused on teaching football, and one of the most enjoyable and satisfying parts of his job is to be able to play a key role in the development of young players,” Musgrave said.
“There is a tremendous opportunity to do that right now at Cal, and I can’t wait to get started.”