Dave Schramm
Dave  Schramm

Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

Alma Mater:
San Diego State, 1988


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Dave Schramm enters his fourth year as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Bulldogs. He was hired on Jan. 4, 2012.

Fresno State's offense has thrived in Schramm's system. The team has been one of the nation's leaders in many different categories and individually, a number of Fresno State players have done big things in his spread offense before going on to the NFL. In his first three years, Schramm has had 19 offensive players selected to the All-Mountain West teams, including eight first-team honorees, and three players garner All-America accolades.

Behind quarterback Derek Carr, his unit led the nation in passing in 2013 by averaging 394.8 yards per game while ranking third in the FBS in total offense at 547.8 and sixth in scoring at 43.4. The Bulldogs set new school records in each of those categories, which were three of 19 new school records Schramm's offense set in 2013.

The Bulldogs ranked 17th nationally and led the Mountain West in scoring at 37.9 points per game back in 2012 while also ranking 16th nationally in total offense 12th in passing offense.

To put the eye popping numbers into perspective, Fresno State has produced 500 or more yards of offense 18 times and also scored 40 or more points 18 times over the past three seasons. The highlight there was a school record 822 yards of offense in a 2013 69-28 win over New Mexico

After seeing five players from the 2013 Bulldog offense go on to the NFL, all of which saw game action as rookies, Schramm's offense in 2014 still found a way to produce with a youthful roster. Running back Marteze Waller rushed for 1,368 yards, the seventh-most in Fresno State single-season history, and the Bulldogs averaged 406.1 yards of offense per game in 2014.

Carr, the star quarterback, thrived under Schramm's tutelage and broke every major school passing record. Carr set the school's career passing mark, became one of 19 quarterbacks in FBS history at the time to have over 10,000 career passing yards and 100 touchdowns and also became just the fourth in FBS history with 5,000 yards passing and 50 or more touchdowns in a single season, doing so as a senior in 2013.

Carr won the 2013 Sammy Baugh Award as the nation's top passer, was named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year for the second-straight season (2012 and 2013), finished eighth in the Heisman voting and was named an All-American. He led the nation in 10 of the 14 statistical categories a quarterback can be up for, including being the national leader in passing yards, touchdown passes and in total touchdowns responsible for against turnovers. Carr went on to be a second round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders and started every game for them as a rookie.

Along with Carr's success, wide receivers Davante Adams and Josh Harper shinned in the offense. Adams was named to eight different All-America teams in 2013 when his 24 touchdown receptions shattered the school and Mountain West records, was eight more than any other player in the nation had that year and went down as the fourth most in FBS history.

Adams, in just two seasons in Schramm's offense, set new school records for receptions with 233 and touchdowns with 38, which also set a new Mountain West record. His 38 touchdowns in just 26 games played in rank in a tie for 16th in FBS history and everyone on that list ahead of him played in at least eight more games than Adams did in his career. Like Carr, Adams was also a second round draft pick and ended up starting games as a rookie for the Green Bay Packers.

Harper joined Adams as the second Bulldog receiver under Schramm in his short tenure at Fresno State to post back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons. After being a first-team All-Mountain West selection in 2014, Harper was picked up by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent.

In all, Schramm has seen seven Bulldog offensive players in his first three seasons make the NFL. Joining Carr, Adams and Harper are left tackle Austin Wentworth, a 2013 Sports Illustrated All-America selection at Fresno State, tight end Marcel Jensen, wide receiver Isaiah Burse and offensive lineman Cody Wichmann. Wentworth, Jensen and Burse were all undrafted free agents in 2014, but all made rosters and played in games as rookies. Wichmann was a sixth round draft pick of St. Louis in 2015.

Another player not lost on the star-studded resume of Schramm is running back Robbie Rouse. He became Fresno State's all-time leading rusher in 2012, a year in which he ranked 14th nationally with 1,490 rushing yards and 18th with 148.1 all-purpose yards. Rouse also caught 63 passes in his one season playing in Schramm's system.

For all of the success, Schramm was a nominee for the 2013 Broyles Award that honors the top assistant college football coach in American and was one of five finalists for the 2013 247Sports Offensive Coordinator of the Year Award.

Schramm came to Fresno State after spending the previous seven seasons at Utah (2005-11), where he assumed the roles of coaching the running backs, quarterbacks, tight ends and he also served as the recruiting coordinator and offensive coordinator throughout his tenure with the Utes.

He was the offensive coordinator for the Utes in 2009 and the co-offensive coordinator in 2010. Utah averaged 33.1 points per game that year under his direction and 29.1 in 2009.

Schramm's term at Utah is his second-longest at any school. He spent 12 seasons at San Diego State from 1990-2001, where he was the recruiting coordinator for his first 11 years, and also coached the offensive line (1992), safeties (1993), tight ends (1994-96) and running backs (1997-01).

In 2002, Schramm went to Southwest Texas State as the assistant head coach and running backs coach.

Schramm's next stop was Montana, where he coached the offensive tackles and tight ends, and was the recruiting coordinator from 2003-04. Montana went 12-3 in 2004 and advanced to the NCAA Division I-AA championship game.

Schramm's first coaching job was at Patrick Henry High School in San Diego, where he was an assistant from 1984-87. He began his college coaching career in 1988 at Austin Peay coaching the running backs and tight ends. He spent a season as a graduate assistant at Nebraska in 1989 coaching the defensive secondary.

As a player, his undergraduate career was spent at Cornell (Iowa), Grossmont Junior College and Adams State (Colo.). As a freshman quarterback at Cornell, he led Division III in touchdown passes and helped the Rams to a No. 1 national ranking in total offense. He finished his career at Adams State.

A native of San Diego, Calif., Schramm received a bachelor's degree in physical education from San Diego State in 1988. He and his wife, Bonnie, have twin sons, D.J. and Dusty.


Hometown San Diego, Calif.
Date of Birth July 20, 1963
Education San Diego State (1988)-bachelor's in physical education
Playing History QB, Cornell (Iowa)
QB, Grossmont JC
QB, Adams State (Colo.)
Family Wife: Bonnie
Twin Sons: D.J. & Dusty

•2012-Present: Fresno State (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)
•2005-11: Utah
-2011: Running Backs
-2010: Co-Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends
-2009: Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
-2005-08: Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator
•2003-04: Montana (Tight Ends/Offensive Tackles/Recruiting Coordinator
•1990-01 San Diego State
-1997-01: Running Backs
-1994-96: Tight Ends
-1993: Safeties
-1992: Offensive Line
-1990-00: Recruiting Coordinator
•1989: Nebraska (Graduate Assistant/Defense)
•1988: Austin Peay (Running Backs/Tight Ends)

•2014: Hawai'i Bowl (Fresno State)
•2013: Mountain West Champions (Fresno State)
•2013: Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (Fresno State)
•2012: Mountain West Champions (Fresno State)
•2012: Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl (Fresno State)
•2011: Sun Bowl (Utah)
•2010: Las Vegas Bowl (Utah)
•2009: Poinsettia Bowl (Utah)
•2008 (2009): Sugar Bowl (Utah)
•2008: Mountain West Champions (Utah)
•2007: Poinsettia Bowl (Utah)
•2006: Armed Forces Bowl (Utah)
•2005: Emerald Bowl (Utah)
•2004: I-AA NCAA National Championship Game (Montana)
•1998: Las Vegas Bowl (San Diego State)
•1991: Freedom Bowl (San Diego State)
•1989 (1990) Fiesta Bowl (Nebraska)

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