The Nevada Wolf Pack seems to have found its next offensive coordinator.
Tim Cramsey, the offensive coordinator at Montana State the past three seasons, has been offered the same position at Nevada, according to various media reports. Cramsey, a former New Hampshire quarterback (1995-98) and assistant coach (2003-11), was fired at Montana State along with head coach Rob Ash and his staff in late November after a 5-6 season in Bozeman, Mont. Cramsey, though, interviewed for the Montana State head coaching position in late November but the job went to former Washington assistant coach Jeff Choate earlier this month.
The Bobcats offense, however, thrived under Cramsey’s leadership the past three years. Under Cramsey’s guidance this past season the Bobcats were among the best offenses in the Football Championship Sub-division (the former Division I-AA). Montana State ranked fourth in the FCS in total yards (520 a game), third in scoring (42 points a game), 10th in total first downs (277), seventh in passing yards (304 a game) and 18th in rushing (216 a game). Montana state quarterback Dakota Prukop, who transferred to Oregon after the season, passed for 3,025 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushed for 797 yards and 11 scores with Cramsey calling the plays.
Cramsey is known for his fiery and aggressive personality and should fit in well at Nevada with head coach Brian Polian.
“He brings intensity like none other,” Montana State junior All-America offensive guard J.P. Flynn said this season. “His intensity, I can’t even describe it. The guy is off the walls. He makes you want to lay your life down for him. You want nothing more than to win for him, to play for him and to give everything you’ve got for him.”
“When we step on the field we look at defenses with a hunger,” Prukop said. “He (Cramsey) is an aggressor. He’s an attacker. He’s a predator.”
Cramsey, like former Philadelphia Eagles and University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, is a former New Hampshire quarterback. Cramsey also coached with Kelly at New Hampshire for four seasons, from 2003-06. Cramsey coached at New Hampshire from 2003-11, moving up the ranks from coaching tight ends and running backs his first four seasons to offensive coordinator by 2009. He was also the recruiting coordinator at New Hampshire his last three years. Cramsey has one year (2011) of coaching experience in the Football Bowl Sub-division (the former Division I-A) while at Florida International. He coached that offense to the tune of 384 yards and 25 points a game before leaving the following season for a position at Montana State.
Montana State finished just 5-6 overall this season but it wasn’t the fault of Cramsey’s spread offense. The Bobcats scored 40 or more points in a game eight times. The Bobcats were a combined 15-10 in the 2013 and 2014 seasons when Cramsey was offensive coordinator.
Cramsey is from Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he won a state championship at Central Catholic High in 1993. His sister Denise, a former television producer (she produced “Extreme Makeover”), died tragically at the age of 41 because of a brain aneurysm in 2010. Cramsey is married and has two young sons.
The Wolf Pack has not confirmed that Ramsey has interviewed for the offensive coordinator position.
The Pack currently has three openings on Polian’s staff — offensive coordinator, offensive line and quarterbacks. Former offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich left last month to become the head coach at Hawaii, former quarterbacks coach Jim Hofher, who ran the offense in the Pack’s 28-23 win over Colorado State in the Arizona Bowl on Tuesday, left to coach quarterbacks at Iowa State on Wednesday. Ron Hudson, who coached the Pack’s offensive line since 2013, was let go on Wednesday.