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The UNLV football team is changing offensive coordinators again.
Timm Rosenbach, a star quarterback at Washington State in the 1980s, was hired as the Rebels’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, head coach Bobby Hauck announced Wednesday.
Brent Myers was the Rebels’ offensive coordinator last year, but is no longer with the program. Myers spent one year calling the UNLV plays, replacing former offensive coordinator, Rob Phenicie, who was demoted to quarterbacks coach and will be assigned to coach another position in 2013.
UNLV enjoyed much success running the ball with Tim Cornett and Bradley Randle last fall, and redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Sherry had a stellar rookie campaign in setting several passing marks. But the offense didn’t progress and struggled toward the end of the season, scoring 11 or fewer points in four on their last six games.
UNLV was 88th nationally in total offense, scored 36 touchdowns and averaged about 360 yards per game. However, much of the success was earlier in the season — not in the end when they dropped winnable games against sub-par opponents such as Hawaii and Colorado State.
So, for the third time in coach Hauck’s four years at UNLV, the Rebels will have a new offensive coordinator.
“I’m thrilled about the opportunity to not only work for Coach Hauck but also to be part of a program at UNLV that I believe is headed in the right direction,” Rosenbach said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to coaching an offense that is exciting for fans and puts points on the scoreboard.”
Rosenbach spent last season as Montana’s offensive coordinator, helping the Grizzlies finish 14th in the FCS in total offense at 452.3 yards per game.
He was also the quarterbacks coach from 2003 to 2007 at Washington State, and spent three seasons coaching offense (the last two years as the coordinator) at Eastern Washington from 2002 to 2002. In 2001, Eastern Washington led the nation in scoring and yards.
“We’re excited to have Timm join our staff,” Hauck said in a statement. “I’ve known him for many years and coached against him on numerous occasions. Having tried to stop his offense as a defensive coach, I know he has good instincts and a really good feel on game day.”
During his playing days, Rosenbach finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1988, setting the Washington State single-season records that year for total offense, passing yards and touchdowns.
In 1989, he was the first round pick in the NFL supplemental draft by the Phoenix Cardinals and played three professional seasons.
UNLV still has one opening on its coaching staff. J.D. Williams, the Rebels’ defensive coordinator last year, is now coaching at Georgia State.