Andy Ludwig is gearing up for his first season as the offensive coordinator at San Diego State. Ludwig joined Rocky Long’s staff after serving as the offensive coordinator at Cal last season.
It was an easy decision for Ludwig, who feels very comfortable with the offensive personnel at San Diego State. He is looking forward to coaching senior quarterback Ryan Lindley, who is on his third different offensive coordinator as a starter.
Ludwig told XTRA Sports 1360 in San Diego, “I really feel like my job is to make sure it (our personnel) fits what I want to do. With a four year starter at quarterback, a 1500 yard rusher at tailback, four or five returning o-lineman, and a good group of tight ends…I don’t know what more you could ask for as an offensive coordinator.”
“It will be pro-style, west-coast emphasis that ensures we are featuring the quarterback and tailback.”
Ludwig made it seem the Rocky Long isn’t radically changing the way things were done under former head coach Brady Hoke.
“I don’t think it’s a new philosophy at all. I think Brady Hoke coached toughness and demanded high character out of his players and I see the same thing out of Coach Long.”
Asked if overall depth is the biggest difference between some of the bigger schools that he has coached at, Ludwig said, “That’s my initial impression. It’s the depth. But again, I think the younger players that we are bringing in are quality guys. I feel good about our personnel across the board.”
San Diego State opens with four non-conference games including Cal Poly, at Army, Washington State, and at Michigan.