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    Ed Zaunbrecher
    Ed Zaunbrecher
    Passing Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks

    First Season

    Alma Mater:
    Middle Tennessee State, 1972

    Ed Zaunbrecher begins his fourth year under Coach Zook after following him from the University of Florida, where he coached quarterbacks since 2002. He brings 30 years of collegiate coaching experience, including five seasons as head coach at Louisiana-Monroe.

    In 2004, Zaunbrecher coached the Gator offense to first in the SEC in many categories: passing offense (271.1 ypg), total offense (426.9 ypg), third-down conversions (47.9), touchdown passes (29), pass attempts (407) and pass completions (243).

    Zaunbrecher also coached quarterback Chris Leak to a great success in his two years as a starter. In 2004, Leak led the SEC in passing yards per game (266.4), total offense (273 ypg), touchdown passes (29), while also ranking 16th nationally in pass efficiency. In 2003, Leak broke nearly ever freshman quarterback school record, including touchdowns, passing yards, completions and attempts.

    Zaunbrecher has been a part of many successful teams during his collegiate tenure. He has coached in 14 bowl games, including four January bowl games. During his career, He has also coached many great quarterbacks. In fact, nine quarterbacks that he has coached have set new school passing records. This list is highlighted by Chris Leak (Florida), Rex Grossman (Florida), Chad Pennington (Marshall), Byron Leftwich (Marshal), Tommy Hodson (LSU) and Jim Miller (Michigan State). During his coaching reign, 69 players have garnered All-Conference recognition. Additionally, 42 former players have been drafted in the NFL, including six first round draft picks.

    Zaunbrecher was born on March 1, 1950, in Rayne, Louisiana. He is a 1972 graduate from Middle Tennessee State, earning a B.S. in Psychology. He was also a three-year starter at center and won the team's Scholar-Athlete Award. He later received the 1972 NCAA post-graduate award scholarship. He also graduated from Arizona in 1974 with a Master's degree in guidance and counseling.

    Zaunbrecher is married to the former Bobbi McKinney, and the couple has three children: Ann Lindsay, Emily and Zach.

    2004	University of Florida (quarterbacks)
    2002-03 	University of Florida (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks)
    2000-01 	Marshall (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks)
    1999		Marshall (quarterbacks)
    1994-98 	Northeast Louisiana (head coach)
    1992-93 	Michigan State (linebackers)
    1991		Michigan State (quarterbacks)
    1984-90 	LSU (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks)
    1980-83 	Wake Forest (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks/receivers)
    1977-79 	Purdue (offensive backs/receivers)
    1975-76 	Arizona (offensive line)

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