Jan. 4, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State football head coach Gary Andersen announced Wednesday that offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin has left the USU coaching staff to join the Colorado State University staff, where he will serve in the same role for the Rams.
Baldwin was with Andersen and the Aggies for three seasons as the offensive coordinator, additionally serving as the positions coach for wide receivers in 2009, quarterbacks in 2010 and tight ends in 2011.
"Dave has been a big part of our football program over the past three seasons on and off the field. Dave has an opportunity that he believes betters himself and his family. We wish him well and thank him for his hard work over the past three years," Andersen said.
At Colorado State, Baldwin is reuniting with new CSU head coach Jim McElwain, who was named head coach of the Rams on Dec. 13, 2011. Baldwin and McElwain were on the Michigan State staff together from 2003-05, when Baldwin was offensive coordinator and tight ends coach, while McElwain was an assistant head coach, receivers coach and special teams coach for the Spartans.
Under Baldwin's tutelage, the 2011 USU offense set school records for total offense (5,945 yards), rushing yards (3,675 yards), total points (437) and total TDs (60). Baldwin also mentored running back Robert Turbin, who was named the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, and was a first-team all-WAC honoree. Offensive linemen Tyler Larsen and Philip Gapelu were also first-team all-WAC selections in 2011, while tight end Tarren Lloyd was a second-team selection. Turbin earned second-team all-WAC honors under Baldwin in 2009.
In the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) stat rankings through Dec. 24, Utah State leads the WAC and ranks sixth in FBS in rushing offense (282.7 ypg), while ranking second in the conference and 20th in the country in total offense (457.3 ypg), as well as leading the league and ranking 25th in the nation in scoring offense (33.6 ypg).
Turbin is second in the WAC and 12th in the FBS in rushing (116.7 ypg), while running back Michael Smith is seventh in the league and 85th in the nation in rushing (66.9 ypg). Turbin is also tops in the conference and seventh in the country in scoring (10.6 ppg). USU freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton, who started the Aggies' first eight games, is fourth in the WAC and 48th in the FBS in passing efficiency (137.4). Junior signal-caller Adam Kennedy, who became USU's starting QB after Keeton suffered an injury and started the final five games of the season, would lead the conference and rank fifth in the country in passing efficiency at 169.04 but does not meet the required minimum of 15 attempts per game.
Andersen said he hopes to have Baldwin's replacement in place in the coming days.
Utah State posted a historic season with a 7-6 record, its first seven-win season since 1993, capping its season with the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, losing to Ohio in a 24-23 thriller. Five of USU's losses were by one score or less, and 10 of the Aggies' games were decided by one score this season which are the most in the nation, including a 35-34 double OT barn-burner to Colorado State. The teams meet in Fort Collins on Sept. 22, 2012.
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