Andy Ludwig is in his second season as Wisconsin's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after orchestrating a record-setting season in his debut with the Badgers.
In his first season leading the Wisconsin offense, Ludwig produced one of the most prolific offenses in Badgers history. UW racked up more than 500 yards of total offense five times and set a school record by averaging 480.8 yards per game, while also scoring 34.8 points per game, the third-best total in school history.
Under Ludwig's direction, Wisconsin was one of just four FBS teams to amass 3,500 rushing yards and 2,500 passing yards during the 2013 season, joining Oregon, Northern Illinois and Ohio State.
With senior WR Jared Abbrederis racking up 1,081 receiving yards and the running back duo of sophomore Melvin Gordon (1,609) and senior James White (1,444) each rushing for more than 1,000 yards, Wisconsin was the lone team in the nation to boast two 1,000-yard rushers and a 1,000-yard receiver in 2013.
Gordon and White combined to rush for 3,053 yards, breaking the single-season FBS record for rushing yards by teammates and becoming the first teammate duo in FBS history to each rush for 1,400 yards in a season.
Behind the running of Gordon, White and freshman Corey Clement, Ludwig's offense set a school record for rushing yards in a season with 3,689. UW's rushing attack also proved to be the most efficient in Wisconsin history, shattering the school record by averaging 6.62 yards per carry -- a mark that ranked No. 2 nationally. Gordon led the charge, averaging a nation-leading 7.8 rushing yards per attempt.
Between Gordon, White and Clement, the Badgers posted 20 100-yard rushing performances, the most in school history and the most of any FBS team in 2013.
Abbrederis, who was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 2014 NFL Draft, was the main beneficiary of UW's passing attack and hauled in a school-record 78 passes for 1,081 yards in his final season at UW. For his career that saw him become the second-most prolific receiver in Wisconsin history with 3,140 receiving yards, Abbrederis was named the recipient of the 2013 Burlsworth Trophy as the nation's top player that began his career as a walk-on.
Abbrederis joined White, who was selected by the New England Patriots, as players from Ludwig's offense to be picked in the 2014 NFL Draft. In addition, OL Ryan Groy (Chicago), TE Jacob Pedersen (Atlanta) and TE Brian Wozniak (Atlanta) signed with NFL teams as undrafted free agents.
Anchoring the Badgers' offensive line, Groy earned third-team All-America honors as a senior and was one of eight offensive players to be named All-Big Ten.
In his first season under Ludwig's direction, starting QB Joel Stave threw for 22 touchdown passes, the second-highest total in school history. His 208 completions were the third-most ever by a Badgers quarterback, while his 2,494 passing yards set a school record for the most by a sophomore and the fifth-most overall in UW annals. Stave completed 61.9 percent of his passes for the season and ranks No. 4 all-time at UW for career pass efficiency rating at 140.8.
Overall, UW's explosive offense ranked second in the country with 15 plays of 50-plus yards, with the Badgers scoring on 10 of those home-run plays. However, despite the ability to quickly move the ball with those big plays, Wisconsin continued its tradition of controlling the ball and ranked fourth nationally in time of possession at an average of 33:34 per game.
Prior to coming to Madison, Ludwig spent the previous two seasons at San Diego State.
In 2012, the Aztecs went 9-4, including 7-1 in the Mountain West Conference. The SDSU offense averaged 32.9 points per game and ranked 20th in the nation in rushing, with 220.7 average yards per game. Aztecs junior tight end Gavin Escobar was a Mackey Award semifinalist while sophomore running back Adam Muema ran for 1,458 yards.
In 2011, San Diego State averaged 427.4 yards per game. Running back Ronnie Hillman ranked fourth nationally in rushing (1,711 yards) and was selected in the third round of the NFL draft. Quarterback Ryan Lindley, who finished his career among the top 15 in FBS history in career passing yards, was a sixth-round draft choice of the Arizona Cardinals.
Ludwig completed his 19th year as an offensive coordinator at the NCAA level in 2013 and has 27 years of coaching experience overall. His teams have been to 14 bowl games with eight bids in the past nine seasons. Prior to his years at San Diego State, Ludwig served as the offensive coordinator at California (2009-10), Utah (2005-08), Oregon (2002-04), Fresno State (1998-01), Cal Poly (1997) and Augustana (1993-94).
Ludwig helped Utah go to four consecutive bowl games, including a 2009 Sugar Bowl win over Alabama, as the Utes finished 13-0 with a No. 2 national ranking. That season, Utah put up 36.9 points per game and he was named a finalist for the FootballScoop Offensive Coordinator of the Year. In 2005, the Utes led the MWC in total offense and ranked 12th nationally at 473.0 yards per game.
While at Oregon, Ludwig tutored quarterback Kellen Clemens, who threw for 2,390 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore. Wideout Samie Parker also set a school record for most receptions in a season with 77 in 2003 and finished his Ducks career as the school's all-time career leader in catches and yardage. Running backs Onterrio Smith and Terrence Whitehead both posted 1,000-yard rushing campaigns during Ludwig's stay in Eugene.
Ludwig was also a finalist for the 2001 Frank Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year Award after Fresno State finished fourth in the nation in both scoring (40.0 ppg.) and total offense (501.6 ypg.). The Bulldogs also became the first school in NCAA history to feature a 4,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher in a single season. That Fresno team featured Heisman Trophy finalist and 2002 NFL Draft No. 1 pick David Carr.
Besides his offensive coordinator experience, Ludwig has spent time at Boise State (quarterbacks coach, 1995-96), Utah (defensive graduate assistant, 1992), Idaho State (quarterbacks/receivers, 1989-91) and Portland State (receivers, 1987-88).
Ludwig played two seasons as a wide receiver at Snow College in Utah (1982-83) before earning a pair of letters at Portland State (1985-86), where he graduated in 1988 with a degree in exercise science.
Ludwig and his wife, Jill, have a son and a daughter.