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Utah football announced the return of Andy Ludwig as offensive coordinator Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Ludwig previously called plays for the Utes from 2005-2008.

SALT LAKE CITY — Ogden native and Bonneville High School alumnus Andy Ludwig is returning to Utah football as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Ludwig, who served in the same position for the Utes from 2005-08, has been offensive coordinator at Vanderbilt since 2015.

“It’s great to have Andy back on our staff,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said in a statement. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as a collegiate offensive coordinator, as well as being an outstanding quarterbacks coach and recruiter. Andy is obviously very familiar with our program which should make for a seamless transition.”

Ludwig called plays for the 2008 Utah team that went 13-0 and finished ranked No. 2 after beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Utah averaged 36.9 points per game that season.

His career includes stints as offensive coordinator at California, San Diego State and Wisconsin. Before he first served under Whittingham, he was offensive coordinator at Oregon from 2002-04.

Ludwig played wide receiver at Snow College and Portland State. He coached two Heisman finalists in Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon (2014) and Fresno State’s David Carr (2001). Under Ludwig, Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur just completed his career as the school’s all-time passing leader.

Ludwig’s return marks the latest in a carousel of play-callers at Utah. Counting the same offensive coordinators in separate tenures in the position, Utah has had eight OC’s since Ludwig left following the 2008 season.

“My family and I are very excited to return to the University of Utah,” Ludwig said in a statement. “I have great respect and appreciation for the university’s commitment to the student-athletes, coach Whittingham’s leadership and the passion of the Ute fan base. I look forward to the hard work and am grateful for this opportunity.”

Utah opens the 2019 football season at BYU on Aug. 29.

An Associated Press story and S-E reporter Brett Hein contributed to this report.

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