Brian Lindgren
Brian Lindgren
In six of his eight seasons as a coach, new Colorado offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren has worked closely with quarterbacks.

He's worked with big quarterbacks and small quarterbacks. He's worked with dual-threat quarterbacks and standard pocket passers.

He's worked with quarterbacks he had multiple years to groom, and those he had for just a single season.

While they have come in different packages, the one common thing about all of Lindgren's quarterbacks is that they have enjoyed success under his tutelage. It's no wonder first-year CU head coach Mike MacIntyre hired Lindgren at San Jose State a year ago and then brought him to Boulder.

"We really figure out what the kids can do best and do that," MacIntyre said. "(Lindgren) is very efficient at it, and he's an excellent teacher."

Considering the results CU quarterbacks have had in recent years, Lindgren's track record ought to excite Buff fans.

At three different jobs - Redlands, Northern Arizona and San Jose State - Lindgren has found a way to produce positive results under center.

In his six seasons working with QBs (2005, 2008-2012), Lindgren's primary quarterbacks have combined to throw 109 touchdowns and only 42 interceptions, while completing a remarkable 65.1 percent of their passes (1,247 for 1,916). That's six different quarterbacks (including two at Redlands in 2005) at three different schools. Of the six, only one had a TD-to-interception rate worse than 2-to-1; UNA's Michael Herrick had 15 TD and nine interceptions in 2010.


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"Every quarterback he's had has been different," MacIntyre said. "We'll go to the strengths of the quarterback and go from there, but he's always had accurate quarterbacks.

"They've had a very good TD-to-interception ratio and they've had a very good completion percentage."

The question for CU fans is whether Lindgren can work his magic with the crop of quarterbacks the Buffs have now.

A year ago, three CU quarterbacks (Jordan Webb, Nick Hirschman and Connor Wood) combined to complete 55 percent of their throws (220 of 400) for 2,288 yards, 11 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

CU hasn't had a primary quarterback finish the season with a completion percentage of 60 percent or better since Joel Klatt in 2005 (60.3 percent). Tyler Hansen completed 68.3 percent in 2010, but wasn't CU's leading passer that season.

So, regardless of who winds up starting at quarterback this year at CU - Wood, Jordan Gehrke, Shane Dillon, Sefo Liufau, John Schrock and Steve Joe Dorman will compete for the job in August - there is a decent chance that the Buffs will get some efficient play under center.

"(Lindgren) knows how to coach them and we're a quarterback-friendly offense and I don't expect anything different this year," MacIntyre said.